2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 29, 2012 9:25 AM by Joseph Buoscio,
Joseph Buoscio, Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

I just updated my AirPort Extreme to a 5th gen. and wanted to use my old AirPort Extreme to extend the network.  The old AP Extreme is a square  one with rounded corners, I'm not sure what gen.  I reset the old APExtreme and connected the two with a Ethernet cable - Ethernet to Ethernet connection.  The new APExtreme is connected to a DSL modem through the WAN port.  When I connect the old APExtreme I'm trying to use AirPort Untility to configure the old APExtreme to extend the network, but it won't let me.  It will only let me set up a new wireless network which I don't want to do.  I went to "other optiions" where I can chose "extend network" but when I go to next it takes me back to set up a new network.  Am I missing something?  Any

  • 1. Re: I'm trying to use a 2nd AirPort Extreme to extend my Wireless Network
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,760 points)
    I'm trying to use AirPort Untility to configure the old APExtreme to extend the network, but it won't let me.

     

    "Extend" is only used if the two AirPort Extremes are connecting using wireless only.

     

    "Create" is the correct setting to use since the AirPort Exremes are connecting using Ethernet.

     

    Configure the second AirPort Extreme to create a wireless network using the exact same wireless network name, same security setttings and same wireless password as the "main" AirPort Extreme and make sure that you are choosing the Bridge Mode option for the second AirPort Extreme before clicking Update to save the settings.

     

    When you do this, everything will act like one big wireless network and computers will automatically pick up a signal from the AirPort with the strongest signal based on their location.

     

    This Apple document more details on this....which is called a Roaming Network.

     

    Roaming network

  • 2. Re: I'm trying to use a 2nd AirPort Extreme to extend my Wireless Network
    Joseph Buoscio, Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Thanks Bob,  Extended network up and running.  I appreciate your help.

     

    Joe