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imac abuser
Dec 23, 2004, 02:06 AM
I have an Apple Express that I have in the room where my powerbook is. I have it set up to do wireless printing. For my internet connection I have a D-Link Router in the other part of the house. My connection is ok, but I would like to use the Airport Express to increase the strength on the wireless signal. Any tips?

Thanks
Chris

caveman_uk
Dec 23, 2004, 03:48 AM
My understanding was that Airport Express only acts as a WDS relay (extends a network) for an Airport extreme base station and not other, third-party, base stations. I might be wrong but that was my understanding

imac abuser
Dec 23, 2004, 11:56 AM
I don't thinkn so, because when your in the admin utlity it asks if it's for a airport basestation, or not. And my printer works in conjunction with the dlink and airport express. So I think it will work :) just have to find somebody that has it set up that way.

caveman_uk
Dec 23, 2004, 02:51 PM
From http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=108040

AirPort Express: What is client mode?

When talking about a Wi-Fi network, a "client" is simply something that joins the network, like your computer. A client could also be a wireless print server or wireless audio device.

AirPort Express can function as a full-fledged wireless access point, or it can join an existing network just to offer its wireless print server and audio features. When AirPort Express does that, it is in "client mode."

In client mode AirPort Express does not offer itself as a wireless access point or use its Ethernet port. As a wireless client, AirPort Express is simply a destination for AirTunes and print jobs. It can join both 802.11b and 802.11g networks, including those using security features such as WEP and WPA-PSK.

Wireless Distribution System is another way for AirPort Express to join an existing Wi-Fi network. AirPort Express uses its Ethernet port and can offer its wireless access point in WDS mode, but it requires that your other access points be AirPort Extreme and/or AirPort Express. Client mode's advantage is that you can join the networks of non-Apple access points and earlier AirPort base stations ("Dual Ethernet" and "Graphite" models).

Tip: Other Wi-Fi product manufacturers have different names for "client mode." These include "client station mode," "AP client mode," "wireless client mode", and "STA mode." Whenever one of these modes is required, just remember that "client mode" is the same thing.

So there you have it. Airport Express can join a third-party access point network as a client and offer it's printing facilities but it can only be a WDS access point (ie extend a network) on Airport Extreme networks

debroglie
Dec 23, 2004, 03:27 PM
So there you have it. Airport Express can join a third-party access point network as a client and offer it's printing facilities but it can only be a WDS access point (ie extend a network) on Airport Extreme networks

Actually... it depends. It is only advertised as being able to be a WDS access point for other Apple-branded routers, but people have gotten it to work with other brands. From my understanding, it can be done with Linksys and many other routers, but nobody has managed with D-link. I have a d-link router so I haven't looked into it too much, but I'm sure that someone else can provide a link to instructions on how to attempt to set it up. It can be done, just maybe not with d-link.

imac abuser
Dec 23, 2004, 04:18 PM
the wireless printing part is working great just have to lock down the extended signal router......

dav
Dec 23, 2004, 05:53 PM
It can be done with a WRT54g (http://weblogs.java.net/blog/inder/archive/2004/10/using_airport_e_1.html)

Rod Rod
Dec 23, 2004, 06:20 PM
It can be done with a WRT54g (http://weblogs.java.net/blog/inder/archive/2004/10/using_airport_e_1.html)

. . . seems like Inderjeet Singh (October 12, 2004) (http://weblogs.java.net/blog/inder/archive/2004/10/using_airport_e_1.html) may have copied off Ryan Schwartz (September 5, 2004) (http://ryanschwartz.net/2004/08/05/airtunes-airport-express-and-the-wrt54g).

Maybe you can take those instructions as guidelines and adapt them to your D-Link.