Linksys WRT54G w/Airport Express, extending network

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  1. alecmcmahon macrumors regular

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    i have a Linksys WRT54G, and an airport express.

    basically what im trying to do is get internet on a emac i have on the otherside of the house via the house wireless.


    i have the emac pluged into the express via ethernet, putzed around with it a while but cant get it working,

    any advice on how to get this cooking ?

    thanks
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You need to set you Airport Express as a client. Consult this KB article for instructions:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1731

    The important thing is you must actually have reception for this to work.
     
  3. alecmcmahon thread starter macrumors regular

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    i followed these directions, still does not work.



    the emac doesnt even recongize the ethernet being plugged , when its hooked up to the AEX ( lines are good, when i hook it up to my hub, it works fine )


    is there a compatiblity problem with the linksys and AEX?
     
  4. crazyxzer0 macrumors 6502

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    Question: Can AirPort Express wirelessly extend ("repeat" or "rebroadcast") the network of a third-party access point?

    Answer: No. But it can wirelessly extend the range of a WDS network that is being hosted by an AirPort Extreme Base Station or another AirPort Express.

    from the website.

    You have a more complicated option that involves updating firmware on the WRT54G to become a wireless repeater.

    I did this with a WRT610N as my primarily router and a WRT54G with DDWRT as my secondary router. It should work with aex as well as I did not touch the WRT610N.

    here is a link once you get up DD-WRT on the Linksys:

    http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/tutorials/article.php/3655041


    Note: this does void warranty on the linksys and it is requires some know how to update the firmware to DDWRT.
     
  5. alecmcmahon thread starter macrumors regular

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    sounds like a real pain.

    would i have been better off with an airport extreme card for the emac?

    how do i tell if it's a regular airport card, or takes the extreme?

    - alec
     
  6. phairphan macrumors 6502a

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    Look up your machine's original specs on the Apple website (under support) or some place like Everymac.

    As for your original question, the Express can be used to extend a wireless network provided you have the correct model/firmwared/setup "base station," but I don't believe you can then access that network via the Ethernet port. I believe that port is basically only used for sharing a connection up (e.g., using your Express as an access point for a DSL/cable modem/wired network), not down.
     

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