Airport Extreme + Airport Express vs Netgear WNHDE111 HD Access Point/Bridge

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by amcoffin, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. amcoffin macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    Here's my set-up:

    I have a new dual-band (latest model) Airport Extreme connected to my cable modem. From it I run wired connections to my desktop PC and to a Netgear WNHDE111 HD Access Point. The other end of the Netgear WNHDE111 HD kit, the WNHDE111 Bridge (they came as a set), is downstairs in my home theater cabinet. The bridge is connected to a Netgear 4-port switch, which in turn runs ethernet connections to my Xbox 360, Sony Blu-ray player, and DirecTV DVR.

    The Airport Extreme is a new addition to the set-up. It replaced an ailing Netgear draft-N router. The whole thing works ok...I can generally stream HD content ok (Netflix or VOD), but the connection occasionally drops (and is fixed with a power cycle) or lags. In addition to that, I'm having some issues with Windows Media Center on my Xbox which I think are somehow related to the wireless configuration.

    So I started to think that an Airport Express connected to my 4-port switch, bridged directly to the Airport Extreme, may be a simpler, more effective way of doing things. (To be clear, I would be replacing the pair of WNHDE111s with the Airport Express.)

    Any thoughts on this, or similar experiences/configurations? What would I be gaining or losing by making this switch? It's all wireless-N, so I'm really just looking for a more reliable and stable connection than I have now.

    Any advice is much appreciated.

  2. bootamac macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2007
    I was looking at purchasing the WNHDE111 as a ethernet to wireless bridge. (only 1 unit)

    The config for me would be (5Ghz) wireless to my Airport Extreme Router. For the Netgear unit I would select 802.11n only mode. Set the channel to 149 as I have noted my Airport Extreme always selects channel (149) in the 5Ghz 802.11n mode. I would use WPA2 for security. I would uncheck (turnoff) wifi protected setup on the Netgear unit. I am not sure about leaving "WISH" active.

    I have the older Airport express 802.11 b,g and the ethernet port is only active in WDS mode. So unless a change was made with the "N" Airport express you will have to use WDS:remote and your router would be WDS:Main.


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