How to Use the AirPort Utility to Configure an AirPort Extreme Router

Welcome to the third post in our series on setting up an Apple home office. Ready for the next step? Let’s get started!

Now that you have installed your AirPort Extreme Wireless Router, you must use the AirPort Utility that comes native with Macs to configure the device.

Start by opening the AirPort Utility. You’ll find this by opening Finder on your Mac and going to Applications > Utilities.

Click on AirPort Utility and it will begin to search for devices on your network.

Mac AirPort Utility opening window

Next, click Other Wi-Fi Devices and choose your AirPort Extreme.

Selecting Wi-Fi device in AirPort Utility window

Wait for the utility to configure your device. (Feel free to hum the “Jeopardy!” tune here.)

AirPort Utility configuring AirPort Extreme router

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Once your device is configured you will be prompted by a wizard to enter the following:

  • Base Station Name
  • Network Name
  • Password

Enter the applicable information and then click Next.

AirPort Utility looking for network

Once it finds your new network, the following message appears:
Mac AirPort Utility notification that network setup is complete

Congratulations! Your wireless network is now configured and you can attach devices to it. The network map looks like this:

Network map shown in AirPort Utility window

In our next post, we’ll show you how to extend a network to be a repeater by configuring an AirPort Express. You’re well on your way to having an Apple home office. Exciting, isn’t it?

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