Setting up Airport Extreme as a wireless access point

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by gwihannom, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. gwihannom macrumors member

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    #1
    I'm trying to set Airport Extreme as a wireless access point, but having some problems with it.

    My current setup is as follows:

    Time Capsule as the main router.
    Connected to my cable modem,
    and all computers connect wirelessly to Time Capsule.

    Two Airport Expresses connect wirelessly to Time Capsule.
    "Join a wireless network"
    and have selected "Allow Ethernet Clients"

    I want to have Airport Extreme do the same thing that Airport Expresses are doing,
    and have it connect wirelessly to Time Capsule.

    I have some ethernet required devices that need to be in another room.

    Can this be done?
    I set Airport Extreme exactly same as Airport Express,
    but do not see "Allow Ethernet Clients" checkbox.

    Any workarounds?

    Thanks.
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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  3. ian.maffett macrumors 6502

    ian.maffett

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    Florida
    #3
    What you need is a wireless bridge - takes a wireless signal from one location and converts it back to physical Ethernet in another.
    Here's what it can do in this case, according to Apple.

    Question: Can AirPort Express act as a bridge?

    Answer: AirPort Express can act as a bridge in three different ways:

    * If you have an existing wired network, it can bridge this network to wireless clients.
    * If it is set up as a WDS remote or relay station, it can bridge the wireless network to wired clients.
    * If it is set up as a WDS remote or relay station, it can bridge the wireless network to wireless clients (or "wirelessly extend" the range of the network).

    You'll find what they have about it here:

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/AirPortExpressSetupGuide.pdf

    Search Bridge.
     
  4. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

    Darth.Titan

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    Austin, TX
    #4
    The OP is trying to set up an additional Airport Extreme as a bridge though. However, the advice is still valid. Bridge mode is what you're looking for.

    It sounds like you've done everything correctly, but check the advanced settings and make sure you're not set to "Share a public IP address". (i.e. make sure DHCP is off) That's all I can think of.
     

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