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Airport Express - setting up wifi network

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I can't seem to get my airport express to work in a cottage behind my house and need some advice. Here's the setup:

HOUSE
Has phone line, Ethernet and 3 Ethernet lines that go up to cottage #1. Wireless through router/modem.

COTTAGE #1
Has phone line and three Ethernet lines from house. One of the Ethernet lines connects to Ethernet line that goes to Cottage #2.

COTTAGE #2
Has phone line and Ethernet line from Cottage #1.

The House and Cottage #2 are working fine. The issue is in Cottage #1. We need wireless to work. When I tested the airport express in the house, it worked fine. Same with cottage #2. But it won't connect when I plug it into an Ethernet port in Cottage #1.

Someone at Best Buy suggested I get a modem to transfer the signal, but the modem doesn't have any extra ports so I don't know how I would plug the express into that.

But maybe I'm missing something. I just want to plug the express into an Ethernet port and have wifi.

Thanks for your help!
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by:Darr247
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You don't mention which version of the Express you have... if there are 2 ethernet ports on it, you want to connect it to a LAN port on your modem/router by the ethernet port marked with a circle/gear/asterisk, instead of the port marked with the <-> icon (the 3 ethernet ports in cottage 1 have to come from somewhere... i.e. they won't work without being hooked to SOMEthing on the other end).
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by:Pimpernel777
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It's the 1084 Airport Express.

The 3 ports come from the house. From what I've been told,  I shouldn't have to install a second modem (in cottage #1) since the Internet ports are plugged in at the house. We know the ports work and the Airport Express works.

Does that help?
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Did you try the Airport Express on all 3 of the ethernet ports one-by-one to ensure the problem isn't in the particular ethernet cable from the house that you're using?

What version of Airport Utility are you using?
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by:Pimpernel777
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I'm using 6.2.3. The base station blinks amber and doesn't show up in Airport Utility.

The Express is plugged into one of the Ethernet ports (which I tested with my laptop...I was able to connect once I applied auto DHCP).
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by:Pimpernel777
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Got it to work! It was a combination of resetting the device, connecting with Airport Utility and just keeping at it until it connected. Thanks!
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