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Question: Will Time Capsule router work with Airport Express as extender?

I use my A1355 Time Capsule as the wifi router in our house. To improve signal strength in some areas, I'm thinking of using an extender. Would an A 1264 Airport Express (which a friend is getting rid of) do the job as well as an Airport Extreme, and does it matter which generation of either I use for the purpose?

iMac, macOS High Sierra (10.13.2)

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Mar 16, 2018 9:16 AM in response to palquest In response to palquest

The AirPort Express will not come close the performance offered by an AirPort Extreme, but it might be good enough for what you want to do.


Borrow the AirPort Express for a day or two, and try it out. Locate the AirPort Express about half way between the Time Capsule and the general area where you need additional wireless signal coverage.

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Mar 16, 2018 10:01 AM in response to palquest In response to palquest

If your goal is best performance, then the AirPort Extreme would be the better match for the Time Capsule.


But I would not consider buying any used AirPort.....unless.....the seller will agree to refund your money if you are not satisfied with the device.

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Mar 16, 2018 9:16 AM in response to palquest In response to palquest

The AirPort Express will not come close the performance offered by an AirPort Extreme, but it might be good enough for what you want to do.


Borrow the AirPort Express for a day or two, and try it out. Locate the AirPort Express about half way between the Time Capsule and the general area where you need additional wireless signal coverage.

Mar 16, 2018 9:16 AM

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Mar 16, 2018 9:24 AM in response to Bob Timmons In response to Bob Timmons

Many thanks for your swift response.


In Britain, where I am, I can find on ebay a well-working 4th generation AirPort Extreme for about £15, with earlier versions cheaper, and given your advice and the price I think I should go for the Extreme rather than the Express once I'm getting into this. Would the generation of the device make much difference?

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Mar 16, 2018 10:01 AM in response to palquest In response to palquest

If your goal is best performance, then the AirPort Extreme would be the better match for the Time Capsule.


But I would not consider buying any used AirPort.....unless.....the seller will agree to refund your money if you are not satisfied with the device.

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