2647 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2011 12:47 AM by Roger Wilmut1
The modem from my ISP will create the wireless network. I connect my Airport Extreme to the LAN port of this modem, and configure it to work in "bridge mode". I connect my iMac and one of the Airport Express base stations to the two LAN ports on the Airport Extreme. I can then connect my printer to the USB port of the Airport Extreme, and my stereo to the the Airport Express. My iMac and my base stations will then be connected to the network by wired connections, and I can connect my iPhone/ iPad/ Macbook to the network by WiFi.
This should work perfectly well: the only complication is that you will have two wireless networks, one created by the modem and one by the AE. This needn't be a problem - give them different names (don't try giving them the same name), and just decide which one you want any device to connect to. With the AE in bridge mode everything should see everything else as the IP number are all handed out by the modem, and access to the printer connected to the AE should work for everything.
Thank you very much for the comments. I will probably just give it a try. If there are any problems I can just buy a network switch instead or let everything connect to the modem via WiFi.
The reason I am thinking of this "switch" solution, is that most of my components then can get a wired connection to the network.
Will there be any difference in data speed between the two alternatives (connecting my iMac to the modem via the Airport Extreme (using this as the switch) or connecting my iMac to the router via a common network switch)?