3 Replies Latest reply: May 21, 2014 6:52 PM by Tesserax
SHartz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I get really poor reception at the end of the house away from the Linksys wireless G router.  This reception is ESPECIALLY noticable on my new ipad 4. I purchased an Airport base station ( M8209LL/A) on ebay new some months ago.  I am a real novice with this stuff ):  I have my Powerbook G4 currently hooked up via an ethernet cable as the airport signal was weak where the Powerbook resides.  I also (smile) have a couple Powerbook G3's that I use occasionally wirelessly.  I have been trying for weeks to get the Airport base to act as a bride to extend (strengthen) my signal at the far end of the house, to no avail.  The Airport utility recognizes neither my Lyinksys wired/wireless router nor the  Airport base station .  I tried using the airport not plugged into an ethernet cable and also plugged in - neither helps.  At times the airport flashes like it is receiving a signal, but the strength of the signal right next to the Airport is only 2 bars.  Am I getting interference between the 2 bases?  Can I use the M8209LL/A, in some fashion, to make a 'bigger' network?   Please advise step by step.  I'm really confused- sorry .  And why is the ipad having so much trouble connecting to my Linksys?  The ipad sees the signal (shows linksys) but sometimes takes 5 minutes to establish a connection - just keeps spinning in the Settings network pane....

Thanks!

 

Steve

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,875 points)

    Your Dual Ethernet AirPort Base Station (M8209LL/A) is only capable of operating in the 802.11b radio mode. It also only supports WEP for wireless security and, unfortunately, it does not support WDS (which would be required to potentially extend your 802.11g Linksys router.) Basically, you will not be able to use it as you intend to.

     

    To have some success in creating an extended network in your home, you may want to consider getting more up-to-date networking hardware ... Apple or not.

  • SHartz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If I plug my ethernet cable (which extends to the far end of the house from my Lynksys wirekless router location) into the Apple base station and then use a LAN cable to my G4 (ethernet vs airport connection) , will this Airport base broadcast my signal at THAT end of the house so I can use the ipad there??  Right now I have the ethernet cable from the router plugged in to my main computer, the Powerbook G4....  But I would like to extend my wireless capabilities to the far end of the house.  Or do I need an Apple Express?  or something else? Model?

     

    Thanks!

     

    Steve

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,875 points)

    The Dual Ethernet AirPort is an outdated model so I'm not sure that it would work as you intend it to. However, it may be worth a try.

     

    What you will be attempting to do is configure both the Linksys and the AirPort into a roaming network. The key to a roaming network is that the two routers must be interconnected by Ethernet. Note: The Eternet cable run should not exceed 300'.

     

    Again I'm not sure that this will work with the 802.11b AirPort. If it does, please post back that you were successful setting this up. If not, then I would recommend that you get an 802.11n AirPort Express to be used in the roaming network configuration to replace the 802.11b AirPort.