3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 20, 2012 11:22 AM by Tesserax
Dollymac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

how do I extend wireless network from my airport extreme?


AirPort Extreme 802.11n (5th Gen)
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,860 points)

    Please check out the following Apple Support article for details on extending AirPorts.

  • aagiddens Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tesserax,

     

    Thanks for your help over the years! I currently have my network configured as a roaming network with two new airport extremes(AE )connected by ethernet , a third (third generation) airport extreme(AE) connected wirelessly to the second  ( to extend a network) and an airport express(AX) wirelessly connected to the first( to extend the network).

    The primary Airport extreme is connected to the cable modem and set up to connect via DCHP whereas the others are set up in bridge mode.The primary AE has its own SSID and the second one has a different SSID.

     

    My questions:

     

    1. Can I change my network to all have the same SSID (instead of two) or will my third AE not be able to connect to the primary AE?

    2. My primary AE is connected to the second by ethernet from a LAN port to another LAN port. Should this be LAN to WAN?

    3. My laptop is sitting right next to my AX so I would expect it to connect to my primary SSID (since the AX extends the primary AE's network) but it always seem to connect to the second SSID??

     

    My airport utility is version 6.1.

     

    Thanks

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,860 points)

    1. Can I change my network to all have the same SSID (instead of two) or will my third AE not be able to connect to the primary AE?

    The key for a roaming network is that ALL routers must be interconnected by Ethernet and they must ALL be broadcasting a wireless network with the SAME Network Name or SSID.

     

    2. My primary AE is connected to the second by ethernet from a LAN port to another LAN port. Should this be LAN to WAN?

    Since the second Extreme is in bridge mode, it really doesn't matter, but for consistency, I would connect the primary to the secondary's WAN port. In bridge mode, since the routing function is disabled, all of the Extreme's Ethernet ports, are exactly that, Ethernet ports. There would be no WAN or LAN functionality.

     

    3. My laptop is sitting right next to my AX so I would expect it to connect to my primary SSID (since the AX extends the primary AE's network) but it always seem to connect to the second SSID??

    You have a bit of a hybrid network configuration here. Mixing a roaming with an extended network. In theory, the laptop should try to connect to the base station with the strongest signal, but in reality, this doesn't always happen (as you already can tell.)