4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 8, 2013 3:08 AM by Lloydy2
Lloydy2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I recently purchased a 2013 AirPort Extreme to replace my existing wifi router huawei hg523a but realised when reading the setup guide that the AE connects to an existing device and not to the ADSL socket. I want to connect all wifi and LAN devices to my new AE instead of my huawei router, do I need to change any settings on my existing router to achieve this or will the airport setup do it for me? Wasn't sure if the AE could connect to an existing wifi router!!!


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  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (44,315 points)

    If your ISP support PPPOE authentication then you bridge the huawei and use the AE to with pppoe client for wan.. otherwise you need to run the existing huawei as modem and router.. bridge the AE but turn off the wireless in the huawei and use just the AE.. that should work fine.

  • Lloydy2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for responding. As you might already have figured out, I'm not that clued up on internet jargon so I'm not sure if my ISP do support PPPOE authentication, I'm currently with Talktalk who also provided the wifi router. Would I find the information you suggested in the router or ask my provider?

  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (44,315 points)

    I'm currently with Talktalk who also provided the wifi router. Would I find the information you suggested in the router or ask my provider?

    The info should be in the modem.. if you go to the setup just see what kind of authentication is used.. I am not used to the model so I do not know the exact page on the setup to find it.. but there should be a user manual and about half the content is usually the setup basics.

     

    Or just ring and ask the ISP .. depending on how painful it is to get through to their support department.. because you will need help to bridge the modem I suspect.

     

    I would follow the line of least resistence.. since you cannot ever get rid of the modem.. you may as well use it as is.. and just bridge the new AE which is easy.

     

    Open the airport utility and click on the AE icon, then click edit on the summary that pops up.

     

    Go to the network tab and choose the option, off bridge mode.

     

    Just leave the wireless as is.. it doesn't matter if you have wireless from both routers.. indeed since the bridge mode on the AE turns off guest network, just use the main router for guest wireless access.. but use your AE for all your wireless devices.

     

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  • Lloydy2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again for your help. I managed to get my AirPort Extreme up and running by setting up a new network so I can now connect wireless to both routers. I kinda hoped that the wifi connection to the AirPort Extreme would be a little faster but there's no difference, pretty pointless me buying it really.