Setting up airport express station (802.11b)

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Bluechase, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. Bluechase macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2012
    This has taken me ages of searching this forum and others to set up my 2 airport express base stations. Main reason is to boost the wifi around my property

    Plugged one into the socket near my wireless router and put the Ethernet cable not this. Plugged my other one into a socket not to far away.

    Open up airport utility's
    This will bring up both expresses

    Manual set up
    Change settings

    Wireless name changed

    Up the multicast rate to 11 Mbps
    Creat closed network
    User interference robustness


    Wds add secondary express

    Type in its ip address

    Wait for both to restart

    All inkeep getting is the settings for this airport device have been successfully updated but there as a problem rejoining the wireless network or finding the airport device. You may need to select your network from the wifi menu or try again.

    I have tried this numerous times resetting even swapping them around but nothing at all. They are only 2ft apart and nothing I between.

    Please help.
  2. cwaddell2002 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2005
    Raleigh, NC
    What kind of wireless router do you have? If you are trying to extend the signal of your wireless router, it must also be an apple base station. It was hard to tell from your post, as it looks as though it has been sent through google translate 3 or 4 times, and is a little hard to follow...

    Alternately you could turn you wireless routers wifi signal off, use the first express to create a wireless network and the second to extend it.

    That said, if you can ever avoid extending your network with WDS, you should. You would be much better off running ethernet to your two expresses and just setting them up with the same SSID as the home base station and turn off NAT, DHCP, etc. Just make them a wireless AP. Most wireless clients are smart enough to roam between networks that all have the same SSID.

    Good Luck...
  3. Bluechase thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2012
    I also tried tuning the express to creat a wireless network. It worked fine from my sky wireless hub and I connected upto the new express network fine. Its just gettin the second one to work.... I will try the other points you have noted thanks
  4. willieva macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2010
    You need to set the primary router as wds main. Setup wireless as "participate in a WDS network", and set WDS as WDS main. Note which wireless channel it is set to. Set the WDS remote address to the Airport ID of the other router.

    Setup the other router's wireless as "participate in a WDS network", and set WDS as WDS remote. Make sure you input the Airport ID of the wds main and the wireless channel is set to the same wireless channel as the main.

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