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Help with VOD and Apple Extreme

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by Bay CIty, Aug 27, 2007.

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  1. dmurphy

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    Yes, using 2 airport expresses will work. What you won't have, however, is a "wired" LAN connection on the router - since the Airport Express only has one Ethernet jack, it hooks up to your cable modem.

    If that's OK with you, then this configuration will be fine.

    Having said that ... the current Airport Extreme is an 802.11n router, which means it's very high-speed. The Airport Express is "only" 802.11g. Not sure if/when an 802.11n version is coming. The Airport Extreme also has 3 gigabit Ethernet ports on it.

    That may be something to think about.
     
  2. pete4192

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    As a router? Yes, it's based on the same architecture as the Extreme (the 802.11g version, that is). It has been 100% reliable, never dropping a connection. I had gone through Belkin, Netgear and D-Link routers before I tried the Airport Express. I will never use another wireless networking product!
     
  3. mtnagel

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    Okay, I'm hijacking this thread for my Airport Express problems. Hopefully someone can help me.

    I just bought an Apple Airport Express (so that I could network my HR20 and stream music from iTunes on my laptop to my stereo). I already have a wireless g network for my laptop. I set up the AE on my desktop through my router. Basically I just changed what I knew about in the setup, which was just the security basically. I added my WEP hex passphrase to the AE. I then plugged it in near my HR20 and stereo and it works flawless with music through iTunes through my stereo, but the HR20 fails.

    When I try to Connect Now, I get ok for IP address and OK for Subnet mask, but default Gateway just have dashes and it says Not Connected for network and Internet.
     
  4. mtnagel

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    NEVERMIND - I figured it out. I was using the wrong MAC address.
    Okay, I have some success. I changed the AX to WDS mode and now it says Connected for Network, but still Not Connected for Internet. What am I doing wrong?

    And maybe this will help. My laptop can connect to it, but I can't actually use the connection (i.e. can't browse websites).

    Any ideas?
     
  5. machavez00

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    go to the HR20's network screen and reset to default. That should fix it
     
  6. Ein

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  7. BRSlim

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    I'm using a similar set-up but cant find where you set AX to WDS mode and where did you put the mac address? I'm having the same problem, It wont connect to my network at all.

    Very frustrating.
     
  8. mtnagel

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    It's one of the tabs. I even think it's called WDS, but I could be wrong. BUT, it was greyed out for me. There is another setting you have to set in order to enable WDS. I believe it's the one where you can set it to be a router or client or something like that. I'll have to either check tonight for you or try to find it in a manual or something.
     
  9. BRSlim

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    Thanks Matt! I figured it out. I had originally set up my air port express for printing. When I hit the start over button I found it. For some reason I kept getting an error message and couldn't restart the APE to extend my network. I may just buy another one just for the HR20.
     
  10. mtnagel

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    Glad you figured it out. It would have been a PITA for me to get it out behind my tv to hook it up to my router. It sure took me awhile to figure it out, but it's working great now.
     
  11. Bay CIty

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  12. nikwax

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    I may be making my network too complicated (as usual), and....


    I have an Airport Extreme as part of my network, it handles the wireless pieces (4 Airport Expresses for AirTunes, and my wife's laptop). One of the AX's is next to the HR20, and of course I want to add the HR20 to the network. Following this and other articles here, I've ended up adding a WRT54G running DD-WRT (I had one sitting around) to handle the WDS segment. I've gotten the HR20 as far as Connected to Network but it fails Connected to Internet. I manually IP'd the HR20.


    Now I may be making this way too complicated, but I can't see a way to have the AX speak WDS to the HR20 and function as a regular access point to the rest of the network, thus the Linksys router.


    Also, the AE that is set up for WDS has a constantly blinking amber status light, even though the AirPort Utility reports its status as "normal."



    Help?
     
  13. nikwax

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    to try to simplify matters, I'm try to get the AE to talk directly to the AX. I've set the AX for WDS with the AE's MAC address, same channel and wireless network. Now I have a green light on the AE, but still can't get the HR20 to connect to the internet. At least I see the activity light on the HR20 ethernet port blinking.



    ???????
     
  14. nikwax

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    got it...per usual, I was trying to out think Apple. Very easy to set up.
     
  15. Spanky_Partain

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    Glad to see you got it going...
     
  16. mtnagel

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    I wish I could have helped you, but besides the basics, I don't really know how I set mine up :) I changed the router to enable WDS (not an Apple, but a Belkin). Changed that setting in the AE. Added my security stuff. I also did some stuff on the HR20, but I don't really know all that much about networking, but I guess enough to get it going and it's been working great now for a month or so.
     
  17. mrowl

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    Howdy, I am using an airport extreme, and airport express.

    I plug my mac into the airport express, and connect to the internet fine.

    but when I try to connect with the HR20, get 3 oks, a dash on the DNS, connected on network, and a not connected on internet...

    Any hints?
     
  18. Philby

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    I'm having this exact same problem - and I've tried restoring my network defaults on the HR20...

     
  19. Philby

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    I fixed it! apparently there are 2 ethernet ports on the hr20-100 and only one (not the one I was "using") is active.

    mrowl - make sure you are using the "top" ethernet port...
     
  20. mrowl

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    well, at least that did something, it locked the receiver up. Now when I boot, I get searching for signal.

    So, I unplugged the cat5 cable, restarted, and now the reciever is working. what a piece of junk.
     
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