Extending Network With Airport Express???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mikeg1, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. Mikeg1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2009
    Ok. So I'm new to the mac world, and very unfamiliar with there products. I'm trying to extend my wireless network with the airport express. I've been told by official apple that you can only extend your network via airport express, if you have another airport express/extreme as your base station. However I just viewed a youtube video on a review of the airport express, and he said he extended his network and he was using a belkin router. Does anyone have tips or advice???

    thanks for all your help in advance
  2. MichaelRW macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2009
    Extending Existing Wireless Network using Airport Express and WDS

    Have you made your choice?

    I bought an Airport Express a short time ago and I have not been able to extend my existing Belkin Wireless-g network. Apparently my Belkin device (F5D7231-4) is compatible with the Express, but I have not resolved the necessary settings to do so. Using the "Join a wireless network" option, I have connected to my existing wireless network to stream music and share a USB-based printer using the Bonjour service.

    Let me know how you made out?

  3. fluffyx macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2007
    Recent AirPorts use a standard—called "WDS"—that allows their networks to be extended. Some other wireless network access points use that same WDS standard. You'll probably need to check the documentation of your non-Apple router to see if it supports WDS.

    To clarify, do you want to make your wireless network have longer range? Or do you just want to add AirTunes or printer sharing to your existing network?

    Alternatively, if you want to extend a network that does not support WDS, it's possible if you have TWO AirPorts (Extreme or Express) connected by an ethernet cable. Most folks would find this excessive, though :).

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