Category: Apple Wireless Devices

These Wi-Fi router (or Wi-Fi base station) settings are for all Mac computers and iOS devices. They provide the best performance, security, and reliability when using Wi-Fi.

The LED status light on AirPort Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Express Base Station flashes (blinks) or changes color to indicate the status of the base station.

Learn how to reset your AirPort Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, or AirPort Express Base Station.

Configuring a wireless extended network

create a Wi-Fi extended network, you must place any extended Wi-Fi base stations within range of the primary Wi-Fi base station.

Start with the device that will be configured as the primary Wi-Fi base station.  Then configure your extended Wi-Fi base stations, ensuring that each is within direct range of the primary Wi-Fi base station.The physical location of extended Wi-Fi base stations will vary according to the building environment and may require some experimentation.

Configuring the primary Wi-Fi base station

  1. Power on all 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations and allow them time to appear in the AirPort Menu Extra.
  2. Open AirPort Utility (On a Mac, choose Go > Applications from your desktop, click the Utilities folder, then open AirPort Utility. In Microsoft Windows, choose Start > All Programs > AirPort to start AirPort Utility).
  3. Select the primary Wi-Fi base station in the Base Station Chooser, then click Continue. Note: If you see a message appear that indicates that the Wi-Fi base station has been reset, click Cancel to continue.
  4. Click Manual Setup. Enter the base station password if necessary.
  5. Click AirPort in the toolbar.
  6. Click Wireless.
  7. Choose “Create a wireless network” from the Wireless Mode menu.
  8. Select the “Allow this network to be extended” checkbox.
  9. Enter a Wireless Network Name.
  10. Optional: By default, Wireless Security is set to None so that no password will be required to join the network. We recommend you click on the Wireless Security menu,  select WPA2 Personal, and create a password between 8 and 63 characters long.
  11. From the Radio Channel Selection menu, select Automatic.
  12. Click Update.
  13. The next window may indicate that there are some problems. Resolve the problems, then click Update.

You are now ready to add extended Wi-Fi base stations to your network.