My super duper network setup idea. Will it work?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by aaquib, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    Well, just before I start, I'd like to outline what machines/peripherals I will be using this setup with.

    - Mac Mini (with Airport Extreme built in, according the manual)
    - About 4 PCs. 2 HP, 1 Toshiba, 1 Acer.
    - PS3, 360, WII, which are connected via Wifi
    - Airport Express
    - D Link DI 524

    I was wondering if I could have the D Link router setup to my modem, capture the connection with my Mac Mini, and then since the mini is supposed to have Airport Extreme built in, connect it to the Airport Express via so that I'd be able to extend the range of wifi upstairs.

    Is this possible? It would be awesome if I could get this to work.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    If you mean receive a signal from the DLink to your Mini's Airport Card then rebroadcast from the same card. I do not think that will work. Rather you would need to receive the signal through the Airport card then add say a USB wireless network card. Then use internet connection sharing to share the connection as an access point.

    Or you can use a wireless repeater like the Linksys WRE54G.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    Why do you need the mac mini to extend to the airport express? Can't the AE simply pick up the wireless signal and redistribute?
  4. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    Not rebroadcast it from the same card. Attach it to the Airport Express via ethernet and then have the AEX rebroadcast it.

    The Airport Express isn't compatible with my router according to Apple's website. It only supports WDS networks, which the DI 524 isn't.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2005
    There's no Airport Extreme built into your mini, there's an Airport wireless card in there, very different things. Now, if you use the ethernet connection to hook the Mini to your router you might be able to use the airport card with connection sharing in preferences to do what you want. I don't know for sure though, because I don't have an airport card.
  6. macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2008
    ok i understand what you're asking. connect the mini to the d link via wifi and plug the airport express into the mini via ethernet and tell the mini to share its wireless connection and then anything on that side of house that cant see the dlink will be able to connect to the airport express station. that will be real easy and work very well, just have to keep the mini on all the time.

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