I’m feelin’ pretty studly just now.
We had installed an AirPort Express as a range extender in our home wireless network, but it didn’t seem to be doing anything. The computers could see it just fine, but the signal strength way out in the sitting room was the same old sucky 2 bars it had been before we installed the Express.
What the heck? The Express is right friggin’ there! Why aren’t you getting a nice strong signal?
So off to the internet: Google, select the top six responses, read, repeat.
And I found it! In AirPort utility, if you select the Express and dig a bit deep, there’s a pulldown menu that gives you choices: Join a WPA network / Join a wireless network / Extend a wireless network.
Who knew there was a difference between “joining” and “extending”? I selected “extend” and everything is hunky-dory. Turns out “joining” is used if you just want to use the Express to run a printer or something.
4 bars now, and Mrs. R’s Hulu isn’t stuttering any more. Hooray!