Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
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Airport express or apple tv
The apple Tv and Airport express are the same price but the Apple Tv does more.
Should i buy an Apple tv to stream my music to my stereo in the other room ?
Or should i buy a Airport express ?
Does the Airport express have more faetures that the Apple TV doesn't have ?
I currently have
I just want to be ablle to stream music tto the stereo's i have through my Two storry house
I just purchaced the Airport Express but i'm now thinking i should of bought another Apple TV ?
- Asked by David C from Kingsley
- 05 6, 13
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I'm faced with the same dilemma, as my 802.11g Airport Express suffers from many drop-outs due to multiple interference on the 2.4Ghz band by microwave ovens, cordless phones, baby monitors and the like. Been kind of holding off till the new 802.11ac was implemented across the board by APPLE. More on that in a minute.
The APPLE tv obviously does a lot more in the entertainment arena thru it's ability to stream all your iTunes content to your TV, in addition to NETFLIX, VIMEO, YouTube, hockey and baseball games, etc, etc. But it does not support wireless printing; no USB port. To get the audio from your iTunes music library to your main Stereo, you'd either need an HDMI splitter, HDMI 1.4 with ARC (audio return channel), an HDMI AV receiver, or purchase a Toslink optical audio cable to go directly from the APPLE tv to your Stereo system.
The current version of the APPLE tv still uses 802.11n. While that is plenty for music streaming, the advantage of 802.11ac would be, no possible slowdown of the entire network by one slower link in the chain, as well as being ready for when 4k video streams become more commonplace.
I'm waiting to see if APPLE will update the Airport Express as well as the APPLE tv to the new ac standard. If not in the near future, I'll buy the Express, as at the moment I just want to be able to stream my iTunes library to my main Stereo, and I won't have to shell out for the optical cable. In addition, it'll buy more time to see where APPLE is headed with their APPLE tv "hobby". But for 99 bucks, you can't go wrong either way.
- Answered by Michael V from Barrie
- 06 18, 13
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If I purchase an extreme and an express and use the express as an extender... 1. Will I lose the high thorough put of the Extreme?
- Asked by Virginia M from Anchorage
- 12 1, 13
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can I use connect a external usb flash drive to this (asummed its properly formatted) and access it wirelessly from my computer?
can I use connect a external usb flash drive to this (asummed its properly formatted) and access it wirelessly from my computer?
- Asked by Joshua S from San Jose
- 06 3, 15
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Yup. Works perfectly with older Airpot Extremes and Expresses. I've got 1 old extreme + 2 old expresses + 1 new express working well together.
- Answered by Pankaj J from Forest Hills
- 10 27, 12
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Thanks for answering. I have taken delivery of the product and can back up your answer. It works with both Spotify and TuneIn Radio, and the sound through my Sony AV Amp/Mission Speakers is comparable to CD quality in my opinion. Excellent, easy to set up product. Fully recommended.
what does the airport express do I want to know?
I might get one but I dont know what it does so that is why I asked this quetion
- Asked by Nicholas G from Wintergarden
- 04 4, 15
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Can I use Express as router connected to modem & Time Capsule as a way to extend wifi signal?
Here's my dilemma: My modem, AirPort Express, and speakers are in my living room. The speakers are plugged into AirPort Express so I can play my music from any device. At the other end of the house is my study where I'd like to place the Time Capsule so that I can backup my laptop and so that I can extend the wifi signal in my house. Is that possible? And even if it is, am I wasting the Time Capsule's router capabilities by using the Express as the router and the Time Capsule as a means to extend signal?
And why on earth is Express the only router capable of connecting to speakers??
- Asked by Raul C from San Francisco
- 10 21, 14
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Theoretically you can do that, BUT ... yes you are "wasting" some of the Time Capsule router capabilities. But if you don't need to use those features, I guess it's not a waste except that you are paying for them.
The bigger question is whether the WiFi signal from the Express is strong enough to reach your office so that the Extreme can connect to the WiFi provided by the Express.
A better solution is to connect the Extreme directly to the ISP modem (whether cable or DSL,) and setting the Extreme to provide the WiFi, with the Express extending the WLAN. You may need some help in running new coax, telephone or Ethernet cabling, but it would be worth it unless the expense is prohibitive. Wired is almost always preferable to wireless.
