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Ray Finkle
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 12:37 am    Post subject: How do I know if I am running wired or wireless for sure? Reply with quote

I just hooked up my ethernet cable out on my new extreme base station to my mini. It shows ethernet connected also it shows my wireless is working. So how do I know for sure what I am using to connect to the internet?
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

use preferences. go to network and turn air port off
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine always defaults to wireless even though its set to be wired as the primary connection, therefore I always do as Philip has suggested and turn off the wireless when I'm not using it and forces my connections to go through the wired network.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok I did that thanks guys. My airtunes still works which is great but I wonder how when airport is turned off. Makes me wonder if I am really connected wired. I want it to work otherwise I would have to run wirelessly most the time I like using airtunes, but want to make sure I am running wired for the best connection. Also less interference on the other wireless networks so they run even smoother.
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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray Finkle wrote:
Ok I did that thanks guys. My airtunes still works which is great but I wonder how when airport is turned off. Makes me wonder if I am really connected wired. I want it to work otherwise I would have to run wirelessly most the time I like using airtunes, but want to make sure I am running wired for the best connection. Also less interference on the other wireless networks so they run even smoother.


System Preferences-->Network-->AirPort-->Make sure "Show AirPort status in menu bar" is checked

When AirPort is off, the AirPort icon in the menu bar will be greyed out and/or blank:



When it's on, the icon will display bars according to the strength of the signal:

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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks thats the way it looks. Looks like I am good to go I still got my airtunes working which is what I wanted all along ( airtunes, and wired desktop with a wireless base station network). Not sure how its doing it but its doing it.
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