I have recently bought a new Netgear N900 (WNDR4500) router but like my old router, I still have a weak WiFi signal towards the rear of the house so I have looking into WiFi range extenders/repeaters. Most repeaters I've looked at (including a Netgear) rely on WiFi to connect to the main router which I don't really want. We have an Ethernet switch already situated in the back room so I ideally want a WiFi repeater to connect to the main router directly via Ethernet.
The Apple Airport Express appears to allow this type of connection though "roaming networks" according to Apple's website but I cannot find a straight answer as to whether it'll work, using this method, with non-Apple routers such as my Netgear.
Can anyone advise as to whether I can extend my Netgear router's WiFi range with the Airport Express connected to it via Ethernet, keeping the same SSID, password, etc?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
The AirPort Express will work just fine as a wireless access point if you connect it using Ethernet and......
o Configure it to create a wireless network using the same wireless network name as the Netgear router
o Use the same setting for wireless security that the Netgear is using
o Use the same wireless network password as the Netgear
o Leave the Radio Mode and Channel setting both to Automatic on the Express
o Configure the AirPort Express to operate in Bridge Mode