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Configuring the AirPort Express

Ready for the next phase? Follow these steps:

  1. On your hard disk, locate and open the AirPort Setup Assistant icon. It should be in your Utilities folder. An Introduction screen like the one in Figure 1 appears. Click Continue.
    Figure 1

    Figure 1 This introduction screen appears when you open the AirPort Setup Assistant.

  2. In the next screen (see Figure 2), select the option to set up a new AirPort base station. Click Continue.
    Figure 2

    Figure 2 Use this screen to indicate what you want to do.

  3. The Network Setup screen appears next (see Figure 3). It should indicate that it found a new AirPort Express base station. Click Continue.
    Figure 3

    Figure 3 The AirPort Setup Assistant should find your new AirPort Express base station.

  4. Your computer attempts to connect to the AirPort Express and read its configuration. It might display a dialog box like the one in Figure 4, telling you that new firmware is available for the AirPort Express. If so, click Update to install it now. Then wait while the installation is completed.
    Figure 4

    Figure 4 If new firmware is available, click Update in this dialog box.

  5. In the next Network Setup screen (see Figure 5), select the option for connecting to your current wireless network. Click Continue.
    Figure 5

    Figure 5 Remember, you want to connect to an existing wireless network.

  6. Next, the Assistant asks whether you want to simply join the existing network or extend its range (see Figure 6). Select the option to extend the network’s range. Although the descriptions of the two options may lead you to believe that this will prevent you from accessing the AirTunes features, it won’t. Then click Continue.
    Figure 6

    Figure 6 Choose the option to extend the network’s range.

  7. The next screen, shown in Figure 7, prompts you to choose your network from a pop-up menu and enter a name for the new AirPort Express. All available networks should appear on the pop-up menu—including any belonging to your neighbors! If the network you choose is password-protected, you’ll need to provide password information. Then type a name for the new AirPort Express in the box in the bottom half of the screen. I named mine "Living Room" just like the example because mine’s in my living room, but you can name it just about anything you want. Then click Continue.
    Figure 7

    Figure 7 Choose a network and enter a name for the new AirPort Express.

  8. A dialog box like the one in Figure 8 should appear next. It lists all of the base stations within range that are part of the network. As the figure shows, I have an AirPort Extreme Base Station named Flying M Airfield and another AirPort Express (yes, I do have two of them) called iTunes Express. If you have just one, make sure it’s selected and click OK. If you have more than one in the list, select the main base station and click OK.
    Figure 8

    Figure 8 All available base stations appear in this list.

  9. You’ll probably be prompted to enter a password for the base station to which you’re connecting (see Figure 9). Enter the password and click OK.
    Figure 9

    Figure 9 Enter the base station’s password in this dialog box.

  10. A Summary dialog box appears next (see Figure 10). It should tell you that the configuration is complete. Click Quit.
    Figure 10

    Figure 10 The Assistant lets you know when you’ve completed the configuration.

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