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post #1 of 16
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I have just bought myself an Airport Express and after a little fiddling around and a little screw up due to using the wrong WEP password, I got it working as a client to my already established wireless network.

The only thing that seems to be missing is a web UI for administering the thing, as I am used to with the solutions from Belkin and Linksys. Does it have a web interface that I am not finding?
post #2 of 16
nope ... you gotta use "Airport Admin Utility" from a Mac.
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post #3 of 16
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Originally posted by KingOfSomewhereHot
nope ... you gotta use "Airport Admin Utility" from a Mac.

Not really an issue for me, but wish they would have offered ine.
post #4 of 16
What does a web UI have over a native UI?
post #5 of 16
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It allows you to conifgure the device from any computer, whether or not they have the necessary configuration tool installed. Its also much of a norm in home wireless routers these days.
post #6 of 16
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Originally posted by ajmas
It allows you to conifgure the device from any computer, whether or not they have the necessary configuration tool installed. Its also much of a norm in home wireless routers these days.

Is there a good reason for accessing the device from any computer? Can you actually access the router if you're not within it's reach? One thing comes to mind here: a web UI can pose a security issue since any computer can easily access the router's config. Airport Express needs the proper tools for configuration to be easily changed...that's a plus for security.
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Originally posted by kim kap sol
Is there a good reason for accessing the device from any computer? Can you actually access the router if you're not within it's reach? One thing comes to mind here: a web UI can pose a security issue since any computer can easily access the router's config. Airport Express needs the proper tools for configuration to be easily changed...that's a plus for security.

Well if the UI is password protected, then it posses no more risk than having to use the 'proper' tool to access it. Also the UI doesn't suffer if Apple doesn't decide to update the "OS X" based update tool.
post #8 of 16
Hello,
I reopen this topic to ask if there is a web access now (3 years later :P). I would also like to have a web access to the AE.

I totally disagree with a possible security problems and find the Apple Utility even more unsecure cos it does not require any password !

The use case of a web UI is very simple : I have access to my LAN from the internet and I'd like to configure the AE remotely.

Thanks,
Tex
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tex-Twil View Post

I totally disagree with a possible security problems and find the Apple Utility even more unsecure cos it does not require any password !

Doesn't it? It is a long time since I used that utility, but I remember clearly that the configuration options were not accessible without a password.
post #10 of 16
You are correct. You can assign unique passwords to each base station.
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post #11 of 16
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Doesn't it? It is a long time since I used that utility, but I remember clearly that the configuration options were not accessible without a password.

Well since I have the AE (2 weeks) I was never asked for a password to configure it. Anyway, what about the web GUI ?

regards,
Tex
post #12 of 16
I have had an AE for about a year and a half now and i prefer the Airport Utility to a Web UI. We have four linksys routers that i can pick up on my macbook and i can login to three of them because they have not changed the stock admin password, so i personally find the Utility more secure. I also always wondered how you access the Web UI to troubleshoot problems when your internet is down if you cant get on the internet to view the Web UI to begin with?
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I also always wondered how you access the Web UI to troubleshoot problems when your internet is down if you cant get on the internet to view the Web UI to begin with?

You don't need internet access for that.... you only need to be on the local network.
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post #14 of 16
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Well since I have the AE (2 weeks) I was never asked for a password to configure it. Anyway, what about the web GUI ?

regards,
Tex

By default the base station password is blank. But under the Base Station tab you can enter a password for each base station being configured.
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By default the base station password is blank. But under the Base Station tab you can enter a password for each base station being configured.

My default password for the AirPort Extreme and my Time Capsule was public. However I think it would be nice to have the option for a web interface. Sometimes you can't always be on the local network and when you need to make a change its not very easy to do. At least make it an option for users to have a web interface where you'd just have to enter in your ISP's assigned IP address to you and a password.

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post #16 of 16

The password is stored in your Login Keychain, and AirPort accesses it automatically.

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