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403 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 1, 2012 6:48 AM by Bob Timmons RSS
Bruce Hanson1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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May 30, 2012 5:16 PM

I have just switched from Comcast to Centurylink. My reasons for switching were primarily two:  1) I saved 50$ a month 2) I despise Comcast's business model

Also, with my Airport Extreme, I can establish a Guest Network that my literally poor next door neighbors can use without us running into each other. I was originally not using my Airport Extreme because it had interface problems with my actiontek Q1000 modem from Centurylink. When used in a hardwire sense, theQ1000 works wonderfully, consistently 38-40 Mbps on my iMac, but wirelessly, it was pitiful, 3 Mbps on my iPhone, and 8-10 on my iPad. The Genius' at my Apple Store said that it worked poorly as a wireless modem, and because it was G in format, it didn't interface well with my iPhone. In turn, they said the slowness on my iPhone slowed down my iPad. If you are a tech nut like me, you know how irksome it can be to see that constantly flashing yellow light and not know enough to remedy it, and turn it back to green. I'm one of those guys that can't sleep at night until those update numbers disappear from my iPhone and iPad desktop. If you can give me any ideas to fix the problem, you may help prevent me from bludgeoning myself to death with my old Microsoft keyboard. Yikes!!!

27" iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)
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    May 30, 2012 5:25 PM (in response to Bruce Hanson1)

    Using your Mac and OS X 10.6.5 that you indicated as your current operating system......


    Open Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > AirPort Utility


    Select the AirPort Extreme and click Manual Setup


    Click directly on the word Status (2nd line on the summary page)


    A window will open to explain why the AirPort Extreme is complaining along with more information about how to solve the issue(s)

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)
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    May 31, 2012 7:40 AM (in response to Bruce Hanson1)

    To configure the AirPort Extreme in Bridge Mode using the 10.7.4 operating system.....


    Open Macintosh HD > Applications > Utiltiies > AirPort Utility

    Click on the AirPort Extreme icon, then click Edit

    Click the Network tab at the top of the next window

    Make sure that the setting for Router Mode = Off (Bridge Mode)

    Click Update at the the lower right and allow 25-30 seconds for the AirPort Extreme to display a green light



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    Then, power down the entire network....order of devices is not important

    Wait a minute

    Start the modem/router first and let it run a minute by itself

    Start the AirPort Extreme the same way

    Continue to start devices one at a time until the entire network is powered back up

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)
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    Jun 1, 2012 6:00 AM (in response to Bruce Hanson1)

    When I get the modem, should I immediately connect modem to Extreme to Computer, or should I get the modem and computer talking first.


    You should follow the instructions that are supplied with the modem and keep in touch with your service provider on this question.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)
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    Jun 1, 2012 6:48 AM (in response to Bruce Hanson1)

    Then only thing that I can suggest is to follow the instructions that are provided with the modem and then configure the AirPort Extreme as I illustrated.


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