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extending a roaming network

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I currently have a roaming network utilizing AEBS1 connected by cat 5 to AEBS2.  #1 is main base and set to allow public ip address and #2 set to bridge mode. Otherwise both have identical names , passwords and security settings and set to create a wireless network. Now I would like to extend the range of each AEBS wirelessly by locating express unit in range of each base. Will I need to change any of the settings to the base stations to do this in a roaming network and how should I configure each express unit? Any help greatly appreciated.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,090 points)
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    May 8, 2012 7:57 PM (in response to tshands)

    This will work with one Express, and I can think of no reason it should not work with two as you proposed. I have not tried it with two. I recommend you deploy one first, verify that it works, then add the second. Since you already have a roaming network the hard part is over.

     

    This KB article explains the details: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4259

     

    Note the recommendation:

    If you have configured your Wi-Fi base stations in the past, it may be helpful to do a factory default reset of each Wi-Fi base station that will be part of the wireless extended network before you begin.

     

    ... though I do not believe this will be necessary.

     

    Will I need to change any of the settings to the base stations to do this in a roaming network and how should I configure each express unit?

     

    Configure each AEBS to "allow this network to be extended"

     

    Screen Shot 2012-05-08 at 10.45.25 PM.png

     

    ... and the Expresses to "extend a wireless network" and allow wireless clients:

     

    Screen Shot 2012-05-08 at 10.46.21 PM.png

     

    That should be all there is to it.

     

    Pease let me know how this works.

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