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Airport Wireless Network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by asanders, Nov 1, 2011.

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  1. asanders

    asanders Thread Starter

    Jun 30, 2006
    Hi everyone,

    I have a rather complex situation that requires (I think) a complex solution that I have not yet worked out!

    I have the following:
    - ADSL internet connection
    - TP-Link TD-W8960N 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router
    - Brand new Airport extreme (n)
    - Four brand airport expresses (n)
    - 24 port 3com switch.

    My requirements are:
    - A contained, protected, office network with wi-fi with access, and also access for wired clients via the 24 port switch.
    - A "guest" network with only internet access which needs to be spread throughout a large, old building (thick stone walls!), but cabling is not possible.

    My inital thought was to use the TP-Link as only a modem and run the network via the extreme. Plug the switch into the extreme which would also run the office wi-fi and then extend the guest network (nice extra option in the extreme!) thoughout the building with the expresses. Problem is that you cannot extend the guest network with either n or g. I cannot just reverse these two networks because I need wired access to the office network.

    The current system has the extreme running only the office network (wi-fi + wired) as a "double NAT" inside the "mother network" which is DHCPed by the TP-LINK with its wireless on (pretty good range). I set the expresses to extend the TP-Link's wireless by old fashioned WDS which I got working but it was incredibly slow just because that is what g WDS is like. I am not using the n capacity of the expresses.

    I thought about using the TP-Link DHCP and wi-fi to run the office network and then I can use the extreme and the "extend my network" n option for better speeds around the building, but then the office network would be open to the guest network.

    Any ideas of how I can get the most out of my equipment?

    Adam Sanders
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