Time Capsule: Extend or WDS?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jzj687, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. jzj687 macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2007

    Just wondering which one of these options is faster:

    1) Time capsule connected via ethernet LAN cable to airport extreme and set with WDS


    2) Time Capsule set to extend network, not connected with wires at all to the airport extreme...

  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Is your existing network 802.11n-only? Do you have any wireless devices that aren't 802.11n (like an iPhone or game system)?
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    extend and WDS are basically the same thing.
    the W in WDS is wireless.

    although you can wire them just don't use WDS.

    if the TC is the "remote" base (AE is the main base)
    on the TC, use the following settings (or AE if it's the remote)
    -under wireless
    --Create network
    --same SSID and security settings (password & type) as the main base
    --different channels (although automatic should take care of this for you)
    -under Internet
    --set connection sharing to "off (bridge mode)"

    with this setup, your devices will roam between the 2.

    or like aristobrat asks, if you do have a mix of b/g and N equipment.
    wire the AE & the TC.
    set the AE to N only with ssid of myNetwork-N
    set the TC to B/G with SSID of myNetwork-G
    set the TC to "off (bridge mode)" like above

    and currently on a properly functioning system, wired should always be faster. and is defiantly more stable (my wireless has problems when i run the microwave)
    so if you need to do a big backup to the TC, make sure there is a hardwired connection between you and the TC.
  4. jzj687 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2007
    thank you so much!!

    Just one question: how should they be wired?

    AE LAN to TC LAN?

    AE LAN to TC WAN?


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