13 Replies Latest reply: Oct 29, 2012 3:15 PM by CRMDVM
Eric Azerty Level 1 (0 points)



I have to create a WiFi network for a Theater performance between my MacBook Pro and 3 iPhones 4


I plan to use my old Apple Airport Extreme Base 802.11n (is the fact that it's based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification is not a problem), Model A1301 (3rd Generation) - March  2009

I could get it connected directly to my laptop by Ethernet cable.


I need your advises to get :

- best bandwidth from iPhones to Airport base (Base settings, iPhones settings)

- best stability

- as low as possible network perturbations


Thanks for your help


iPhone 4, iOS 5.0.1
  • CRMDVM Level 4 (1,365 points)

    Do you want to set up a Wi-Fi LAN without ethernet access? - and what version ot the Airport Utility are you using on your Mac?

  • Eric Azerty Level 1 (0 points)

    I have Airport Utility version 6.1 and my Mac OS is 10.7.5


    As far as I know, I'd prefer to set up a Wi-Fi LAN with ethernet access as I think it would be better to get Ethernet connexion between Airport base and my MacBook Pro. And let all the WiFI bandwidth for the 3 connexions from iPhones 4 to the Airport base.


    I have an software on my Mac that uses the 3 live video streams.

    I need an optimal bandwidth and very good stability to get smooth video and best image quality…

  • CRMDVM Level 4 (1,365 points)

    What type of internet service do you have, how fast is it and how would you connect to it in the theater on your Mac

  • Eric Azerty Level 1 (0 points)

    Oops I should have been unclear…


    I don't need any internet connexion. Just best connexions between 3 iPhones 4 and my MacBok Pro via Airport Extreme

  • CRMDVM Level 4 (1,365 points)

    I can advise you on setting up the Extreme but connecting Macs and iPhones and your software is out of my area of experience - you would need to post that question in the appropriate forum - would you like information on setting up the Extreme?

  • Eric Azerty Level 1 (0 points)

    So that should be OK:

    - I just need help to built the best private wifi network between 3 iPhones 4 and my MBP throught my old Airport Extreme base.


    - I don't need an internet connexion for this project

    - I don't need help for softwares

  • CRMDVM Level 4 (1,365 points)

    Ok - thanks - this is not a common setup so I am going to set it up myself and then list the steps for you so give me some time and I will get back to you

  • Eric Azerty Level 1 (0 points)

    Great thank you

    I stay tuned!

  • CRMDVM Level 4 (1,365 points)

    Ok - I got it going at this end - now you try it - first you have to do a factory reset on the Extreme - unplug the Extreme - hold in the reset button while plugging it back in - when the light flashes, release the button - wait until the light flashes slowly indicating a factory reset - then connect an ethernet cable from the mac to a LAN port on the Extreme and open the Airport Utility - you should see the Extreme - you may have to switch off the Wi-Fi on the mac to do it this way - if you can't see the Extreme try the WAN port - let me know if you ge to this point and we will proceed

  • Eric Azerty Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately I broke my leg a few days ago and I have several weeks without being able to move and plug anything...  so all has to be theorical for now!



    I follow you.

    I'm sure there will be no problem with the LAN connexion...

  • CRMDVM Level 4 (1,365 points)

    OK - sorry to hear about your leg - here is the information that you will use - you can do it manually or with the assist feature:

    Connect via Ethernet - you will choose to ignore the error message for this choice later

    Create a new network

    Name the Network

    Assign a password to the base station  - you may be given a choice of single or separate passwords - choose separate

    Choose no security or enter network password if you want to - I recommend a simple 8 character password

    Choose WPA2 Personal security if you choose to use a password

    Ethernet WAN port off

    No guest network

    No setup over WAN

    Accept all other defaults

    When you are done press update - you will see several error messages - choose to ignore them all - the above is not necessarily in the correct order depending on your version of the Airport Utility.

    If you need help when you try it yourself let me know - it worked here - it should work for you.


    I hope your recovery goes well,


  • Eric Azerty Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you CRMDVM


    - When you say:

    "When you are done press update - you will see several error messages - choose to ignore them all "

    What are these alert about ?

    - with these settings I get full bandwidth potential from the Airport base?

    - nothing special to avoid/protect from perturbations from theater and audience?

  • CRMDVM Level 4 (1,365 points)

    These messages are because in order to do what you want, we had to set up the Extreme as if it was attached via ethernet and receiving internet, etc. - so when you update to save your settings, it will be reporting errors because these settings are not valid - this will not affect the performance of the Extreme - however in a theater setting, you will have to have the Extreme as close as possible to the users to achieve your goal - I cannot guarantee that it will work in your situation exactly but the Extreme will be transmitting at full capability - I setup my Extreme with the Assist Me feature of the AU - this is one reason why more of the error messages appear - I thought this might be easier for you - if you want to I can try the manual method and see if it decreases the number of mesages - but it really doesn't make any difference in performance - and I can't do it until Thursday when I am back in the office - I don't have an extra Extreme to try it at home - let me know.