What channel should the latest AE be on?

My AEBS is on channel 149. I've extended my network with a new AE and it says it's on channel 1. Is that correct for maximum speed of the network?

Sure, happy to help. The wall may limit your 5 GHz performance but you won't know unless you try.
Open Hard Drive > Applications > Utilities > AirPort Utility and select your AEBS
Click Manual Setup
Click the Wireless tab below the row of icons
Click the Wireless Options button
Put a check mark next to 5 GHz name and change the name area if you wish
Make sure that the Wide Channels option is checked
Click Done and Click Update at the lower right to restart the AEBS with the new settings.
You will need to change the name on the setup of AirPort Express (AX) as well.
Select the AX in AirPort Utility
Click Manual Setup
Click the Wireless tab below the row of icons
Change the Wireless Network Name to the exact name of your 5 GHz network on the AEBS.
Click Update. After the AX restarts, power it down for now.
When you log onto wireless with your AEBS, you will need to look for your 5 GHz network name so you can connect to that specific network. Keep your computer close to the AEBS for now to make sure you connect to the 5 GHz network. If you connect to your former network, you will see that it is a 2.4 GHz connection.
Now position the AX where it's needed and plug it in to see if you can get the green light. You may need to move the AX closer to the AEBS than you did before to see if that helps. If you get the constant flashing amber light, that indicates that the 5 GHz signal is not strong enough at the location of the AX for it to extend the signal effectively.
Hope this works for you. Please post back on your results or your questions.

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