I used to use an Airport Network, but recently changed over to a Velsop mesh network (LinkSys). I have a base on each of three floors and it seems to be covering pretty well. I used to have a Time Capsule that does not seem to be used by the portables as a Time Machine anymore, but my main problem is that I have laser printer that was on the network that does not have access anymore.
This is an older Brother laser printer that works perfectly well, but does not have a very friendly configuration for WiFi. I have it in another room, as I do not have room in my office and had it hooked to an Airport Extreme that the airport would communicate with, link to the printer, and then have an extra EtherNet to feed the entertainment system (that seems to be working OK with the new Wifi). I would like to have a station that I could hook the printer up to by ethernet. nut it does not recognize my old Airports as being able to extend the network without a direct ethernet connection and even that does not seem to work as advertised.
Should I just move the mesh from the first floor to have 2 wifi tours int he basement (one connected to the router and the other to the laser) and the third mesh on the 2nd floor? Will the mesh reach up two floors? having two mesh towers within 20 feet of each other seems a waste, but the walls and ceiling are such that I cannot run a cable. Is this one place one of those ethernet on AC gadgets would work?
Obsolescence in the name of improvement (?) always seem to bite me in ways I did not see and this is one time that the older system worked, but one part of it was not working well and the replacement broke the linkages.