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AirPort Extreme

Setup Guide


4Chapter 1: Getting Started

5About AirPort Extreme

6About the AirPort Software

7What You Need to Get Started

10AirPort Extreme Status Light

11Chapter 2: AirPort Extreme Networks

12Using AirPort Extreme with Your Broadband Internet Service

14Using AirPort Extreme to Share a USB Printer

16Using AirPort Extreme to Share USB Hard Disks

18Using AirPort Extreme with Your AirPort Network

20Chapter 3: Setting Up AirPort Extreme

21Using AirPort Utility

22Creating a New Wireless Network

22 Configuring and Sharing Internet Access

24Allowing Wireless Clients Access to Your Network

25Setting Advanced Options


26Chapter 4: Tips and Troubleshooting

26You Can’t Connect to the Internet

26You Forgot Your Network or Base Station Password

27Your AirPort Extreme Isn’t Responding

28Your AirPort Extreme Status Light Flashes Amber

29Your Printer Isn’t Responding

30Updating AirPort Software

30AirPort Extreme Placement Considerations

31Items That Can Cause Interference with AirPort

32Chapter 5: Learning More, Service, and Support

34 Appendix: AirPort Extreme Specifications and Safety Guidelines

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Getting Started






Congratulations on purchasing AirPort Extreme. Read this guide to get started.

AirPort Extreme is based on an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) draft 802.11n specification and provides better performance and greater range than previous IEEE 802.11 standards. AirPort Extreme is compatible with computers using 802.11b, and 802.11g, as well as computers using the 802.11a and 802.11n wireless standards.

With AirPort Extreme, you can:

ÂCreate a wireless network in your home, and then connect to the Internet and share the connection with multiple computers simultaneously. An entire family or office can be connected to the Internet at the same time.

ÂConnect AirPort Extreme to your Ethernet network. Wireless-equippedMacintosh computers, Windows XP, or Windows Vista computers can then have access to an entire network without being connected by a cable.

ÂConnect a supported USB printer to your AirPort Extreme. All of the compatible computers on the AirPort network, both wireless and wired, can print to it.


ÂConnect a USB hard disk to your AirPort Extreme. All of the compatible computers on the AirPort network, both wireless and wired, can access the information on the hard disk.

ÂConnect a USB hub to your AirPort Extreme, and then connect multiple USB devices, such as printers or hard disks. All of the computers on the network have access to those devices.

Important: Install AirPort Utility 5.2 from the CD that came with your AirPort Extreme 802.11n Base Station and use it to set up your base station. Previous versions of the AirPort Setup Assistant and AirPort Admin Utility are not compatible with this base station.

About AirPort Extreme

AirPort Extreme has five ports, located on the back:

ÂOne 10/100/1000Base-TGigabit Ethernet Wide Area Network (WAN) port (<) for connecting a DSL or cable modem, or for connecting to an existing Ethernet network

ÂThree 10/100/1000Base-TGigabit Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) ports (G) for connecting Ethernet devices, such as printers or computers, or for connecting to an existing Ethernet network

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ÂOne USB port (d) for connecting a compatible USB printer, hard disk, or hub for connecting several devices

Status light

Internet WAN port

Ethernet ports Reset button

Power port

USB port

Security slot

AC adapter



Next to the ports is a reset button, which is used for troubleshooting your

AirPort Extreme. The status light on the front of AirPort Extreme shows the current status.

About the AirPort Software

AirPort Extreme works with the AirPort software included on the AirPort Extreme CD.

Install the AirPort Utility software that came on the CD and follow the instructions on the following pages to set up your AirPort Extreme and your AirPort wireless network.

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Note: You must use AirPort Utility to set up this base station. The AirPort Extreme 802.11n Base Station is not compatible with previous versions of AirPort software.