- Answered by Earl D from Rochester
- 04 25, 15
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What is the difference between the new Airport Express and the current Airport Extreme? They look the same except for the number of LAN ports.Best Answer:
The Express has AirTunes while the Extreme and Time Capsule do not. But the Extreme can connect to Hard Drives for access across the network, has extra ethernet ports, and theoretically has a broader range.
- Answered by Timothy M from Hillsboro
- 07 3, 12
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can i view my computer on my tv?
- Asked by James B from Buffalo
- 03 28, 14
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Yes you can. Using the Apple TV 2nd generation and later, which lets you mirror your IOS or Mac device onto your TV - this device lets you connect speakers and a normal printer and turn them into airplay devices when they are connected.
- Answered by Bennett B
- 04 2, 14
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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
- 07 16, 15
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Absoutely , as long as the printer is configured properly there would be no issues. Usually best bet to create a static connection to the printer if it is to stay always connected and on as they usually do(they go to deep sleep but are always on) You get the best trouble free operation that way
- Answered by Todd L from Burnaby
- 02 25, 13
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I don't have an Internet connection but just want to create a local wireless network with airport express Apple TV and my mac book pro. Can I?
I am on a yacht hence the question. I just want to stream from mac book pro to Apple TV?Answer
Absolutely no problem, just set it up using airport utility you're there.
How do I set it up without using a stereo which I don't have
I have an Airport express - can't figure out how to get it going??? It was suggested I use a RCA plug to my stereo - I don't have a stereo
- Asked by Anne C from Dayton
- 10 22, 15
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If you don't have a speaker system, and want to use AirPlay, you are probably better off buying an AirPlay compatible speaker (cheaper, and no separate box to plug in)
- Answered by David K from Santa Clara
- 11 15, 15
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Can I extend an existing wireless network by connecting AirPort Express via ethernet cable (otherwise out of range of existing network)?
I'd like to create a wireless network in a separate building where the wireless signal does not reach, but does have an ethernet cable from the main router. Can I do this with AirPort Express?
- Asked by Will H from New York
- 11 21, 13
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Plug into the LAN port and this should extend your network.
You can then run another e-net cable out of the other port on the back and/or connect wirelessly to your existing network.
Not sure what kind of router you use but any should work with this set up I think.
- Answered by Richard L from Peterborough
- 12 26, 13
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Can this be used along with the airport extreme but be placed in a different part of the house?
I have a Mac and Comcast. I already own an Airport Extreme which is connected to my comcast router. I am looking to boost the wifi signal so that I can have it reach my back patio for parties. How would I set all of this up if it is even possible. If this doesn't work are there any other suggestion for what I can purchase to boost the signal from my extreme?
- Asked by Brianna P from Malaga
- 12 1, 14
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Yes. This is exactly what I am doing. I have an airport extreme in the main house. It does a good job covering the main house, but on the edges of the house and in the guest house signal is too weak. I added an express to the wired network in the guest house and configured it to extend the network. It isn't functioning as a repeater, rather an extender, so it doesn't slow my wireless network down, which repeaters do. In this case, both the extreme and the express use the same SID, but when the signal from the express is stronger the connecting device switches to it transparently and then its traffic goes through its connection back to the central switch. Very happy with this configuration. Totally transparent to my wifi devices. Strong signal everywhere.
- Answered by David H from Gilbert
- 12 9, 14
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What is the number of connections the airport express can handle?
- Asked by Tyler W from Wausau
- 02 22, 14
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Per the specs: Number of Users - 50
- Answered by Thom B from Rochester
- 03 27, 14
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The AirPort Express is a wireless router. Assuming that you already buy internet service from an internet service provider, such as Comcast XFINITY Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, etc., which is how you connected to ask this question, you'll attach their modem to the AirPort Express. When you use your wireless device, such as a MacBook or an iPad, it will connect through the AirPort Express to the modem and then out to the internet service. So more than likely, you won't pay any more than you're paying already, but you can check with your specific internet service provider. If you don't currently buy any internet service, and are asking this question while sitting in a Starbucks or library somewhere, then sure, once you've installed the AirPort Express at home, you'll still need to buy your own internet service from one of those providers, and they usually charge a flat fee per month, often cheaper if combined with cable TV and/or telephone services.
Hope that helps.
- Answered by Larry S from Brookline
- 08 17, 12
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