AirPort Extreme help as repeater and hard wire

jrcsh6

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Not sure with the terminology is. But what I want to do is put an airport extreme in the room to repeat the wireless signal from the primary wireless router (AT&T U-verse) and also run a ethernet line to my iMac from the AirPort Extreme. I think that can be done right?! But how?
 

Altemose

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Not sure with the terminology is. But what I want to do is put an airport extreme in the room to repeat the wireless signal from the primary wireless router (AT&T U-verse) and also run a ethernet line to my iMac from the AirPort Extreme. I think that can be done right?! But how?
Will the AirPort Extreme be connected to the primary router via Ethernet? Wireless extension is only supported with Apple routers.
 

jrcsh6

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Will the AirPort Extreme be connected to the primary router via Ethernet? Wireless extension is only supported with Apple routers.
No. So I'm thinking what your saying is l could get another extreme and they'd talk?
 

Altemose

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No. So I'm thinking what your saying is l could get another extreme and they'd talk?
If you wanted to wirelessly extend a network with an AirPort the main base station must be an AirPort as well. If you ran power line networking or Ethernet back to the AT&T router it would work fine as a simple access point.
 

jrcsh6

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Ok. So uverse box to airport via Ethernet. Then airport #2 with Ethernet to the iMac. Will the airports arrange the rest or are there settings etc. sorry I'm so oblivious about wifi/networks.
 

Altemose

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Ok. So uverse box to airport via Ethernet. Then airport #2 with Ethernet to the iMac. Will the airports arrange the rest or are there settings etc. sorry I'm so oblivious about wifi/networks.
Yes. You need to configure the AirPorts to use the proper settings, but the AirPort line is by far the easiest to configure piece of networking equipment money can buy.
 

jrcsh6

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Ok, Got another extreme. So I have a 6th gen tower, a 5th gen flat extreme. How do I go about setting this up? If you could explain as simple as possible. thanks!
 

adam9c1

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Use your att as router, setup the AE as access points only. You can do it via the airport utility from your Mac.

You can connect the Mac directly to one AE at a time to configure.
 

Altemose

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Ok, Got another extreme. So I have a 6th gen tower, a 5th gen flat extreme. How do I go about setting this up? If you could explain as simple as possible. thanks!
If possible, run Ethernet from the 6th generation to the 5th. If not possible, configure the 5th gen. to extend the 6th gen.'s network in the "Network" tab in AirPort Utility.
 

adam9c1

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If possible connect the two airports with Ethernet wire. You will get Much better throughout.

Make sure the two devices are on different non overlapping channels.
 

jrcsh6

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If possible connect the two airports with Ethernet wire. You will get Much better throughout.

Make sure the two devices are on different non overlapping channels.
Not going to be able too. The purpose was to get a wire to my iMac who's wifi is dead.
 

jrcsh6

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Part II

It's come to my attention I could use airport express' with speakers and whatnot, not so much that I didn't know this but the appeal is higher right now. Then read the Gen 1's don't work with current set up's nearly as well as Gen 2. What's the story?
 
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