Airport Extreme -> Airport Express setup question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by CtotheP, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. CtotheP macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2011
    Whitefish Bay, WI
    So I've got Comcast Modem -> Airport Extreme (3rd of 4th gen w/ "n"). on the main floor of my house. Up in my loft, I have an Airport Express that "extends" the network. I have my iMac wirelessly in the loft and my work laptop plugged in via Ethernet to the Airport Express.

    Lately, the Express is dropping a bunch and the range is questionable.

    1) Should I switch the Express and the Extreme, or

    2) Should I buy a 2nd Extreme as a "bridge" and just hardwire everything in my loft?

    I'm thinking that pairing 2 extreme's will be more stable, but it's also $150. I guess I could buy the new express as well and then get a 5-port switch.

    Thoughts on beefing up reliability?


    Was also thinking about not "extending" the network, but just having the express join the network and maybe adding a switch? Both of my Airport devices are new enough that they both support 'N'
  2. smellalot macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2011
    I don't think this is even possible. It's either
    Extend the network, connect clients only wirelessly or
    Join the network without extending it and also allow wired devices.

    Seems to me the range of your express is fine, you're simply connected directly to your Extreme.

    You probably don't need a new Airport device. Either connect your laptop wirelessly (which you probably can't do) or get a cheap Ethernet to WiFi adapter like this:

    Edit: open Airport Utility. It'll tell you which device is connected to which Airport base station.
  3. CtotheP thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2011
    Whitefish Bay, WI
    Turns out I got things to work reliably. Here's my setup:

    1st floor: Comcast Cable Modem -> Airport Extreme (Wireless)

    2nd floor (loft): Airport Express (just "joined" network instead of extending) -> Ethernet Switch

    I now run all my computers in my loft (pc laptop + iMac) wired off the switch and the connection is SUPER reliable and fast.

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