9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 21, 2011 2:15 PM by john from sioux falls
john from sioux falls Level 1 (0 points)

Had an attack on my DNS and in rebuilding my network have had problems re-establishing the Airport Express tot he Extreme network.  The sequences on the Airport Express are alpha-numeric and the PIN is to be an 8-digit number.  Any ideas on where to find this?


Airport Express, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Airport Extreme network
  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,521 points)

    The AirPort Express Base Station (AX) uses two services that may require a user/network name & password: 1) For is for base station administration, and the other for access to a secured wireless network. Which one are you referring to?

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,191 points)

    A wireless network using WPA2 Personal security requires at least an 8 character password. Might that be what you are referring to here?

     

    Can you tell us how you are trying to configure the Express in relation to the AirPort Extreme? In other words, what service will the AirPort Express be performing on your network?

     

    The wireless settings on an AirPort Express are located by opening AirPort Utility and clicking Manual Setup. Then click the Wireless tab/label located just below the row of icons.

  • john from sioux falls Level 1 (0 points)

    I should have been clearer.  Am trying to add the Airport Express as an extension to my already established Extreme Airport network.  In Airport Utility, base station, Add Wireless Clients, the next dialog sequence asks for an 8-digit PIN.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,191 points)

    Am trying to add the Airport Express as an extension to my already established Extreme Airport network.

     

    There's a procedure to do this, but it does not involve the Add Wireless Clients (this is for adding computers to the network). Are both your AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express the newer 802.1"n" versions?

     

    The Extreme will be square, with rounded corners if you have the "n" version. Check on the side of the AirPort Express and look for the Model Number. The 802.11n version is Model No A 1264.

     

    The "extend" configuration will depend on what versions you have. We'll provide the steps you need once we know what versions you have.

  • john from sioux falls Level 1 (0 points)

    The Extreme was purchased in April of 2008 and the the Express January of 2011 with the Model No. A 1264.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,191 points)
    The Extreme was purchased in April of 2008

     

    Sorry for the questions, but want to provide the right info to you. When you purchased the Extreme doesn't tell us whether you have the "n" version or older "g" version since both versions were being sold at that time.

     

    Is your Extreme "square" or "round", like a flying saucer?

  • john from sioux falls Level 1 (0 points)

    Squared with round corners.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,191 points)

    Thanks for the clarification.

     

    On your AirPort Extreme:

     

    Open AirPort Utility and click Manual Setup
    Click the Wireless tab below the row of icons
    Your Wireless Mode should already be set to “Create a Wireless Network”
    Make sure there is a check mark next to “Allow this network to be extended”
    Note the setting for Wireless Network Name and Wireless Security as you will need this for the setup of the AirPort Express
    Update to save changes

     

    On the AirPort Express

     

    Hold the reset button in on the AX for 10-12 seconds, then release.

    Open AirPort Utility and click Manual Setup.
    Click the Wireless tab below the row of icons
    Wireless Mode….should be set to “Extend a wireless network”.
    Wireless Network Name…Same name as your Extreme network

    Enter a check mark next to Allow wireless clients
    Wireless Security….exact same setting as your AirPort Extreme
    Wireless Password…exact same setting as your AirPort Extreme

    Confirm Password

     

    Click the Base Station tab to assign a name and device password for the AX, adjust Time Zone settings, etc.

     

    Click the Music icon to enable AirTunes if you wish

     

    For further reference, Apple's instructions for the "extend" setup appear on pages 43-44 in the AppleAirPort Networks Guide.

     

    Please post back on your results.

  • john from sioux falls Level 1 (0 points)

    This was great, specific step-by-step advice.  Thank you.  Turns out that I could only get this to work when I followed this protocol on another computer in my house and not the one with my base station which kept asking me to 'switch networks' in order to set up the Airport Express.  On the second computer your instructions went smoothly.