4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 5, 2010 12:56 PM by romeup
romeup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I've been reading other posts, and can't find any with the problem that I'm having. So I decided to make a new post, with all the details.

I'm trying to setup a Airport Express (model A1084) that I just bought (used), to connect an old Mac mini (PPC 1.4Ghz, no Airport) siting in the living-room next to the stereo to my home wireless network for internet access (and stream music from my main computer, a Mac mini C2D, in my home-office to the stereo). The Airport Express (AX) came with default settings, and when connected to the PPC mini that is running 10.4 Tiger, and has the Airport Utility for Tiger installed (downloaded yesterday) it is detected by the mini and shows up in the Airport Utility. In my network preferences pane the Built-in Ethernet port presents an orange status icon and says that the Ethernet cable is connected but that no connection is established.

I choose the "Join Wireless Network" option and setup the AX config panes with my wireless network settings (WPA security) and hit the update button. The AX restarts and PPC mini loses Ethernet cable connection (the status icon turns red, and displays the message "The cable on the Built-in Ethernet port is not connected"). The AX is configured properly, it actually joins my home network (the status light on the AX turns green), it shows up in my Router's (Ntech adsl-awr54a) LAN clients page and the other Macs in the network can access it through the Airport Utility (without leaving my home network), but my PPC mini, that is connected to the AX through a (working) Ethernet cable can't connect to it...

The only way I'm able to get a wired connection between the PPC mini and the AX is by restoring the AX to factory settings, either using the Airport Utility on the other Macs or by pressing the reset button on the AX for a few seconds. I have repeated this process a number of times, always with the same result. As I configure it with my network settings and restart, the PPC mini doesn't connect to it again (until another reset).

Just two other notes. I'm not trying to configure a WDS network. Although my Router supports it, I have read how difficult it is, and I already have a wireless rage expander (Linksys WRE54G) doing that function. I haven't discovered yet how to stream music from my home office Mac to the living room stereo.

Sorry about the veeery long explanation. Any help would be appreciated...

Thanks

macMini C2D 2.26Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.4), MacPro 2x2.66 Ghz (work) | iPhone 3GS | iPod Touch 1G
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (88,390 points)
    Welcome to the discussion area!

    I choose the "Join Wireless Network" option and setup the AX config panes with my wireless network settings (WPA security) and hit the update button. The AX restarts and PPC mini loses Ethernet cable connection (the status icon turns red, and displays the message "The cable on the Built-in Ethernet port is not connected").


    The ethernet port is not enabled when you configure the older A1084 AirPort Express to "join" a wireless network.

    The ethernet port would be enabled and active if you can configure the AirPort Express to "participate in a WDS network". That's the only way that you would be able to do what you want with your older version of the AirPort Express.

    The newer "n" version of the AirPort Express (model A1264 in the States)has a new feature that will allow the Express to "join" a wireless network and enable the ethernet port. Unfortunately, the older version of the AirPort Express cannot do this.
  • romeup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for your help.

    The news are not good, but at least the mystery is solved...

    I've got a WDS network already active at home. I'm using the Linksys WRE54G to expand the network range, and have setup the the router (Ntech adsl-awr54a) as the root. Do you think I can add te Airport Express to that WDS network? I've been reading about this, and it seems that beyond an all-Apple-hardware network, it is only possible with very few router models, and I would have to change my network security to WEP (very sad).

    Do you think is worth the try? And would I still be able to stream music from my home-office Mac? (still need to search for help with that...)

    Thanks again.
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (88,390 points)
    Do you think I can add te Airport Express to that WDS network? I've been reading about this, and it seems that beyond an all-Apple-hardware network, it is only possible with very few router models, and I would have to change my network security to WEP (very sad).


    As far as I know, the only Linksys models that are compatible with Apple's WDS are the WRT54G or WRT54GS, +versions 1-4 only+. You might want to try one of the Linksys online forums to see if anyone has any information about whether your model might be compatible.

    I don't think it would be worth the effort to try your Linksys model unless you have the time and want to experiment. Please let us know if you find that your router is compatible.

    And would I still be able to stream music from my home-office Mac?


    Yes

    Message was edited by: Bob Timmons
  • romeup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok. Thanks for your reply. I think I'll give it a one time try. I agree with you, for what I've read, my chances are veeery slim...

    If successful I will post a new reply here, if not, well...

    Thank you for your help.