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#1 xanderthemighty


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Posted 16 November 2008 - 11:47 PM

So I'm playing around on my 64-bit Vista System today... I wanted to get my hard drive sharing through a new airport exreme I bought. Several things went wrong. First I found out the hard drive needs to be reformatted into FAT32. No big deal... it'll be time consuming but it'll give me a reason to organize my files better. Unfortunately in my playing around I happened upon a more serious error and now, no computers can really connect to the airport... wireless or wired, Mac or Windows... and I'm very upset... I think it may just be the device itself but the only things that have happened to it recently are an update (firmware, I think) and when I tried to set up the hard drive, plus it's showing a green light. It may be the software too, it says everything is fine but Vista reports it as an unidentified network and says local only... so maybe something there screwed it up, but I don't seem to be able to change that local only... but my windows XP computer won't connect to it either nor will my Mac laptop.

I've tried the most obvious solutions like deleting and reinstalling the airport software and even the lan thing in device manager. When the computer first starts it is able to get that weather app on the dock updated but after a minute it disappears and I just don't get why. I've played with the program settings to no avail so I'm just not sure. I thought I'd see if anybody out there has any idea what might be going on here. I'd really appreciate the help. Thanks!

Edit: I've bridged two connections on my XP system and as long as the XP machine is on I can get internet through it wired or wireless. This solution only works part time though so it'd be nice to get a more permanent solution!

Edited by xanderthemighty, 17 November 2008 - 01:22 AM.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 01:15 PM

Do you know how to access the direct control panel of the Router?

Firstly: Start> Run type "cmd" in the box and press enter.

Secondly: Type ipconfig and press enter

Thirdly: open a web browser of your choice, type the ip address of the default gateway. Should be something like

You should be prompted with a account verification screen, I don't know the airports default but it should be something generic like "admin" and no password.

Once your in there look around the options and see if you can find any wireless options to enable wireless networking.

Hope I helped!
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