9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 26, 2012 1:03 PM by Bob Timmons
Hence84 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have the setup as in the article, but with Airport Express. I also have a third AE who is in range to the "second" AE but not the Primary, can I get it to extend my network? Right now I have it setup to extend, but it only connects to the second one, doesn't extend the WiFi...


OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (92,230 points)
    I also have a third AE who is in range to the "second" AE but not the Primary, can I get it to extend my network?

     

    Sorry, but no.

     

    Apple's "extend" setup works like the hub and spokes of a wheel. The main rotuer is the "hub".  Each extender resides the end of a "spoke".

     

    The extenders at the ends of spokes always communicate directly to the hub.....not to another extender at the end of another spoke.

     

    If an extender is located too far from the main hub to be able to extend the signal using wireless only, you will need to consider a wired Ethernet connection for the most remote extender.

  • Jschaves Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If 2nd ae is wired, can 3rd ae extend wifi through 2nd? T

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (92,230 points)

    Yes

  • Jschaves Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Having trouble getting AirPort Utility to configure third as Wi-Fi to connect to second that is connected via ethernet to first. Third AAE tries to connect to primary.  Third AE is very far from primary connection is not reliable but is at about 50% signal strength to second. I do not need second to serve Wi-Fi to any clients other then third to extend range Thank you in advance

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (92,230 points)

    AirPort Extreme in the home office is main router here, connected to another AirPort Extreme in the den using an Ethernet cable routed through the attic. 

     

    An AirPort Express connects using wireless only to the den AirPort Extreme to provide more wireless coverage in the patio area outside.

     

    But, I configured the Express in the office.  When I move it near the den AirPort Extreme, it picks up the wireless signal from the den AirPort Extreme.

     

    If I move the Express back near the home office, it picks up the signal from the den AirPort Extreme.

     

    That is the way "extend" should work if everything is configured correctly.  In other words, the Express picks up the strongest signal and extends it.

  • Jschaves Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My primary is an airport extreme my second and third iceboat AirPort expresses. Would that cause the issue? Thanks

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (92,230 points)

    As long as the AirPorts are all "n" wireless devices, things should work.  So far, I cannot "create" the errror that you are seeing, so I do not have an answer.

     

    If I can duplicate the problem, then I can find a solution. Will post back if that is the case.

  • Jschaves Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Bob, I moved my middle airport express which is wired to the main airport extreme closer to the wireless third AirPort Express now the airport extreme is barely in range of the wireless third AirPort Express about 0 to 5% signal the The signal from the wired airport express to where the wireless AirPort Express resides is about 25%, yet the wireless AirPort Express still tries to connect to the extreme with almost no success and will not connect to the airport express which is wired.

    That being said do you know of a way to force my wireless AirPort Express to use only my Wyart AirPort Express

    I'm using an iPhone five Ingate 2010 MacBook Pro to test signal strengths.,

    Thank you

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (92,230 points)

    All you can do is perform a Factory Default Reset on the remote AirPort Express, then move it very close to the Ethernet connected Express to re-configure it again.  Then, try to locate it as close as possible to the Ethernet connected Express for the day to day setup.

     

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to force a wireless device to connect to another given wireless device. The remote Express will connect to the AirPort with the strongest signal....if it is working correctly.  If it won't do that, then I suspect that you have an Express which is not behaving correctly.  Might be a good idea to have the device checked out an Apple store.

     

    Like I said, I cannot duplicate your problem. But, perhaps another user can.