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An Older Airport Extreme

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NObodE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 11, 2012 8:13 PM

Hello-

I am needing some help with getting the Airport Extreme I purchased about 5 years ago up and running on my current MBP. I put it away nicely so everything is there. I remember the last I used it was about 3-4 years ago, and when I needed to connect it at that time I called Applecare, they transfered me to a rep in Canada and it was a fairly complicated process. I did establish a name for my Airport Extreme network and when I plugged it in that did come up. I did get the green light on the actual router, but I could not remember the password to log in under the KJT network. I tried so many times.

 

When I was at the Apple Store recently I was surprised that the Airport Extreme they are selling today looks exactly the same as the one I purchased about 4 years ago. Although I am not totally sure it even seemed like the technology was the same (at least from quickly reading the info. on the box). I asked the apple sales agent and he said it is realy easy to hook up. he said I should get a walk through program that walks me step by step, but I did not get that back when I purchased it or I did not get it recently when trying to use it again.

 

I did a spotlight search on my MacBook Pro for Airport, and I did get an Airport Utility hit, but for some reason I could not get anything to come up. If I can't remember the password for the "KJT" network that I created many years ago, does that mean the machine is no good?  Could I not try to create a totally new network and just call it by another name? As I said I remember that the set up back when I purchased it was quite complicated, but I am hoping since I doubt Applecare would help me agian with setting it up, that there is a utility out there that could help me. I have Comcast (Infinity) Internet service, with their modem coming in to the house, but now I need a router like Airport Extreme so I can go wireless. 

  • CRMDVM Level 4 Level 4 (1,360 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 3:37 PM (in response to NObodE)

    Hi - this site was down for maintenance - do you still need help setting up the Extreme? - if so download the Airport Utility for Snow Leopard at - http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1536 - also could you please indicate the model number of the Extreme?

  • CRMDVM Level 4 Level 4 (1,360 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 9:30 PM (in response to NObodE)

    Hi - I think we can get things going - however I rarely do this but it is getting late here and I am very tired and there is a lot of information to sift through so I am going to take a break and think about all of this and come back tomorrow when I have had a chance to think about it overnight - I hope you will fogive an old guy who needs some sleep - thanks for you understanding - and in the meantime, if anyone else would like to jump in please feel free too do so.

  • CRMDVM Level 4 Level 4 (1,360 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 12:49 AM (in response to NObodE)

    Hi - first of all it looks like you are using an MBP with Snow Leopard - if that is true then have you downloaded the Airport Utility from the link above and installed it - you will not be using the CD in the box - and does the MBP have working wireless and an ethernet port and do you have several ethernet cables? Let me know this info in the morning - thanks

  • CRMDVM Level 4 Level 4 (1,360 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 9:41 AM (in response to NObodE)

    OK - First you have to do a factory reset on the Extreme - to do this, unplug the Extreme and push in and hold the reset button while plugging in it back in - when the light starts to blink release the button - wait for the light to start blinking slowly - this indicates a factory reset - now unplug the Extreme - now disable the wireless on the MBP - here is the connection sequence - connect an ethernet cable from the modem to the WAN port (circle of dots) on the Extreme - connect another cable from a LAN port (<-->) on the Extreme to the ethernet port on MBP - open the AU and you should be able to see the Extreme - click on it and choose continue - it may first have to do a firmware update then it should walk you through the setup - it will determine a lot of the following automatically - enter the required info - create a wireless network - name your network - use simple 8 character passwords - allow this network to be extended - connect via ethernet - share a public IP and accept all other defaults - when you are done, turn the wireless back on your MBP and connect to the new network.

  • CRMDVM Level 4 Level 4 (1,360 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 3:03 PM (in response to NObodE)

    You just need 2 ethernet patch cables - they are the same type that you have one attached to the modem already so you could attach that one to the Extreme - you would only need one more to attach the Extreme to the MBP - if you don't have 2 ethernet cables this can be done wirelessly but is is more tricky.

  • CRMDVM Level 4 Level 4 (1,360 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 6:41 PM (in response to NObodE)

    A patch cable is just a short cable - if you are only going to use your MBP wirelessly then you will only need one cable but it is always good to have more than one around as a spare.

  • CRMDVM Level 4 Level 4 (1,360 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 6:57 PM (in response to NObodE)

    You can get cables at any electronics store or online - this AE "should" work fine but you won't know until you try - use the instructions that I gave above - and "yes" to the last question.

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