7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 15, 2012 12:27 PM by brad129
Sampy11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am trying to connect my airport base station to a wifi source that I can not access.

I am running Window 7 and have updated the airport utility firmware.

The device should be able to connect to the wireless network but it gives me an error message.

When I click on the amber light it gives me 2 problems, internet connection and no DNS servers

     Internet connection

          Your apple wifi base station does not have a valid IP address. Make sure your apple wifi base station is connected to your broadband modem or local network, verify your settings, and try again.

     No DNS Servers

          This Apple wifi base station doesnt have any DNS server addresses and might have trouble connecting to the Internet.

 

I need to find a way to connect the device to the internet without connecting with a wired conenction.

Any help would be great

Thanks


Airport Express, Windows 7
  • Gino Cerullo Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    Solving the first problem, 'Internet connection' may solve the second, 'No DNS Servers.'

     

    You say, "I am trying to connect my airport base station to a wifi source that I can not access." What is the wi-fi source and what do you mean by, "I can not access?" Please describe this problem better.

  • Sampy11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What I mean is I can't connect to the router or modem by a wired connection.

    I have the wireless network in range for my PC, but I do not have a wired connection.

    The base station will not connect to the wifi network and gives the errors i described before.

  • Gino Cerullo Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    Understood! Follow the steps below to wirelessly join and extend your existing wireless network. This will put the AirPort router in Bridged Mode so that DHCP and NAT is still handled by your existing router.

     

    In Airport Utility:

     

    Select the 'Airport' button on the toolbar.

    Select the 'Wireless' tab

    Select 'Extend a wireless network' in Wireless Mode pull-down menu

    In 'Wireless Network name:" pull-down menu select your existing wireless network. If it is not listed then type in the name (SSID) manually.

    Wireless security and password must match the ones used by your existing

    Select 'Internet' on the toolbar

    Select 'TCP/IP' tab

    For 'Configure IPv4:' select whether to configure the settings manually or whether to use DHCP.

     

    If you need futher instructions please download and read:

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/Apple_AirPort_Networks_Early2009.pdf

  • Sampy11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ok so I did what you wrote and now it is displaying different error messages.

    The internet does not have security so no password is required.

    The new errors are "unsecured wireless network" which is because no password is required.

    and the other error is "unable to extend network" - goes on to say something about not having the right password or the network isn't in range.

    It just doesnt want to join the network wirelessly

  • Sampy11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry just to clarify

    That error is "extended network"

         the apple wifi station was unable to extend the wireless network. make sure the wireless network you're trying to extend was set up and is working correctly, that you have entered matching wifi password and that the device is in range.

    there is no password for the wifi, and my computer picks up the signal and gets some internet service.

    the base station wont connect to the internet.

  • Gino Cerullo Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)

    Try this instead. The only difference is I've changed the third step to 'Join a wireless network' from 'Extend a wireless network' 

     

    In Airport Utility:

     

    Select the 'Airport' button on the toolbar.

    Select the 'Wireless' tab

    Select 'Join a wireless network' in Wireless Mode pull-down menu

    In 'Wireless Network name:" pull-down menu select your existing wireless network. If it is not listed then type in the name (SSID) manually.

    Wireless security and password must match the ones used by your existing

    Select 'Internet' on the toolbar

    Select 'TCP/IP' tab

    For 'Configure IPv4:' select whether to configure the settings manually or whether to use DHCP.

  • brad129 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Under network preference, edit locations, remove existing locations and create a new one with a unique name. Do the same on the remote computer. Use the same WEP security code for all remote devices i.e. Macbook pro and Ipod. You won't need to edit the locations or perform the steps below on an iPod, just change the security code.

     

    Under network preference, advanced,  make sure that airport has the same DNS number as your ethernet connection under the DNS tab. Enter the same DNS number under under, WiFi on remote computer DNS tab.

     

    This cured the problem for me sharing an built in airport connection from an iMac with Snow leopard to a Macbook Pro and iPod.