Airport extreme and express on same network

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by nemacman, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. nemacman macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2009
    #1
    I already have an airport extreme to go along with my new alum macbook. But my wife's pc laptop and my iphone are only G wireless and not N so when they are in use it slows the network way down. If I bought an airport express could I link them together on the same network (to share printer and HD on the extreme) and have one handle the N traffic and one handle the G traffic?
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

    rdowns

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    #2
    You sure can. I have the same set up. MacBook on AEBS 'n' network. I have the AE 'g' plugged into the AEBS and set up a second network in bridge mode.
     
  3. nemacman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2009
    #3
    Could you do it wirelessly, have them in different rooms?
     
  4. vorkorsigan macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    Location:
    Toronto
    #4
    I think you have them connected via cable to have them on different wireless standards. I have this set up, AEBS on 5gz, a & n (for MBP & a sony) and AE on 2.4, g for ipod touch and guests. They are connected via ethernet.
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

    rdowns

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    #5
    As far as I know, it has to be hard wired, otherwise, it won't have a connection to you router. That limitation is causing me headaches (I want to use Airtunes in another room and tuck a printer away in a cabinet) so I think I'm going to get a second express to extend that network.
     
  6. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2008
    #6
    Why not setup WDS? Works for me.
     
  7. nemacman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2009
  8. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2008
    #8
    No. Wireless Distributed Network. It's built into the Apple wireless stations. I have my express handling G traffic and the Extreme is handling my N traffic. Same network, same subnet.
     
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn

    rdowns

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    #9
    Not familiar with WDS. Will definitely look into it. Thanks.
     

Share This Page