Anytime you change networking hardware, it is always a good idea to perform a complete power recycle of your networking components.
I would recommend that you do the following as a minimum:
- Power-down the modem, AirPort base station, and computer(s).
- Disconnect the AirPort base station from the Internet broadband modem.
- While all of the devices are powered-down, perform a "factory default" reset on the base station. This will get it back to its "out-of-the-box" configuration and make setting it up much easier, especially if you use the "Assist me" process within the AirPort Utility. (ref: Resetting an AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule)
- After the base station resets, go ahead and power it back down.
- Reconnect the AirPort base station to the Internet broadband modem. For the Extreme and Time Capsule, be sure to connect the cable to the base station's WAN (circle-of-dots) port.
- Power-up the modem; wait at least 10-15 minutes to allow it adequate time to initialize.
- Power-up the AirPort base station; wait at least 5-10 minutes. Note: The AirPort's status light may continue to flash amber after it has intialized. That is because, there may be some additional configuration items necessary, like setting up wireless security, before the overall setup is completed to get a green status.
- Power-up your computer(s).
In this basic configuration, the AirPort base station will broadcast an unsecured wireless network with a Network Name (SSID) of Apple Network NNNNNN. Network clients, connected to the base station either by wire or wireless, should now be able to access the Internet through the ISP's modem. Once Internet connectivity has been verified, you can use the AirPort Utility to configure the base station for wireless security and any other desired options. Please post back your results.
Thank you so very much...this is very useful...
When I go through all that and start to configure is there anything special I need to know...?
The mediacom guy told me that they do not have any user names and passwords on their end.
Do I just accept the defaults...in the set up assistant...?
I will be using the airport utility on my PC. Windows Vista.
Any small tidbits would be helpful
As mentioned, the AirPort will default to broadcasting an unsecured wireless network. You should then use the AirPort Utility to do at least two things:
- Change the default Base Station Administrator password from the default: public, to something else that you will remember.
- Enable wireless encryption to secure your wireless network. I would recommend setting the Wireless Security Type to: WPA2 Personal for the best security level possible.
Other than that, you can leave all the other settings at their default values; try out the wireless network for awhile, and then, make any changes that you see fit for your networking requirements.