Extending wireless network?

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  1. dpriest macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2014
    I live in a ranch style house which is shaped like a horseshoe. At the very end of one end of the house (one end of the horseshoe), I have an airport extreme connected to the network via Ethernet. At the end of the L just before the house makes a turn to the other end of the horseshoe, I have an airport express plugged into the wall which is extending my network. Unfortunately, I lose the WIFI about 1/3 of the way down the hallway on the other end of the house. What is the best way to extend the signal to the other end of the house? Thanks for your help in advance.
  2. Mike-Green macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2015
    I would by another Airport express and set it up to extend the network.

    If possible i would connect it to the network using an ethernet cable as this will offer a faster and more reliable connection than using the dual channel feature.

  3. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Is it possible to run Ethernet via a crawlspace, basement, or attic? If so that is the best bet.

    An AirPort cannot extend an AirPort already extending. In other words, any AirPort set to extend will connect to the main base station or one that is connected to the main via Ethernet.
  4. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    they really did us a dishonor by making us run airport utility 6, 5 was better

    two ways to extend network

    the regular way
    check "allow network to be extended" on the host router

    and check "extend wireless network' on the other router

    wireless link between units

    can reduce throughput
    works on the same channel

    the ethernet method


    if you can connect the base stations with ethernet instead of wireless, is the the ethernet cable not only provides a gigabit link between your remotes, but it also allows each airport base station to be on a different channel. and even a different name , like "home" or "bedroom"

    like your indoor airport extreme can be on channel 11 and 149 and your outdoor airport extreme would be on channel 6 and channel 161

    another cool feature with different names and ethernet is your computer will "steer" to the strongest signal and stay connected.

    the problem with extended a network over wireless is , it just does not steer.
    if you walk away too far from the access point, you might have to manually reconnect to get to the closer router.

    here is a good page

    one other thing i want to troll about is that the wifi alliance does not test interoperability when it comes to extending networks. WDS = "wireless distribution system" is not a "standard' it is a "technology" like
    how back in the modem days "k56 plex" and "v2" were "technologies" and "v.90" was a standard.

    there is no "wds" standard.

    so when connecting wifi access points to extend your wifi network, it is recommended that you use the same brand /make /model for the router and any extenders your using
  5. dpriest thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2014
    I can put Ethernet in the room at the other end of the house. So, On one end of the house, my airport extreme is wired, and on the other end of the house, I can wire an airport express and in the middle, have the airport express wireless?
  6. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Ideally you would want to wire all of them into the main router.

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