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Apple Airport Extreme

Configuring as an Access Point

Step 1: Resetting the Router

  • Unplug all ethernet cables from the router.
  • Plug the router’s power adapter into both the wall outlet and the router itself. Wait 30 seconds and make sure unit’s power light is on.
  • Hold down the reset button for 15 seconds.


Back of router showing ports

Step 2: Accessing Router Configuration

    • Plug your computer’s ethernet cable into one of the router’s ethernet (LAN) ports.

(You should never plug any device into the port labeled “WAN” or “Internet”.)

computer plugged into ethernet ports


  • In order to configure your Airport Base Station, you will need the Airport Utility application installed on your computer.
    • The application comes pre-loaded on every Macintosh.
    • For Windows machines, you can install the Utility off the CD included with the router, or you can visit the Apple website.
  • Run the Airport Utility application.
    • Mac OS X: Applications –> Utilities –> Airport Utility
    • Windows: Start –> All Programs –> Airport Utility
  • You should see the new Base Station in the Utility window. Clicking on theBase Station icon should present you with additional information about the device. Click on the Edit button to enter the configuration options.


Base Station information

Step 3: Administrative Password

    • Under the Base Station tab, enter a new Base Station Password for your device.

This is the password used to access your router’s configuration and management. This is NOT the same as the password you will use to get on your wireless network!)


Base Station Password

Step 4: Wireless Configuration

  • Under the Wireless tab, enter your desired network name under Wireless Network Name.
  • Choose WPA/WPA2 Personal as the Wireless Security.
  • In the fields below it, enter a Wireless Password to protect your wireless network from intruders.


Wireless settings

Step 5: Disabling DHCP

(Failure to complete this step will result in your inability to access the network via your router.)

  • Under the Network tab, change Router Mode to Off (Bridge Mode).
  • Click on the button at the bottom of the page to Update your Airport with the new settings.


Disable DHCP

Step 6: Cable Setup

  • Unplug the ethernet cable from your computer, and plug that same cable into your room’s network jack.


Cable setup

Step 7: Verify Connectivity

    • Connect your computer to the router:
      • Either via wireless, with the SSID and password you established above.
      • Or via ethernet, plugging into another LAN port.

(Again, you should never plug any device into the port labeled “WAN” or “Internet”.)


Verify connectivity

In Windows Vista/7:

  • Open the Start menu, type “cmd“, and press Enter.
  • In the Command Prompt that opens, type “ipconfig” and press Enter.
  • Your IPv4 address should be of the form 169.234.XXX.XXX. (If this is not the case, return to Step 1 of the guide.)


Windows Settings

In Mac OS X:

  • Open the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
  • Under the Internet & Wireless heading, click on the Network icon.
  • Your IP address should be of the form 169.234.XXX.XXX. (If this is not the case, return to Step 1 of the guide.)

Airport Settings

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