Pros & cons of Extreme/Express to extend Time Capsule?

We currently have Time Capsule running for wireless coverage at one end of our house, and want to extend coverage to the far end. From what I can tell, it seems that we could use either Airport Express or Extreme to extend coverage (correct me if I'm wrong here). It may come down to the availability of Guest password/login. Question: If we have Guest access set up on Time Capsule, will that automatically carry over to the far end of the house regardless of whether we use Express or Extreme? Or will we need to use Extreme in order to extend Guest access?

Welcome to the discussions!
+We currently have Time Capsule running for wireless coverage at one end of our house, and want to extend coverage to the far end. From what I can tell, it seems that we could use either Airport Express or Extreme to extend coverage (correct me if I'm wrong here).+
Either an AirPort Express or AirPort Extreme can "extend a wireless network" providing that it is a newer "n" version of the product.
It sounds like you have a dual band Time Capsule, correct?
Important....if you want to extend both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, you would need to look at a dual band AirPort Extreme. The AirPort Express could extend one band, either the 2.4 GHz band or the 5 GHz band, but not both at once.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to extend the Guest network, so this network will not "carry over". "Guests" will have to connect directly to the Time Capsule if you enable the guest network. Their wireless performance will depend on how far and how many obstructions there are between the Time Capsule and their computer.

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