We have a router/modem 2wire (with DHCP disabled) which we are just using as a modem now, wired to our Airport (with DHCP enabled). We have 5 other devices connected. One of the Macbooks is choosing an address in the 169.254.x.x range. The Airport is set to connect using DHCP and router mode: Off (bridge mode).

The Network utility says: Wi-Fi has the self-assigned IP address and will not be able to connect to the Internet.

In the AirPort utility it says the IP address and LAN IP address of the airport is

The wifi attempts to connect but never stops trying. The wifi bars just keep lighting up. In the network utility, it says "Self-Assigned IP"

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    I'm not good enough with networking to actually answer this - but if it's self-assigning a 169.254 address, it's because it's failing to communicate with your DHCP server. By definition, a 169.254 address cannot pass a router, so will not be able to see the 'internet' at all.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 10, 2016 at 12:08

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The problem was I didn't have DCHP enabled on the Airport, but when I did, the internet wouldn't work at all on all devices, when with it disabled, it worked on some.

So I contacted both my ISP (Bell/2Wire) and Apple. I had to setup the Airport to use PPPoE and I received that information over a call with my ISP.

The quickest route was to just reset both, call my ISP for PPPoE and reconfigure both.

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