AirPort Extreme - Using the AirPort Extreme with a Broadband Internet Service

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When you set up your AirPort Extreme to provide network and Internet access, Mac
computers with AirPort and AirPort Extreme Cards, and 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, and
IEEE 802.11n specification wireless-equipped computers can access the wireless AirPort
network to share files, play games, and use Internet applications like web browsers and
email applications.

It looks like this:

DSL or cable modem

Internet WAN port

to Internet


2.4 GHz

2.4 or 5 GHz

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To set it up:


Connect your DSL or cable modem to your AirPort Extreme Ethernet WAN port (<).


Open AirPort Utility (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), select your base station, and then click Continue.


Follow the onscreen instructions to create a new network. (See “Setting Up the
Airport Extreme” on page 20.)

If AirPort Utility isn’t installed on your computer, you can download it from

Computers using AirPort or other compatible wireless cards or adapters can connect
to the Internet through your AirPort Extreme. Computers connected to the AirPort
Extreme Ethernet ports can also access the network and connect to the Internet.

Wireless computers and computers connected to the Ethernet ports can also
communicate with one another through your AirPort Extreme.

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