New AirPort Express - Configurable LAN/WAN

HCR93

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Dec 21, 2011
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Manchester, UK
I'm interested in using the new AirPort Express in my home theatre as an extender and to connect non-wireless components. I used to use an AirPort Extreme here, but my Time Capsule burned out (damn ticking time-bomb that thing) and I had to move it as the master router. Currently I'm using an older Express, but jumping the ethernet when I want to use different boxes.

So my question: the older express could configure the ethernet as a WAN or LAN port, but the new express has 2 ports, 1 WAN and 1 LAN. Can the WAN be configured (as the old one could) as a LAN to save me buying another Extreme? If anyone has one of these and could test this out it would be a huge help thanks! Couldn't find a sure answer anywhere...
 

marzer

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I'm interested in using the new AirPort Express in my home theatre as an extender and to connect non-wireless components. I used to use an AirPort Extreme here, but my Time Capsule burned out (damn ticking time-bomb that thing) and I had to move it as the master router. Currently I'm using an older Express, but jumping the ethernet when I want to use different boxes.

So my question: the older express could configure the ethernet as a WAN or LAN port, but the new express has 2 ports, 1 WAN and 1 LAN. Can the WAN be configured (as the old one could) as a LAN to save me buying another Extreme? If anyone has one of these and could test this out it would be a huge help thanks! Couldn't find a sure answer anywhere...
Do you need all those ports at the old TC's location? Otherwise, leave the extreme where it is and replace the TC with the AE.
 

HCR93

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Original poster
Dec 21, 2011
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Manchester, UK
Don't know about the configuration part but i do know that you can use a ethernet switch which will give you more ports. :)

But if was you id just get the extreme. :rolleyes:
A switch would be an option I guess, thanks. Would I need to be careful to choose a switch rather than a router so not to get double-NAT, or would I be able to turn NAT off on the router? I guess a switch should be cheaper but another Extreme would be neatest really... ;)

Do you need all those ports at the old TC's location? Otherwise, leave the extreme where it is and replace the TC with the AE.
Yeah, unfortunately so since it's hosting a disk and multiple ethernets. Would it not also be a problem having the weaker output (assuming the Extreme has better antennas than the Express) as the hub? Genuinely interested whether that would cause a problem.

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I'm still quite keen to find this out, but feel a bit bad buying one and returning it, if it came to that :eek:
 
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