Configuring Airport Extreme Base Station - first time

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by GtotheK, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. GtotheK macrumors member

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    Hi all,
    This is my first post, love the site...I'll apologize in advance for these novice questions

    I'll be setting up the new AEBS dual band in my new apt. I have the 2.4 GHZ Macbook and my fiancee has a Compaq desktop PC running Vista.

    My question is how should I configure the network and AEBS?

    Do I need to install the Airport DVD on the Compaq and my macbook?

    She doesn't have a wireless card on her computer, so should I set up the network initially on my macbook, or does this not matter? The ethernet cable will have to be hardwired to her computer and the AEBS, but I just think setting up the network the first time would be easier on my macbook..

    Any suggestions? Once again, I apologize if these are really stupid questions.
     
  2. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    Welcome to the forum! :)

    As far as your questions:

    1. Her PC will work fine with an AEBS (so far the best router I've ever owned/used).
    2. If you plan on sharing network resources (i.e. sharing drives) you will need to install Bonjour (on DVD and Apple's website).
    3 I would use your MBP to connect and setup the router - once you've done that you should be able to plug in your wife's PC with no issues.

    Hope that helps!
     
  3. GtotheK thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the info

    As for shared network resources. She has an HP printer (not sure the model off hand) that has wireless printing capabilities. Do I need to plug the printer USB into the AEBS to wirelessly print from my macbook? If I do this, she doesn't have a wireless card on her PC, but I guess the PC could still "see" the printer thru the AEBS? Or could I just pick up the printer on the wireless network and leave it hardwired to the PC?
     

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