8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 4, 2012 1:05 PM by mikeguil
mikeguil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I can't seem to find how to set up my Airport Extreme as a Hotspot.  I have clients coming into my office that need internet access.  How do I do that?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (92,235 points)

    Sorry, I am a bit confused when you use the term "Hotspot".


    If the AirPort Extreme is broadcasting a wireless network now, you already have a "Hotspot". 


    If your wireless network is password protected, then clients will need to be given the password so that they can connect.


    Or, are you perhaps saying that the AirPort Extreme has not yet been configured to provide a wireless network?

  • mikeguil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hmmm.. ok... it's set up for wireless... I get it on my laptop and iPhone.   I guess my problem is that I don't know what the password is.  I set it up two years ago and now can't even find where to access the password. 

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (92,235 points)

    Do you have the Mac that you used to originally set up the AirPort Extreme?

  • mikeguil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes... it's a MacPro 2x 2.8GHz Quad-core

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (92,235 points)

    Open Macintosh HD > Applicatons > Utilities > KeyChain Access


    Locate the line with the name of your wireless network and AirPort Network Password


    Double click this line


    Enter a check mark next to Show Password


    Enter your main administrator password for your Mac


    Your wireless network password will now be revealed

  • mikeguil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ahhhh.. got it!  Thanks Bob.


    Now... is it possible to set up a "Guest" access on the Airport Extreme?  And if so, how?

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (92,235 points)

    The ability to setup a separate Guest Network will depend on two factors:


    1) You have a newer dual band AirPort Extreme. Any new product purchased in the last 2-3 years would qualify in that regard


    2) You have a simple modem connected to the AirPort Extreme, not a combination modem/router or gateway type of device that most service providers furnish to their customers.


    To check and see if you will be able to utilize the Guest Network feature on your AirPort Extreme.....


    Open Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > AIrPort Utility

    Click on the AirPort Extreme icon and then click Edit in the next box that appears to the right of the AirPort Extreme

    Click the Wireless tab at the top of the next window

    Look for a box that will allow you to enter a check mark next to Enable Guest Network

    Enter a Name for the network

    Enter a Guest Network Password for the network and Verify the password

    Click Update to save the new settings and allow 30 seconds for the AirPort Extreme to restart


    If you do not see an option to Enable Guest Network, you might want to check with your service provider to see if they can supply you with a simple modem.



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  • mikeguil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks Bob.... I don't have the 'Enable Guest Network' option box so I guess I'll have to get a new modem.


    Appreciate your time to help me out.