Not strictly true - if you use WDS you can daisy chain *BUT* the perforamce will suffer quite a lot (about 40% loss). If you use "extend network" option then you are quite correct the "main" must be in the middle. Note with WDS you can only do 2 "hops".
For the full SP.
Thanks for the response, although if I wanted to run ethernet cables all over, I could just as easily run them from the main base station directly to the laptops. This is a public space, so it's not possible to clutter up the hallways with wires. This is disappointing information.
So Apple eliminated the option of using a WDS? I realize the limitations of WDS, but enabling just one extension from the base station seems very much like they've taken a massive step backwards, especially when you consider that ethernet cables are back in the discussion (what is this, the 90s?).
Thanks, Shawn, although I'd looked at that article before and I still have the same questions:
- It says "WDS is designed for 802.11g, and shouldn’t be used for 802.11n devices. Wi-Fi base stations may include AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and AirPort Express (802.11g)." Is this truly prohibitive, or just a suggestion?
- It also includes steps such as "From WDS Mode, select WDS remote." I see no such options in AirPort Utility 6.0, nor can I find them in version 5.6. Am I missing something, or do the hardware upgrades (to 'n') mean that Apple software won't support WDS at all anymore?
i realize this is an old thread, but I figured I'd drop this bit of knowledge for documentation purposed.
New AirPort routers ARE capable of using WDS features. The trick is to hold down the alt (option) key while selecting "Network Mode" dropdown under Wireless settings. This should work in the AirPort Utility 5.6 and 6.x, however older model AirPort base stations are only programmable using AirPort 5.6.