Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

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These are instructions on how to extend your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express.

Step One
First lets unpackage the AirPort Express and plug it into a power outlet. For this tutorial our network will look similar to the image below. (Old image but configuration still applies)
Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

Step Two
Give the Base Station a few minutes to boot. Then click the AirPort icon at the top right hand corner of the screen. Select the Apple Network from the dropdown.
Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

Step Three
Open a new Finder window and run AirPort Utility from within Applications : Utilities.
Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

If you do not have AirPort Utility you will have to install it from the CD that came with your AirPort Express. Insert the CD and a window will popup showing the contents of the disc. Double click the AirPort Express package icon begin the installation. Once installation is complete open a new Finder window and run AirPort Utility from within Applications : Utilities.
Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

Step Four
Airport Utility will search and find the connected Airport Express. Click the Continue button to set up your base station.
Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

Step Five
To personalize your AirPort Express name your Base Station and give it a password. Then click the Continue button to continue setup.
Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

Step Six
Now you must choose the type of setup for this AirPort Express. Select the option I want AirPort Express to wirelessly join my current network. Then click the Continue button.
Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

Step Seven
From the Network Name dropdown choose the wireless network you would like to extend. From the Wireless Security dropdown select your networks security type and then enter your username and password. Finally make sure you check Extend the range of this network. Click the Continue button when done.
Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

Step Eight
The AirPort Express will then be configured to join your existing wireless network.
Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

Step Nine
A popup will appear. From this popup select the Apple wireless device you want to extend. Then click the OK button.
Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

Step Ten
Your existing network will now be configured to allow it to be joined.
Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express

Step Eleven
Congratulations your AirPort Express is now configured to extend your AirPort Wireless Network.
Extend Your AirPort Wireless Network with an AirPort Express
Tony Gowland - September 8, 2010 at 2:49pm
Great instructions and to answer the previous question yes it will work with a time capsule. Any problems I recommend doing a hard rest on the express and starting from scratch, I purchased one that had been pre-configured and it did cause some problems initially.
Andy - July 4, 2010 at 6:54pm
For some odd reason, every time I plug in my Airport Express, it knocks the other base station (Airport Extreme) off the network and then I can\'t connect to the internet (and the Airport Express isn\'t shown in Airport Utility). *sigh* What could be wrong? :[
bernardino - November 26, 2008 at 8:23am
Can I use these instructions in case I have a Time Capsule instead of an Airport Extreme? Thanks
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