AirPort Extreme acting as an access point and sharing a printer

I have a OpenBSD-router who provides DHCP and NAT and mostly everything else I need connected directly to the internet, but I want a better solution for sharing my printer, and providing wireless access to a growing set of computers.

Is the AirPort Extreme suitable for this? I'm not interested in it controlling the entire network…

  • Asked by Per Christian V
  • Jan 14, 2011
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2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    In addition to the above excellent reply, when in AirPort Utility > Internet Connection, and the "Connection Sharing" popup is set to "Off (Bridge Mode)," the single Ethernet WAN port is automatically converted to act as the fourth Ethernet LAN port instead of as a WAN port.

    • Answered by Andrew H from Carmel
    • Jan 14, 2011
  • The airport can operate in "bridge mode" where it provides no network services and lets attached clients get their address from your dhcp server or any other routing device. You can then enable printer sharing and make a USB printer available on your network. Simply plug the AEBS into your existing Ethernet network (In one of the three Ethernet ports, not the WAN port).

    • Answered by Paul S from Ben Lomond
    • Jan 14, 2011