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How to Find the Default Password for your AirPort Extreme and Express

The Apple AirPort Express has two wireless bands available for your Wi-Fi needs. They are the 5GHz network and a 2.4 GHz network. All your Apple devices such as your Mac, iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, and Apple TV can connect to your AirPort if you have properly set up the Base Stations.

Note that if you want to access the manual setup in order to update your firmware and edit your base station, the first thing that the Apple AirPort requires from you is your password.

The Default Password for Apple AirPort Devices

Note that the default password for all AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express is the word “public”. This is the default password. This is also the password of your AirPort device when you decide to do a factory reset to it.

What to Do if the password “public” is not working?

If you have tried to enter the word “public” as a password and it won’t work for you, it can be because you have previously set up your own password when you have first configured your device.

If you don’t remember the password or if someone has set it up for you, you can try to do a soft reset on your device. After the soft reset, you can try to enter the default password.

Use your Mac to Find the base station password

  1. On your Mac, go to Applications > Utilities, then select the Keychain Access app.
  2. Select the Password menu located on the left side.
  3. Simply type the word “base station” on the search bar
  4. Click the base station keychain
  5. Go to the attributes option
  6. Simply select the Show Password Button

After you know the password, you can now try it on your Apple AirPort device.


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