I own an Express; thinking about buying an Extreme. In terms of overall connectivity, does it matter which you is the extender?

Option 1 - connect Express to the wired network and use Extreme as an extender

Option 2 - connect Extreme to the wired network and use Express as an extender.

The issue, and its a minor one, is to what room do I want to stream my music.

  • Asked by Barrett M
  • Apr 11, 2011
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2 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    1. If the Express (a single-band device) is connected to the wired network, there will be only a single-band wireless network in the entire area covered by both devices.

    2. If the Extreme (a dual-band device) is connected to the wired network, there will be a dual-band network in its coverage area, but the Express will extend only the main band, not the dual bands.

    It might not seem apparent, but the Express can stream music without the Express being setup as a part of the wireless network. The choice is yours during setup with AirPort Utility.

    • Answered by Andrew H from Carmel
    • Apr 26, 2011
  • I noticed that my old Airport Express had some weaker password protocols available that allowed me to wirelessly connect it to my Verizon FiOS router (Actiontek). The Airport Extreme has better security, but lacks the backward compatibility I would have liked.

    • Answered by Jonathan B from Silver Spring
    • Jun 21, 2011