I have the newest (5th gen) version of the airport extreme base station. What I wish to do is to use this base station to create a wireless network. I then wish to use my older generation airport express as an extender, by plugging into the airport extreme via Ethernet.
Any ideas on how to do this?
What I’ve tried:
Using airport utility 5.6 (since the newer version of airport utility does not support my older airport express), I set up the extreme base station to participate in a WDS network. I selected the extreme base station as the WDS Main. I added the wifi and Ethernet mac addresses of my express as WDS remotes.
Moving to the airport express, I have it set to participate in a WDS network, and as a WDS remote. I entered the extreme base station Ethernet MAC address as the WDS main. I also have it set as a bridge and not as DHCP router. I also checked "allow wireless clients"
The airport express icon in the airport utility shows green but the light on the airport express is solid amber.
Also, the airport extreme base station in the airport utility shows me the error:
“WDS error. This apple wi-fi base station is set up as part of a WDS network but no other apple wi-fi base stations were found.” which is strange since I have two stations (extreme and express) both set up to participate in a WDS network
The current status is that I my airport extreme base station seems to be broadcasting a wifi signal just fine and connecting to the internet. But I don’t think my airport express is actually working to repeat the signal.
I have searched extensively on this topic but nothing I have read seems to work.
The other option that I would be good with is if I had my modem/wireless router combo provided by my ISP be used to create the wireless network, and use my extreme base station to extend that network. If I plugged in my base station to the ISP router and used the base station to extend the wireless network, would it be acting as a wired to wired bridge to extend the wireless network or would it act as a wireless to wireless bridge?
Any help and a step by step walk through would be highly appreciated. Thanks!