Airport extreme base station and express WDS?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by cleaner416, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. cleaner416 macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2004
    New York City

    Before I continue to struggle with this, I'm wondering if someone can confirm the viability of the following scenario:

    N wired to AE wds'd to ABS wired to switch wired to other PCs

    N = existing ethernet network
    AE = Airport Express config'd thru WDS as a 'base station', though not distributing IPs etc (that is handled through N)
    ABS = Airport Base Station config'd thru WDS as a 'Remote base station'

    The problem is, when I connect an Airport client computer to the network (by choosing the AE) I cannot see the PCs at the end of the chain. I'm testing this connectivity through pinging.

    Am I missing something? Is it possible that an AE cannot be a base station?

    Many thanks in advance for any suggestions/tips!
  2. cleaner416 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2004
    New York City
    I finally got it all working. Some key points:

    - You can use WDS to bridge two different ethernet networks, providing that only there is only one gateway and one machine/router doling out IPs via DHCP
    - Use the same network name for all APs in the WDS network
    - Assign the APs IP addresses manually
    - The ethernet port on an AP Express can only be used to extend a network when WDS is employed

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