how do i connect airport extreme wirelessly to a shaw router to extend network?
I can definitely chime in if you'd like meltrc, but I think kevinds has the right answer for you. If you are using our Cisco wireless modem, it currently won't work with a wifi extender.
With that said, I believe that in order to use the airport as an extender it has to be (as you mentioned) in an all airport network. That means that it likely won't be able to extend the signal from our devices. Instead, you'll need to have our device in bridged mode, your own apple router and then another apple router in extender mode. I just did a couple quick Google searches and that was the info I found about the Airport in extender mode.
Unfortunately we aren't able to support the configuration of your Airport device, but that's why we encourage conversation between customers on the Community! Maybe there is someone who has successfully done this with an Airport device that can give you some links or tips to help.
Can you confirm an Airport Extreme can act as a repeater?
afaik it can in an all airport network.
It should be able to, right now using the Cisco no repeaters work until they do the update.
If you haven't bought it yet, and you are using the Cisco, wait until the update so it can be returned
be nice if a shaw rep could respond.
AirPort Extreme can work as a range extender but I have found mixed results in this application. As Shaw Andrew stated, depending on what Shaw modem you are using you may not be able to add a range extender. Alternatively you may find pretty good performance simply bridging the SHaw modem to your AirPort Extreme and let it do the heavy lifting. I have found the AirPort Extreme wireless routers do a much better job with range and throughput any way.
Adding a second wireless router to extend a network usually results in less than satisfying results. I tried adding a second Airport Exptreme to my existing AirPort Extreme network (bridged off a Shaw wirelss modem) and throughput was cut in half. This is documented by others trying the same thing.
There are other solutions , some hokey. The best option in my opinion is adding a MESH capable set of wireless routers. There are are a variety of them on the market now. Still expensive.
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