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Old Airport Extreme with new cable modem?

My Airport Extreme (802.11g, white dome model, about 4.5 years old) doesn't seem to want to work with my cable provider's Motorola SB5100 cable modem and my Macbook (May 2010 vintage) running 10.6.6. Is there some way I can discover whether there's a hardware or software incompatibility, or just a human doofus problem?

My Airport Utility software sees the AE and confirms all its settings (from when I used it with a G4 iBook), but the AE doesn't pass the Internet DHCP settings from the cable modem to the Macbook, which works fine directly connected to the modem via ethernet cable.
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