1905 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Jan 9, 2011 7:15 PM by Bob Timmons
I'm attempting to connect the Mac Pro via ethernet but avoid stringing cable across the entire apartment.
You might consider making the AirPort Extreme your "main" router and then using a pair of ethernet powerline adapters to provide an ethernet signal where you need it. These devices use the AC wiring to provide an ethernet signal over the powerline. Faster than wireless and no wireless interference issues.
I'm wondering if the ethernet out on the Airport Extreme only works if the unit is getting its connection from ethernet in.
That's correct. If both your AirPort Express and the AirPort Extreme are 802.11"n" versions, you can use the "extend a wireless network feature" instead...and the ethernet ports will be enabled on the AirPort Extreme.
Or oddly, if you have an AirPort Express 802.11n version, you can configure it to "join" a wireless network and the ethernet port can be enabled. So, maybe reverse the AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme and try it that way.
The downside to doing this is that your "ethernet" signal is only going to be as good as your wireless signal. All you are doing is converting a wireless signal to ethernet.