8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 25, 2006 1:36 PM by David Dauray
David Dauray Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
My Airport Extreme is plugged into my mac, airport admin utility see's my airport. But the airport option dosen't show up in my network pref's at all. Is this normal?
Still trying to hook this thing up.
This thing is turning into a science project from ****.

G4 867, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • 1. Re: No AirPort option in my pull down menu in network pref's
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    If you don't have the appropriate AirPort card installed, there will not be an AirPort menu nor an AirPort option in Network preferences.

    If you connect your Mac to the AirPort Extreme base station (AEBS) via Ethernet, you simply need to configure the Network preferences to use Ethernet and DHCP to get an IP address.
  • 2. Re: No AirPort option in my pull down menu in network pref's
    David Dauray Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks, for the direction. I'm connecting the Airport Extreme to my G4 Mac with a ethernet cable. I just want my wireless powerbook to be wireless not my G4 Mac. How come when I connect the airport to my G4 Mac the AirPort Setup Assistant won't work. It says it can't connect to my airport. I'm not even trying to be wireless at this point. I'm just trying to direct connect my G4 Mac to the airport and still get on the internet.
  • 3. Re: No AirPort option in my pull down menu in network pref's
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    How come when I connect the airport to my G4 Mac the AirPort Setup Assistant won't work.


    Because your G4 Mac doesn't have an AirPort card installed.

    I'm just trying to direct connect my G4 Mac to the airport and still get on the internet.


    Configure the G4 Mac's Network preference pane to use Ethernet and DHCP. That's it!
  • 4. Re: No AirPort option in my pull down menu in network pref's
    David Dauray Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    What's DHCP?
    And if I have settings already hooked up to SBC (ADSL), and change them for the Airport Extreme I won't be able to get connected to the internet.
    And again, airport admin utility and aiport assistant don't reconize my airport. I've even downgraded my firmware to 5.5.1
  • 5. Re: No AirPort option in my pull down menu in network pref's
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    What's DHCP?


    DHCP

    My Airport Extreme is plugged into my mac, airport admin utility see's my airport.


    And again, airport admin utility and aiport assistant don't reconize my airport.


    Which is it? Does it or doesn't it? If it doesn't how did you change the firmware?
  • 6. Re: No AirPort option in my pull down menu in network pref's
    David Dauray Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Well your right, it see's it in the airport admin, which is when I downgraded the firmware, but when I go to the airport assistant to try grt this monster hooked up I get 2 messages:
    Network error_There was an error connecting to the Airport Base Station you selected.(which is strange because there is only one base station I can choose)
    And the second message that pop's up at the same time:
    Internet Connect_could not find a PPoE server.
    I just want to say, thanks Duane for leading the blind, which is me.
    I appreciate it.
    My wife uses the main computer for homework and I'm a graphic artist trying to get some time in on the internet through my powerbook.
  • 7. Re: No AirPort option in my pull down menu in network pref's
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    Forget about using the AirPort Setup Assistant with your G4 Mac. It won't work since your G4 Mac does not have an AirPort card. You can do all the setup of the AEBS with the AirPort Admin Utility.

    On your G4 Mac, open the Network preference pane. Disable PPPoE if it is enabled. Configure the Network preference pane to use Ethernet and DHCP to get an IP address. That is all that you need.

    Ensure that your G4 Mac is connected to the LAN port (<->) on the AEBS.
  • 8. Re: No AirPort option in my pull down menu in network pref's
    David Dauray Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks man, I'll give it a shot.