Run Airport Extreme on 5 GHz, and Airport Express on 2.4?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by williamsonrg, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. williamsonrg macrumors 6502

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    So I have an older Airport Extreme, that cannot do 2.4 and 5 GHz simultaneously. I was noticing a lot of issues with interference, so I switched it to 5 GHz only. It now works great for my computers and iPad, but obviously doesn't work on the iPhone. I was thinking about buying the newer Airport Extreme, but then I thought of a cheaper option: could I connect an Airport Express to the network as a bridge, and run that on the 2.4GHz? Ideally, I'd like to create a separate network SSID that I used just to connect my phones (or for visitors with older computers). Could I do that wirelessly, or would I have to plug the Express into the Extreme?

    Networking isn't my speciality, so thanks in advance for pointing me in the right direction.
     
  2. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a

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    It would work great but yes you must hardwire the two together.
     
  3. williamsonrg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great, thanks. Of course, maybe I'll just spring for a new dual-band Airport Extreme anyway. In the long run, probably the simplest option.
     

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