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Old Jun 5th, 2015, 11:11 AM   #1
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airport express first time setup

MMm..boy, this stuff doesn't seem to end, do it?
Okay, here's what I have. It's an airport express 1st generation (802.11n, I guess)
and the model number is A 1284 (it's the model with 1 ethernet socket, usb, headphone jack, et al). I've been trying to set it up in Airport Utility on its own, but no. I have also an Airport Time capsule-no problem whatsoever. Sets up fine, works fine, plays fine with modem...can make wireless network A-OK.

This little piece of....sorry, little so-and-so (might be young'uns around) has been a pain, to put it nicely. I've tried getting it to show up and be configured in the latest version of Airport Utility only to find out that Yosemite , at least with Wifi, and for this, anyways, has done some things that way, when they really need to be this other way for it to work (IPv6 has to be set to Link-Local rather than Automatic-whatever that does), to at least get the darn thing to show up and be visible. I've tried countless time to configure this. It shows up under other wifi Devices, and Airport Utility sorta recognizes it, sometimes, and when I run the setup wizard, it works partways, then it tells me "an unexpected error occurred. Please try again later:" What that error was and how I fix it? Haven't a clue... so...going nuts here...thinking bad thoughts about this involving an M-80 and a lit match...you get the picture.....
(what, you're more nuts than usual?)'

thanks for any help, good ideas or suggestions. I think this is compatible with Yosemite
overall, but.........


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Old Jun 5th, 2015, 12:13 PM   #2
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Obvious stupid question, have you tried factory resetting it before trying Airport Util Setup?
(I believe it's hold in reset button for 10 seconds while applying power until Amber light blinks)... I am on the road or I would send you the KB for it.


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Old Jun 5th, 2015, 01:18 PM   #3
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You might want to get the proper details of the APExpress unit, and I'm guessing it's a A1264 model rather than a A 1284, and as for Yosemite and Wi-Fi, I sure read a lot about all it's problems people are having, if it even works at all.

It sounds like you're fighting an uphill battle and maybe try another and maybe older OS X version that actually worked.


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Old Jun 5th, 2015, 03:18 PM   #4
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Have had the exact same experience, but with an old airport I'd given my father. However, he runs windows, so I can eliminate Yosemite as the problem.

It is recognized at first, but part way through configuration is just gives up with an unexpected error.

I chalk it up to the latest version of the airport utility. Haven't had the time to try the older one yet.

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MMm..boy, this stuff doesn't seem to end, do it?
Okay, here's what I have. It's an airport express 1st generation (802.11n, I guess)
and the model number is A 1284 (it's the model with 1 ethernet socket, usb, headphone jack, et al). I've been trying to set it up in Airport Utility on its own, but no. I have also an Airport Time capsule-no problem whatsoever. Sets up fine, works fine, plays fine with modem...can make wireless network A-OK.

This little piece of....sorry, little so-and-so (might be young'uns around) has been a pain, to put it nicely. I've tried getting it to show up and be configured in the latest version of Airport Utility only to find out that Yosemite , at least with Wifi, and for this, anyways, has done some things that way, when they really need to be this other way for it to work (IPv6 has to be set to Link-Local rather than Automatic-whatever that does), to at least get the darn thing to show up and be visible. I've tried countless time to configure this. It shows up under other wifi Devices, and Airport Utility sorta recognizes it, sometimes, and when I run the setup wizard, it works partways, then it tells me "an unexpected error occurred. Please try again later:" What that error was and how I fix it? Haven't a clue... so...going nuts here...thinking bad thoughts about this involving an M-80 and a lit match...you get the picture.....
(what, you're more nuts than usual?)'

thanks for any help, good ideas or suggestions. I think this is compatible with Yosemite
overall, but.........


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Old Jun 5th, 2015, 04:25 PM   #5
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thanks

again, thanks for a little progress and help. I've tried to factory reset it twice, and a general reset. maybe I can find an older version of Airport Utility ??

wiill also try with Airport Extreme 5th generation...what the heck, it's only $50 and it might work

Darn you Yosemite......just when I thought you didn't have amy more bugs....

JB

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Old Jun 5th, 2015, 05:13 PM   #6
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Well, I must say that the Airport Express and other similar units can and do fail, but the later AEX models seem much more reliable, but even when they give problems, using various Diagnostics Utilities can take a lot of time and also add some expense.

At least a "new" refurbished Airport Express can be had for just under $80.00. Not too bad a price for what one gets.
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Are you trying to configure it using WiFi? If so, maybe hook it up via ethernet cable for the configuration. Once it's properly configured, it should be usable with Wifi. I always use a wired connection for any router configuration, since it always avoids a lot of grief.

You've already got a router with the Time Capsule, so hook up an ethernet cable between the Time Capsule and the Airport Express. Airport Utility should be able to see both, since they're wired. You'll have to configure the Airport Express in bridge mode if you want to keep the Time Capsule as the primary router. Two routers on the same network is definitely going to cause problems.

Another issue with some of the old Airport stuff is that it might not support the newer security protocols. I can't remember if the original Airport Express is limited in that regard.
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The new Airport Utility should work with your Airport Express; it works with the 802.11n models, but not with the 802.11g models.

To configure the 802.11g models under Yosemite, you can launch Airport Utility 5.6.1 with the help of an Applescript: AirPort Utility 5.6.1 on OS X 10.9 Mavericks | Corey J. Mahler

Even thought your AE is newer, it might be worth a try.
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thanks

thanks for the suggestions... I sold my airport express and bought an Airport Extreme 5th generation. Don't know if that helps or not. I've tried to get it to extend the wireless range
with my airport time capsule being the main router and the extreme being the secondary
but....no dice so far. I've tried all of the suggestions I've been offered including changing one of the Automatic settings to Link-Local...still nothing

Methinks I'm gonna have to wait for a patch or some fixes for this problem to come out, otherwise I'll be wasting my time and effort and getting more frustrated in the process. I've even tried using the app for the iphone for configuring airports which was supposed to be magical...nope. Had the iPhone next to the airport extreme, which was plugged into power, had an Ethernet cable plugged in where it should have been....and "looking for base stations...no compatible base stations have been found..still can't find 'em"

well, so much for grand ideas, eh?
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Well, there's definitely something goofy with your Macs and iPhone and your wi-fi setup, but don't know what to suggest next from the info you've provided. Theoretically, it should just work.
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