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Ziggy1 Level 1 (0 points)
Guys I have the Airport Extreme Base station (last one not the new 802.11n) and want to wirelessly connect to an external storage HDD that has NAS and LAN capability. If I connect this by ethernet to the Airport LAN ethernet connection will I be able to see it?

Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Duane Level 10 (120,909 points)
    Yes just like any other Ethernet network device you connect to the AirPort Extreme base station (AEBS).
  • Tom James2 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi _ I have the same question.
    An old airport extreme and a new freecom network hard drive (mac formatted) but I cant work out how to access this wirelessly over my home network.
    Can someone explain what I need to do pls?
  • Duane Level 10 (120,909 points)
    How do you access it if you were connected via Ethernet? Those are the same directions.
  • Tom James2 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry - I wasn't very clear and also i am a bit of a novice at this. I use both a G4 imac and macbook which both need access to the same files.
    I have the older dome airport extreme providing a wireless network. I have a freecom network hard disk with ethernet & usb capability. Currently, the hard drive is attached by usb to the imac and accessed by the laptop by afp. Can i plug the hard disk into the airport via ethernet and connect to the hard disk directly without need for the imac to be switched on?
    If yes - how? I can't find a tutorial anywhere, and as mentioned am a bit slow when it comes to all things technical..
  • Duane Level 10 (120,909 points)
    Can i plug the hard disk into the airport via ethernet and connect to the hard disk directly without need for the imac to be switched on?


    If yes - how? I can't find a tutorial anywhere, and as mentioned am a bit slow when it comes to all things technical..

    There is no configuration changes to be made to the AEBS.

    You will need to follow the Freecom directions. The user's guide for the drive appears to be here (direct PDF link).
  • Tom James2 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok - Thanks for your help but I am absolutely none the wiser - the manual does not describe how to do this on a mac.
    I can see on my airport that there is a LAN address - which I presume is where the disk is attached. How do I mount this on my desktop?
  • Duane Level 10 (120,909 points)
    Perhaps you should contact Freecom's support and see if they have directions.
  • Ziggy1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Duane
    How do I make my mac see it? At the moment I plug the storage unit into the AEBSn via ethernet cable to LAN port. I then try and type in the IP address (which is the default address I was given ie 169.154...) on Connect to Server but it won't connect. A friend told me I need to play around with IP addresses - is this right?

  • Duane Level 10 (120,909 points)
    You will probably need to connect the drive directly to your Mac via Ethernet and configure it to use an IP address in the subnet used by your AEBS. If your AEBS is creating the default 10.0.1.x network, the drive should use an IP address in that range (probably between and
  • Ziggy1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Duane
    I'm probably making this too big. However, I set my AEBS to DHCP and gave a range of IP's from to I then set a reservation for which I set the NAS to (I also clicked 'static IP' in the NAS box configuration). It then asked for DHCP client ID or MAC address and I entered a Client ID of 'Nasbox'. My AEBS shows up in My Devices but the the NAS doesn't. If I put in the 'Go to Server' nothing happens. Am I on the right track?

  • vze Level 1 (0 points)
    Did the same thing but used a Mac address instead of Client ID.
    After updating airport go to FINDER-GO-CONNECT SERVER and add server address that you saved in DNCP Reservations
  • Duane Level 10 (120,909 points)
    Instead of entering Client ID (leave it blank) try using the Ethernet MAC address of the NAS box.
  • steelers for life Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Duane,

    Wondering if you could help me...
    I have a Lacie NAS and trying to connect to AEBS via ethernet.
    I have never been able to see/view the NAS device within the airport utility menu as I do if it's connected via a usb connection...I don't understand why.

    I can mount and connect to the NAS if I follow the following steps
    finder>network> lacie afp>connect

    I just expected the drive to stay mounted on my desktop since AEBS is always on.

  • Henry B. Level 9 (78,690 points)

    The Airport Utility is only used to configure the Airport Base Station, to view devices (printers and hard drives) connected to its USB port, and to configure access to hard drives connected to its USB port.

    You have a LaCie NAS device, and it is cabled to one of the Base Station's ethernet ports. The Airport Utility is not designed to "see" or configure devices cabled to the Base Station's ethernet ports - and that includes your NAS drive.

    As expected you can connect to the NAS drive from the Finder and mount the NAS drive on your Mac's desktop - which is exactly the way it is supposed to work.

    If you want an analogy - from the point of view of your Mac, a NAS drive is very similar to another Mac set up to share files and cabled to your Base Station's ethernet port. You wouldn't expect that other Mac to show up in the Airport Utility, and for the same reason you shouldn't expect the NAS drive to show up in the Airport Utility.
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