Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
687 Questions from the Community
"Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n specification" can use the AirPort Express Base Station. It will work on both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
- Answered by Dennis B from Foster City
- Sep 17, 2012
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (does airport express only work for apple products or can it be use for multi products like xbox 360 or ps3???)
Can AirPort Express connect to public wifi such as BTFon or Openzone?
I have a lodge on a holiday park. The park itself has public wifi paid for by a subscription similar to hotels (when going online for the first time you are directed to a login page). The problem is, my lodge is on the edge of the park and I can only use the wifi in one corner of my living room, and not in the dining room or bedrooms. Could the AirPort Express login to the parks wifi and then have my MacBook Pro connect to the AirPort Express?
- Asked by Natalie T
- Jan 23, 2015
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You will need to connect to the Airport Extreme using the Airport Utility, Go to the Internet Section, then the Wireless Tab. Check the box "Allow this network to be extended" Then connect to the Airport Express using the Airport Utility, Click on the Internet Section, and under the wireless tab choose "Join a Wireless Network" You also will want to add the same wireless network name as well as security as you have on the Airport Extreme.
- Answered by Matthew B from Lancaster
- Jan 15, 2014
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so what if you already have wi fi in your home, is this device still needed or will my wi fi do the job?
i'm trying to add a printer for printing, and it sounds like the airport express will allow me to print wireless, but if i already have wi fi installed will i still need the airport express to print wireless, and what does this device do different than what i already have?
- Asked by Melvin T from Westchester
- Oct 6, 2013
- Flag as inappropriate (so what if you already have wi fi in your home, is this device still needed or will my wi fi do the job?)
If your current printer already connects to the wireless network you have, then you don't need this. The Airport models allow you to add printers in two ways: either through a wireless network (if a printer is wifi-capable), or by connecting it via USB to the Airport (you can do this for printers that don't have built-in wireless networking). The Airport Express also has an audio out port which lets you stream music from a computer to a stereo system.
Note that the USB method does not make a non-Airprint-capable printer accessible to iOS devices. You still need an Airprint printer to print from iPad or iPhone.
- Answered by Matt C from Beacon
- Nov 18, 2013
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (so what if you already have wi fi in your home, is this device still needed or will my wi fi do the job?)
What is the WiFi chipset in the new AirPort Express?
- Asked by Anthony C
- Sep 10, 2012
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Is Airport express can connect with NBN?
- Asked by Ariel L from Kensington
- Oct 21, 2015
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can I air play music from my Iphone to two Airport Express conected to two diferent amps at the same time ?
I want to air play the same music form my IPhone to two diferent areas in my home where I have two diferent amps conected to a set of speakers.
I allready have one area conected to a 4 years old Aiport Express. I need to conect it to a new area.
- Asked by Ignacio M from Hermosillo
- Jan 19, 2015
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No you cannot do that from any iOS device. However, if you have a mac or windows computer, you can from iTunes, just select it before selecting airplay devices to stream to!
- Answered by Andrew S from Bendigo
- Jan 22, 2015
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can i use the airport express to connect a external hard drive to to use as a time machine to do wireless incremental backups?
- Asked by Tom J from Maidstone
- Oct 17, 2015
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Can an airport express extend my private and also guest network
I already have an airport express, with a private and guest network
I want to know if I buy another airport extreme, can it extend my private and guest network.
- Asked by Albert C from San Diego
- Sep 6, 2015
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How is network speed affected if the airport express is used as a network extender in conjunction with an airport extreme? Is it reduced?
- Asked by Samuel R from Coffs Harbour
- Sep 13, 2015
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Does AirPort Express Base Station support UPNP?
- Asked by Kianoosh Y from Halifax
- Jan 7, 2013
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To expand on a bit on the correct answer by Sabahattin G: I called Apple Support to confirm Sabahattin's answer. The tech I spoke to said that Apple considers NAT-PNP and UPnP to be the same spec, so any equipment that works with UPnP enabled routers (Linksys, Netgear) should work with the Airport Extreme. They probably make that claim because Time Capsule uses NAT-PNP to self-configure with the Airport Extreme, and uses UPnP to config with other routers.
In the myopic Apple ecosystem, NAT-PNP replaces UPnP. But if the device you are connecting uses UPnP, do not expect success.
- Answered by Paul W from San Jose
- Apr 11, 2013
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No, it's a router not a modem. So you'll need internet service with a modem and then it can be used as a router. But there are a lot more uses for this little device.
