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Archived - AirPort: How to Use AirPort Setup Assistant

First you set up your computer to connect to the Internet, then AirPort Setup Assistant transfers the settings to an AirPort Base Station. More complex configurations are possible using the AirPort Admin Utility and the Designing AirPort Networks document.
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Before using the AirPort Setup Assistant, you should set up your computer for Internet access as if the base station were not present. Once you have set up the computer for Internet access, locate the AirPort Setup Assistant. The setup assistant transfers the settings you have just made to the base station.

I. Steps for Mac OS 9
II. Steps for Mac OS X
III. Complex networks


Steps to take in Mac OS 9

Note: If your computer is already successfully connecting to the Internet, skip to Step 3.

    1. Locate the Internet Setup Assistant. You can locate it using Sherlock, which is accessible from the Apple menu.
    2. Open the Internet Setup Assistant, and follow the prompts to complete it.
    3. Locate the AirPort Setup Assistant, using Sherlock if needed.
    4. Open the AirPort Setup Assistant and follow the prompts to set up the base station.

Optional: You may be able to open the Internet Setup Assistant through a feature in the AirPort Setup Assistant. The dialog shown in Figure 1 will only appear if you respond that your computer is not set up for Internet access.




Figure 1 AirPort Setup Assistant dialog box in Mac OS 9

If you choose this option, the AirPort Setup Assistant will quit, and the Internet Setup Assistant will open. Upon completing the Internet Setup Assistant, you will be returned to the Finder. You must then re-open the AirPort Setup Assistant.

Steps to take in Mac OS X

Note: If your computer is already successfully connecting to the Internet, skip to Step 4. If you have created more than one location, be sure that the settings you want transferred to the base station are the active location.
    1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
    2. Choose Network from the view menu.
    3. Enter the settings for connecting to your Internet service provider. For help completing this step, see technical document 106796, "Mac OS X: Internet and Network Topics (Getting Connected, Troubleshooting)".
    4. Locate the AirPort Setup Assistant. You may use Sherlock, located in your Applications folder, to find it.
    5. Open the AirPort Setup Assistant and follow the prompts to set up the base station.
Complex networks

For a more complex network configuration that would not be applicable to a standalone computer, you may configure the base station directly using the AirPort Admin Utility. For more information on setting up such a network, see software download documents:

120061: "Designing AirPort Networks for Mac OS X (v10.1) Manuals"
75138: "Designing AirPort Networks for Mac OS 9 Document"


Note: Wireless Internet access requires an Internet service provider (fees may apply) and AirPort (or AirPort-compatible) wireless Ethernet card and base station. Some ISPs are not compatible with AirPort. For more information, see technical document 106590: "AirPort: Requirements for Wireless Internet Access"
Last Modified: Feb 20, 2012
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