AirPort Utility

AirPort Utility helps you set up your AirPort Extreme to create a wireless network, connect to the Internet, and share compatible USB printers and hard disks. You can also connect your AirPort Extreme to your existing AirPort Extreme or

AirPort Extreme wireless network to extend the range of your network using a Wireless Distribution System (WDS). Use AirPort Utility to quickly and easily set up your AirPort Extreme and your wireless network.

AirPort Utility is also an advanced tool for setting up and managing AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express Base Stations. Use AirPort Utility to manually adjust network, routing, and security settings and other advanced options.

ZAirPort status menu in the menu bar

Use the AirPort status menu to switch quickly between AirPort networks, monitor the signal quality of the current network, create a computer-to-computernetwork, and turn AirPort on and off. The status menu is available on computers using Mac OS X.

What You Need to Get Started

To use AirPort Extreme you need a wireless-enabledcomputer that is compliant with the IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g standards, or with an IEEE 802.11n draft specification. To set up AirPort Extreme, your computer must meet the requirements listed below.

To set up AirPort Extreme using a Macintosh, you need the following:

ÂA Macintosh computer with an AirPort or AirPort Extreme Card installed to set it up wirelessly, or a Macintosh computer connected to AirPort Extreme with an Ethernet cable to set it up using Ethernet

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ÂMac OS X v10.4 or later

ÂAirPort Utility 5.2 or later

To set up AirPort Extreme using a Windows PC, you need the following:

ÂA Windows PC with 300 MHz or higher processor speed and a compatible 802.11 wireless card

ÂWindows XP Home or Professional (with Service Pack 2 installed) or Windows Vista

ÂAirPort Utility v5.2 or later

Plugging In AirPort Extreme

Before you plug in your AirPort Extreme, first connect the appropriate cables to the ports you want to use, including:

ÂConnect the Ethernet cable that is connected to your DSL or cable modem (if you will connect to the Internet) to the Ethernet (WAN) port (<).

ÂConnect a USB cable connected from the USB port (d) on AirPort Extreme to a compatible USB printer (if you will print to a USB printer), a hard disk, or a hub.

ÂConnect an Ethernet cable from any Ethernet device to the Ethernet LAN ports (G).

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After you have connected the cables for all the devices you plan to use, connect the AC plug adapter to the power port, and plug AirPort Extreme into the wall. There is no “on” switch.

Power port

Ethernet activity light

AC adapter

Important: Use only the AC adapter that came with your AirPort Extreme.

When you plug the AirPort Extreme AC adapter into the wall, the status light flashes green for one second, and then glows amber while it starts up. After it has started up completely, the status light flashes amber. The status light glows solid green after AirPort Extreme is properly set up and connected to the Internet or a network.

When you connect Ethernet cables to the Ethernet ports, the lights above them glow solid.

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AirPort Extreme Status Light

The following table explains AirPort Extreme light sequences and what they indicate.




AirPort Extreme is unplugged.



Flashing green

AirPort Extreme is starting up. The light flashes for one second.



Solid green

AirPort Extreme is on and working properly. If you choose Flash


On Activity from the Status Light pop-upmenu (on the Base


Station pane of AirPort settings in AirPort Utility), the status light


may flash green to indicate normal activity.



Flashing amber

AirPort Extreme cannot establish a connection to the network or


the Internet, or is encountering a problem. Make sure you have


installed AirPort Utility and use it to get information about what


might cause the status light to flash amber. See “Your


AirPort Extreme Status Light Flashes Amber” on page 28.



Solid amber

AirPort Extreme is completing its startup sequence.



Flashing amber and green

There may be a problem starting up. AirPort Extreme will restart


and try again.



Solid blue

The base station is ready to allow a wireless client access to the


network. See “Allowing Wireless Clients Access to Your Network”


on page 24.



What’s Next

After you plug in AirPort Extreme, use AirPort Utility to set it up to work with your Internet connection, USB printer or hard disk, or an existing network. AirPort Utility is located in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder on a computer using Mac OS X, and in Start > All Programs > AirPort on a computer using Windows XP or Windows Vista.

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