2012-06-14, 02:33 PM
I have a Bell connection hub in my basement (bungalo) at the far end of the house. Since installing the connection hub the wifi in the house has been pretty good. The wifi on my backyard patio is bad/non-existant though.
Would an Apple Airport Express plugged into the wall in my kitchen upstairs at the other end of the house work as an extender to give me coverage in the backyard?
With rare exceptions, an Airport Express can only be used to wirelessly extend the wireless range of an existing Airport-based wireless network.
2012-07-14, 10:29 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but when I look at the interfaces in the AirPort Express's Tech Specs (http://www.apple.com/ca/airportexpress/specs/), it's written "10/100BASE-T Ethernet WAN port for connecting a DSL modem, cable modem or Ethernet network" meaning that it could extend a Bell router-based network.
You would need however to configure it in Bridge mode in AirPort Utility, which is pretty simple to do if I look at the Time Capsule.
Ed7789 - yes, you certainly could use an Airport Express to extend the range of a wireless network if (1) you run an ethernet cable between it and the home network's router and (2) you configure the Airport Express into bridge mode, which is very easy to do.
However, my interpretation of what the person who started this discussion wanted to do was to use the Airport Express to wirelessly extend the range of an existing wireless network (ie no ethernet cable connection) - and that is not possible unless the existing home network router is another Apple Airport device.
If what you want to try doesn't work, perhaps you can put the Bell router into bridge mode and use the Airport Express for wireless. It may provide better coverage than the Bell router.