4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 24, 2011 8:29 AM by purpleHey
Maury Mccown Level 1 (90 points)

Hey all


Slight confusion/issue. Here's my setup situation...


1. I have a Time Capsule in my downstairs office. and I'm needing to get wireless access into an addition we made way at the back of the house, upstairs. During the build-out, I had ethernet run from my office into the new area.


2. My plan was to connect one end of the ethernet cable to the Time Capsule, and the other to the AirPort Express. This would then let me have wireless access in the home addition.


3. So, I've hooked everything up, but I'm not sure how to configure the AEX in the addition. Right now, it's just sitting at the defualt seetings.


Does anyone have step-by-step instructions on how this should be setup? The TC and AEX are so far away, that he AEX can't extend the TC.



  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (95,380 points)

    So that I am clear on things, your Time Capsule is now providing a wireless network and you want the AirPort Express to provide additonal wireless coverage for the same wireless network as the Time Capsule. Is that correct?


    Or, is it your goal to set up a new wireless network with a separate log on for the area at the back of the house?

  • Maury Mccown Level 1 (90 points)



    The former is what what I'd like to do. I believe I have it working right now, but if you'd like to outline how you'd do it, I'll compare what you do with what I did.



  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (95,380 points)

    Sure, you can check your settings for the AirPort Express using AirPort Utility - Manual Setup


    Click the Base Station tab below the icons to make sure that you have named the device, established a device password, adjusted Time Zone settings, etc.


    Click the Wireless tab next to the Base Station tab. Settings should look like this:


    Wireless Mode = Create a wireless network

    Wireless Network Name = Same name as your Time Capsule wireless network

    Check mark not needed next to "Allow this network to be extended"

    Radio Mode = 802.11 n (b/g compatible) a good choice for most applications

    Channel = Automatic

    Wireless Security = Same setting as your TC wireless network

    Wireless Password = Same password as your TC wireless

    Confirm Password


    Click the Internet icon, then click the Internet Connection tab


    Connect Using = Ethernet

    Connection Sharing = Off (Bridge Mode)


    Update to save any changes


    It is important to power down and restart the entire network so that everything will be in the right sequence. Power off everything in any order you wish. Wait a moment, then start the modem first and let it run for a moment by itself. Then your TC the same way, then the Express, then devices, etc.


    You should be able to "walk" your laptop from the area near the TC to the area near the AirPort Express and it will automatically switch to the access point with the strongest signal.

  • purpleHey Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow.  I've been struggling for weeks to figure out where I was going wrong going through the wizard.  The connection sharing seems to have been the trick.  I did not have to power things down.  It just worked.  Thanks Bob!