I am trying to move from one set-up to another.
In my current set-up, I have an airport extreme base station connected by ethernet cable to a modem. The base station creates my wireless network, and its hard drive contains my itunes music library. I also have an airport express in another room connected to my stereo, to play my itunes library.
I am looking to change this set-up for the following reasons: (a) Based on the recommendations on these boards, I am going to move my itunes library to an external hard drive. The disk on the base station is spinning up and down all the time, and disconnects from itunes regularly (for which I have searched in vain for solutions -- and have made workable only by some rube goldbergian set-up that is somewhat ingenious, if I don't say so myself). However, it's time to face facts and get itunes off the base station. (b) My new comcast modem is able to serve as a router and create a wireless network of its own.
So my desired set-up, which I have not been able to complete for reasons explained below, is as follows:
1. Detach the ethernet connection between the base station and the modem.
2. Set up the base station away from the modem, connected to the new hard drive and a printer.
3. JOIN the new wireless network with the base station, and have it serve as a print server with attached storage.
4. I don't want it to extend the network, because I don't need it to. And I don't want it thinning out my wifi signal.
Here is my problem. When I try to change the settings of the (still ethernet connected) base station to "Join a wireless network," my new network does not display in the available networks list. All of my devices are on this network, so I know it works. The list includes many networks in the neighborhood, so it is not a signal strength issue. Also, the base station set itself to bridge mode when the new network, connected by ethernet, was created. If I unplug the ethernet cable to the base station, I lose access to it in airport utility.
In addition, when I try to join the new network with the express, the network is not in the list either.
This is a possibly convoluted way of asking, can the base station hop on a wireless network, not extend it (sending out a wireless signal and diluting the signal), and serve as a print server? If so, why isn't it seeing my new wireless network?