Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2011 3:27 PM (in response to cclboss)
Suggest that you do some simple "tests" before trying to configure the entire setup.
First, connect a laptop using a short, spare Ethernet cable to one of the LAN <-> ports on the AirPort Extreme and make sure that you can get an Internet connection this way. If you can, you know that the LAN port on the AirPort is working correctly.
Then, connect the same short Ethernet cable to the switch and connect another spare Ethernet cable to the laptop. Make sure that you can get an Internet connection that way.
If you can, then you know that the switch is functioning correctly and you can start to troubleshoot the wiring around the house. If you cannot get an Internet connection, that obviously means that the switch is not functioning correctly.
Having wired many networks, I can say that the problems are almost always in the wiring...a bad cable or a bad Ethernet plug on either end. Take it one step at a time working out from the AirPort Extreme and test each connection, then add another device or cable and test, and then another, etc.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2011 6:09 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)
Thanks for the suggestions. Here is what I tried:
1) Plugging ethernet cable to the AEB directly from a computer, I can get an IP and it can go onto the internet which means the ethernet ports on the AEB is working (the little green light next to port lights up)
2) Plugged a working cable from AEB to SD2008, the little green light back of AEB no longer lights up and the computer connected to the switch does not get an IP and cannot go on the internet.
Given what's happening with step 2, what could possibly be the problem? I know the switch was working before and since it is an unmanaged switch, there is no reset button.
Thanks for any more suggestions. Alternatively, does anyone know if there is a proven switch that works alongside an Airport Extreme basestation? Maybe I can go out and get another one, now that I know the AEB is working.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2011 8:29 PM (in response to cclboss)
I've used both Netgear and Linksys Ethernet switches for years and never had any issues. I cannot explain why your switch does not appear to be working other than to say that stuff like this happens.