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Airport Express wireless networking question

by minimalist / January 1, 2009 2:35 AM PST

A friend of mine has the following situation:

In the living room he has a stereo hooked up to a single Airport Express (the only wireless router in the house.) In the sunroom he has an iMac Core 2 Duo running the latest version of Tiger hooked up directly to a DSL modem. Itunes recognizes this Airport express and successfully streams music to it. WiFi devices connect to this network but won't connect to the internet even though internet sharing is activated under the iMac's system preferences.

Are there some tweaks in the settings that will make this work or does he absolutely need another Airport Express connected to the DSL modem?

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Let me share this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2009 3:30 AM PST

Every time someone tries to avoid the classic setup of Internet to router to machine setup that we all know about they complain about issues of reliability, speed and setup "hardness."

Let's stick with tried and true and stick a router between that modem and that Tiger.

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I kind of figured as much.
by minimalist / January 1, 2009 5:23 AM PST
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I am going to suggest that he first try moving the DSL modem over the the stereo area and just let the Mac connect to the network wirelessly.

If that doesn't work I guess he's going to need two airport expresses.

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That should work
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 1, 2009 9:16 AM PST

As Bob says, just put the Airport Express between the modem and the network and you should be good to go.

Don't forget to remind your friend to turn off the Internet Sharing option when he has this arrangement in place

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(NT) will do. Thanks!
by minimalist / January 1, 2009 10:24 AM PST
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