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Setting up a new Airport Extreme to replace and old Airport Extreme

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Jun 13, 2013 4:17 PM

I want to install a new Airport Extreme that I got 2 years ago to replace an Airport Extreme purchased in 2007 which no longer allows me to access internet wirelessly. (It only allows internet access when computer is plugged into it via ethernet cord.) Do I just install the software for the new Airport Extreme and proceed with set-up as directed, or do I first need to do something on my computer to "get rid" of the old Airport Extreme base station?   This is new territory for me since an "expert" installed my 2007 APE, and is no longer available to help.  I am on my own and hoping I can figure out how to do this. Thanks for any help anyone can give me.  I am eager to use my laptop wirelessly again.

AirPort Extreme 802.11n (2nd Gen), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,620 points)

    Although it is possible to "copy" the older AirPort's configuration file to the newer one I would recommend against it especially since you were experiencing a number of problems with it.


    By default, an AirPort will broadcast an unsecured Wi-Fi network with a network name of something like: Apple Network NNNNNN. If you never installed the "new" AirPort it should be in this configuration right out of the box.


    However, whenever you change networking hardware, it is always a good idea to perform a complete power recycle of all of your networking equipment just to make sure they all "talk" to each other properly.


    Check out the following AirPort User Tip on how to do this. Please post back your results or if you need further assistance.

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,620 points)

    You are very very close. I would only recommend the following slight changes:

    • At step 2A leave the modem powered-down or just skip this step. You want to make all of the physical wiring changes with all of the equipment powered-down. That includes connecting the Ethernet cable between one of the AirPort's LAN (opposing arrows) ports and the computer. You should now have the DSL line connected to the modem; an Ethernet cable between the modem and the WAN (circle-of-dots) port on the Extreme and an Ethernet cable between the Extreme and the computer.
    • Insert step 3A. Power-up the modem; wait at least 10-15 minutes to allow it to communicate with your DSL provider.
    • Skip step 5
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,620 points)

    Just so I have a back-up plan:  When I do attempt to set up the new Airport Extreme,  should I mess up and CAN'T set up the NEW APE successfully, will it be possible for me to access the internet by reverting back to using my OLD base station (in which Wi-Fi does not work)  by just plugging it back into my modem and running the ethernet cord to my computer without having to do anything else?

    Yes, your "back-up" plan is a sound one. Modems work by "remembering" the last device connected to them. One of the reasons we recommend a complete power recycle is to help the modem both "forget" the old device, and then, attempt to "remember" the new one.


    If, for some reason, your installation of the new router goes south, replacing it with the previous one should get you back up and working again.


    Remember technology is dumb. You sometimes just need to help it along to have it play nicely. Take your time and we can help you if you get stuck. Before you know it you'll frequent the Discussions area offering assistance to others.


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