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post #1 of 3 Old 05-20-2012, 03:24 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello AVS Forum members!

I might be upgrading from an apartment to a home and need some help planning the home network. The house is pretty long and with the room configuration, the cable modem/router will be at one end on the second floor. I am anticipating issues covering the space with wireless and would like to know if my current plan will work.

The main office area will have the cable modem, an Apple Airport Extreme router, and 2 computers hard wired to the router. I would like to add 2 Airport Expresses to be used as wifi extenders. I also need to hardwire devices somehow to each one of the Airport Expresses.

Can I attach a simple network switch to an Airport Express? Both units will be in rooms that have wired devices.

I'd like to keep things as simple and reliable as possible. I considered picking up multiple routers and flashing them with DD-WRT but I hear they are not as reliable.
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Yes you can attach a switch to the Airport Express.

If I were you though I would use homeplugs/powerline adapters as a bridge between the devices instead. They should give a faster and more reliable link than wireless, western digital even sell homeplugs with a switch built in.

Also extending the wireless will affect it's speed but by combining the homeplugs with the Airport Express you could avoid this. If AE's have access to an ethernet link they will use that to extended the network talking to the Airport Extreme over ethernet which the homeplugs will provide.

So you will have wireless coverage without the penalty's.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-21-2012, 05:51 AM
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Until you get the network set up, you will not know what the problems are. I have a UVerse 3800 RG, and the wifi can cover about a 100' radius bubble, with no problems.
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