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Is it possible to use an old Apple Airport Express as a wireless device for my NAS4Free

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Is it possible to use an old Apple Airport Express as a wireless device for my NAS4Free

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I'm trying to figure out how to hook up my NAS4FREE server to my home wireless network. The server as an ethernet port on it but no wireless device on it.

I discovered that I have a first or maybe second generation Apple Airport Express device lying around that I don't use any more.

If I connect the server's ethernet port to this Apple device can I use it to get on my network?

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Re: Is it possible to use an old Apple Airport Express as a wireless device for my NAS4Free

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So this device is like a wireless bridge?
If yes then it should work
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Re: Is it possible to use an old Apple Airport Express as a wireless device for my NAS4Free

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Thanks so much. I'll give it a try.

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Re: Is it possible to use an old Apple Airport Express as a wireless device for my NAS4Free

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I was using a WAP54G running DD-WRT as a wireless bridge for years. Instead of running a 10-15meter cable from my wireless router to my home office I had the WAP54G connecting wirelessly to it and it was passing the network link through its Ethernet port.
It was connected to a gigabit switch and the switch was providing link to my servers.
You could try initially connecting a laptop to see if it gets DHCP from your router, but in any case the process should be completely transparent to the nas4free server: it will have a network cable connected to its network port like it would if it were connected directly to one of the Ethernet ports of your router.
You just have to keep in mind that wireless file transfers will be painfully slow.
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Re: Is it possible to use an old Apple Airport Express as a wireless device for my NAS4Free

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Works fine, also with Time Capsules. They are BSD-based like NAS4free, have 5G WiFi, so easily do 160Mbps, are easy to setup and don't use much power and are very reliable- and Apple does a great job at supporting them too.

Just remember to set the networking with the correct subnet configuration in your XigmaNAS and the Airport, as well as disable DHCP in the device that you won't be managing network addresses.

You can do so by connecting via your LAN interface, or a separate network via dedicated OPT interface which is especially good for segregating the wireless clients from the LAN
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I would caution against using a wireless network to connect to the server.
Repeatedly seen corrupted files copied over the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network.
If there is no Ethernet cable available, better use powerline adapters.
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Re: Is it possible to use an old Apple Airport Express as a wireless device for my NAS4Free

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Snufkin wrote:
24 Oct 2018 12:45
I would caution against using a wireless network to connect to the server.
Repeatedly seen corrupted files copied over the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network.
If there is no Ethernet cable available, better use powerline adapters.
Hmmz, in my experience powerline adapters are just as unreliable as wifi connections.
Both painfully slow and very often time outs and/or retransmits.
Never met file corruption, though. However YMMV

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