Additional Airport Extreme to extend network

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by gdc, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. gdc macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2009
    In our office we use an Airport Extreme in bridge mode (our firewall hands out DHCP IP addresses) to provide wifi connectivity.
    Now we have expanded the number and size of the rooms we occupy, it is not sufficient to cover the area we need it to.

    I plan to buy a second second Airport Extreme, configure it in bridge mode as well, with identical wireless network settings as the first device.

    Will this allow people moving around the office with laptops to experience 'continuous' connectivity, and just be passed from one device to the other?

    Many thanks in advance for any replies.
  2. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    Yes and no.

    If you are currently connected to A, you will not connect to B until the signal is dropped from A. Even if you are standing right next to B, if you have the slightest signal from A you'll stay connected to that AP. Now, there will also be a slight service interruption when the device drops the connection from A before it connects to B. It should happen fast enough, but it is not transparent nor is it instantaneous. If you are currently downloading a file while walking around, there is a good chance the download will get dropped when switching AP's.

    For the most part, it should work fine, assuming by 'continuous' you meant 99% as opposed to 100%
  3. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Connect the two via ethernet or you lose 1/2 your throughput speed.

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