In article <de>,
"Ian McCall" <org> wrote:
Chances are Apple just uses the WDS (Wireless Distribution System) which
is supposedly a standard, however, standards to not mean everyone plays
nice together. If your Linksys supports WDS, then there is a chance it
will work with the Airport Express. If your Linksys doesn't know
anything about WDS (not even under a different name), then there is no
way to make it play nice.
If you find that you need to use the Airport base station, here are some
The Linksys ethernet ports are just a ethernet 10/100baseT switch
graphed onto the router. You can still use the switched ports without
using the router porting of the linksys. But you would need to
configure the Linksys to no longer distribute DHCP addresses, and you
would need to make sure you do not plug anything into the WAN port that
you currently have going to the Cable or DSL connection. Then you would
setup your Airport Extreme base station as the Cable/DSL router. Plug
its WAN port into the Cable or DSL modem, plug the LAN port into your
Linksys switched ethernet ports, and plug any other ethernet connected
systems into the other Linksys ethernet switch ports.
A different approach. Connect the Airport Extreme base station LAN port
to one of the Linksys ethernet switched ports. Configure the Airport
Extreme base station to just Bridge the ethernet to WiFi (disable
distributing IP addresses). Then configure it to use WDS so that your
Airport Express will receive signals.
A 3rd approach. If you are getting the Airport Express as a WiFi signal
extender, and again assuming Linksys does not do WDS, then if you can
run an ethernet cable to where you need to WiFi extended to, you can
just plug in the Airport Express (or any other WiFI access point), and
configure it so that it uses the same SSID name and the same WEP (or
WPA) passwords. This will create a roaming network. This is what I do
at home using 2 Airport base stations (previously I did it using an
Airport base station and an SMC Barricade WiFi base station, until
lightning took the SMC out :-). Of course if you can setup a roaming
network, then you can use almost anyone's WiFi access point.
The one thing to watchout for is accidentially setting up 2 (two)
routers that are both trying to route or where you make some systems go
through 2 routers to get to the internet. This unnecessary, and often
times leads to situations like not being able to see printers from all
computers, iChat AV not working, etc...
Anyway, I hope this helps.