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• If you connect to the Internet by DSL or cable modem: Use an
Ethernet cable to connect the modem to the Base Station™s WAN
port.
2. Double-click the desktop icon for the hard disk on which you installed
the AirPort software.
3. When the hard disk™s folder opens, open the Applications (Mac OS 9)
folder, the Apple Extras folder, and the AirPort folder, in that order.
4. In the AirPort folder, double-click the AirPort Setup Assistant icon to
display the AirPort Setup Assistant pane, shown in Figure 8-4.




Figure 8-4:
The OS 9
AirPort
Setup
Assistant
window.



5. Select the Set Up an AirPort Base Station radio button and then click
the right arrow in the lower-right corner of the window to display the
Internet Choice panel.
The Internet Choice panel asks whether your computer is set up to
access the Internet.
6. To copy the Internet settings ” such as the logon ID and password to
connect to a dialup ISP or to a DSL account ” from your computer to
the Base Station, click Yes.
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The Setup Assistant displays the PPPoE panel. Most DSL service
providers use Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE).
• If your service provider uses PPPoE: Click the Yes button.
• If your DSL provider doesn™t use PPPoE, or if you connect to the
Internet via a dialup connection or by cable modem: Click the No
button.
If your computer is in range of only your one wireless network, the Setup
Assistant will automatically configure your AirPort Card to select that
network. However, if you happen to be in range of more than one wire-
less network, you™ll be asked to select your network from a list. Your
network will have the name assigned at the factory, similar to Apple
Network xxxxxx where xxxxxx is a hexadecimal number assigned by
the software.
7. Click the right arrow at the lower-right corner of the window to
display the Internet Access panel.
8. In the Internet Access panel, select the Internet settings to use to
configure your Base Station.
• In most cases, you should use the default setting that permits the
Base Station to assign an IP address to each computer on the wire-
less network through its DHCP server™s software. Just leave the set-
ting as it is.
• If your service has assigned a specific IP address to your system,
click the Details button and enter the settings manually in the
panel that pops up as directed by your ISP.
9. Click the right arrow at the lower-right corner of the window to
display Network Name and Password panel.
10. In the Network Name and Password panel, enter the name and pass-
word that you want to use for your wireless network.
11. Click the right arrow to display the Base Station Password panel.
The Base Station Password panel gives you the options to use the net-
work password as your Base Station password or to assign a different
password for changing the settings on your Base Station.
• If you™re the only person who will be entering the password:
Using the same password both places is probably easiest.
• If you plan to share the network password with other users:
Assign a different password to the Base Station so that only you
can change the Base Station™s settings.
12. Click the right arrow to display the Conclusion panel.
The Conclusion panel informs you that the Setup Assistant is ready to
set up your Base Station.
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13. Click the Go Ahead button to proceed.
After the AirPort Setup Assistant downloads the new settings to the
Base Station, it displays a message that it™s waiting for the Base Station
to restart. As soon as the Base Station restarts, it displays a panel
announcing that it™s finished and that it™s ready to connect to the
Internet.
14. Click the Connect Now button.
The Setup Assistant closes itself, launches Internet Explorer, and con-
nects to the browser™s default home page. You™re in!



Adding a computer to your
AirPort network on OS 9
When you set up your AirPort Base Station by following the directions in the
“Configuring the AirPort Base Station on OS 9” section of this chapter, you
also set up the AirPort Card in the computer that you used to configure the
Base Station. However, you still need to configure the AirPort Cards in the
other Mac computers in your house. Follow these steps:

1. Double-click the desktop icon for the hard disk on which you installed
the AirPort software.
2. When the hard disk™s folder opens, open the Applications (Mac OS 9)
folder, the Apple Extras folder, and the AirPort folder, in that order.
3. In the AirPort folder, double-click the AirPort Setup Assistant icon to
display the AirPort Setup Assistant window (refer to Figure 8-4).
4. Select the Set Up Your Computer to Join an Existing Wireless Network
radio button and then click the right arrow in the lower-right corner
of the window to display the Select an AirPort Network panel.
If your AirPort Base Station is the only wireless network within range, its
network name will be displayed to the right of the AirPort Networks
Available heading.
If you live close enough to a neighbor who also has a wireless network,
you might see the network name of your neighbor™s network.
a. To replace your neighbor™s network name with your own, click
the double arrow to the right of the network name and then
select your network name from the pop-up list that appears.
b. Click the right arrow in the lower-right corner of the window to
go to the next panel.
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5. Type the network password for your wireless network in the
Password text box and then click the right arrow in the lower-right
corner of the window to go to the final panel.
6. Click the Go Ahead button.
7. When a message displays that the AirPort Setup Assistant is done,
click the Connect Now button.
The assistant closes itself and launches Internet Explorer. If a Web page
displays, the connection is a success, and you™ve added another com-
puter to your wireless home network.