1. Extend your existing WiFi signal in weak spots of your home.
2. If you are in a hotel with no WiFi but the main lobby, this baby can be hooked up in your room with an ethernet cable and you can create your own wireless network.
3. Use it to play music from your iPhone, iPod, iPad or Macbook wirelessly through your stereo or any speakers. Works really good!
4. Wireless printing.
- Answered by Jesse S from Quartz Hill
- Jul 29, 2015
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can I play video in .mkv file format?
I would like to know if the Apple TV can play movie files in mkv format from a hard disk connected to an Airport Express Base station?
- Asked by Ajay H from Chennai
- Aug 30, 2012
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can I use the airport express with a time capsule?
- Asked by William L from Dundas
- Dec 10, 2013
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Yes, I extended both a 1st gen 1TB Time Capsule and a new (3rd gen) 3TB Time Capsule with an Airport Express (2010 model). However, there was no noticeable improvement with download speeds in remote areas after I upgraded my Time Capsule. I will probably buy the new Airport Extreme assuming that there will be a better handshake between the (2) newer devices.
- Answered by Richard M from San Francisco
- Dec 11, 2013
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Can AirPort Extreme be used with Gateway 2 wire DSL router?
- Asked by Karen G from Davis
- Jan 7, 2013
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Absolutely! Depending on how you want the airport extreme to function. It will, function as a switch behind your 2wire router, or...you can configure your 2wire as a RG (Residential Gateway) which will then allow ALL traffic to the Airport Extreme. The Airport Extreme will then control (issue) the individual local IP addresses for your devices. Your network will not be like all of your neighbors i.e. (2wirexxx) in fact, wireless users nearby will no longer see your 2wire device. THey will see the airport extreme depending on what you name it (as an SSID) The WPA2 security on the airport extreme is very secure and you can choose to make your Airport Extreme invisible, which does not make it any more secure. It is very easy to change your network access PW, through the airport utility. In addition, all of your devices behind the router (iPod, iPad, iPhone, Mac, PC) will share a common (public) IP address. This speeds up everything. THe airport extreme is much more robust. This also gives YOU complete control of all things in and out of your network. PLUS, if you enable the guest network, you can limit access. I use this feature for parental controls. So the kids have their network. Adults have their own. Works really well. Mine handles media server, DVR, 3 apple TVs, Ipod, ipad, 2 iphones, one power pc G5 mac, macbook air, and 3 pc laptops with NO troubles. Best $200 router / switch there is....in my humble opinion.
- Answered by Bill B from Red Oak
- Mar 25, 2013
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Airplay compatibility with G4 Macs
My WiFi soundsystem has an Airport Extreme base station and an Airport Express node connected to a Bose sound system. I have a Macbook Pro (2014) and an iMac G4 (the "jetsons" with Mac OS 10.4.11) that is hardwired (LAN ethernet) to the base station. Sound system has worked for @ 10 years until I replaced the worn-out Express with a new one last year. The G4 now appears not to have Airplay capability anymore (I can't find it on Airport Utility) and the G4's ITunes (version 9) will not show multiple speaker options.
Can I restore this G4 back to the Airplay WiFi network?
- Asked by Calhoun B from Mebane
- Jul 16, 2015
- Flag as inappropriate (Airplay compatibility with G4 Macs)
can we use airport extreme used as repeater router
I am having a service provider wifi router as base station and recently purchased airport extreme.Is it possible to use it as repeater router to expand range of wifi network
- Asked by Milind S
- May 30, 2015
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You could yes but unless your service provider's wifi router has 802.11ac, then you are wasting your money buying an extreme. Just get the express maybe? Or, do what I did, disable wifi on your sp's router, connect the extreme to it using an ethernet cable and then use that to run your wifi, adding express units around the house as you go if you want to boost the signal or make use of an ethernet port somewhere else? I found that moving from the router wifi to the extreme made a HUGE difference to the quality and range of the wifi in the house as it's just a much better, stronger and more capable wifi device.
- Answered by Andrew B
- Jun 29, 2015
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Can you use this as a separate wifi from your main router so is the airport is running slow will the main router be affected?Answer
Yes You Can to answer the first part of your question. You already answered the second part, if the connected AirPort Express is running a separate WiFi signal than your host router of course the main router would not be affected.
- Answered by Shawn P. C from Carlstadt
- Jul 24, 2015
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- Answered by Lawrence B from Flower Mound
- Jun 17, 2012
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Does this have 802.11ac?)