Extending a Wifi network with AirportExpress

aicul

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Jun 20, 2007
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Hello,

I have a real old AirportExpress and would like to use it to extend a Wifi network.

Looking at the options it says I can do so using WDS network.

Problem is that my TimeCapsule does not give me the option to create a WDS network.

So I basically have 2 questions :

- is it possible to use an old AirportExpress to extend a wifi ?
- does the new AirportExptress allow for the extension of Wifi ?

Thanks for experienced ideas
 

muon25

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Jul 12, 2010
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Set the wireless mode for your AE to "Extend a wireless network", select your TC's network name and it should just work.
 

aicul

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Jun 20, 2007
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I have checked the airport utility options for the (old) AirportExpress.

The "Extend" option is not visible. In the "Airport/Wireless section there is a "wireless mode" that includes

1. Create a wireless network
2. Participate in a WDS network
3. Join a wireless network

Am I looking in the right place.

I am using Airport v5.6 because it is the only version that support my old Airport Express
 

aicul

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Jun 20, 2007
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Tried option 2. Made sure that all the parameters were in line with those of the base Timecapsule.

However when I tried update the utility indicates I need at least one WDS peer.

I suppose this should be the Timecapsule.

So I checked the Timecapsule to see if I could have it create a WDS network. But that option was not available.

Im sort of in a loop here ?

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I also googled a bit, and found this tutorial (http://www.macgurulounge.com/started-learn-extend-airport-networks-wds/)

which shows in step 2 of "create a WDS network" the option of "creating a WDS network"

This option DOES NOT appear on my airport utility !

:confused::confused::confused::confused:

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Ooops read the WHOLE document, someone blogged in that I needed to "OPTION-CLICK" wireless mode to get WDS.

I'll try that and report back...
 

aicul

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Jun 20, 2007
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I follow the instructions, but just do not get the AirportExpress to talk to the WDS.

And the TimeCapsule complains that there is no other WDS client...

Any ideas ?