How extending range with airport express works?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by aiannar974, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. aiannar974 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2008

    I recently bought an airport express for itunes music and a print server. I have it setup as a client and once in a while i have audio drop out and itunes stops responding. I never have this problem when only playing through the laptop speakers.

    the setup is a belking wireless router, nas hardwired to the belkin, ae client and wireless laptop all wireless g.

    i thought about using the ae as an extender hoping this proble would go away but do I have to tell the laptop which router it would be hooked to if the se is an extender?

    I could try running an ethernet cable to the ae.

    Any thoughts - should i try this or do you have better ideas?

  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    *it only works as an extender for other apple devices. You can do it with some others, but not easily.

    *if it was set up as a wireless extender, you would only have one network, so you wouldn't have to choose.

    *Try resetting the belkin, i've discovered that works when my connection to the express gets a bit weird.

    *If you can easily run an ethernet cable to the express, i would do it. hardwired is always faster and more reliable than wireless. Chances are your current problems have to do with interference from something (cordless phones, and microwave ovens are 2 of the worst offenders)

    once you are wired, you can either
    -turn off the wireless on the express.

    -Or, if you are having range issues with your other wireless devices, and the express is physically far enough away from the main base for this to help, you can have the express act as a second base station for your wireless. and your wireless clients will automagically switch to the stronger signal
    set the express to
    -create a wireless network.
    -give it exactly the same SSID (wireless network name) as the main base
    -give it exactly the same security settings as the main base
    -give it a different channel than the main base
  3. MichaelRW macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2009
    What others?

    With respect to your post, do you know specifically what "some others" are?

    I think most individuals who purchase an Airport Express like the idea of the wireless connectivity. I bought it with three goals in mind: stream music; print-server; extend wireless network to various areas of my house.

    I've realized the first two goals, but not the third. I was under the impression that it would work with my Belkin Wireless-g router, but I have not been able to realize the required configuration.

    I could connect these two devices by cable, but why? I may be out-of-luck... but I'll keep trying.



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