OS X Wireless Networks
AirPort 2.1.1 is the most current version of the AirPort software as of the writ-
ing of this book. Consequently, the following discussion describes the steps
and shows screen images that relate to AirPort 2.1.1. If you use a later version
to set up your AirPort network, the screens might look slightly different.

Even though a CD containing AirPort software is distributed with both
the AirPort Base Station and the AirPort Card, check out the Apple Web site
www.info.apple/support/downloads.html to make sure that you have
the latest version of the AirPort software before setting up your AirPort
network.

To set up an AirPort Base Station using the AirPort 2.1.1 software, you must
have the Base Station itself as well as the following:

An AirPort-ready computer with an AirPort Card
Mac OS X version 10.2 or later

If you have a third-party wireless networking card in your PowerBook PC Card
slot, use the software that came with the card to configure your network.

When you run the AirPort software installation, you first install (or upgrade)
software on your computer and then upgrade the firmware that™s built into
the AirPort Base Station. Finally, you configure the Base Station. The sections
that follow take you through the process step by step.
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Installing the AirPort software on OS X
To install AirPort software on your computer under OS X, follow these steps:

1. Close all applications.
The installation process will restart your computer, so save your work
and close all applications before starting the installation procedure.
2. If you™re installing the software from a CD-ROM, insert the CD-ROM
and double-click the Install Mac OS X.pkg package file.
Alternatively, you can download the most current version of the soft-
ware from the Apple Web site (www.info.apple/support/downloads.
html).
If you download the software, the file will bear a .dmg extension denot-
ing it as a disk image file.
3. Double-click the file name.
The Disk Copy application runs, creates a Disk icon on the desktop, and
then opens the disk in the Finder.
4. Double-click the package file AirPortSW.pkg in the Finder window.
5. If an Authenticate pane pops up prompting you for a password, enter
the password that you use to log on to your computer.
The Welcome to the AirPort Installer panel displays.
6. Click the Continue button to display Important Information; read this
information and then click the Continue button to display the
Software License Agreement.
7. Read the license agreement; if you agree, click the Continue button
and then click the Agree button to display the Select a Destination
panel.
8. Chose the drive where you want the software to be installed from the
Destination Disk list and then click the Continue button to display the
Easy Install panel.
9. Click the Upgrade button and then click the Continue Installation
button.
The Installation program installs the software and optimizes system per-
formance, showing you a progress bar while it™s doing so.
10. When a message displays announcing that the software installation
was successful, click the Restart button to close the installation soft-
ware and to restart your computer.
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Upgrading AirPort Base Station
firmware on OS X
In this section, we explain how to upgrade the firmware of a new AirPort Base
Station. Upgrading the firmware on your AirPort Base Station through a
direct Ethernet cable connection is easiest. Use an Ethernet cable (either a
straight-through cable or a cross-over cable; the Base Station automatically
detects the type of cable that you™re using) to connect your computer™s
Ethernet port to the Base Station™s LAN port. You can also do the upgrade
over a wireless connection.

To upgrade the firmware of a new AirPort Base Station that you™re setting up
for the first time, follow these steps:

1. Double-click the desktop icon for the hard disk on which you installed
the AirPort software.
2. When the hard disk™s folder opens, open the Applications folder and
then open the Utilities folder.
3. Double-click the AirPort Admin Utility icon to display the Select Base
Station window, shown in Figure 8-5.




Figure 8-5:
The OS X
Select Base
Station
window.



You should see Base Station in the Name list. This is the factory-sup-
plied name for your AirPort Base Station. It should have the IP address
10.0.1.1.
4. Highlight the Base Station name and then click the Configure button.
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5. After a message pops up requesting a password, enter public as the
password and then click OK.
• If the firmware installed in the Base Station is older than the
firmware that was supplied with your updated software, you see a
message prompting you that a newer version of the Base Station
software is available. Click the Upload button to install it.
• If a message pops up stating that uploading the software will cause
the wireless network to be disconnected, click OK. The new
firmware is copied to the Base Station.
Note: If the Base Station window displays when you click the Configure
button ” rather than a message that a newer version of the Base Station
software is available ” your Base Station already contains the most
recent firmware. Close the Base Station window and then close the
AirPort Admin Utility.
6. After a message displays that the system is waiting for the Base Station
to restart and that the Base Station has been successfully updated,
click OK.
7. When the Select Base Station window returns, close it.
8. Disconnect the Ethernet cable between your computer and the Base
Station.



Configuring the AirPort Base
Station on OS X
After you™re sure that your AirPort Base Station has the most current
firmware, the easiest way to set it up for use in your wireless home network
is to use the AirPort Setup Assistant. The AirPort Setup Assistant reads the
Internet settings from your computer and transfers them to the Base Station
so that you can access the Internet over your wireless network. To use the
AirPort Setup Assistant, follow these steps:

1. Before running the AirPort Setup Assistant, set up your computer to
connect to the Internet by dialup modem or by broadband (cable or
DSL) modem.

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