Many thanks for your quick reply. My husband purchased another AE Base Station a while back (but a newer model) with 802.11n. There are NO CABLES included with it, so perhaps I should just jump in now and buy new ones before connecting everything new. Can I just then plug it all in and follow the instructions or must I put in this CD that came with it? Will it provide a stronger signal then as well?
Cable you have will in most cases be fine.
You do not need to use the CD.. most Macs have no cd/dvd drive now anyway.
Everything is there for the setup in airport utility which is simply part of the OS.
Just plug the newer AE into the modem or router and run the airport utility.. I have no idea what modem or router you have but the setup will depend on what is already there..
eg a cable modem is generally modem only.. if it is single ethernet port it is certainly modem only.. the AE is then going to function as the router.
If the modem is adsl and has 4 ports plus maybe wireless then it is a modem router and the AE is put into bridge mode.. ie.
You might need to play with the utility a bit to get used to the way it works.
Please post back if you run into troubles.. give the exactly make and model and the modem and tell us the ISP you are with.. that gives a good hint towards the setup.
N wireless will be faster but the range will not be very different. The older extreme had a very good antenna assembly.. only really improved on by the latest AC model.
Hello again....La Pastenague,
It has been a while since I posted this query and you gave me good advice. I managed at the time to survive a bit longer with my OLD airport base station. But alas, it was conking out more and more frequently and so today I decided to get this "newer" one set up.
I connected all the cables (newer Cat5) ones. And then plugged in the AE router. All has come up and i have a nice amber light flashing slowly on the front. Now the airport utility has opened on my iMac and is saying:
THIS VERSION OF AIRPORT UTILITY REQUIRES AE USE FIRMWARE VERSION 7.3.1 OR LATER. USE AE UTILITY 5.6 TO UPDATE THIS BASE STATION. AIRPORT UTILITY 5.6 IS AVAILABLE AT AIRPORT SERVICE AND SUPPORT.
Obviously, the older "NEW" AEBS is needing upgrading. SO I guess I just click on the service and support to proceed?? I ask these silly questions because I never used the Airport Utility with our other router.