Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Extreme Network
Publisher: TidBITS / Take Control Books
Final Release Date: May 2008

This title begins with a quick look at useful terminology and then walks readers through setting up a new AirPort Extreme Base Station: hooking it up, connecting to it with AirPort Utility, and setting up a new wireless network that can either connect to the Internet or to another network segment.

You will learn how 802.11n fits with older networking standards like 802.11a, b, and g; find help with band and channel choices for the AirPort Extreme; and learn how to extend your network's coverage and range. The book also helps you consider and configure your wireless network's security, noting oft-suggested security approaches that don't work well and explaining how to implement measures that do work well.

For more advanced readers (or those who are about to be more advanced), Glenn explains how to handle tricky Internet IP addressing situations for communication from inside and outside a base station's network, complete with detailed explanations and configuration steps for the many possibilities, including the new reserved addressing feature. You'll also find info about the many options in AirPort Utility and get help with setting up a software base station.

Read this book to learn the answers to questions like:

  • I have an older AirPort base station - should I still use it on my network?
  • How do I set up and print to the USB printer attached to my AirPort Extreme?
  • What should I consider as I set up USB disk sharing?
  • How can I add an 802.11n adapter to an older Mac that lacks the newer standard?
  • How do I set up dynamically assigned addresses?
  • How do I create a password to restrict access to my base station?
  • What are the steps for connecting an Apple TV to a network?
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