Calling ALL Airport Express Gurus - please help!!!
This will not surprise many on here, but someone else is having AE issues!!
This is not the first time I have had them, so I wouldn't call myself a total beginner in this field! Many moons ago I had issues with my O2 Broadband ("BBII") router and connecting the AE as a 'client' to that existing network. See here:
Now recently we called O2 and they offered to send out their newest router. Exciting - I'm sure you'll all agree! This new router was probably about 5-6 years newer than the old BBII router we had and had the latest 'n' wireless protocol (is that what it is called?). The old BBII was only 'b/g'.
Last night I unpacked the new O2 Broadband router - which is version 5 of 'V' ("BBV") and set it up on the computer and to the internet, without fuss. I knew I would have issues connecting the AE to the network so read up on my thread above to familiarise myself with what to do.
I pluged the AE into the router using a ethernet cable and reset the AE. I then opened the Airport Utility application and waited for it to scan the now reset AE (for those who don't know, the AE runs as a 'client' or a 'base station'. I wanted to use it as the former.
I should point out the AE is a very old 'b/g' AE - not a newer 'n' AE.
The Utility found the now reset AE and I started to configure the AE to connect to our existing O2 network. Using the 'Airport' tab, I told it to 'Join an existing network' and proceed to input the Broadband Name of my network before clicking on the Security button to update the AE with our new security.
My old BBII router was a WEP based security - so used the 40 bit encryption and typed in the 10 character password. The new BBV router is a WPA/WP2 (I think that is right) security. No problem - the AE allows this. So input the 10 digit password - under this selection (WPA) and left it as 'Plain Text' rather than 'Hex'. Clicked ok and updated the AE - seemed to suggest it would work.
But, you guessed it, it didn't!! The AE is flashing Amber!!
I'm am totally stuck. Having read a few things I am concerned that:
The old 'b/g' AE will not work well with my new 'n' BBV router.... I don't want to really sacrifice setting my new router to run on only 'b/g' network 'speed'.
I might have to fork out another £80 or so on a newer AE base station... as it is 'n' protocol.
I have an AppleTV - and this morning set that up to talk to my BBV router - sorted NO PROBLEMS!! (the ATV is SO much easier to set up than an AE IMO!!!)
Why oh why is it being so difficult!?!? Is the AE not liking the WPA security? (I've also tried inputting it under the WEP security level on the AE but that doesn't work either).
I wondered if it could be firewall issues? But never experienced this before....
Any help boys and girls would be very much appreciated. I get so very frustrated with technology when it gets like this. I spent about 2 hours last night trying to sort it and whilst I don't get paid a massive wage, I'm tempted just to fork out £80 for the new one if I know it will work to save me wasting yet more of my evenings faffing around with it!!
All help/comments very much appreciated!!