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I have a 2009-era Airport Extreme that used to provide routing and WiFi for our cablemodem. Time Warner updated our cablemodem to a DG860, which comes with its own built-in WiFi.

I'd like to re-purpose the Airport Extreme as a WiFi bridge. Specifically, I'd like to be able to plug my wired ethernet devices (e.g. a printer in the basement) into a LAN port on the Airport Extreme, and have it bridge to the Time Warner WiFi network.

When I attempt this in Airport Utility the most logical option seems to be "Add to an existing network", but it seems to expect to be physically plugged into the network. I.e. it wants to be plugged into the other router:

Airport Extreme setup

Is there a way to bridge the Airport Extreme over WiFi?

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What you are describing is a WiFi extender. EG extending your Wifi network over WiFi. The basic two things you need to know are:

  1. No this Airport won't do that. I don't believe any will.
  2. WiFi repeaters just (usually) don't work very well.

TheWirecutter.com has a good take on it AND recommendations here http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wi-fi-extender/.

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FWIW I used to use my Airport Express to connect to the Airport Extreme in this fashion. I thought that was standard bridging protocol, but perhaps it was Apple-specific. Unfortunately I think the Airport Express is old enough that it won't do 802.11n to the DG860. –  Caffeine Coma Jan 21 at 17:23
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