I need 16 ethernet 1000 ports AND dualband wireless G/N. How to expand the AirPort Extreme Base Station to give 13 more ethernet for onlineLANparty?

We regularly host LAN parties, most of which are wired through a hub and are off-line. However, more and more games are requiring that each PC be connected to STEAM and/or LIVE so we are looking for a solution where we can have 16 wired computers running at the same time, PLUS we want to have the flexibility to connect to the same network via wireless G or N.

The AirPort Extreme Base Station appears to be the perfect choice for the wireless aspect, but it only has 3 ethernet 1000 ports. Most other options only have 4. Is there a way for us to expand the number of ethernet 1000 ports on the AirPort Extreme Base Station?

We will further use this to connect PCs on CAT5e cables throughout our home. We have a dedicated Windows XP PC hooked up to the TV for Netflix and music (work) stations in the kitchen and two bedrooms, so we want those to be wired into 4 of the 16 wired ports.

I would guess that I could just plug a hub into one of the ethernet ports, but I don't know if that would get all the HUBbed PCs onto the internet or not.

  • Asked by Ben B from Casper
  • Feb 24, 2010
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  • Best Answer:

    Yes, get a Gigabit switch (I use a Netgear 24 port smart switch) and plug it into the AirPort Extreme. They'll all be connected to the internet, but there's going to be a bottleneck if you have 16 PCs trying to access in the internet at once.

    • Answered by Matthew B from Minneapolis
    • Feb 24, 2010