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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 7:56 pm    Post subject: using Mac mini as wireless router Reply with quote

Can I hook my mac mini directly into my cable modem and then enable Internet Sharing from Ethernet and setup a wireless network too? what is the range like on a mini's airport card? I have an airport express. could I enable the mini to share the ethernet connection wirelessly and then use the Airport Express to extend the range of the wireless network?

or if I needed extra ports, could I go Modem->Switch->mini?
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 8:02 pm    Post subject: Re: using Mac mini as wireless router Reply with quote

abbaZaba wrote:
Can I hook my mac mini directly into my cable modem and then enable Internet Sharing from Ethernet and setup a wireless network too?

Yes.
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what is the range like on a mini's airport card?

Not spectacular. It's hard to give it an exact range because it depends so much on your environment, but I found using a Mini as a wifi point produced a signal that was about 50% weaker than a real router in the same room.
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I have an airport express. could I enable the mini to share the ethernet connection wirelessly and then use the Airport Express to extend the range of the wireless network?

I don't believe OS X has any built in WDS support to enable such a thing. The Express does, but without it being supported on both sides, it may not work.

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or if I needed extra ports, could I go Modem->Switch->mini?

Usually you would need a router to do such a thing. Most modems communicate with the first item on the subnet that they encounter, leaving the other one out.
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