Tags: airport express

07/17/11

  03:13:02 pm, by The Dreamer   , 817 words  
Categories: Software, Networking, WiFi

The Airport Express Tangent

Being that it is really hot today, I didn't feel like going out and figured I could tackle some of the many projects that I've been putting off.

Before I started, I happened to look at cacti...not sure why I had at first, but I went off and looked at the Airport graphs. Nothing has associated yet with my Airport Express, is there something wrong...with it or the clients?

Wondered if it was the use of manual versus automatic channel selection....perhaps it doesn't see the Airport Express as a strong choice, though sitting right next to it...it should've dominated.

But, I tried automatic to see what channels it would jump to. I was kind of surprised that the Airport Extreme jumped from 1 to 10. First in that I thought 1 was the best, and second I expected it to pick one of 1, 6, 11. Though when I was running the Belkin APs, I was running them on 2 and 10.....there is one other AP somewhere in the condo that is using channel 10. And, oddly...same SSID as I was using, except all lower-case (instead of capitalized). But, I've since turned off the Belkin APs...so I don't care anymore?

I then configured the Airport Express to automatic...and it jumped from channel 11 to 1. Okay then....let's see how that works.

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07/09/11

  07:12:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 913 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Networking, WiFi

Airport Express service for Lunatic Haven

That's right, I got an Airport Express to go with the two Airport Extremes that I have in my home.

As I mentioned before, I had gotten the second Airport Extreme to extend my 'wired' network to a room where the CAT5 to that room was bad and not wanting to try to fix it. The problem is that I run separate SSIDs on my main Airport Extreme for a/n and b/g/n frequencies. Since things that can use 5Ghz, tend to work better around here. And, there didn't seem to be a reliable way to ensure that 5Ghz was always chosen unless it had a different SSID. Something I learned about doing from LISA &#59;D

Well, the second extreme was set to extend my network, and I told it to go for the 5GHz SSID. But, in extend wireless mode...there's no option to set different SSID(s)....so it was advertising my 5GHz SSID for both frequencies. Wanting to keep things straight, I ended up turning off allow wireless clients to use the second Airport Extreme.

But, increasing number of wireless devices in my home....I wanted to have a better WiFi signal in the bedroom.

Now I did have some older 802.11g access points, and they were on and using a different SSID. Hadn't noticed that I had set the Airport Extreme to do only WPA2 personal until today. The old 802.11g access points originally only did WEP....there was an upgrade to get WPA personal, but it broke the WDS feature that I was using then. But, when I stopped using WDS...I did upgrade but left them on their own SSID because it didn't seem to work too well otherwise.

Though wonder if WPA vs WPA2 would explain it...the other was at the time the Airport Extreme wasn't doing access control and the old Belkin APs had a list of MAC addresses would allow...though it wasn't getting updated that well...

So, I was liking the use of RADIUS to control access on my home network...and wanting to use the same RADIUS to control whatever method I extended my network. So, that pretty much meant....another Airport Extreme or an Airport Express.

I knew there were differences, but I tried to decide if the differences were that important. Apparently, I didn't get it right...but an Airport Express being cheaper than another Airport Extreme...meant that I could try this sooner than later. Plus I there's always the possibility of it becoming part of my arsenal for travel use (except for its dependence on Airport Utility...which is current difficult because I run an Ubuntu laptop....though I am considering a Mac laptop [now instead of a Windows laptop]).

The first difference is that it only has a 10/100 port on it....which was important for extending my network (to TARDIS), but didn't seem important for extending the reach of my wireless now. The other difference (I missed) is that its 2.4GHz or 5GHz....rather than both at the same time.

Was trying to decide if I would have it extend my wireless network by wireless (or wired)...if it were simultaneous dual band....wired would likely be the only choice. Though decided that wired would remain the way to extend my 2.4Ghz network...since the lack of reach of 2.4GHz was kind of why I was doing this.

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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