Can Airport Express connect to another wifi and boost signal?

BluAffiliate

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Hello,

I currently live in a building where the router is in another person's unit and we have to share it (Landlord's rules). I have spotty connection upstairs in my unit and was hoping I can use the Airport Express to connect to the original router that's connected to the cable and then extend the range that way, is that something possible or am I misunderstanding how everything works?

There is no access to Ethernet ports in my unit at all.

This is my unit:
Apple AirPort Express Base Station (MC414LL/A)

Thanks in advance for any help?
 

belvdr

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Sure, you can do that. Simply configure it to extend and enter the same WiFi SSID and password as the main unit. You might consider getting a device with better specs though. The Express is only 802.11n and configuring a wireless extender will at least halve your available bandwidth.
 

Expobill

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I'm thinking of doing the opposite:
I'm thinking of getting an used airport extreme 2011 ($25 bucks) to run wired ethernet for that 1) apple TV (I'm not getting), 2)mac mini and 3)existing airport 2009 that runs music and wifi to 3 devises. My question can i still use dropbox to mini and iPad-mini to MBAir with 2 airport wifi bases?

i think i can, i think i can
 

belvdr

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I'm thinking of doing the opposite:
I'm thinking of getting an used airport extreme 2011 ($25 bucks) to run wired ethernet for that 1) apple TV (I'm not getting), 2)mac mini and 3)existing airport 2009 that runs music and wifi to 3 devises. My question can i still use dropbox to mini and iPad-mini to MBAir with 2 airport wifi bases?

i think i can, i think i can
They are all on the same network, so yes, it should work.
 
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BluAffiliate

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Sure, you can do that. Simply configure it to extend and enter the same WiFi SSID and password as the main unit. You might consider getting a device with better specs though. The Express is only 802.11n and configuring a wireless extender will at least halve your available bandwidth.
This sadly doesn't work for some reason. I guess the two routers are incompatible.