I have a network problem, perhaps you can help.
Set up one single wireless home network, extending throughout the house and into the garden, available to numerous devices with AirTunes integration.
Main hub (Virgin Superhub) cannot currently extend throughout the house, and is fixed in one location there is also one mac without a wireless card that has to be elsewhere in the house and cannot connect directly through ethernet to the mainhub.
Virgin Superhub connected via cable in “West Wing”
2 (movable) airport express (let’s call them AX1 and AX2
If needed an old (mushroom) airport extreme basestation
If needed, a NetGear wired router.
Various wireless devices:Laptops, iPhones etc.
Important: One mac (‘Big Mac’) without wireless card far from the main hub.
2 printers with temperamental wireless functionality rather use wired ((1 USB, 1 network) )
So far… Superhub works fine. Setting up AX1 to ‘join a wireless network’ and physically wiring printers to it works fine. I’m not sure if this is actually extending the network or simply joining it.
Problems: I got AX2 to connect Big Mac to it with network cable then set up like AX1 to connect to superhub). However it drops all the time, I think it is attempting to connect to Superhub (and failing due to distance) rather than using the much closer AX1. I was hoping that AX2 could relay into the garden but it’s not even connecting itself.
So.. I think I need to set up a WDS network with a main node, and wireless remote (or relay?) clients.
1) I want a single network not multiple, and the Superhub does not seem to have WDS functionality I may be wrong.
2) I’ve followed instructions on setting up a WDS network with AX1 (and also with the Airport network connected to Superhub), which seems like the thing to do. Using an airport utility, I set up a main node, added wireless clients with relevant MAC addresses, but the AXs when setup to participate, restart, blink amber and are unreachable on airport utility, requiring a forced reset to get them back. so something’s amiss.
3) I need to make sure WDS will work with all devices happily.
4) I need to use AX2 as a way to getting Big Mac online (and happily part of the network) through a wired connection. WDS (or any solution) must be able to sort this, as well as extending the signal to the garden.
That’s it I think!
Any help will definitely be appreciated and may be rewarded.