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Enabling NAT on your AirPort Network

NAT-PMP or UPnP must be enabled on the router you plan to use with the computer you plan to access. I can’t tell you how to enable it on every router out there, but I can explain how to do it with an AirPort Extreme base station—even if you have the old "flying saucer" version of this device, like I do.

  1. Open the AirPort Utility in your Utilities folder.
  2. In the AirPort Utility window, select the AirPort base station you want to configure (see Figure 5).
    Figure 5

    Figure 5 Select your AirPort base station.

  3. Click the Manual Setup button.
  4. If necessary, provide a password to access the AirPort’s settings.
  5. Click the Internet button in the window’s toolbar. Then click the NAT button near the top of the window to display the NAT (see Figure 6).
    Figure 6

    Figure 6 NAT options for an AirPort Extreme base station.

  6. If necessary, turn on the check box labeled Enabled NAT Port Mapping Protocol and click the Update button. Wait while the base station is updated and it restarts.
  7. Quit the AirPort Utility.
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