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Extend a Linksys WRT54G network via AirPort Express
Authored by: thornrag on Jun 13, '06 09:28:21AM
There are even better instructions and extensive discussion here:

http://rgbdream.com/?p=44

128-bit WEP is not required. This procedure works with no encryption and also, with the more recent firmware from both Linksys and Apple, WPA Personal.

All the factory resetting, disabling firewalls, and rebooting your computer (?!) is a little overbearing, as is shutting down all your wireless clients. None of this is necessary for this to work. Also, it's not neuroscience; if you feel like it, feel free to experiment. The key points are:

1. All the stations in WDS must use the same channel, SSID, and encryption settings. Channel 11 is not required, just make sure it's the same channel on both the router and the express.
2. You want the Express to create a network, and to make its own connection via WDS.
3. You don't want the express to distribute IPs. Letting it get its own IP via DHCP though is totally fine; Airport Admin Utility uses rendezvous to find it. (If your network has "anomalies" you might have other problems).

All you're doing is configuring the Airport Express to join the Linksys network in WDS mode. I'd suggest factory reset for the airport express only if you've gotten it into an unreachable state.

See the comments on the page above for discussions of various user experiences. Overall, it's really painless.

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Extend a Linksys WRT54G network via AirPort Express
Authored by: fogonthetyne on Dec 30, '06 05:21:38PM
Does anyone know if this method will work with the newer Linksys WRT54GS ??? I'm thinking of buying one as it's twice as fast as the Airport Express (and the above mentioned WRT54G). Also, I spotted another tip elsewhre that by switching users you can in fact stream 2 feeds to different stereos/speakers via Airport Express. Has anyone tried this?

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