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  • DukeBedford Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, this has been very strange.  After many hours of fiddling and tweaking, I've gotten almost everything working.  I'm not entirely sure what made the difference but the key steps (I think) were

     

    * reenabling wireless access on the primary Netgear router, with WPA and a passphrase on Channel 10.

    * setting the network name, security, and passphrase on the TC to be the same as the Netgear, with Radio Channel set to automatic.

    * rebooting every device on the network multiple times.

    * explicitly joining the two-access-point network from each device, giving the WPA passphrase.

     

    The current situation is that I can access the internet from each computer, iPad, and iPhone either by hard-wired eithernet connection (where applicable) or wirelessly.  The one exception is my wife's MacBook, which will connect via hard connection, but not wirelessly.  I have triple and quadruple checked all the network preference settings and they are identical to those on my MacBook Pro.  Yet I can't connect wirelessly on hers.  Any thoughts you have on this issue would be appreciated.  The other flaky thing is that very often the Airport Utility app on the iPad can't locate the TC, even though they are right next to each other ... this may be related to the fact that the iPad also often takes a very long time to display the Wi-Fi icon showing that it's connected.  All in all, this whole system seems much more fragile that it ought to be.

     

    A Wi-Fi scanner usually shows two signals, both with the same network name.  One is a two-bar 802.11g signal on Channel 10, the other a four-bar 802.11n signal on Channel 1.  

  • DukeBedford Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    And one more update:  If I turn off wireless access on the Netgear primary router, then I can't get a wireless conncetion at all on any device.   I still see a strong signal on Channel 1, but I can't connect wirelessly.  So I guess that when I did connect, I was really connecting to the Netgear router.  I think I'll take the TC in to the Apple Store and have them look at the configuration.  Obviously, I can't take my whole network in, so we won't be able to duplicate the environment, but at least they should be able to read the TC AirPort settings and see if they are what I think they are.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,960 points)

    DukeBedford wrote:

     

    A bit of additional disclosure:  I'm running OS 10.6.8 on all my Macs because I need access to a crucial database that requires Rosetta...

    Which database?

     

    When the time comes that you must upgrade from Snow Leopard (hardware failure, etc.), consider installing Snow Leopard Server into Parallels 8 to restore Rosetta functionality to run your database:

     

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    My advice is order SLS from Apple now ($20, telephone orders only 800-MY-APPLE) while it is still available and put it on the shelf!

     

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1365439

  • DukeBedford Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Michael, Thanks for the advice.  I do use FileMakerPro, but that's not what I was referring to.  I believe that FileMaker continues to produce new versions of FMP for new OSX releases, so being "orphaned" isn't a big concern, other than having to pay for the upgrades (let me know if you know otherwise).  What I was referring to was a huge Eudora database containing 20 years of saved email messages (250,000+ messages, the last time I checked).  No one is supporting Eudora any more, at least in any backward compatible way.  I have these files saved on three different machines, all running 10.6.8, plus SuperDuper bootable backups.  So I'm not living in dread of any one machine dying. 

     

    But buying Snow Leopard Server and Parallels 8 sounds like a sensible plan for someone like me, who likes to have Plan B, C, D, E ... available in case of disaster.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (88,195 points)

    I think I'll take the TC in to the Apple Store and have them look at the configuration.

    Good plan. What you have described about the configuration of your network indicates that it should work.

  • DukeBedford Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    A final update (I hope).  I upgraded one of our laptops to 10.8.4 and used the AirPort Utility to access and confirm the settings I had made with the iPad app.  I changed nothing, as far as I know, but now wireless access is working!   I'm getting 30 mpbs downloads, vs. 10 mpbs yesterday. 

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (88,195 points)

    Good news..

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,960 points)

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  • DukeBedford Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Michael,  OK, I believe it can be done, and buying Snow Leopard Server while it's still available seems like a good Plan C or D.  Actually, I've never purchased a "Server" version of any Mac OS.  What are the functional differences between the "Server" version and the "regular" version?  Can I run Eudora 6.2 and send, receive, forward, and print messages as I do now?  Is there anything that I wouldn't be able to do using the server version?

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,960 points)

    DukeBedford wrote:

     

    What are the functional differences between the "Server" version and the "regular" version? 

    None for our purposes!  I actually remove the Server apps from the Dock so as to not be confused by them.

