6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 8, 2013 12:26 PM by Zach257
kimberleyfromlondon Level 1 (0 points)

Not really sure how to ask this but here goes.

I have a bt router as my main router in my house which I want to continue using. It is WPA protected and I want to keep it that way. However I have some devices that will only connect with WEP. So I was wondering if there is a way to setup my airport extreme to be a WEP protected network so I can use this only for the WEP devices and use my other router for my other devices and connections as it is more secure.

If this is possible, could you please explain to me the setup for the airport extreme as I don't know if it needs setting up as a seperate network or in bridge mode? I don't really understand the setup options on the airport and what is needed to do what.


I hope I've explained this clear enough but if not feel free to ask me for more details.


Thanks for any help in advance.

Airport Extreme
  • edex67 Level 4 (3,250 points)

    Yes, you need to use 'bridge mode'. Also, what you might want to do is turn down the WiFi signal strength and hide the SSID so that the signal can't be picked up by outsiders, reducing the security risk.

    I can give you more info if you repost with your AirPort Utility version.

  • kimberleyfromlondon Level 1 (0 points)

    My airport utility is version 5.6.1

    So if I set it up in bridge mode I can set it up with WEP. Will it have the same SSID as my other router or will it be different?

    Hiding my SSID makes sense to help my network be more secure.

    Thank you so much.

    If you have time to write me a sort of step by step guide that would be absolutely amazing, so I can make sure I do it right. As otherwise I will probably make a big mess of it.

  • edex67 Level 4 (3,250 points)

    Whatever you choose for the WiFi network name.

    Step by step as you requested:

    1. Open up AirPort Utility.
    2. Go to the AirPort tab and select Wireless:

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    Under Wireless Security select WEP. Click Wireless Network Options and tick "Create a closed network". Also, you could turn down the transmit rate if you want.

    Select Internet.

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    These settings should work fine. Then, everything should be good to go.

  • kimberleyfromlondon Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much for the quick response :-)

  • edex67 Level 4 (3,250 points)

    No problem.

  • Zach257 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey I am trying to also get on wep, because i have a game that doesnt connect to wpa, i am going to have to kinda secretly do this lol so do you know if it will mess up the current signal my router is emmitting? could i make it emit this one and the original one? That way i dont have to change the current settings? thanks