Airport Express used as a Wireless Bridge?

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  1. estochin macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2008
    I am wondering...
    Up-stairs I have a LinkSys wireless N Router.
    Downstairs I have a 20" iMac that dose not get a very good wireless signal from the router.

    Can I plug in an Airport Express downstairs and connect it to my iMac with an eithernet cable and have the Airport Express "talk" to the router upstairs and act as a wireless bridge?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
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    No, the Ethernet port on the Experss is only for connecting a wired connection from a modem or wired network. You could, however, setup the Expess as a wireless bridge, or network extender, and still connect to the Internet wirelessly on the iMac. You just need to set the Express up somewhere between the iMac and you main router. You will have to look at the instructions from linksys on setting up a bridge or extender. It should be pretty easy to do.
  3. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    From what I've read, this is only possible in WDS mode, and that Apple routers don't play nice with non-Apple routers in WDS mode. I'm not sure if this will help, but I ran into this Apple Discussion thread that tries to address a similar situation:

    Also, question 2 on this page says that it is possible:
    But from other people's experience, it seems to work best (if at all) with other Apple routers.
  4. estochin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2008
  5. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    i don't think this is true. i have my slingbox plugged into the ethernet port of an express and it works fine.
  6. gwerhart0800 macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    Loveland, CO
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    I have an airport extreme in the basement and use an airport express in my upstairs office. The express is set up to bridge the wireless to a wired hub that then connects a Dell laptop, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro and HP 2600n laser printer to my network.

    This only works with the newer "n" Airport Express version running the 7.3.2+ firmware.
  7. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    like gwerhart said it's only the newer (since march 08) N version that can do this.

    just set it up to join the existing network (and only join, WDS (extending) with non apple bases get a bit squirrely), then check "allow ethernet clients"

    Unless the express will be physically closer to the linksys, you may not see much improvement.

    another option is to wire the express to the linksys, and place it somewhere closer to the imac.

    another option would be to get a USB wireless adapter and a usb extension cable. which would get you "closer" just like an express on an ethernet cable.

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