Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
699 Questions from the Community
whats needed to stream music to non wireless stereo system?
I need to stream to a Bang & olufsen system
- Asked by Gary R from Paradise Valley
- 05 12, 13
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Your stereo system does not need to be wireless. As long as it has a high-level input, such as AUX or similar. After you originally set up your Airport Express in Airport utility, and assign it a name, such as Main Stereo, B&O or whatever, that name will show up in the speaker selection pane at the bottom-right of your iTunes window (in Snow Leopard anyway). The Airport Express that's connected to your local WiFi network will have to be near your B&O Stereo system. All that's required is a commonly available cable that has a 1/8" Stereo Miniplug on one side, which goes into the Airport Express, and your standard 2 (red and white) RCA plugs on the other end, that connect to your Stereo system, and you are in business. Happy listening!
- Answered by Michael V from Barrie
- 06 18, 13
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Is the Airport Express a modem & router in one?
- Asked by Debra B from Portland
- 02 18, 14
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No, you'll need a separate modem/router to connect to your ISP. In some cases, they may provide a similar device that can also broadcast a WiFi signal that you can use with your wireless devices, for a fee. Best bet is to give them a shout for assistance.
- Answered by Garth H from Sacramento
- 03 4, 14
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Can the airport express be used inside cars and other vehicles?
- Asked by Erin A from Round Rock
- 06 11, 15
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What is the power voltage range for the AirPort Express?
In my country we have 220V AC, usually all products can work with a 110-240 V AC, but this one, does not specify anything in the manual nor the product. Thanks
- Asked by Francisco E from Lima
- 06 24, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (What is the power voltage range for the AirPort Express?)
The technical specifications page lists 110-240 V AC for this product. KB Article: SP651
100-240V AC, 50-60Hz; input current: 0.2 amp
- Answered by Mike F from Saint Paul
- 06 28, 12
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Yes, if you do not want to connect to the Internet you can operate as a stand-alone access point in bridge mode with both LAN ports. Also, you may connect the Airport Express wirelessly to another access point made by Apple (or other WDS-supporting device), in which case both Ethernet ports are available for LAN devices and you can still access the network and/or Internet through the other wireless access point's connected network.
- Answered by Sabahattin G
- 01 15, 13
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I had created a network with my airport extreme in one of the rooms in my house, but i want to have wifi signal in all my home.
I want to know if i can extend the wifi signal of that airport extreme with another airport extreme but instead of connecting it wirelessly can i connect it via ethernet?
- Asked by Pablo P from New York
- 06 30, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (I had created a network with my airport extreme in one of the rooms in my house, but i want to have wifi signal in all my home.)
You can use an Airport Express to extend your wifi network in your home. I use one for this purpose on a second level of my home to connect my Samsung Smart TV to the home wifi system and stream programming, Netflix etc.
- Answered by Carl L T from Raleigh
- 09 10, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I had created a network with my airport extreme in one of the rooms in my house, but i want to have wifi signal in all my home.)
can i have a guest log in, and how is it set up?
- Asked by Michael R from Smyrna
- 07 10, 12
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Yes. You can set up a guest network. However, I have disabled mine simply due to the fact that guests are usually family members and I don't feel like they are any risk to my network. But it is easy to setup. During setup it gives you the option to create a guest network and you can set the attributes based on however much access or bandwidth you give your guests. In my case, if I use the guest option, the guests receive only G speed connection. The N is reserved for my own wireless stuff. Nowadays with the 3rd gen versions, if your ISP can deliver consistent GB speed >1gbps, you can reserve the N band for your guests and use the 802.11 ac for your own equip. Unfortunately for me, MY ISP is not capable of gigabit speed.
- Answered by Bill B from Red Oak
- 09 25, 14
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is there audio quality difference between the airport extreme and Apple TV
I want to bring the iTunes library to my stereo, and googling on this there were a number of posts that suggested that Airport Extreme had better decoding for CD quality audio then did the AppleTV. All the iTunes files are of course digital, and I am intending to use the optical output of either the Airport Express or AppleTV.
To really hear a difference I would need to do an A/B test of one against the other - which I do not intend to do, but I do have a very high end system so when things are not as they should be there is no hiding it.
I don't need the AppleTV right now for the theater setting - so video streaming ability would be on hold there, for now but likely added sometime in the next year or so.
It's really a matter of which device is going to be better for delivering the iTunes music library to the stereo system. Why there would be a different between the Airport Extreme and the AppleTV is not clear to me. The limiting source would seem to be the bit rate of the files in iTunes - but perhaps I am missing something. Perhaps there is a difference in DA converters - though that too would seem strange, but with the use of the Digital Optical Out I would think that there should be no difference.
But certainly better to know about it before I buy the device and get it set up - appreciate any thoughts and suggestions.
