How to get wireless modem to work in conjunction with airport

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by doodloo, May 15, 2010.

  1. doodloo macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2010
    I have two macs networked with airport extreme so they can use the same printer. I've just added a wireless modem for internet. When the network is set to the wireless modem, then airport doesn't work, and therefore, the printer can't be accessed. How can I use airport and the modem at the same time?
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Can you turn wireless off on the modem? And then maybe set the modem/router or AirPort Extreme to bridge mode...
  4. Hydramus macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    I would do what Jedimeister suggested. Connect the airport to your wireless modem, assuming it has ethernet ports, using a cat5 cable. Then set either one of them to bridge mode so that only the other will act as the DHCP server.

    Doing this, you won't need to turn off the wireless on either of the routers. As only one of them is serving the IP addresses, you should be able to connect to either one of them and be able to print and access the Internet :).

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