Can I use linksys router as WAP/extension for Time Capsule?

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  1. ks-man macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2007
    I have a Time Capsule connected in my basement to a cable modem. My upstairs computer (802.11g) can see the Time Capsule network but can't establish a good connection to it.

    Can I have my linksys router running wirelessly in the midpoint between the two (computer and time capsule) and have it extend the network?

    If so how do I do this? Thanks.
  2. atad6 macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2006
    I could be wrong, but I believe this is done by setting up a WDS (Wireless Distribution System). This is fairly easy to setup if you only have airports:

    Getting it to work with the linksys is a bit more complicated and I'm not entirely sure if it's possible. I'm not sure if the official linksys firmware supports this but I do know that the alternative firmware for that router, dd-wrt does. Here's an article explaining how to setup a WDS on a linksys router running dd-wrt.

    The only question is whether or not the apple and linksys would be able to work together in this sort of setup. I haven't done this setup before so I'm not sure If it'll work but hopefully it's a step in the right direction. If there's a much easier simplified way of accomplishing the same thing somebody please correct me, this was just a guess.

    Here's an article showing how to accomplish a similar setup. It's different in that it's using the linksys as the main router and airport express to extend it. It says the only wireless security that can be used is wep, but for some reason I think I remember reading this has been changed since (I could be wrong).

    Some of the steps would be similar though and I think the only changes you would have to be would be to turn off DHCP on the linksys and perhaps change the wireless access mode from AP to something else (if running dd-wrt).

    Sorry if this is a bit vague, let me know if any of it helps or if you get it working, I'm interested to see if this type of setup is possible.

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