- Asked by Dan R from Superior
- 07 24, 12
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I just got an ATV 3rd Gen and experimented with it's TOSLink audio out compared to the optical out of the Express. My Moon Simaudio amp indicates that it's receiving an input from the ATV at 48KHz compared to 44.1KHz from the Express. Given this is a higher sample rate, you might expect some benefit but as far as I'm aware, it'll depend on a number of factors such as the integrity of the digital signal (incl. error correction capability) from the source i.e your Mac, over your wireless network to when it enters the digital input (Toslink, SPDIF etc) of your amp. Then there is the issue of the quality of the DAC in your amp or separate DAC unit. After all, a high quality DAC will over sample sufficiently and deal with other digital artefacts to minimise noise etc etc and not suffer the effects of a steep LP filter.
If anyone else with an audio engineering/digital audio background can explain further then that would be great! I can't help but think that there is a lot of unnecessary myth and confusion created in the digital domain (esp optical) I.e applying techniques to preserve the integrity of analogue signals carried over copper/silver to those in the optical digital domain. Why? How is a digital optical signal adversely affected by electromagnetic interference and in any case, even if it were, aren't errors corrected?
Just a thought and would love to hear from others.
- Answered by Nick R
- 07 28, 12
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Will the Airport Express extend the guest network of an Airport Extreme?
- Asked by Anthony M from Albuquerque
- 06 12, 12
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Talked to Apple Support today on this issue. They said that the bridged Airport Express will not extend the Guest Network of the Extreme. She suggested that I create a request (complaint?) regarding this feature. She seemed to believe that it could be offered in the future as a software patch/update.
- Answered by Brian T from Los Altos
- 08 12, 12
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Can I use 2 airport express from 1 computer
- Asked by Barry N from Edmonton
- 12 23, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I use 2 airport express from 1 computer)
The question does not make sense.
If you are asking if you can use two airport expresses to hop from your ISP modem to your computer, the answer is yes.
The first airport express is set up in DHCP router mode providing dynamic addresses while the second would be set up in bridge mode to extend the wifi network.
It goes without saying, the second airport express must be able to communicate with the first either wirelessly or by wire. Note the speed of the connection may be degraded due to the late time between communication, particularly if wireless. Also, airport express only has 100Base T connections. The later Airport Extremes have 1000 base T wired ethernet connections.
- Answered by Bill A from Mission Viejo
- 06 15, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I use 2 airport express from 1 computer)
Negative. Apple's specs page informs me the USB port is printers only. For sharing a hard drive, you'd want to look at the AirPort Extreme instead.
- Answered by Paul D from Hamilton
- 06 13, 12
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I have a new smart TV yet to be hooked up. Can I run an Ethernet cord from the LAN port to provide the Internet signal to my TV?
- Asked by Bob S from Suffield
- 08 7, 12
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Yes you can.
It actually works better than the integrated Wi-Fi on many TVs
- Answered by Juan O from Buford
- 02 4, 16
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Can I have the AirPort Extreme and airport express at the same time?
- Asked by Divine Grace K from Norfolk
- 12 9, 12
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Yes, but depends on what you are planning to do. e.g. you cannot have both as the router, only 1 can be the Internet router, the other just be a wireless extender.
- Answered by Jason Y
- 12 18, 12
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Can AirPort Extreme be used with Gateway 2 wire DSL router?
- Asked by Karen G from Davis
- 01 7, 13
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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
- 03 25, 13
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- Answered by Lawrence B from Flower Mound
- 06 17, 12
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Can I use this while I am traveling in Europe?
I am traveling to Italy and was wondering if the airport express works with their broadband and or dial up.
- Asked by Laura E from Coatesville
- 08 7, 12
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Yes - but you may need an adapter to provide power.
- Answered by John B from Palm Harbor
- 09 27, 15
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what is the newest airport express model number
- Asked by James M from Morganville
- 08 27, 12
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I believe this is the MC414LL/A model number A1392.
- Answered by Patricia L from Joshua Tree
- 05 9, 13
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is this compatable with BT home hub?
i have numerous apple products and a couple of laptops and an office computer & I want to know how to link up the airport system to enable it to work with all the products, i phones, i pads, i pods and playstations etc and stream music.
Do I need to connect it with a cable to phone line ? or will it pick up signal wirelessly ?
- Asked by Melanie B
- 11 4, 12
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Easy answer yes, just connect an Ethernet cable from your home hub to the Airport Express and you should have a wireless network up and running shortly after that
- Answered by Fergus C from Newcastle-upon-tyne
- 11 23, 12
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Will the Airport function as a router with a dongle/broadband stick from another country inserted in its USB port so I can pickup broadbands services?
I would like to be able to use two iPads at one time when my wife and I are traveling.Best Answer:
No, the USB port is only intended to be used to connect a printer and therefore share the printer over the wireless network. If you plug any other USB device in the USB port, the Airport Express will simply not recognize the device.