Idiots question regarding apple networking....

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by gathart, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. gathart macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    Somehow this is not clear to me. I am looking to make the switch from PC to Apple and would like to start with a laptop. As i live in an old farmhouse (with thick 2-3 feet walls), I don't think one airport extreme base station will not cover then whole place. Therefore, I wonder if I can use the airport extreme base station and use the smaller airport extreme base stations as a jumping point to transmit the signal. Somehow i haven't found a clear answer to this question.

    Thank you
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    yes you can use an express to extend the range of an extreme, but ...

    if your laptop will not get a signal where you want to put the repeater, the repeater won't work.

    You'll probably want to avoid using 5GHz mode, it is killed very quickly by walls. I have a couple places in my house, where i get a better signal from a b/g router that's further away than I do from my express with a 5GHz N signal.

    if you can get a hardwire to the remote location(s), you can have multiple base stations, and once it's setup you won't notice changing between them as you move around the house.
    just put same SSID, and security settings, with different channels (auto is ok) on each base. also you want the remotes in "off (bridge mode)" under internet connection sharing.

    One thing that is often overlooked (conveniently not mentioned in :apple:'s advertising) is the fact that wireless repeaters kill your network speed, almost in half for each jump, so 2 jumps, and you're running at 1/4 speed on the furthest repeater.

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