How can I toggle Wi-Fi on an Airport Extreme without losing settings?

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  1. scrm macrumors newbie

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    I'd like to turn off the Wi-Fi network each night on my Airport Extreme, and re-open it in the morning. But the only way I can see to do this is by choosing 'Off' under 'Network mode' in Airport Utility; this means my previous Wi-Fi settings are not retained when I want to reopen the network.

    Is there no easier way to do this?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Make a new profile for it and switch between the two.
     
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  4. scrm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can you please explain how to do that? I don't see an option in Airport Utility for profiles. I'm using 6.0.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    AirPort Utility > Base Station > Manage Profiles.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. scrm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great, thanks. Airport Utility 5.6 had the option; it wasn't in 6.0.

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    I don't suppose you know of any way this could be done automatically do you? So the AEBS would enable and disable Wi-Fi at certain times. E.g. with a third-party utility.
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    You could GUI script it with Applescript.
     
  8. simsaladimbamba, Feb 29, 2012
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    Sorry, I get AirPort Utility versions confused with the firmware for my AEBS.

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    Tested something. Copied my AirPort Utility 5.5.3 version from 10.6.8 to my Mac OS X 10.7 Lion VM and run it from the Desktop and it worked. I couldn't delete the AirPort Utility app in Utilities though, even via Terminal.

    AirPort Utility 5.5.3 (zip, 11 MB)
     
  9. jsrx macrumors newbie

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    Hi, did you finally find a solution ?

    I'd like to turn off the Wi-Fi network every night too (for people who asking why... because at night, my children sleep near the airport... so, I want to turn off wifi and not unplugged the airport every night !)

    A solution is to desactivate it in Airport Utility, but when I want to activate it (create a new one) I have to configure it again !

    Thanks for your help !
     
  10. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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    Is their a option for turning wifi on and off with the the new airport extreme? Without causing problems. Can it be done in Utility.
     
  11. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    I'd just take an Ethernet cable and relocate it.
     
  12. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes... in this screen.

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  13. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    How does that help toward his objective of not having his kids near the RF radiation all night.

    /Jim
     
  14. Giuly macrumors 68040

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    By moving the source of the RF radiation out of the room.
     
  15. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Got it... I thought your comment about "taking the ethernet cable and relocating it"... was about just disconnecting the cable... as if it was to prevent them from having internet access overnight.

    I agree... that relocating the AE is the best option.

    /Jim
     
  16. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    So having the AirPort Extreme in the same room you sleep in will give you cancer ?
     
  17. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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    We just turn the modem off our new extreme is connected to overnight. The light just blinks orange and comes back on when the modem is turned back on, and everything reconnects with no problems, Sonos system too.
    The new extreme is fantastic.
     
  18. ankh macrumors member

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    Same question; turn wifo off, leaving Ethernet on??

    Same question here,
    several others have re-asked it,
    no answer yet for the current Airport, though it could be done with profiles in the prior versionl.l

    How to turn off the radio side in the base station,
    temporarily,
    leaving the Ethernet side working, and
    without having to redefine the wifi when starting the base station wifi again.

    I'm still at 10.8.5 if that matters.

    another way to ask the question would be -- how to back up the Airport Extreme settings and reinstall them instead of reconfiguring the wifi each time.

    And, no (grin), I'm not eager to drill a hole in the case and put in an off switch for the radio.
     
  19. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a

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    In my house, the only room that seems to collect dead flies is the room with the wireless routers. I moved them to another room for a different reason, and that room then collected dead flies. (I live in the country, in the summer we leave doors open fairly often, it's not like we are dirty.)

    Search around online or do your own tests. WiFi CAN and WILL kill things. Try keeping plants alive when they are near WiFi signal...
     
  20. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    AirPort Utility will allow you to export/import the config settings. But I believe your task could be handled more elegantly and with less manual work by setting up different config profiles (one with WLAN, one without) on the AirPort.
     
  21. ankh macrumors member

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    > different config profiles (one with WLAN, one without)
    > on the AirPort.

    Unless I've completely missed something, changing the profile on the receiver doesn't affect the broadcast signal at all. The profile chooses whether or not to detect use the wifi signal.

    I'm asking the original question, same one up there at the top of the page -- how can I toggle the Airport Extreme wifi signal, without losing the settings.
     
  22. Bruno09, Nov 9, 2013
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    By using Airport Utility 5.6, you can create 2 profiles, one with wifi on, one with wifi off.

    You do not change the profile on the receiver : the "wifi off" profile disables the wifi broadcast of the Airport device.

    All other settings remain the same.

    [​IMG]
     
  23. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Or you could just set specific rules for each wifi device so that even if someone tried yo connect they wouldn't have permission....
     
  24. ankh, Nov 9, 2013
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    OK, I found this:
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5468344
    about using Airport Utility 5.6.

    Tradeoffs and complications.

    For now, I'm exporting the Airport Extreme settings, turning wifi off -- then importing the settings later to get wifi back on.

    Also found this:
    ---quote---
    If you have already installed AirPort Utility 6, you can't reinstall AirPort Utility 5.6 just by running its installer because it detects that you have a newer AirPort Utility version and it doesn't let you install this older AirPort Utility.
    You have to follow additional steps to reinstall AirPort Utility 5.6 > http://frank.is/mountain-lion-and-the-old-airport-utility/
    ---end quote---

    and that leads further, with a caution that 5.6 won't work with Mavericks, and a link to a way to fix -that- ....
     
  25. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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