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I bought Airport Express today for my Mac mini. I tried to hook it up and nothing is happening. All I get is the amber light flashing on and off. Do I need the base station (Airport Extreme? What am I doing wrong? I am connecting with a cable wire.

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Hello SoulRyder. Welcome to the Apple Discussions!
I assume that you had your Mac Mini connected directly to your cable modem using an Ethernet cable prior to getting the 802.11n AirPort Express Base Station (AXn) ... correct? ... and that you were not having any issues accessing the Internet when connected this way?
If the answer is yes to both, the it is always a good idea to perform a complete power recycle of your network components when introducing new devices.
Try the following, in order, checking for Internet access after each step, until resolved:
1. If the modem has a reset switch, use it to reset the modem. Wait at least 5-10 minutes for the modem to initialize.
2. Remove power from the modem. If it has a backup battery, remove this as well. Wait 5-10 minutes. Replace the battery, and add power back to the modem.
3. Perform a complete power recycle of your network components as follows:
Modem/Router Power Recycling - Quick
o Power-off the modem, AXn, & computer(s); Wait at least 5 minutes.
o Power-on the modem; Wait at least 5 minutes.
o Power-on the AXn; Wait at least 5 minutes.
o Power-on the computer(s)
If this fails to get the modem to "recognize" the Internet router, then try the "Full" version.
Modem/Router Power ReCycling - Full
o Power-off the modem, AXn, & computer(s). (Wait at least 30 minutes. If possible, leave the modem off overnight.)
o Power-on the modem; Wait at least 15 minutes.
o Power-on the AXn; Wait at least 5 minutes.
o Power-on the computer(s)
4. Contact your ISP to have them perform a "modem reset."

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