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How do I find a forgotten airport express base station in Airport utility.

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Sep 28, 2012 11:27 AM

I tried to add my airport express to my home network. I inadvertently clicked on "forget this base station" in airport utility. I cannot seem to get it back in airport utility. How do I find it again?

AirPort Express 802.11N (2nd generation), iOS 5.1.1
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)

    There are three Airport resets, soft, hard and factory default.  It would probably be beneficial if you tried each one in sequence.  Actually, you could jump to the factory default reset if you don't mind reconfiguring from scratch.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)

    System Prefs, WiFi, Network Name, Join Other Network



    Also go to System Prefs, WiFi, Advanced, and check "Remember"

  • John.R Calculating status...



    This reply is for anyone who got this far but couldn't get further, becuase their setup was similiar and the above didn't work.


    I have an Airport Extreme which I wanted to extend with a new Airport Express (2G). I first connected with a network lead and then decided I wanted to extend wirelessly so I could use the lead for my Samsung Smart TV - for Netflix. I clicked "forget" and then couldn't see the Airport Express to reconfigure it to extend my network wirelessly. Resetting the Airport Express is fine but it still doesn't appear in AirPort Utility.


    You must switch ON Wi-Fi in System Prefs, Network. I didn't have it switched on because my Mac Mini is connected to the Airport Extreme with a network cable. The newly reset to Factory settings Airport is now available in AirPort Utility to select under the "Other AirPort Base Stations" button. Be careful of the default setting during setup. You do not want to use the AirPort Express instead of the AirPort Extreme (which sets the Extreme back to Default settings)


    Connecting a New AirPort Express to a wired AirPort Extreme by first switching on Wi-Fi (which I wasn't using) was not intuitive. Remember to switch ON the Wi-Fi then switch it OFF after setup if you don't need it. And honestly one less thing in my living room broadcasting radio waves everywhere has got to be a good thing.

  • feifeitim Calculating status...

    John R sorted this for me - thanks!


    If the Wi-Fi is already switched on in System Preferences - Network, then switch it off then switch it on again.  All forgotten airports will now show through Airport Utility.  However, they may not be linked quite as they were!!


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