1 Reply Latest reply: Aug 17, 2011 10:53 AM by Tesserax
nikorizzo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Basically, I bought an Airport express about two months ago because my mac pro (also two months old) for some reason could not connect to my wireless network. From the moment I tried to set up the airport express, it's been a complete pain. What I wanted to do was set it up so it's on my wireless network (made by my airport extreme) and allows my mac pro to connect to it's LAN port to connect to the internet. I thought I had it working, but about 2 weeks ago it just stopped, and my mac pro said "self assigned IP" in the network settings. All I want to do is be able to plug an ethernet cable into the airport express and into the the mac pro and have internet. What's the easiest way to do this that makes the internet the fastest?

 

And on another note, is there anyway for (while using this setup) y mac pro to appear like it's on my network? Because often it's easier for me to just screen share and control it from my macbook pro, and I can't do that when it's on the ethernet.

 

Thanks in advance,

Niko

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,245 points)

    To have the 802.11n AirPort Express Base Station's (AXn) Ethernet port enabled for network connectivity, the AXn needs to be configured as a wireless Etherent bridge. Apple calls this configuration a ProxySTA.

     

    To activate ProxySTA, you must set up the Express to join a wireless network, and then, enable the "Allow Ethernet Clients" option; both settings are located in the Wireless tab of AirPort Utility.

     

    If after doing so, the AXn still gets a self-assigned IP address, you may need to perform a "factory default" reset to get the AXn back to its "out-of-the-box" configuration. Then reconfigure it as a ProxySTA.

     

    And on another note, is there anyway for (while using this setup) y mac pro to appear like it's on my network? Because often it's easier for me to just screen share and control it from my macbook pro, and I can't do that when it's on the ethernet.

    When properly configured as a ProxySTA, the Mac Pro should have wired network connectivity AND should be available for Screen Sharing. Just be sure that Screen Sharing is enabled in System Preferences > Sharing on the Mac Pro.