Airport express - wireless range extender?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by BFG, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. BFG macrumors member

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    Hi there, im trying to find away to extend the range of my wireless - to all areas of my house; and theres no way i can do this, other than to use some sort of units.

    At the moment i've covered all the areas which i can with network cable and hardwired, wireless repeaters, but its just not far enough. (items like this: repeater)

    Now im wondering if i can extend it any other way, i.e. a single unit that just repeats the signal without any use of network cables - with my existing hardware.

    My router

    My repeater

    Would airport express do the job?
     
  2. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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  3. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a

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    AirPort Express most certainly can be setup to extend your wireless network.
     
  4. BFG thread starter macrumors member

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  5. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    I've read that while it's super-super-super easy to use an Airport Express to extend the range of another Airport device (using the "WDS" feature of the Airport), it's not all that easy to get WDS working with other manufacturers access points.

    I've seen posts here where wireless networks w/ Linksys routers have been extended by using WDS on an AE (after reflashing the Linksys router with another brand of firmware), but it didn't sound particularly easy or fun.

    I could be totally wrong here, but just wanted to add my two cents before you made the purchase!
     
  6. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a

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    Good point. Check out XLR8YourMac. I didn't search for your hardwar, but you might check it out.
     
  7. weldon macrumors 6502a

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    The Airport Express will work as a range extender with other Airport products, but the method of doing so is not an industry standard and so sometimes it will not work with other equipment from other manufacturers. I don't have an answer for your specific router other than to say you should try it or search the web for someone else that has that same model to ask them.
     

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