Best modem/router settings for Airport Express?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Coxy, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. Coxy macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2013
    Hi everybody, looking for a bit of advice in setting up my Airport Express and TP-Link Modem/Router.

    I'm using a combined modem/router. TP-Link TD-8840T (link to product page) (link to user manual)

    Now the modem/router is not wireless, hence the Airport Express, but I want to know whether I should be using the TP-Link to do the routing or the Airport Express? I'm not a networking whizz, so I just plugged everything together and "it just works". Looking into it, the Airport Express is in bridge mode.

    I don't know if I'm losing any functionality or wireless speed in the current setup and would appreciate any input with what steps to take, if any.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    I like to use a modem, for the modem part - and use the modem therefor in bridge mode. Just give me the Internet modem, thank you..

    And then I like to use the router, for the router part - and connect my devices to the router (router isn't in bridge mode).

    I have no experience with the airport express, except trying to fix it once for a friend of mine.

    So i am merely sharing how I prefer to set things up at my home.

    internet -> modem -> router -E iOS/macOS devices.
  3. satcomer, Oct 30, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2016

    satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    You need another router because the switch in back of of it are only 10/100! You need to get a more modern router from your ISP that has a Gigaport Switch in it!

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