airport express/extreme question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Motoxmann, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. Motoxmann macrumors member

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    Im looking to dump the modem/router combo from my cable provider and am considering replacing with an Airport Extreme. General usage; imac, iphones, macbook, gaming systems etc.

    I had a question about the Express'. I have a security camera system that I can connect to the net for remote viewing, but where I want to put the DVR isn't anywhere near the router. If I went with the Airport Extreme could I put the Express next to the DVR and connect those to get the DVR connected to my network? I know next to nothing about networking so this may be a stupid question. I just see that the Express can extend your network and it has Ethernet plugs on the back so it seems like it might work.

    Thanks
     
  2. smellalot macrumors 6502

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    Yes you can. The two should not be too far away from each other though, to make sure they have a strong and fast wireless connection.
     
  3. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Yes. The Express can join the Extreme's network and essentially work as a wireless adapter for the DVR. That being said, performance is best handled over Ethernet so I recommend that you run Ethernet if you can from the Extreme to the DVR especially if you plan on pulling many gigabytes of footage off the DVR over the network.
     
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    For one thing throughput is reduced if you wirelessly extend.
     
  5. Motoxmann thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the info. I wont be pulling gigabytes of footage. Its more a of a quick check when we're out, or it notifying us when there's movement in the yard/garage etc. I'd run the cable if I could but its a rental house and not really worth the effort if the express will work even decently well.
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The Express should work well. Otherwise, you can use powerline networking adapters potentially.
     

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