Going to be helping my brother with his home network this weekend and wanted to get some input from the Experts first.
He's currently got a setup that goes like this:
Comcast High Speed Internet
Surfboard SB6141 Modem
The Cat6 wires run from the wall to his modem to the Airport Extreme with the Airport Express connected via another Cat6 that runs through the walls to the other side of his house.
At the moment, he's having issues with a couple things:
1) Plugging the Airport Express into the Cat6 cable that connects it to the AE causes EVERYTHING to go offline. Internet access drops immediately, and connectivity on the network comes to a halt. Airport Utility starts having trouble finding both AE devices and it all goes bonkers.
Unplugging the Cat6 from the Express and making it revert back to it's wifi connection to the Extreme brings everything back up and online within 15-30 seconds.
The Extreme is currently set as the DHCP and NAT and the Express is acting as the wifi signal extender from the Extreme so that the same network is broadcast through his house.
I've read a lot about this SB6141 modem being a major pain for the Airport Extreme so I know that is one potential culprit but what else am I missing here?
2) He has a couple Belkin 8 port gigabit switches, one for each AE device, so that his printers and other stuff can plug in to his network. He runs a home based business so his home is also his office and he has a lot of gear.
At the moment the Belkin 8 port that is situated next to the Extreme is plugged into one of the extra Ethernet ports on the Extreme so that all the devices plugged into the Belkin are accessible via either ethernet for his desktops or wifi for his other devices.
Since the Express is having issues being plugged in via Ethernet I currently don't have the other 8 port Belkin switch plugged into anything or have the Express hooked into it.
3) Is there a recommended, POWERED USB hub to use with an Airport Express? I know I can hook a lot of his devices up via USB if there is a hub that is compatible with the AE configuration. That would eliminate the need his 2nd 8 port hub almost entirely.
Thanks in advance! I wouldn't be surprised if his modem is the source of the issues but I defer to your mighty knowledge of Experts of the Exchange.
For the record, the Extreme and Express are both brand new as is the SB6141. He went and bought all this stuff before consulting with family who knows this stuff.