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    jazzjungle
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    Question Help connecting an Airport Extreme Base Station to a DSL Modem
    Hi Everyone! I need help connecting my DSL modem to my newly acquired Airport Extreme Base Station. My main system is (temporarily) a Windows XP desktop as my new Power Book is at the Apple Store being upgraded. Can anyone help me with which cables go in, which go out etc., as I am having a problem understanding the directions?

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    Thats the only photo I could find of the connections for airport extreme but I should be able to explain from it

    the WAN port is where you plug your DSL modem into
    The LAN port is where you can plug the Router into a mac or PC for it to get its connection.
    If you are using a regular modem you plug it into the modem jack and you can connect a USB printer into the USB jack

    hope this helps a bit
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    jazzjungle
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    Question Which line from DSL to AirPort Base Station
    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41


    Thats the only photo I could find of the connections for airport extreme but I should be able to explain from it

    the WAN port is where you plug your DSL modem into
    The LAN port is where you can plug the Router into a mac or PC for it to get its connection.
    If you are using a regular modem you plug it into the modem jack and you can connect a USB printer into the USB jack

    hope this helps a bit
    Thank you that helps a bit, but I am confused as to which line from the DSL modem goes into the WAN Port on the Base Station. The modem I have actually has LAN, LINE, & SWAPPER connections on it. Right now the PC goes into the LAN and the LINE goes to the phone jack.

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    The LAN on your dsl modem goes into the WAN on the router
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    I am about to do something similar and this was very helpful for me on where to plug what in and where, but there is still one thing I dont know about.

    What is a 'Router'?

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    A router splits your DSL/Cable Connection so that you can send the signal to all the other computers.
    The airport basestation isnt really a router since there is only one output plug on it for the computer......Most commonly you will see a router that has 4/8/16 ports on it with computers plugged into
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    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41
    A router splits your DSL/Cable Connection so that you can send the signal to all the other computers.
    The airport basestation isnt really a router since there is only one output plug on it for the computer......Most commonly you will see a router that has 4/8/16 ports on it with computers plugged into
    I am guessing its classified as a router because of instead of having output plugs it simply emits the output.

    Thanks for clearing that up

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