Objective: Extend my wireless network to my detached garage.
My current ISP provider is Time Warner Cable. I have RoadRunner Extreme, which in my area gives consistent speeds of 50 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload when I am connected via ethernet cable. When I upgraded to the "Extreme" package i found out I was forced to use their Motorola SB6580 ... its a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem + wireless router. I was able to access the Motorola's setup options on the internet and I disabled the wireless function. This has allowed me to use my Time Capsule as the primary router to provide wireless access on my home network. I have not had any issues with this setup and is my preferred way to operate.
I have recently moved my home office to the 2nd story of my detached garage and need to extend my wireless network to meet the demands of all my gear. I have decided to achieve this goal by going with one of the following 3 options:
1.) enable the wireless function on the motorola modem making it the primary router. move my time capsule out to the office and use it in bridge mode. However I do not think I understand bridge mode correctly. I thought the secondary router (in this case my TC) in bridge mode needed to be connected w/ an ethernet cable at all times to enable this feature? If I understand similar networking discussions I will lose the ethernet ports with this option? If this isnt called Bridge mode once i take away the ethernet cable what is it "technically" called?
2.) buy a 2nd airport extreme base station and create the same type of wireless network extension setup. The difference here is I would leave my motorola's wireless features disabled, use 2 apple products that speak apples to apples wirelessly and relieve myself of all the headaches involved with a neopolitan setup. This seems like the obvious choice b/c Apple products are much more user friendly, but I dont want to spend the $200 on a new router if I can achieve a comparable setup by just enabling the equipment I already have.
3.) use either of these 2 scenarios above & go buy a 150' ethernet cable to join them together. if this is the case wouldnt a $50 hub suffice on the end of the cable? I dont necessarily need to have wireless, just reliable connectivity. I can access the existing wireless network now, but download speeds are not great and things really start to slow down when i have multiple clients connected. I would rather not have to drill through exterior walls, bury conduit and install learn how to install data wall plates, but i will if this is the pros far out way the cons.
Current modem/router placement: if standing @ the front door of my 1 story house facing out towards the street my motorola modem/router is in the front right-hand corner of the house.
Distance location of the detached garage office setup: if standing @ my front door my my work area is in the far back left corner of my property. it is approx 175' from the router and on the 2nd story of the garage. I said 150' cable earlier b/c i could relocate the router to a bedroom on the opposite end of the house, however this would eleminate the current wired status of the items connected to it and I would prefer to keep them wired in.
clients connected in the house: (4) apple tv's; Roku; Xbox; Wii; Playstation 3; (2) Lenovo laptops; iPad; (2) Blackberry's; (2) iPhones; iPod touch; (2) wireless netowrk printers; (2) smart tv's ... a handful of these are currently wired into the time capsule now which provides an uninterupted viwing experience for the MLB package. This of course trumps all opportunity costs involved with moving the router. There is nothing more frustrating than a screen buffering in the botton of the 9th inning after you've sat there for 3 hours.
clients connected in the office: (2) 27" imacs; apple tv; iPad; network printer; Wii; Harmony Link universal remote; Mac Book Pro ...
I have approx 5TB of digital media that is shared over the network via shared iTunes libraries that I would like to access as well. iCloud helps with all of our household gadgets as far as acessibility but with all the backups going on simutaneously it also creates headaches when you need the throughput. I need to do a better job of managing those settings. nonetheless, I would like some guidance on the best way to extend my current netowrk, suggestions for better scenarios i did not mention and thus am probably not aware of and any networking 101 schooling if it doesnt sound like i understand the way bridge mode/network extension works. sorry for the long post and thank you for your time & help.