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Resetting AirPort base station - new password for current users

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https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201945

Our office Macs are various flavors (Yosemite - El Capitan)

Soft reset: Perform this reset if you have forgotten your password.  A soft reset resets your password and disables security settings (Access Control and RADIUS settings are temporarily interrupted). Forgetting the password would normally prevent you from connecting to or configuring the device. If you make no changes within five minutes of doing a soft reset, the device will revert back to its former state. All of the device's settings will be available after it has restarted.

Soft reset: Resets the device password and disables security for five minutes so that you can join the network to make changes.

I want to be sure that if I change Airport Extreme password with above procedure, current users (that is, before reset) when logging on after password reset will be to gain access to their accounts by entering current UserName (that is, before reset) and new password (that is, after reset).

This may seem a trivial question, but I will have *many* upset users if they cannot have full access to all files with current UserName and new password. If it helps, I have an administrative account (that is, before reset) on one of the El Capitan macs.

This comes about because of a personnel change and loss of Airport Extreme login password information. I have Monday of each week with no users in office.

As an added feature, I would like to create a 'Guest' [Internet only access] account with no password required for login. How to do this?
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If your wireless network setup is a typical one, i.e. a shared keychain for wpa2 security and you know the keychain, there should be no problem.

https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3372

A soft reset will not do any harm. Besides, if you have backup the settings using Airport Utility, I do not foresee any trouble you will encounter.
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Thanks. OK now
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