Will simultaneous dual-band support also work when extending an existing wireless network in which other base stations don't have that capability?

My ADSL modem comes with an integrated wireless base station. I would rather like to extend that network instead of replacing it. The reason is that my printer (which I would like to plug into Time Capsule) and the ADSL socket (which I need for Internet access) are located in different rooms. So I cannot plug in both into the same base station. However, the ADSL modem does not support simultaneous dual-band: you need to choose one. Will that also prevent Time Capsule from working with both bands simultaneously?

  • Asked by Nicolas M
  • Oct 27, 2009
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2 Answers from the Community

  • "Will simultaneous dual-band support also work when extending an existing wireless network in which other base stations don't have that capability?"

    No.

    • Answered by Andrew H from Carmel
    • Oct 12, 2010
  • Well you basically answered your own question .. No

    Wow .. let straighten this out here. If you wish to use the dual-band spectrum 2.4 / 5 GHz which only Time Capsule supports then why even use the ADSL wireless feature? It would be nice as a true additional wireless connection but the caveat here is that it will cause more interference which you definitely do not want. Turn it off. You might get double NAT issues if you configure both wireless devices incorrectly.

    If distance between rooms is a problem then bridge mode the ADSL modem,
    attach it to Time capsule's WAN port and let TC run the wireless dual. You would need to add .. say like an Airport express into the room the printer resides via its UBS port to print over there. This way you have dual-band still running and will be able to print in that room. Of course some newer printers have there own wireless router support but that means a new printer or printer wireless device for it only if supported on your printers model.

    • Answered by Chris K from West Allis
    • May 6, 2010