2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 12, 2013 7:16 PM by Bob Timmons
baggie bird Level 1 (0 points)


My Airport Extreme has an amber flashing light and has the following 2 status messages which I have no idea what they mean;


1. This airport base station is setup to allow setup over the ethernet WAN port, which decreases network security?


2. This airport base station has a private IP address on its Ethernet WAN port.  It is connected to a device or network that is using Network Address Translation (NAT) to provide private IP addresses. Change your Airport base station from using DHCP and NAT to bridge mode?


Also,what type of harddrive will work with the Airport extreme?


Thanks very much

HP, Windows XP
  • nbar Level 5 (6,980 points)

    Flashing amber

    Startup is complete, but the Wi-Fi base station has detected a condition that requires your assistance. To resolve flashing amber status light conditions click here to learn more. Launch AirPort Utility to find out what conditions are being reported.

    A persistent, blinking, amber status light indicates that your Wi-Fi base station may require your attention.

    How to resolve a blinking amber status light alert

    Launch AirPort Utility to determine why your Wi-Fi base station status light is blinking amber. 
Apple recommends that you use AirPort Utility 5.5.2 for Mac, AirPort Utility 5.5.2 for Windows, or a newer version of AirPort Utility if one is available.

    1. AirPort Utility 5.2 or later opens automatically if your Wi-Fi base station requires your attention. You may also choose to launch AirPort Utility at any time.
 Do not use any version of AirPort Utility earlier than 5.0.
      In Mac OS X, AirPort Utility is located in the Applications > Utilities folder.
      In Microsoft Windows, AirPort Utility can be located by clicking Start > All Programs > AirPort.
      Note: You may also locate and download the latest Wi-Fi base station firmware and software by clicking here.
    2. In the AirPort Utility window, locate your Wi-Fi base station and double-click on it to open the Summary window. Note: If you have more than one Wi-Fi base station, double-click on the icon for the Wi-Fi base station that has the amber circle next to it.
    3. When the Summary window appears, double-click the amber circle to the right of Wi-Fi base station Status to open the Status window.
    4. The Status window lists any conditions that require your attention. Respond to each item until there are no more items listed.
      : You must reset the Wi-Fi base station using the reset switch to re-enable checking for the conditions you ignored.
    5. Eliminating the blinking, amber status light may require making changes to a specific setting, or putting a checkmark in the "Ignore" checkbox beside any option you don't wish to change. A checkmark simply tells the AirPort that you are aware of the issue and you have chosen to ignore it. For example, you may wish to leave your AirPort open without a password so that anyone can join your wireless network.
    6. Click Update to apply your changes (the Wi-Fi base station will restart).
    7. After the Wi-Fi base station has restarted, the status light should be green and not blinking. If the status light stays amber in color and blinks after the Wi-Fi base station restarts, you may repeat the steps above.

    AirPort base stations: About AirPort base station status lights (LED)




    The AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule support USB storage devices that are formatted as Mac OS Extended (HFS-plus), FAT16, or FAT32. Formatting a storage device as Mac OS Extended with journaling is recommended, as it may provide some more resilience if the device is removed or powered down while in use.

    Note: ExFAT and NTFS formats aren't supported.



    AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule: USB storage device ...

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,284 points)

    Change your Airport base station from using DHCP and NAT to bridge mode?

    You can change the AirPort Base Station to operate in Bridge Mode as follows in AirPort Utility:


    Click on the AirPort Extreme icon, then click Edit in the small window that appears

    Click the Network tab at the top of the window

    Make sure that the setting for Router Mode = Off (Bridge Mode)

    Click Update to save the new settings

    Allow a full minute for the AirPort Extreme to restart



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    Then, very important......power off both your modem and the AirPort Extreme

    Wait a minute or two

    Start the modem first, and let it run for a full minute

    Start the AirPort Extreme next and let it run for a minute


    You should be all set with a green light on the AirPort Extreme