15062 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 3, 2008 4:21 PM by Deb45
Try the following ...
AirPort Extreme Base Station Setup (AEBSn) w/Cable Modem
Perform a "hard" reset of the AEBSn.
o (ref: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107451)
Modem/Router Power ReCycling
o Power-off the Cable modem, AEBSn, & computer(s); Wait at least 30 minutes.
o Power-on the Cable modem; Wait at least 15 minutes.
o Power-on the AEBSn; Wait at least 5 minutes.
o Power-on the computer(s)
Setup the AEBSn
Either connect to the AEBSn's wireless network or, temporarily, connect your computer directly (using an Ethernet cable) to one of the LAN ports of the AEBSn, and then, using the AirPort Utility in Manual Mode, check these settings:
AirPort - Base Station
o Base Station Name: <whatever you wish or use the default>
o Base Station Password: (optional)
o Contact: (optional)
o Location: (optional)
o Set time automatically (optional)
o Time Zone: <select your time zone>
o Status Light: Always On (Default)
o Allow configuration over Ethernet WAN port (unchecked)
o Advertise configuration globally using Bonjour (unchecked)
AirPort - Wireless
o Wireless Mode: Create a wireless network
o Network Name: <whatever you wish or use the default>
o Allow this network to be extended (unchecked)
o Radio Mode: 802.11n (802.11b/g compatible)
o Channel: Automatic
o Wireless Security: None
AirPort - Wireless - Wireless Options
o Region: <select your region>
o Multicast Rate: 2 Mbps
o Transmit Power: 100%
o Create a closed network (unchecked)
o Use interference robustness (unchecked)
Internet - Internet Connection
o Connect Using: Ethernet
o Configure IPv4: Using DHCP
o IP Address: <provided by your ISP>
o Subnet Mask: <provided by your ISP>
o Router Address: <provided by your ISP>
o DNS Server(s): <provided by your ISP>
o Domain Name: <provided by your ISP>
o DHCP Client ID: (optional)
o Ethernet WAN Port: Automatic (Default)
o Connection Sharing: Share a public IP address
Internet - DHCP
o DHCP Range: 10.0 1.x
o DHCP Beginning Address: 10.0.1.2
o DHCP Ending Address: 10.0.1.200
o DHCP Lease: 4 hours
o DHCP Message: (optional)
o LDAP Server: (optional)
o DHCP Reservations: (optional)
Internet - NAT
o Enable default host at: (leave blank)
o Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (checked)
Once you have verified Internet access, I strongly suggest that you use wireless encryption (WPA or WPA2) to secure your network.
A router will have at least two IP addresses, one for the WAN-side (Internet facing), and one for the LAN-side (your local network).
The WAN-side address is typically provided by your ISP and is an address that can be "seen" from the Internet. You can find this WAN-side IP address on the AirPort Summary page within the AirPort Utility.
On the other hand, the default LAN-side IP address of the AirPorts is 10.0.1.1. This LAN-side address is the one "seen" by computers connected to the AirPort (both via wire or wirelessly).
A big "thank you" to Tesserax.
I just installed Comcast cable, and had bought a new AEBS to set up my wireless. I spent about 24 hours getting very, very frustrated - both with my apparent inability to get it working, and with the lack of service from Comcast.
I've set up numerous Airport configs, and thought it would be piece o' cake. It wasn't. The airport wireless came up nice and strong, but I was unable to get a connection to the internet via the wireless, even though I could via a hard-wired ethernet cable.
I followed the protocol Tesserax gave - and BINGO, I'm now happily online wirelessly. Two things seemed to be different to my protocol:
1. How long I let the CATV modem stay unplugged. The old 5 minute rule seems not to apply - but the 30 mins works.
2. Setting up first w/o security; then going back and setting up WPA/WPA2. I don't know why - but this seems to make a big diff.
thanks Tesserax. All Comcast / Mac / Airport users should get a copy of your setup protocol.