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Extending AirPort's range with multiple base stations
Authored by: Winston on Jul 09, '03 12:37:37PM

This is a really neat use of an extra ABS and an AirPort equipped computer. A couple of thoughts:

- AirPort Extreme Base stations can do wireless to wireless bridging from one central AEBS to up to four other AEBSs in a "star" pattern. You can only get one "hop" - i.e. the main AEBS signal can be forwarded one time by a second AEBS, but the signal from the second cannot be forwarded again by a third (although it could with the trick in this post).

My guess is that like the D-Link mentioned below, the wireless signal loses half its speed when repeated by a second AEBS.


- The D-Link DWL-900AP+ Access Point works as as stand alone repeater:
<http://www6.tomshardware.com/network/20021210/index.html>
the signal loses half its speed on each repeat or hop.


- the graphite ABS can only use the IP address range 10.0.1.1 to 10.0.1.50 for DHCP. This is the default Apple set up, and is part of one of three ranges allowed for "private" (behind a firewall on a LAN) IP addresses. The graphite ABS can, however, recognise 10.0.1.51 to 10.0.1.255. The upper range is good for something like a network printer. "Snow" or "white" ABSs use 10.0.1.1 to 10.0.1.200 for DHCP and 10.0.1.201 to 10.0.1.255 for "also recognised".

- W



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