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Use Airport Express as ethernet to wireless bridge
Authored by: jprickitt on Oct 01, '04 01:36:34PM

I want to extend my wireless range, but I'm using a Netgear router. Does anyone know if the Airport Express will extend a wireless network for devices other than Apple's?

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Use Airport Express as ethernet to wireless bridge
Authored by: timkingman on Oct 01, '04 02:20:07PM

From their web site:

3. AirPort Express can extend the range only of an AirPort Express wireless network.

If your non-Apple router is 802.11g and supports WDS, it's possible that it would work. I replaced my $15 D-Link router with an AirPort Extreme/Express combo so I could do this.

Also, I really thought bridging to a wired network was advertised, because I bought my Express the day it was announced with that exact purpose in mind. I don't see it explicitly mentioned on the web site now, but I'm sure it's in the manual.

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Use Airport Express as ethernet to wireless bridge
Authored by: atFault on Oct 01, '04 05:50:41PM

Netgear does not support Apple's WDS protocol. You can use an Airport Express to extend a wireless network by joining the Netgear router, but it will not join as a WDS remote station and thus disables the ethernet port on the Express. Wireless connections is all it will support.

I have spent the last week trying to get the network that I expected using a Netgear 814v2 802.11b router and an Airport Express. My intent was to have Airtunes and an XBOX connected at the other end of the house. While the wireless network worked the XBOX could not join. It took a second Airport Express connected to the Netgear router to create a wireless sub-network that allowed me to create a WDS that the XBOX could join.

As it would happen an open-box airport extreme came up at a to-good-to-pass-up price. Now with the Netgear, Extreme, and two Express' I have wireless everywhere in the house, Airtunes upstairs/downstairs/outside/ XBOX online, mobile ethernet ports for my old Wallstreet PB and my wife's Dell, and BASE100 ethernet for the two main stationary computers for large file transfers. While more than I set out to spend it has added a lot of connectivity possibilities.

And the cool part, using multiple accounts or multiple computers you can stream Airtunes to each of the basestations at the same time with Nicecast. If you can stand the difference in songs or synchronization you can do it just using I tunes and different accounts.

Ciao, Mark

Let me through, let me through, I got here late.

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Use Airport Express as ethernet to wireless bridge
Authored by: jprickitt on Oct 04, '04 11:32:03AM

Thanks for the detailed info.

So, are you saying I would need to buy 2 Airport Expresses, one to attach to my Netgear 814v1 router, and the other to go downstairs near where I want the network to extend? And that the Ethernet port on the remote Express would be disabled?

But the benefit is that I'd have greater wireless range. Mainly I want my G4 PowerBook with built-in wireless to be able to connect to the network more reliably, so that need would be satisfied. It would have been better to have the Ethernet port available too...

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