Airplay Networks

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Ecossebear, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Ecossebear macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2014

    Hey everyone. New to this forum and was hoping for some advice!

    I am looking to set up a network in my house that allows for both fast wireless internet access and multi room Air Play.

    The equipment I have:
    1 Virgin media superhub - 2.4 or 5ghz bands (but NOT duel).
    1 new apple time machine
    4 off apple express.

    The rooms are across the house and do not have option of Ethernet connection between the rooms.

    The hub is based in my lounge and one of the rooms is far enough away that I do not have great signal.

    The question i ask is what is the best way to set up each device (client/extending/mixture of both?). Do I disable the wireless facility of my hub and just use it as a router? I'm not too savy with networks so any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Find a way to put your Virgin Media hub into DMZ mode, or bridge mode, where it assigns external IP to your Time Machine. May take some googling, some are tricky.

    Use your Time machine has main router, assigning dhcp, NAT, wireless.

    Attach airport expresses thta you need to repeat and extend your network as 'extend', as necessary.

    Attach others AE's as just 'join'
  3. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    First off, just a quick correction, your talking about a "Time Capsule" not "Time Machine."

    I would recommend leaving the Virgin super hub in router config providing the NAT firewall as well as DNS and DHCP services. Though arguable, I don't like the fact that Airport devices, like the Time Capsule, cannot be set to operate in Stealth mode and therefore respond to simple ICMP scans.

    Then I'd disable the wirelesss on the super hub, assuming the Time Capsule connects to the super hub via ethernet cable. Next, I'd set the Time Capsule to bridge mode allowing it to manage the wireless clients using a simultaneous band configuration (2.4 and 5 GHz). Finally, assuming the Expresses are being used for streaming only, connect them to the network as clients ("Join a wireless network."). Setting them to connect via wireless through the Time Capsule.

    If there's any areas of the home where wireless signal is very weak and contains an Express, I'd consider using the express as a repeater set to Extend mode in an attempt to improve coverage. But that'd be a worst case scenario as the total bandwidth is reduced to facilitate the extension.
  4. Ecossebear thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2014
    Thanks for the responses!

    One option I had considered was setting up two networks - one for internet etc, and the other solely for Airplay. Would this work and if so would it be effective? Ie could I have the virgin media wifi setup as music only and connect the expresses to that, and then keep time capsule for everything else?
  5. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    You could but it doesn't gain you much other than the added complexity of managing two wireless networks. Unless you just enjoy that sorta thing :D

    Unlike video, streaming even high quality audio-only requires little bandwidth with respect to modern routers operating on simultaneous freqs and upwards of 1300Mbps+ data rates. I have two AEX's, 4 Apple TV's, 5 iOS devices and 5 Macs all routing through an Airport Extreme. At times multiple clients are operating at the same time streaming video/audio media either from the internet, home server or both. Have yet to notice any degradation with it all running over the same wireless router.
  6. Ecossebear thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2014
    I wasn't sure if separate networks would allow one to remain interference free or not. So in your opinion:
    Room 1: Virgin media router wifi disabled, ethernet connection to Time Machine which will 'create new network' on both 2.4 and 5ghz?
    Room 2: Apple express connected as 'join network'.
    Room 3: Apple express connected as 'join network'.
    Room 4: Apple express connected as 'extend network' (as this room is further from the rest of the house!).

    And that way I can have audio without drop offs or continual pauses?
  7. UKgaryb macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    Virgin "super hub" is horrible, put the thing in Modem only mode, plug in time capsule and make it the router, then set the airport expresses in WDS mode.
  8. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    As long as you get decent reception throughout the house. One thing to consider when setting one of the AEX's to extend the network is its location between the router and farthest location in the house. Example, if room 3 is between room 1 and room 4, and gets good reception from the Time Capsule, you can set room 3 AEX to extend the network letting it "boost" to the farther room in the house. Room 4's AEX can connect through it for improved throughput in that room.
  9. Ecossebear thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2014
    I can't understand it! I have the brand new time capsule from 2013 that was supposed to be the best apple device yet, but I find my Virgin SH to be quicker for videos etc. Is there something in the settings I am getting wrong here?

    Also, by joining a network does it reduce the bandwidth, or is that just extending?
  10. Ecossebear thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2014
    For instance I have settings as follows on my Time Capsule.

    Connect Using DHCP
    Configure IPv6 Automatically
    IPv6 Mode Natie
    Enable IPv6 Connection Sharing

    Create a Wireless Network
    WPA2 Personal
    No Guest Network
    No separate 5GHz network name
    Both channels automatic

    Router mode Off (bridge mode) --- this is one I'm not sure off!
    Block incoming IPv6 Connections
    Allow incoming IPSec authentication.

    Is there anything I have wrong above?
  11. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Not sure the problem. Are you saying you are experiencing a failure of some sort or just streaming seems slower over the Time Capsule than the super hub?

    Yes, bridge mode on the Time Capsule permits it to create a wireless network but the super hub gets to handle internet firewall, dns, dhcp, etc. to the local network. I'm not familiar with IPv6 settings. In my location, US, that protocol is not implemented by my ISP, my internet connection and my local network use only IPv4. So I leave the IPv6 settings at whatever the default is from the factory.
  12. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    The plan is fine. Just remember to connect the cable from the LAN port on the Virgin to the WAN port on the Extreme.

    Now take the newest Express and carry your computer across your home to where you start to see the S/N Ratio go to about 25-30. Plug the Express in there.

    If you do not own a portable Mac, but have an iPad or iPhone, then setup the TC and download AirPort Utility. Walk towards the room with the poor signal, and when you see when it drops to two bars on the iOS device, fire up AirPort Utility. The connection should say Average or "Good". You want your Express to never say Poor. Preferably where it says Good, plug in the Express and set it to extend.

    A rule here is to put good signal in, put good signal out. Some people place the extenders in the room lacking the signal and all that does is have the extending Express gasping for signal. If you didn't understand my directions, I can clarify if needed.

    Also note an extending Express can not be connected to an extending Express. Client Expresses can. Essentially so if you have TC ----> Express (Extending), you can have another Express extend the other way from the TC but not from the extending Express. If set to join, the Expresses can be connected to either one.

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