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Configuring an airport base station with Airport Utility

From: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics

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AirPort Utility is use to manage your AirPort Wireless Base Station, because it's called AirPort Utility it's likely found in the Utilities folder and sure enough, here it is, open it up here. In the past, Apple, who did couple of different AirPort Utilities including AirPort Admin Utility and AirPort Disk Utility. It's all gathered together in this one application now. I am not going to go into every nook and cranny of AirPort Networking but I can offer the basics of what this does. In this lesson, we are going to look at configuring an AirPort Express and here you see our AirPort Base Stations along left side, little express and these are both AirPort Extremes, we are going to configure the little guide, to do that we simply click Continue and walk through the setup.

Configuring an airport base station with Airport Utility

AirPort Utility is use to manage your AirPort Wireless Base Station, because it's called AirPort Utility it's likely found in the Utilities folder and sure enough, here it is, open it up here. In the past, Apple, who did couple of different AirPort Utilities including AirPort Admin Utility and AirPort Disk Utility. It's all gathered together in this one application now. I am not going to go into every nook and cranny of AirPort Networking but I can offer the basics of what this does. In this lesson, we are going to look at configuring an AirPort Express and here you see our AirPort Base Stations along left side, little express and these are both AirPort Extremes, we are going to configure the little guide, to do that we simply click Continue and walk through the setup.

This will ask us a series of questions. First we are going to name our AirPort. I will call this For Leopard Beyond the Basics. I need an AirPort Express password. This is the password that you will use in order to configure the AirPort at another time if you need to and we click Continue. Now, you have another question to answer. The first one is you currently already have a wireless network and you would simple like to add an AirPort Express to it or replace an existing device on my network.

We don't want to do that instead what we want to do is I don't have a wireless network and I want to create one and this is how we will go. Select that option and click Continue, here we name the network and this is what people will see when they are accessing the wireless network. Here also are your encryptions settings. Now, if you choose No Security, this means that your wireless network is open to anybody, who happens by within range with a wireless device. So for example, somebody comes by with a laptop, if your network is open, they can access it and they can share your bandwidth.

This may not be such a good idea. First of all some people pay extra for more bandwidth and you may incur greater cost so that also it's not terribly secure. If people are really smart, they might find a way to get into your computer and do stuff with it that you prefer that they not do, so it's a good idea to have some kind of encryption on. Next level up is 128 bit WAP. This is more compatible with older wireless computers and devices, but it's not the strongest encryption in the world WPA/WPA2Personal and that's the strongest security that AirPort currently offers.

One thing you have to know about this is when entering a password, your password must be between 8 and 63 characters. I can't believe you are going to enter 63 characters, but if you want to knock yourself out, I am not going to, I will enter something shorter and we click Continue. Now, at this point you have to tell the AirPort, how you use an IP address and you have two options, one is you connect to the Internet with a DSL or Cable Modem and it's already assigning DHCP addresses.

What this means is that you have some kind of modem at your house, you have broadband coming in, that device then says okay, this is my IP address, but I am going to send out other IP addresses around two devices on my network and this is the way you would set up the AirPort Express if you wanted to do this or if you have a Static IP, I do not use DHCP instead I am going to use my AirPort as the router. It will then distribute addresses throughout my network. In our case, we are going to use DHCP, that's the option I choose and I click Continue.

At this point, you get a little summary of what AirPort Express is configured to do, looks good to me so I will click Update and after a few minutes it will be ready to go. This just tells you, it's going to be offline for a while, go have a cup of coffee or cup of tea and when you get back, it will be ready to go. And congratulations you are done, you return with your coffee and everything is set up and ready to go. So all you have to do is click Done, because you are, and that concludes setting up an AirPort Base Station.

In our next lesson, we are going to dig down into the guts of an AirPort Base Station, by clicking the Manual Setup button.

