5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 4, 2015 6:25 PM by Niki.K
James.Bond007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello Everyone

 

I just bought a new AirPort Extreme A1408 (Gen 5) for my home. I have already setup the main router. Everything works fine. But I am not getting enough range everywhere. So I went and bought another AirPOrt Extreme A1408 (Gen 5) again.

 

Now, my stupid question is, How do extend my network?

 

I dont have the option to do Roaming Network(wired extension). I can only to Wirelessly Extended Network. Please give me a step by step guide or point me to it. I would also mention that, I have the option to use AirPort utility in a PC and iPad 3. I dont have any iMac or MacBooks.

 

The step-by-step guide needs to address these questions as well.

 

What are the changes I need to make on my 'Main router'?

How do I setup my extension router?

 

Some related questions :

 

Do I need to make any changes to my devices close to the extension router in order to connect to it?

or it is all automatic as the SSID and password remains the same?

 

Please advise and thanks in advance for all the help.

 

Regards


iPad 3, iOS 6.0.2
  • edex67 Level 4 Level 4 (3,250 points)

    The Roaming Network is far better, and you should really be using it. If a cable isn't an option use Powerline adapters.

    However, if you still cannot use this for some reason, then you need to use AirPort Utility on your PC (or iPad) to set the Extreme to "extend a wireless network" when you set it up. It's as simple as that.

  • James.Bond007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    As I said, Roaming is not an option.

     

    Next question is: Whats a powerline adapter. And how do I use it?

     

    And I still dont have a guide on how to setup wireless setup. Please help.

  • edex67 Level 4 Level 4 (3,250 points)

    A Powerline adapter is an adapter that allows for wired networking along the power lines of your house, making Roaming an option (as you don't have to run cable). Although, they don't always work (but do mostly) so make sure you understand the store's return policy.

    Guide:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4259

    (Sorry I couldn't write a guide myself but I have some other stuff I need to get done).

  • ttkj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Try the follow method: Configuring two wireless routers using 1 SSID & doesn't have to be the same brand routers.

     

    http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ConfiguringTwoWirelessRoutersWithOneSSIDNetworkNam eAtHomeForFreeRoaming.aspx

     

    Hope this helps

    TTKJ

  • Niki.K Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a similar situation, where I cannot implement the "recommended" wired approach (no holes allowed, but

    only one wall (floor) and less than 20' separating the two units), and I cannot use a Netgear Powerline

    adapter due to contention with my Sunpower power line monitor adapter.  So, I have gone the wireless extended network using

    the latest version of the Time Capsule as my base station, and my backup 5th generation Airport Extreme as my remote.  I am using

    the three LAN ports to supply wired ethernet connections to my DirecTV, gaming console, and AVR.  Here is what I was

    able to find in Apple's documentation for extending a 802.11N wireless network.   So far, so good, but I haven't put the system

    through a real stress test yet.

     

    Configuring a 802.11N wireless extended network

    To create a wireless extended network, you must place any extended Wi-Fi base stations within range of the primary Wi-Fi base station.

    Start with the device that will be configured as the primary Wi-Fi base station.  Then configure your extended Wi-Fi base stations, ensuring that each is within direct range of the primary Wi-Fi base station.The physical location of extended Wi-Fi base stations will vary according to the building environment and may require some experimentation.

    If you have configured your Wi-Fi base stations in the past, it may be helpful to do a factory default reset of each Wi-Fi base station that will be part of the wireless extended network before you begin.

    Configuring the primary Wi-Fi base station

    1. Power on all 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations and allow them time to appear in the AirPort Menu Extra.
    2. Open AirPort Utility (On a Mac, choose Go > Applications from your desktop, click the Utilities folder, then open AirPort Utility. In Microsoft Windows, choose Start > All Programs > AirPort to start AirPort Utility).
    3. Select the primary Wi-Fi base station in the Base Station Chooser, then click Continue. Note: If you see a message appear that indicates that the Wi-Fi base station has been reset, click Cancel to continue.
    4. Click Manual Setup. Enter the base station password if necessary.
    5. Click AirPort in the toolbar.
    6. Click Wireless.
    7. Choose “Create a wireless network” from the Wireless Mode menu.
    8. Select the “Allow this network to be extended” checkbox.
    9. Enter a Wireless Network Name.
    10. Optional: By default, Wireless Security is set to None so that no password will be required to join the network. We recommend you click on the Wireless Security menu,  select WPA2 Personal, and create a password between 8 and 63 characters long.
    11. From the Radio Channel Selection menu, select Automatic.
    12. Click Update.
    13. The next window may indicate that there are some problems. Resolve the problems, then click Update.

     

     

    You are now ready to add extended Wi-Fi base stations to your network.Configuring an extended Wi-Fi base station

    1. Place any extended Wi-Fi base stations within range of the primary Wi-Fi base station
    2. Ensure that all 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations are powered on and allow them time to appear in the AirPort Menu Extra
    3. Open AirPort Utility (On a Mac, choose Go > Applications from your desktop, click the Utilities folder, then open AirPort Utility. In Microsoft Windows, choose Start > All Programs > AirPort to start AirPort Utility).
    4. Select the Extended Wi-Fi base station in the Base Station Chooser, then click Continue. Note: If you see a message appear that indicates that the Wi-Fi base station has been reset, click Cancel to continue.
    5. Click Manual Setup. Enter the base station password if necessary.
    6. Click AirPort in the toolbar.
    7. Click Wireless.
    8. Choose “Extend a wireless network” from the Wireless Mode menu.
    9. Choose the network you want to extend from the Network Name menu.
    10. Enter the network and device password if necessary, then click Update.
    11. The next window may indicate that there are some problems. Resolve the problems, then click Update.