Extend Airport Extreme with Express

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  1. Drich290195, Jun 17, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2016

    Drich290195 macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2011
    Im wanting to extend my airport extreme network with a airport express. I have them connected by cable and both set to create new wireless network which are both set to the same with the same password.

    The diagram shows the routers as being in a line , is this correct from what i can see they should be side by side or is this just if you have multiple airport express

    so the diagram shows airport extreme solid line then the airport express ?

    To make you aware the Airport extreme handles the dchp but there is a modem from my isp that passes the internet to the extreme
  2. LiveM macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2015
    That's for the old ones.

    Set the Express to extend, not create a new network. Use the same ID and password and the devices will seamlesly roam for optimal results.
  3. priitv8 macrumors 68030

    Jan 13, 2011
    Isn't that for wireless extension? OP has wired connection between two AP-s and thus simple wifi roaming. I have the exact same setup and it works without problems. in AP Utility, they are displayed one under another, not on same level. Just one router can be sharing internet connection (aka NAT), the other should be in bridge mode.
    PS Extending wirelessly is easier from the cabling setup point of view, but you will lose some of the wifi bandwidth that is consumed by the wireless extension protocol itself. There are no free meals in this world...
  4. LiveM macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2015
    Yes, I think that's right. Set to create a network.
  5. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008

    Is this the preferred method for extending a wireless network?

    I have an older house. Some walls have wire mesh. There isn't any one place where the router is ideal.
    If I can seamless extend the wireless in the house that would be great.
  6. LiveM macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2015
    Yes, it is. It may not improve things for you, in which case powerline adaptors should be considered to extend the ethernet network via mains power wiring.
  7. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    In an older home, the best option would be to run Ethernet. That being said, a lot of forum members have great luck with power line adapters, but I tend to see significant speed losses in older homes due to the amount of electrical noise and interference in the older electrical systems.

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