Airport Extreme Ethernet Ports help..and another question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by joshking440, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2012
    First, thanks for the help.

    I have a couple wireless issues that I just cant seem to figure out.

    First I would like to get my airport extreme to join my existing wireless network (comcast wireless router) and I would like to have the ethernet ports on the airport extreme active so I can hard wire a few items that dont have wireless capability. What do I have to do/buy to accomplish this.

    Secondly and completely separate, my airport express that I use for streaming music via airplay to my home stereo will not keep up if it is set up to join an existing network. What I mean is that its laggy, or it will play the first 5 seconds of a song then it will stop as if it were buffering or something but it really never comes back. If I set it up to create its own network then it does a fanstastic job, but then im stuck switching networks on my devices when I enter this part of the house....

    What am I doin wrong guys

    Thanks again:D
  2. macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    Just connect the ethernet wire from the Comcast device to the Airport Extreme's WAN port. Then you will need to put either the Comcast router or the Airport Extreme in "bridge mode". It would be preferable to put the Comcast device in bridge mode if you can Google search the model number nd figure it out. Otherwise, put the Airport Extreme in bridge mode.

    You can put the AE in bridge mode from this screen in Airport Utility.

  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2012
    if they could be connected via the ethernet cable I would have done that.

    I want the airport extreme to join the existing wireless network and allow for the ethernet ports to be hot so I can hard wire some items.

    These 2 devices do not sit next to one another, hence the reason for wirelessly connecting them
  4. Primejimbo, Nov 4, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012

    macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I have a set up like this with my Time Capsule and AE (TC is connected to the Comcast modem and the AE is in my bedroom fed wirelessly from the TC). On the TC I have to check "allow this network to be extended" for the AE to work. So maybe there is a setting like this in the Comcast router you need to check.
    I would Google on how to extend a network with the modem/router you have from Comcast to get this info.
  5. macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    Ah... I was not clear from your post that was what you were trying to do. You will need to do as Jimbo said. However, extending between brands always seems spotty in my experience.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    You don't have to 'extend' your network. Put the Extreme in bridge mode and have it "join an existing wireless network".

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