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Using Airport Extreme and a third-party DHCP server Network
I tried to integrate an Airport Extreme Base Station into a fully working TCP/IP network. The DHCP server was set up, internet access was set up ... I got angry at Apple's documentation because it is narrow minded and utterly useless (but you were expecting this). So this is how to keep your existing DHCP server and internet access, and integrate an Apple Airport Extreme Base Station into that existing network.
  1. Give Airport Extreme Base Station a fixed IP (this might work with DHCP client, too, but I have not tried)
  2. Disable DHCP on the Base Station
  3. Set Base Station up as WDS (wireless distribution system) remote
  4. Add MAC address of your DHCP server where the setup app (narrow mindedly) says MAC address of 'main Airport Base Station' in the WDS tab.
  5. Connect ethernet cable to the Base Station's LAN port
That's it; happy networking!
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Using Airport Extreme and a third-party DHCP server
Authored by: jcbeckman on Oct 11, '04 12:39:13PM

You don't need to do this unless you want the Extreme to be a WDS. I f you just want it to be an access point, set it for DHCP for its own address, and plug it in. I use mine at home with one network, and then take it to work with an entirely different address scheme and domain. At home my Pather Server dishes out DHCP addresses, and at work it's a Windows server somewhere.

Jack



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Using Airport Extreme and a third-party DHCP server
Authored by: Alrescha on Oct 11, '04 12:48:47PM

All I had to do to accomplish this was to uncheck 'Distribute IP addresses' on the Network page in the Airport Admin utility. This causes the Express to act as a bridge between the wired and wireless networks.

I agree that the Airport Express documentation isn't very helpful in this regard.

A.



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Using Airport Extreme and a third-party DHCP server
Authored by: G3iMacMan on Feb 10, '05 01:11:30AM

And who needs to read the doc's anyway?

1) Apples GUI's tend to be self explanitory.
2) If you don't know what it is, play with it. You really can't brake it.
3) The more you play with it, the more you understand it.



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