5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 5, 2013 6:15 PM by GeekNeck
GeekNeck Level 1 (0 points)

Hi all,


I have a Time Capsule plus two Airport Express units situated throughout my house.  The Express units are extending the Time Capsule WiFi network.  I want to connect all three via Ethernet, so as to eliminate latency.  I've never had luck doing this though.  Plugging the Ethernet into the Express units causes the whole Wifi network to die!


What are the appropriate settings for all of these units to make this work?  Thanks in advance!



  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,284 points)

    Which versions of the AirPort Express do you have?


    What version of AirPort Utility are you using?

  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,571 points)

    I would recommend that you start by taking a look at the following Apple Support article on roaming networks.


    The key to success of any "advanced" network is to start from scratch. I would recommend that you perform a "factory default" reset on each of your base stations, and then, use the AirPort Utility to configure them.

  • GeekNeck Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Bob,

    Here is a diagram of my setup

    Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 4.51.01 AM.png

    Here are the versions:

    AirPort Time Capsule 802.11n (2nd Generation)

    AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation)

    AirPort Express 802.11n (1st Generation)


    All are running firmware version 7.6.4

    Airport Utility is Version 6.3.1



  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,284 points)

    Power off the Porch Express for now.


    With the Living Room AirPort Express powered on for a few minutes, hold in the reset button on the back of the device for 9-10 seconds and release. Allow a full minute for the AirPort Express to restart to a slow, blinking amber light.


    Connect the Ethernet cable from a LAN <-> port on the Time Capsule to the WAN "O" port on the LR Express.


    Click the AirPort icon at the top of the Mac's screen and wait a few seconds for a listing of New AirPort Base Station to appear. Just below that,  click directly on AirPort Express.



    New AirPort Base Station.png



    AirPort Setup will open up automatically and take a minute to analyze the network, then announce that the Express will be configured to extend the Time Capsule network.


    Enter a device name that you want to use.......LRExpress.....for example, and click Next


    Now the screen will indicate that the Express is being configured to extend using Ethernet.  When you see the message of Setup Complete, click Done.   That''s it.


    Use the same procedure for the Porch Express.

  • GeekNeck Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the help, Bob and Tesserax!  I now have a fully functioning Ethernet extension on my Express!