6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 8, 2012 12:12 PM by redsoxpenguin
redsoxpenguin Level 1 Level 1

Airport express will not restart after airport utility has updated settings. Its refurbished just tried it out. I am trying to extend my current wireless network.


imac g4, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Reply by Bob Timmons on Nov 8, 2012 10:44 AM Helpful

Apple's "extend" setting is a proprietary function that is designed to only work with other Apple routers.

 

Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that it would work with Fios / Actiontec devices (or any other router for that matter) if you are trying to "extend" using wireless only.

 

If you connect the Express to one of the LAN <-> ports on the Actiontec router using a permanent, wired Ethernet connection, the Express can be configured to provide more wireless coverage that way.

Reply by Bob Timmons on Nov 8, 2012 11:50 AM Helpful

That would work if the Time Capsule is now connected to the Actiontec router using a permanent wired Ethernet connection.

 

This can get complicated though, since having two routers in close proximity to each other with both providing a wireless signal can introduce interference effects that limit the performance of both routers.

 

In cases like this, it is always a good idea to turn off the wireless on one of the routers if possible.

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  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10

    Can you please provide us with the make and model number of your current "main" wireless router?

     

    Are you still using OS X 10.5.8 as your profile indicates?

  • redsoxpenguin Level 1 Level 1

    It is a actiontec  model M1424WR used with

    Verizon fios . Yes that is the operating system. Still using old emac

    Thanks

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10

    Apple's "extend" setting is a proprietary function that is designed to only work with other Apple routers.

     

    Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that it would work with Fios / Actiontec devices (or any other router for that matter) if you are trying to "extend" using wireless only.

     

    If you connect the Express to one of the LAN <-> ports on the Actiontec router using a permanent, wired Ethernet connection, the Express can be configured to provide more wireless coverage that way.

  • redsoxpenguin Level 1 Level 1

    . I have a time capsule,could I use that to set up my wireless

    Network, and then use the airport off of that?  Thanks for your help

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10

    That would work if the Time Capsule is now connected to the Actiontec router using a permanent wired Ethernet connection.

     

    This can get complicated though, since having two routers in close proximity to each other with both providing a wireless signal can introduce interference effects that limit the performance of both routers.

     

    In cases like this, it is always a good idea to turn off the wireless on one of the routers if possible.

  • redsoxpenguin Level 1 Level 1

    I will try it later. Thank you for all your help