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Configuring Apple AirPort Express

The following steps outline how to configure AirPort Express as a wireless client and password protect it. 

IMPORTANT:During this initial start-up period, the unit is unprotected by passwords, so anyone can connect to and configure it.  If you have the opportunity to do this initial configuration at home prior to bringing the unit to campus, that would be a best practice for security reasons.

  1. Locate AirPort Utility in the Application/Utilities folder on your computer.
  2. Double-click on the AirPort Utility to configure your AirPort Express as a client.
  3. Select Continue.
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  4. You will be prompted to switch wireless networks.  Select Switch.
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  5. On the next screen, enter a strong password in the AirPort Express Password field.  For security purposes, please use a password that is NOT your Andrew password.
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  6. Select Continue.
  7. Select I have a wireless network.
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  8. Select Continue.
  9. On this screen, for use on campus, you MUST select the “I want AirPort Express to wirelessly join my current network” option, NOT the default option.
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  10. Select Continue.
  11. You will be presented with what appears to be the same question again.  Verify that "Join my wireless network” is selected, and not the default.
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  12. Select Continue.
  13. Select the wireless network that you would like AirPort Express to join.
    a.    If you are at home – your wireless home network should present as an option.
    b.    If your goal is to connect it on campus – type in CMU with a security method of None.
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  14. Select Continue.
  15. You will be presented with a series of summary screens.  Review the information for accuracy.
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  16. Select Update.
  17. Your device will be temporarily unavailable.  Select Continue.
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  18. Select Done.
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  19. In the current mode, your speakers will be available to anyone on the wireless network on campus.  In order to restrict access to your speakers, we recommend creating a password on Music Sharing.  Select the AirPort Utility again (as in steps 1-3).
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  20. Select Manual Setup.
  21. From the menu bar, select Music to configure the speaker password.
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  22. After entering a strong password, select Update.  Anyone attempting to connect to your speakers will be prompted to enter a password.
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  23. Similar to sharing speakers, everyone on wireless will know when your printer is available.  However, printer sharing cannot be limited via a password, so please be aware that you may receive unwanted print jobs on your printer.  Your printer will appear in the Print Finder:
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  24. When you arrive on campus, you will need to register the "AirPort ID," just as you would register your laptop for wireless; see Connecting to the Wireless Network.  The address you will need to register, can be found on the AirPort Utility primary screen, as well as the initial discovery screen.
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