8 Replies Latest reply: May 12, 2011 9:30 AM by scheidy
scheidy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hey guys.  We just moved and I am trying to extend the range of my Uverse wireless router in new home to another part of the house using the Airport extreme base station.  I only want one network but my wireless does not extend to our media room where I need to use an Apple TV for our media set up.

Thanks


MacBook Pro, iBook, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (86,530 points)

    If you are trying to use wireless to "extend", Apple's "extend a wireless network" feature only works with other Apple routers. It's not compatible with Uverse routers.

     

    Are you able to establish an Ethernet connecton between the Uverse router and the AirPort Extreme?

  • scheidy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the quick reply.

     

    Yes, I believe I can connect the AEBS to the wireless router but wouldn't that make both wireless devices operate from the same location?

     

    I also have 2 Airport express stations, will these help my cause?

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (86,530 points)

    When I mentioned connecting using Ethernet, I was implying that the AirPort Extreme would be located some distance....a few rooms away at least....from the Uverse router. You would have to figure out how to the get the Ethernet connection from the Uverse router to the AirPort Extreme and then configue the Exterme to provide more wireless coverage.

     

    IF...the AirPort Extreme is an "n" version...AND.... the AirPort Express devices are "n" versions....AND....you would be willing to turn off the wireless on the Uverse router and use the AirPort Extreme as your main wireless router, it could be located very close to the Uverse router.

     

    Then the "n" AirPort Express devices could be configured to "extend" the wireless from the Extreme.

     

    Bottom line in this configuration is that you would be using the Uverse as a wired only router.

  • scheidy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can plug the AEBS into a hard wire in the media room that is internally wired through the house.  Would it work to create 2 wireless stations transmitting the same network in that case?  The AEBS would be technically hard wired to the uverse router on the other side of the house.  Do I need to do anything special here?

    thanks

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (86,530 points)

    You'll need to configure the AirPort Extreme to create a wireless network using exactly the same wireless network name, wireless security and password as the Uverse network. The AirPort Extreme must be configured in Bridge Mode as well.

     

    Getting the security matched up correctly is always the biggest challenge because you have to get into the configuration settings of the Uverse router to get this information. I can't tell you how to do this, but if you can get the exact type of security that the Uverse is using, I can tell you how to match that up with the AirPort Extrreme.

     

    This is always very tricky trying to match up devices from different manufacturers, because everyone does things differently and settings on one router rarely match the other.

  • scheidy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much.  I will try that with the AEBS.  I also have 2 older airport express, will this work if I plug directly into a hard wire in another room to extend the uverse network.  Thanks for the feedback.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (86,530 points)
    I also have 2 older airport express, will this work if I plug directly into a hard wire in another room to extend the uverse network.

    Yes

  • scheidy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Good news.  I'll try that and thanks for the quick response. 

     

    Regards,