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Setting Up Airport Express as a Bridge

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Kerrydon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 6, 2013 9:36 PM

Today I set up an Airport Extreme as the router on the main level of my house.  I need a bridge for devices that need an ethernet connection (PS3, Apple TV, etc.) in the basement and purchased an Airport Express to serve this purpose.  The router set up went well but I am struggling with the set up of the bridge. 

 

Has anyone done this and have suggestions?

  • edex67 Level 4 Level 4 (3,235 points)
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    Jan 6, 2013 11:46 PM (in response to Kerrydon)

    I believe the AE can be set to either join or extend a network. However the WAN port can't be used as an Ethernet port on the bridge.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,875 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 7:14 AM (in response to Kerrydon)

    I need a bridge for devices that need an ethernet connection (PS3, Apple TV, etc.) in the basement and purchased an Airport Express to serve this purpose.  The router set up went well but I am struggling with the set up of the bridge.

    We need more information from you in order to help with this issue.

     

    What operating system are you using on the computer this is being used to configure the AirPort Express? If it is a Mac, and you do not know, click the Apple icon at the upper left corner of the screen and then click on About This Mac. Post back with the OS X version number that you see there.

     

    Can your briefly describe what you have tried so far?  What steps did you take?  What happens after each step?

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,510 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 8:37 AM (in response to Kerrydon)

    Do you connect the AE in the basement with an ethernet cable, or do you want it to extend the WiFi network?

    If the last: you do nothing in the primary AE and configure the second (basement) one to "extend the network". Nothing "bridge" in that case. The WiFi strength must be just enough to receive the main level WiFi signal.

  • edex67 Level 4 Level 4 (3,235 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 8:41 AM (in response to LexSchellings)

    Just confirming, you want to wirelessly bridge Ethernet devices, correct? If so you will want to 'extend' the network.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,875 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 3:08 PM (in response to Kerrydon)

    The first important step will be to check a setting on the AirPort Extreme as follows:

     

    Open AirPort Utility, click on the AirPort Extreme and click Manual Setup

    Click the Wireless tab located below the row of icons

    Make sure that a check mark is entered next to "Allow this network to be extended"

    Click Update to save the settings and allow a minute for the AirPort Extreme to restart

     

     

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    Next, start over with the AirPort Express by temporarily locating it near the AirPort Exteme for the setup process.

     

    Power up the AirPort Express and let it run for a full minute.

     

    Perform a Hard Reset on the AirPort Express by holding in the reset button on the back of the AirPort Express for 7-8 seconds and then release. Allow a full minute for the Express to restart.

     

    The AirPort Express is now producing a wireless network with a name like Apple Network xxxxxx. Log on to this network first....no password is required.....then open AirPort Utillty

     

    Click on Base Station xxxxxxx, then click Manual Setup

     

    Click the Base Station tab below the row of icons to assign a device name to the AirPort Express, a device password and adjust Time Zone settings.

     

     

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    Click the Wireless tab and adjust the settings as follows:

     

    Wireless Mode = Extend a wireless network

    Wireless Network Name = Same name as the AirPort Extreme network

    Enter a check mark next to Allow Wireless Clients

    Wireless Security = Same setting as the AirPort Extreme

    Wireless Password = Same Password as the AirPort Extreme

    Verify Password

    Click Update to save the settings

    Close AirPort Utility as soon as you see the message that the settings have been stored

    Wait a minute for a green light on the AirPort Express

     

    Now move the AirPort Express to the desired location and power it up. Everything should be working now.

     

     

     

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    Apple's instructions to do this are here:

     

    Extended network

  • C_Ocegueda Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 3:38 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)

    Hi Bob,

     

    I been doing some research regarding the apple extreme as well as the apple express products to extend my network and make it work better with an apple iTV that I want to send photos and slidesshows via airplay.

     

    I have a 2nd generation extreme setup as my main wireless network. I also setup one 1st generation extreme as well as one express units to extend the range and signal strength.

     

    When I setup my iTV I see the signal extreme to just three (3) bars without the additonal units powered on. When I power and configure the other two units to extend the network, I do not see any difference in signal strenght in my iTV. Thus when I am sending info to the iTV, the music and slide show are rerky and erratic. not smooth at all.

     

    I setup the 1st generation extreme as it's own separate network (without access to the internet) and then instructed the iTV to connect to it. It did so and I was able to display movies and slide shows perfectly. The signal strength was high. (unit was only a couple of feet away).

     

    So, I am not sure how come the signal strenght is not affected by the use of my extreme as an extender. Can you provide some light on this?

     

    Thank you.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,875 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 4:16 PM (in response to C_Ocegueda)

    Please start a new post for this question. Thanks.

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