Originally Posted by CBournon
Yes i did. This morning I plugged my MacBook into an Ethernet port on the Dlink router and it connected properly. The IP address is in the range of the range of the router. In other words only the last part of the address is different from the router, so this looks very normal.
When I try and use the AE the IP address is 169.254.201.167 and I think this might be out. Of the range allowed by my ISP. My usual IP address starts with 192. I wonder how I can get the AE to assign an IP address in the acceptable range.
169 addresses indicate self-assigned - in other words no valid IP address assigned. That happens when a device is configured to obtain an IP by DHCP but the host device does not issue an address - either because it is not configured to be a DHCP server or because it is declining the lease request.
I'm still not clear though - is that the IP address of your AE when you connected it to the POE, or the IP address of your Mac when connected to the AE? Your DLink (not your ISP) will issue local 192.x.x.x addresses by default. These are LAN addresses, not WAN addresses. The AE, on the other hand, will issue local 10.x.x.x addresses. I would avoid manually assigning any addresses anywhere while troubleshooting, especially if you don't understand the relationship between LAN and WAN addresses. Also because with DHCP you don't need to worry about router/gateway addresses or DNS addresses.
If you don't want the DLink in the system, I would connect the AE to the POE, set it to acquire an address from the POE by DHCP (should be the default), create a wireless network, and distribute a range of IP addresses. Your AE will get whatever kind of address the POE issues, and your Mac should then connect to the AE and get a 10.x.x.x address.