4 Replies Latest reply: May 7, 2014 4:29 AM by Bob Timmons
J18bru Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have read through other threads but cannot find an answer to the specific problem I am having.

I just bought an Airport Express base station to extend my network and to use Airplay to connect to my stereo. I am using a BT Home Hub 5 with BT Infinity broadband.

I initially set up the Airport Express  to join the existing network and can now play music via Airplay. However, when I tried to extend the existing network, following the instructions in the help file, I keep getting an error message which simply states that the Airport is unable to extend this network. Any help in resolving this problem would be most welcome.


AirPort Express 802.11N (2nd generation), OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)
  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (44,080 points)

    The airport express can be a bridge to a non-apple router.. but it cannot extend the wireless. You must have two apple routers to extend wireless.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (90,670 points)

    I initially set up the Airport Express  to join the existing network and can now play music via Airplay.

    The AirPort Express can "join" virtually any wireless network, but it does not "repeat" or "extend" the wireless signal when it "joins" a network.

     

    However, when I tried to extend the existing network, following the instructions in the help file, I keep getting an error message which simply states that the Airport is unable to extend this network.

    "Extend a wireless network" is proprietary setting or feature that will only work with other Apple routers. It is not compatible with routers from manufacturers other than Apple.

     

    As LaPastenagure says above....If you want to "extend" a wireless network with one Apple router.....you must have another Apple router in the mix.

     

    If you want the AirPort Express to provide more wireless coverage for the BT network, you must permanently connect the Express to the BT router using a wired Ethernet cable connection. Then, configure it to "create" a wireless network using the same wireless network name and password as the BT network.

     

    Ethernet cable can be run up to 330 feet or 100 meters with virtually no loss, so you should be able to locate the AirPort Express where it is needed.

  • J18bru Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks to both of the above answers for the helpful information. I wish I had known that before I bought the Airport.

     

    One further point - if I got a second Airport router to extend the network, would the first one have to be permanently connected to the main modem/router via ethernet cable?

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (90,670 points)

    If I got a second Airport router to extend the network, would the first one have to be permanently connected to the main modem/router via ethernet cable?

    Yes