Combining 2 different makes of router

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  1. simonjt macrumors newbie

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    I had a PC with a Virgin supplied Netgear N series router. I've still got the PC which my 6 year old uses, but have since (and finally) moved to an iMac which works fine with the Netgear router. I've also got an iPad and iPod Touch which connect fine to the router (network name is cheekub). I've recently bought an Airport Expresss for a different room which is connected by a 3.5mm jack from it to a set of Apple Hifi speakers (this network is called test). The Airport Express router is used to enable me to play all the music on my iPod Touch wirelessly through the speakers. However to use my iPod Touch to access the internet or my iPad to play music on it through the Apple speakers wirelessly, I have to change from one user name to the other; chhekub or test in the iPad or iPod's settings which is a bit of a hassle every time. My main question is, how do I combine both routers/names to one, or do I need a second Airport Express to enable me to do this?
     
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

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    I believe you can put your Airport Express into bridge mode. Then wire it to the Netgear router. You can then configure the Airport Express with the same SSID and security credentials as your Netgear router.
     
  3. simonjt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Combining routers

    Thanks for that, I'll get my mac nephew to have a look; he thinks I'm swearing at him when I used to ask him questions about my PC!
    Generally, would it make everything better, and faster, if I simply ditched the Netgear router and bought another Airport Express?
     
  4. belvdr macrumors 603

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    It certainly wouldn't be faster nor easier. If you can put the AE into bridge mode, you're done. :)
     

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