     

     

    DukeBedford wrote:

     

    Can I run Eudora 6.2 and send, receive, forward, and print messages as I do now?

    I am not a Eudora user; I just downloaded it and ran it in Snow Leopard Server installed in Parallels 8 to show needy users such as yourself that it will run in a Lion/Mt. Lion environment.  That being said, I see no reason why you should not have full Eudora functionality in Parallels that you currently enjoy in a real Snow Leopard environment.

     

    Parallels has a Coherence Mode, which actually will place Eudora side by side with your apps running in Mt. Lion, without the Parallels window.

     

     

    DukeBedford wrote:

     

    Is there anything that I wouldn't be able to do using the server version?

    I have not yet come across such an example.  Parallels, however, does not support the Firewire port, which does limit its access to certain legacy scanners (Firewire hard drives can be accessed through the Shared Folder or file sharing).

     

    SLS is $20 and Parallels 8 has a 14 day free trial download, so try it for yourself!

  • Alderlee Way Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tesserax--I am connecting an AE wired by Ethernet to my TC so that I can extend the range of my existing wireless network. The only question I have for the *very clear* steps you provided is:

     

    You say "For each additional base station added to the roaming network...Wireless tab > Network Mode: Create a wireless network > Wireless Network Name > Enter the desired name. This will be used on all base stations > Wireless Security: WPA2 Personal (recommended) > Wireless Password > Enter the desired wireless password. This will be used on all base stations."

     

    So you "create a wireless network" not "extend a wireless network" on the additional (slave) base station?

  • Alderlee Way Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tesserax--I am connecting an AE wired by Ethernet to my TC so that I can extend the range of my existing wireless network. The only question I have for the *very clear* steps you provided is:

     

    You say "For each additional base station added to the roaming network...Wireless tab > Network Mode: Create a wireless network > Wireless Network Name > Enter the desired name. This will be used on all base stations > Wireless Security: WPA2 Personal (recommended) > Wireless Password > Enter the desired wireless password. This will be used on all base stations."

     

    So you "create a wireless network" not "extend a wireless network" on the additional (slave) base station?

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,245 points)

    So you "create a wireless network" not "extend a wireless network" on the additional (slave) base station?

    That is correct. Although a roaming network can "extend" the wireless range of an existing network it is NOT the same as the "extend a network" feature of the AirPort base stations. The latter is when the connection between base stations will be wireless.

  • h-man Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi, i am trying to set up a roaming network and am hoping for some help. I am trying to cover a main house and guest house spread over two acres. Here is what i have:

    Comcast cable coming into the basement of the main house

    Ten ethernet cables coming out of the wall by the cable modem and running all over the main house and one to the guest house

    At present i just plug the ethernet cable that goes to the kitchen into the cable modem and then i put a time capsule in the kitchen. I have built a wirelessly extended network around it but it is not stable and often doesnt reach the guest house

    So i have been reading about the roaming network idea. My issue is i cannot run a bunch of wires out of the time capsule in my kitchen. The property is already prewired. So can i do this?:

    From the cable modem go to a switch via ethernet, and then run ethernet out of the switch to five or so base stations? Or does it require, as illustrated in apple instructions, that i go thru the primary airport before going to the switch and then via ethernet to the various addition airports? It just seems weird to stick an airport in the basement bunker where it will cover nothing but that room. Kind of a waste of a box.

    Anyway, any help is really appreciated and any ideas on how you would configure this would be great.

    Many thanks -h

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,245 points)

    From the cable modem go to a switch via ethernet, and then run ethernet out of the switch to five or so base stations? Or does it require, as illustrated in apple instructions, that i go thru the primary airport before going to the switch and then via ethernet to the various addition airports?

    Adding a switch between the modem and the primary AirPort base station will not work.

     

    I agree with you about placing the Extreme near the modem in the basement. What I would recommend and is what I have been using for my roaming network setup is the following:

     

    • Cable modem <Ethernet> Cisco RVS4000 <multiple Ethernet runs to an Ethernet switch panel out to individual jacks throughout my home>
    • Connected to several of these jacks are a variety of AirPort base stations configured as bridges but broadcasting individual wireless networks with the same SSID & wireless security type/password as all the othe base stations.

     

    The Cisco RVS4000 is an Ethernet router as such it does not provide a wireless network. The reason I went with it was two-fold: 1) It was more configurable than any of the AirPorts, and 2) I needed to place it near the modem which was inside an understairs closet.

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