I feel like my head is spinning after reading everything on here about the above topic and I still can't do what i want to do, so here goes:
I have an older (mushroom) Extreme g and just purchased a new Express n. My Extreme g is connected to my router and a remote printer. I would like to maintain my Extreme as my gateway to the internet as well as remote printing.
I would also like to accomplish two things with the Express n: 1) Play airtunes and 2) extend my network. I was successful in "Joining" the current Extreme network, and airtunes works well. To get this to work without signal dropouts on the airtunes, On the Extreme g I needed to change my channel to '11', deselect deselect the interference option and set the multicast rate to the highest (11, I believe). The Extreme g and Express n are only about 30 feet from each other. The Express n is in a wide open space, the Extreme g is in a closet and I get two bars on my iPad when standing next to the Express n.....not too bad, but it drops to 1 bar or loses signal internittantly if I get much further away from the Extreme g.
I received the "Cannot extend network" message when setting up the Express n, which makes sense since I learned that the Extreme g will not allow this. So I decided on trying out a WDS network.
Question 1: Is a WDS optimal for what I'm looking to do (extend range a little, airtunes and skype)? I'm OK with losing some distance on the Express n, since I only really want another 20 line of sight feet to the Express n. Would it impact airtunes much?
Question 2: I followed the instructions on here in setting up the WDS network with names and PW's all matching exactly, ID's in properly, but when the Express n restarts after changing settings, Airport Config Utility can't find it....even when using an ethernet cable tied directly to the computer. Any thoughts?
Question 3: I may just scrap my Extreme g and get another Express n.....can I use another Express n in the way I am currently using the Extreme g above, with remote printing as well as my internet gateway via my router?
Thanks for the help,