Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
702 Questions from the Community
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
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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
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can i have a guest log in, and how is it set up?
- Asked by Michael R from Smyrna
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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
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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
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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
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Will the Airport Express extend the guest network of an Airport Extreme?
- Asked by Anthony M from Albuquerque
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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
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Can I use 2 airport express from 1 computer
- Asked by Barry N from Edmonton
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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
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airport express connection to stereo
- Asked by Derrick S from Portland
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On the Express there is a port for a mini plug that is used for audio out. Use a mini-to-RCA cable or a cable that connects from the audio port to optical/Toslink if your amp/receiver have an optical Toslink connection.
- Answered by Earl D from Rochester
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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
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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
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Can AirPort Extreme be used with Gateway 2 wire DSL router?
- Asked by Karen G from Davis
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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
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- Answered by Lawrence B from Flower Mound
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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
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Yes - but you may need an adapter to provide power.
- Answered by John B from Palm Harbor
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can airport express run a hard drive?
Can I plug a hard drive into the Airport Express's USB port and access it wirelessly?
- Asked by Andy H from Kutztown
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No. The express has a USB configured only for a printer hookup. The extreme and time capsule will allow for an external hd to connect.
- Answered by Paul A from Rockville Centre
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what is the newest airport express model number
- Asked by James M from Morganville
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I believe this is the MC414LL/A model number A1392.
- Answered by Patricia L from Joshua Tree
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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
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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
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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.
- Answered by Colin O from Rochester
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Does Airport Express have the capability to receive bluetooth signals?
want to hook up my airport express to my Sonos Play 5 to play from a device
- Asked by Scott F from New York
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No, the Airport Express does not have a bluetooth antenna and thus can't receive bluetooth signals.
- Answered by Christiaan V
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Is this device capable of sharing a typical hotel WiFi connection?
Problem: Some hotels have expensive WiFi only internet access that is tied to a single device. I'd like to share this connection amongst my devices (MacBook, iPhone, iPad, etc). Some hotels only offer fee-based WiFi and are bound to a single device. Can this device extend a WiFi only network like those found in some hotels?
- Asked by Michael S from Newport News
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Usually not - as the hotels want each device to be connected/authorized. Instead, I connect my MAC via WIFI to the hotel, then share the wifi connection over the MAC's ethernet port, that is then connected to the Airport Express, which is configured to create its own network. This way all my other devices use the Airport Express and they all share the MAC's wifi connection.
- Answered by Joseph V from Clifton
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can you use it on an airplane
I just need wifi on my plane. Im a kid and I am always on my electronics. I want wifi on my i pad mini and phone . So does this give me wifi on the plane if not any recommendations?
- Asked by Wendy M from Houston
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If you have a wifi-enabled printer, you can have the printer in a separate room. Just add the wifi network on your printer and your printer will be recognized.
- Answered by Christopher W from Cincinnati
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I am sitting in my hotel room in São Paulo, Brazil as I write this, using the Express Base Station to share my ethernet connection with my MacBook Pro, iPhone and iPad. A colleague two floors above knew I had checked in to the hotel because he saw my network on his wireless list (secured, of course).
I had previously used the original Airport Express to do the same and thought the new one would be too big to travel with (additional power cable and all), but that has not been the case and this is its 3rd trip to Brazil.
- Answered by Steven P from Salt Lake City
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