Linksys WRT54GS Main w/Airport Extreme Connected to Network

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by nitebreede, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. nitebreede

    nitebreede LI Guru Member

    Hi there. Bit of a newbie to networking, but I've made some good headway. I could really use your help though.

    I have a Linksys WRTG54GS hooked to my DSL modem. It's running firmware Version: v4.71.1, Hyperwrt 2.1b1 + Thibor15c. I'm trying to configure my Airport Etreme and Airport Express to work as an extension of that main network, or at least connect to the main network so I can still use the USB printer and AirTunes functions. I am running MAC OSX and Windows XP.

    I've searched high and low for information on how to do this, but nothing solid has come from it...

    Does anyone have a tutorial or advice? Anything would be appreciated.
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    For a person not familiar and always confused with the Airport Extreme and Airport Express models, can you please help clarify which is which? Are Extreme and Express Access Point/router or network adapter? Thanks.
  3. nitebreede

    nitebreede LI Guru Member

    Understandable... And I'm not sure I have the whole answer, but here goes.

    The Airport Extreme is a base station, access point. The Airport Express is a much smaller unit that functions as a sort of bridge for the AExtreme network. It also works as a USB print server and "Airtunes" source - where you send music wirelessly to the unit from iTunes. The AExtreme also could be a portable wireless router, just plug any DSL modem in to the Ethernet port and it works w/o a main base station designated.
  4. nitebreede

    nitebreede LI Guru Member

    Success!!! My Airport Extreme base station and Airport Express are bridged on to my WRT54GS network using WDS. Set up was fairly easy... What I was missing, though, was that the AE/AEXP had to be wired to the WRT54GS for configuration and the WEP key needed a $ sign in front of it. Once I did these two things, the rest of it all just worked. Took me many hours of research, so I hope this post will help someone else.
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