I am trying to work out if the following configuration will be possible. My ‘problem’ is that Telefonica (my ISP in Spain) doesn’t support the Mac so at the moment I am using their router bridged to my current Airport Extreme.
So, what I am wondering is, based on the fact that the new Airport Extreme is advertised as working with the Mac + PC, is can I:
1. Install the new Airport Extreme by connecting it to my PC and configuring it to work with my ISP, i.e. basically replace my existing Telefonica router.
2. Connect via ethernet my Mac mini (it sits right by the router), a 2nd Mac mini that will sit in the lounge but I have a cable running through the wall, and the iMac (will need a long ethernet cable for that but no real problem).
3. Connect my USB printer and share it amongst the 4 Mac’s and the PC
4. Connect my PowerBook to the network and internet wirelessly.
5. Connect my two Airport Express’s wirelessly so that I can stream iTunes to either of them from any of the 4 Macs or the PC.
6. The iMac and the Mac mini both have external hard drives connected so I would want to be able to access those from any computer on the network.
I am pretty sure it will do all this. The ‘trick’ seems to be that I can set it all up from the PC which my ISP will accept. I am unsure though as this report talks about the inability to change a MAC address, which I think may be the issue I have with my ISP but I think I get around by connecting it through the PC.
At the moment I have pretty much the above set up with a Telefonica router bridged to an Airport Extreme, but although I can print from the PC onto the network printer I haven’t managed to get the PC connected to the Airport Expresses.
Any thoughts or suggestions most welcome.