Airport express to extend dir 825 wifi?

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  1. IlikeMacsSoMuch macrumors 6502

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    Hi, my friend has a d-link dir-825 router and he needs airplay functionality so since I have an airport express that is unused, I'd give to him. Can he use the airport express to extend the dir-825 network wirelessly? He wants to plug an old stereo system to airplay his music to it in the backyard.

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  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The Express can join the D-Link's network, but it cannot extend it. When in Join Mode, he can still use it as an AirPlay Speaker.
     
  3. NukeIT macrumors regular

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    You can only wirelessly "Extend" the network with an Airport Express if the Base Station is an Apple Airport.

    However since all you want to do is use the Airport Express as an airplay device, you don't need to "extend" but "Join" the network, which it can do.
     
  4. IlikeMacsSoMuch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not what I had in mind but still workable!
    Thanks guys!
     
  5. Altemose macrumors G3

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    No problem! Other vendors do universal Wi-Fi extenders, but Apple keeps it limited to their own equipment.
     
  6. Menel macrumors 603

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    The WDS protocol is complex.

    Even with DDWRT, have to use two pair of like chipsets, broadcom-broadcom, or ralink-ralink. No mixing or unstable results.

    I think many of the universal ones have dual transceivers for linking, and another for retransmitting to bypass that hurdle.
     
  7. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I was talking about the universal ones. WDS was depricated in the wireless-G days.
     
  8. Menel macrumors 603

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    Yes, well the Airports use a WDS like protocol, this is why it makes sense or Apple to restrict.
     
  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    It is similar yet very different as the AirPorts have more than one antenna.
     
  10. Menel macrumors 603

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    Extremes and newer expresses do, but not all.
    Even the single antenna Expresses support the WDS protocal. Number of antenna is completely different from transceivers,
     
  11. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Apple dropped the WDS mode with wireless-G AirPorts. I believe you can still do a WDS if you roll N-AirPorts back to G speeds.
     

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