Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2012 3:15 AM (in response to simonfromswansea)
Sorry, that should have continued.
I cannot seem to locate a 'Extend Wireless network' option anywhere when I go into Airpotr Utility.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2012 7:00 AM (in response to simonfromswansea)
Is this a new AirPort Extreme that you are trying to add?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2012 7:15 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
An old one (circa 3 years). I basically upgraded to T Capsule to provide an easier backup system than I used to have.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2012 9:57 AM (in response to simonfromswansea)
We understand that you have a "square" shaped AirPort Extreme....just like the Time Capsule, correct?
What version of AirPort Utility are you using to configure the AirPort Extreme?
If you are not sure, click the AirPort Extreme menu at the upper left corner of the screen and then click About AirPort Utility. It should be either 5.x or 6.x
Post back with that info.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2012 1:50 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
Hi, that is correct - square-shaped. v6.1 of airport utility
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2012 5:31 AM (in response to simonfromswansea)
Temporarily, move the AirPort Extreme to the same room or general area of the Time Capsule, power it up, and wait a full minute.
Then, hold in the reset button on the back of the AirPort Extreme for 9-10 seconds, then release. Allow a full minute for the AirPort Extreme to restart to a slow, blinking amber light.
Close AirPort Utility if it is open.
Click the fan shaped AirPort icon at the top of your Mac's screen. Wait a few seconds for the listing of New AirPort Base Station to appear.
Click on AirPort Extreme just below that and AirPort Utility will open automatically open and analyze your network settings. In the example above, this is shown as an AirPort Express. In another minute, you will see that it will configure the AirPort Extreme to "Extend" the network.
Enter a device name that you want to use and click Next
Wait another minute for AirPort Utility to configure the AirPort Extreme. When you see the message of Setup Complete, click Done.
Move the AirPort Extreme to a location that is approximtely half the distance from the Time Capsule to the area that needs more wireless coverage and power it up.
You are all set.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2012 7:40 PM (in response to simonfromswansea)
Thank you for this, very helpful. Does the new device (i.e., an Airport extreme in my case) need to have the same name as the network it's joining?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2012 7:43 PM (in response to tincha)
It will have the same name. You cannot change this....unless....you connect the AirPort Extreme back to your main router using a wired Ethernet connection.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2013 2:00 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)
Great discussion, Bob. So I set up my old Airport Extreme as an extender to my Time Capsule. I labeld the AE as "myinitials Extender". In my wifi list, I will continue to only see the name of my wifi network, correct? It is only listed once, but I won't know whether TC or AE is providing the signal for a particular device? Does that make sense?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2013 2:07 PM (in response to cptsopiens)
The signal will only show up as one network from your Mac.
If you want to know which device you are connected to at any given time......
Locate the Mac near the Time Capsule
Hold down the option key while you click on the AirPort icon at the top of the screen
Look for the BSSID and jot down the last few digits
Now move the Mac close to the AirPort Extreme and perform the same check.
If the AirPort Extreme is extending correctly, you will see a different BSSID.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 9:40 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
Bob, now I noticed my iMac is connecting to the airport exteme (extender) and the TM disk (on time capsule) drops off at times and my iMac can't find it? Is this due to the extended network? is there a way to tell my iMac to only connect to the Time Capsule in the basement, rather than the extender in a nearby laundry room (to improve my bedroom signal)?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 10:06 AM (in response to cptsopiens)
Sorry, but no. The iMac will connect to what it feels is the best quality signal. Try moving the AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule to get them closer to each other and /or minimize obstructions in the signal path between them as much as possible.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2013 6:33 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
Will the AE take on the security parameters from the TC? We have time / MAC specific security, only allowing certain people to use the wireless. Will this automatically be true on the exteneded network?
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