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Internet, Networking, and Wireless Discussion of networking, internet, and wireless including Apple's Airport products.

Connecting a PC to Airport Network


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I just recently purchased a 500GB Time Capsule and I am using it as my Wifi as well. It works perfectly with my MacBook Pro and after some work, I got it to work with my HP printer to print wirelessly as well.

My problem is that we also have a PC that needs to share this internet connection (wirelessly). The PC is running Windows XP.

The PC can see the network and shows full signal strength, but it cannot seem to acquire an IP address (it says, "Acquiring IP Address" on the wireless networks window but never says anything else or actually connects).

Here are my settings on the Mac Airport (Internet Settings):
Connect Using: Ethernet
Configure IPv4: Using DHCP
(then it lists all my IP information)
Connection Sharing: Share a public IP address

I am not sure, but my hunch is that one of these settings is wrong somehow. I am not an expert on wireless networking at all, so I don't even know what half those settings mean.

Any ideas on why my XP machine can't connect and how to fix it?

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Run the setup disk that came with your Time Capsule in your XP machine. It will walk you through the setup.

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Got it! Thanks!
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Okay, now a new question. One of the PC's that use my network is out in a guest house behind our main house. The tenant can connect (now) when she is in our house but once she goes back into her place the signal drops and she can no longer see the network.

Would an Airport Express base station work to extend the signal somehow? How can I get her a strong signal wirelessly?

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The Time Capsule is in our home office, which is about 25 feet from her guest house - with walls, insulation, etc in between.

Again, any help is appreciated.
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Yes, an Airport Express can be configured to run in bridge mode to extend the network to the guest house, assuming it can pick up the signal. If it doesn't, the other option os to hard wire the time capsule to the airport express (if it isn't too much of a hassle).

Victor (typicalmacuser.com) did a great podcast on wireless networking and airports. I recommend downloading the mp3 and giving it a listen. It was really informative.

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Thanks - I actually found a Netgear range extender I hadn't been using - plugged it in and it seems to be working okay. We'll keep our fingers crossed!
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