The brilliantly-designed Apple’s AirPort Express device is capable of streaming iTunes all around a home network and its form factor is also small. This particular router features a fast Ethernet port to get connected to the internet. The AirPort Express device holds only one local-area network port. If you have already purchased the AirPort Express and now want to make use of it as a Wi-Fi Extender, follow the post below.
You can easily configure the brilliantly-designed AirPort Express wireless routers to work in the form of standalone devices by making a connection of the computers in a wireless manner to the respective internet modem along with other networked devices. You can also make use of multiple AirPort devices, such as AirPort Express as well as AirPort Extreme routers for extending the respective wireless network throughout your home or office. Although the AirPort Express device hosts only one local area Ethernet port, it holds features that are not available in its competitors. For instance, the Express provides supports to both 2.4GHz as well as 5GHz Wi-Fi radio bands. Its capability of operating on a 5GHz network allows its users to isolate as well as avoid the conflicts in the signal that often plague the 2.4GHz frequency. The sources of signal conflicts on the 2.4GHz radio band are microwave ovens, garage door openers, cordless telephones, and so forth.
The Ethernet AirPort Express Setup Process for Wi-Fi Extension
In case you have owned an AirPort Extreme or AirPort Express device in the form of your primary wireless router, you can easily configure an AirPort Express device to perform in amalgamation with it as a brilliant Wi-Fi extender by making use of Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Making a connection of the devices by Ethernet usually provides support with the best result. In order to connect by Ethernet, first, it is assumed that you have owned an AirPort Express or AirPort Extreme and this device works as your primary router, connected to the respective internet modem. Get an additional AirPort Express and then make a connection to its port marked “WAN” to the port marked “LAN” on the primary router. Generally, the respective WAN port on a router can make a connection to the particular device that connects it to the internet and the LAN port makes a connection to other local devices. Once the devices have been wired together, you have to make sure that they are all turned on.
After that, you need to open the AirPort Utility on your computer. And on a Mac, you can easily find out this particular program by clicking “Go,” and then Applications” and by choosing the “Utilities” folder. On a Microsoft Windows PC, you would find it in the respective “Start Menu” by clicking “Programs” and after that, by clicking “AirPort.” After finding out and launching the program, you have to make a connection first to the primary router by making use of a wired Ethernet cable. In the brilliantly-designed AirPort utility, you can make use of the “Connection Sharing” drop-down for choosing “Share a Public IP Address.” As a next step, you need to disconnect that router and then make a connection to the secondary router that you’re planning to use as an extender. In the respective AirPort utility, you have to set “Connection Sharing” to “Off (Bridge Mode),” and it means the particular device would pass the traffic on to the respective primary AirPort device. You have to ensure that the network name, security settings as well as password have set to the same settings on the respective secondary device just like the primary device. You have to click “Update” after the completion of the procedure.
How to set up Wi-Fi AirPort Express for Wi-Fi Extension?
If you’re not able to run an Ethernet cable between the routers, then you can make them speak to each other through the mode of Wi-Fi. You have to plug in each of the devices where you prefer to have them and then you need to turn them on with the respective primary router that has been connected to the internet modem. After that, you have to open the AirPort Utility on your computer and on a Mac, you can easily find out this particular program by clicking “Go,” and then “Applications” and selecting the respective “Utilities” folder. And now, on a Microsoft Windows PC, you would find the same in the “Start Menu” by only clicking “Programs” and then by clicking “AirPort.” Now, you have to make a connection to the respective primary router by opening the Apple AirPort setup tool through utilizing the “Base Station Chooser” in the respective setup program.
Next, you have to click on “Manual Setup” and then it’s time to enter the respective password if required. Now, you need to click on “Airport,” and then “Wireless” and then click on “Create a Wireless Network.” You have to check the particular box that tells that you have to allow this particular network to get extended and you have to enter or confirm your preferred name. In case you prefer to secure your network, you have to click on “Wireless Security” and then you need to select “WPA2 Personal.” You have to select a password between eight and 63 characters long. And now, under the “Radio Channel Selection,” you have to click on “Automatic” and then it’s time to click on “Update.”
In this step, you have to make a connection to the secondary router by using the “Base Station Chooser” in the particular setup program. Next, you need to click on “Manual Setup,” after that “Airport,” and then “Wireless.” Now, you have to select “Extend a Wireless Network” in the particular menu of “Wireless Mode”. Next, you have to select the respective network name that you have set earlier and then enter the respective password in case you have created one. Now, you need to click on “Update.” You can adjust your devices, as per the requirement in order to maximize the strength of your network while using your computer. If you want to know more about the Apple AirPort Setup device, you can contact the respective customer care team.