Google WiFi and Airport Extreme

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by squaredeux, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. squaredeux macrumors newbie


    Oct 14, 2015
    So, here's what I am trying to do. I've got a Google WiFi as my MAIN router and then I've got a Airport Extreme in my bedroom. Nothing is wired (other than the cable modem to the Google Wifi).

    I'd like to setup the Airport Extreme in BRIDGE mode so I can strengthen the signal in my room. I tried to "Extend the Network" in the airport utility on my mac but it would not find my actual network (Google Wifi network). What I did instead was to just create a new network, then set the Extreme to bridge mode and then change the SSID and PW to be identical to my Google WiFi. I guess its "working"? I'm not sure. The Extreme is still blinking orange so something tells me it is not working.

    Is what I am trying to do even possible?
  2. iObama macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
    No. You'll need either all AirPorts or all Google WiFi. Mesh networks don't work between brands.
  3. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Bridge mode (as you're trying to do with the Airport) requires an Ethernet connection to your network (hence "bridging" the wireless and wired network).

    Extend should work, but if it doesn't, easiest solution would be to add a second Google Wifi.

    FWIW, I had three Google Wifi stations but wasn't happy - had slow speeds and devices that would drop wifi repeatedly. Switched to all Apple Aiport Extremes and I'm much happier, though each base station has an Ethernet connection to the backbone.

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