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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics

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  1. 2m 34s
    1. Welcome
      2m 34s
  2. 7m 20s
    1. Getting settled into the interface
      3m 47s
    2. Moving more quickly on your Mac
      3m 33s
  3. 18m 44s
    1. Changing languages with the International system preference
      7m 28s
    2. Adding security with the Security system preference
      5m 30s
    3. Configuring a firewall with the Security system preference
      5m 46s
  4. 28m 26s
    1. Adding a Bluetooth device with the Bluetooth system preference
      4m 6s
    2. Configuring your display with the Displays system preference
      6m 46s
    3. Configuring your input devices with the Keyboard & Mouse system preference
      5m 43s
    4. Printing and faxing with the Print & Fax system preference
      8m 15s
    5. Setting the Sound system preference
      3m 36s
  5. 35m 18s
    1. Setting up your MobileMe account with the system preference pane
      8m 36s
    2. Configuring your network connection with the Network system preference
      15m 46s
    3. Sharing your computer with the Sharing system preference
      10m 56s
  6. 41m 33s
    1. Understanding the Accounts system preference
      5m 46s
    2. Creating a new account with the Accounts system preference
      5m 31s
    3. Limiting access with the Parental Controls system preference
      10m 18s
    4. Updating your Mac with the Software Update system preference
      3m 54s
    5. Using Speech
      4m 19s
    6. Changing your startup disk with the Startup Disk system preference
      3m 17s
    7. The Universal Access system preference: The basics
      5m 44s
    8. The Universal Access system preference: VoiceOver
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 14s
    1. Tweaking your account settings
      6m 53s
    2. Organizing and viewing messages
      3m 30s
    3. Filtering mail with Rules
      11m 45s
    4. Importing and exporting mail
      3m 52s
    5. Mail tips
      7m 14s
  8. 14m 2s
    1. Creating complex iCal events
      4m 17s
    2. Publishing and subscribing to calendars
      4m 39s
    3. Importing and exporting calendars
      1m 47s
    4. Expanding iCal
      3m 19s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Creating complex contacts
      4m 22s
    2. Importing, exporting, and sharing contacts
      5m 10s
    3. Organizing with Groups and Smart Groups
      7m 15s
    4. Printing from your Address Book
      2m 8s
  10. 17m 17s
    1. Doing more with Bookmarks
      3m 27s
    2. Covering your tracks
      3m 26s
    3. Working locally
      3m 54s
    4. Expanding Safari with Saft and PithHelmet
      6m 30s
  11. 54m 3s
    1. Monitoring your computer with Activity Monitor
      8m 31s
    2. Configuring an airport base station with Airport Utility
      4m 10s
    3. Configuring manual settings on an airport base station
      6m 16s
    4. Copying files with Bluetooth File Exchange
      2m 36s
    5. Setting up a partition with Boot Camp Assistant
      2m 36s
    6. Console
      5m 40s
    7. Storing your passwords with Keychain Assistant
      3m 45s
    8. Using keychain access for more than just passwords
      4m 22s
    9. Transferring user accounts with Migration Assistant
      4m 0s
    10. Monitoring your network with Network Utility
      6m 43s
    11. Using System Profiler
      5m 24s
  12. 23m 3s
    1. Understanding Disk Utility
      2m 18s
    2. Verify and repairing with Disk Utility
      3m 14s
    3. Formatting and partitioning with Disk Utility
      4m 28s
    4. Configuring a RAID with Disk Utility
      4m 13s
    5. Creating disk images with Disk Utility
      5m 34s
    6. Burning CDs with Disk Utility
      3m 16s
  13. 18m 18s
    1. Introducing the Terminal
      1m 36s
    2. Essential Terminal commands
      9m 58s
    3. Using the manuals
      1m 20s
    4. More useful Terminal commands
      5m 24s
  14. 7m 9s
    1. Changing permissions
      4m 27s
    2. Enabling the root user
      2m 42s
  15. 19m 18s
    1. Automator essentials
      1m 18s
    2. Creating an Automator workflow
      6m 52s
    3. Mailing images easily
      2m 42s
    4. Creating a timed backup system
      3m 10s
    5. Playing songs randomly from iTunes
      2m 27s
    6. Recording automation
      2m 49s
  16. 16m 13s
    1. Using the Calculator
      3m 16s
    2. Using Font Book
      3m 25s
    3. Importing and managing fonts in Font Book
      5m 1s
    4. Syncing your devices with iSync
      4m 31s
  17. 20m 13s
    1. Keeping your computer healthy
      8m 15s
    2. Using Disk Warrior
      3m 41s
    3. Using Onyx
      8m 17s
  18. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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