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My airport express base station is not recognized by my computer

It turns on and the led turns on, but when I try to scan for it in airport utility to set it up as a wireless station, it will not show up on the scan. It did this from one day to the next so now I have no wireless. HELP!

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  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    base station -computer do not find my express so I can set it up as a remote station.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    me too! it worked when i first used it right out of the box, but when i went back to fix the connection it was no longer recognized.

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If your AirPort Express stops responding you may need to perform a hard reset.

To perform a hard reset press and hold the reset button for 5 to 10 seconds.

For a detailed explanation see:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1450

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

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I went to the Genius Bar at mac (great concept, btw) and they gave me the following 2 solutions:

1) Light Solution: System Preferences > Network > Advanced > TCP/IP Tab > Renew DHCP Lease. Make sure the IPv4 Address changes! If it doesn't, press OK and go again until it does. Might take 3-4 tries.

2) Heavier Solution: System Preferences > Network > Location > Edit Locations... Create a new Location by clicking the "+" sign. The name doesn't matter. Click done. Make sure you chose this new location before clicking Apply. This will wipe the slate clean meaning any and all preferences and settings will be default. You can always go back to your old settings by choosing the Automatic location.

Posted on Feb 07, 2010

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    jscoleri Jul 22, 2012

    Yes it did. Well a variation of it did. Make sure u high-light WiFi and turn it off and on.

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