Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
699 Questions from the Community
I'm not sure what you mean by "optimal" but yes, it would work with DOCSIS 3.0. DOCSIS is a standard for delivering Data Over Cable. Connect the DOCSIS cable modem's Ethernet port to the WAN port of the AirPort Express. Plug the AirPort Express into power and use AirPort Utility to configure the device.
- Answered by Earl D from Rochester
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When using the express as a WiFi extension from the Extreme base station. Can Ethernet port be used?
With a baby on the way I have searched for a video baby monitor that will work best with all my iOS devices. The iBaby video monitor seemed the best fit. It needs to be hardwired directly into a modem in order for it to broadcast the video signal over WiFi. To avoid running Ethernet into the room I would prefer to use the Express to extend the WiFi from my Airport Extreme base station. But will then need to use the Express Ethernet wired connection for the monitor. Is this possible?
- Asked by Aaron B from Surprise
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yes. it can work like that.
- Answered by Xiangxiao S
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Will this extend wifi and act as airtunes base station simultaneously? I have an old AE and it will only do one or the other...
Would this be the only router that I would need???
I this a Router?
- Asked by John D from Kenai
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print from USB and LAN using 2 different printers?
Can I connect 2 different printers, one into USB and the other through Ethernet cable and be able to print to both? AND can I use this to extend my current wireless network so the printers can connect wirelessly instead of long cables?
- Asked by Robert H from Elk Grove
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first of all you need to consider 2 things, one if you are using a pc or a mac. if you are using a pc you have to download 2 programs form the apple web site: the first one called: bonjour for windows and the other one called: airport utility for windows, just make sure you're using the latest versions.
airport utility is used to config the settings in your airport express, the latter program is going to be used to discover and config the printer in your windows system.
on the other hand macs are a totally different world, you don't have to install any of those programs because both applications are already in the OS. there are plenty of tutorials on the web that can give you a very clear and detailed idea on how you can install a printer and set your airport express in a windows system.
thirdly, you have to install the second printer, so as to do this you need to check if your printer has got an internal Lan card or it doesn't have any. if your printer does have one, just connect the printer into the lan port of your airport express, read the instructions that comes with the printer or visit the manufacture's web site for further details on this topic.
but if your printer does not have any internal lan card, don't worry about that just plug in the printer to the USB port in your airport extreme then use the bonjour utility to discover the device and then installed it in your windows pc.
To install a printer on a mac just go to system preferences, then make click on the icon named print and scan, there are plenty of info on the web about this. I hope this can give you an idea.
- Answered by Charles I from Lake Hopatcong
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Will it connect wirelessly without the need of a ethernet cable?
Will this connect wirelessly to my router or do you have to have a ethernet cable plugged into the back? Many thanks
- Asked by Josh D
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Yes it will. It has the ability to create, extend, or join a network. It will only extend the network if you have the Time Capsule or Extreme Base Station.
- Answered by Victoria H from Shorewood
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can I use two airport extremes to extend wifi signal?
I bought a new airport extreme to replace my older one - can I place the older one in the garage via ethernet to have wifi in the garage?
- Asked by Richard C from Meraux
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Is Airport Express an extension of my home WiFi? Douse it increase the signal strength of my home WiFi of the room that I put Airport Express in?
- Asked by Chris J from Vacaville
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You can use an Airport Express to extend your existing home WiFi to a new area, assuming that you can get a decent signal to the Airport Express to begin with (since it needs to have a signal to pass through or relay). For example, let's say you have a house with three rooms where room 1 is where your home WiFi router is, room 3 is where you'd like to get a signal to, and room 2 is in between. Placing your Airport Express in room 3 may give you a stronger WiFi signal there, but it may have a weak signal from your home WiFi and therefore have slower speeds. Instead, by placing the router in room 2, (assuming you get a good signal there) you may be able to get a better signal in all three rooms. It has been my experience that the Airport Express has excellent antennas and has better wireless performance than your typical leased router from an ISP. Try different placements to see what gives you the best results.
- Answered by Garth H from Sacramento
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Does it support Time Machine feature?
- Asked by Taras T from Cupertino
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No it does not. Look into a Time Capsule for integrated Time Machine backups.
- Answered by Dean S from Encino
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Is this compatible with AT&T 3G MicroCell? AT&T says that the trouble appears to be with the port on the Apple Airport Express.
I've connected the Airport Express and the internet is working fine, but my AT&T 3G MicroCell booster is no longer working. I've contacted AT&T and they say the trouble appears to be with the port on the Apple Airport Express, and that it may not allow the required connection. Is this true or is this AT&T's way of blaming someone else?
- Asked by Tamara C from Dallas
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Can the AirPort Express Base Station replace a modem ?
My modem is kind of old and the internet is extremely slow, brings me flash back od the Dial up days. can i replace my old modem with a AirPort Express Base Station and will it work with no complications ?
- Asked by Lamont W from San Diego
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No. The Airport Express is not a modem, it is a wireless router. You have to connect it to your existing modem.
If you have a problem with your internet speeds you should contact your ISP. An Airport Express will not solve your problem.
- Answered by Rachel S from Seattle
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Will this work with a PowerBook G4 pre-Intel?
We currently have an Airport router that was purchased at the same time as the PowerBook G4 pre-Intel. Our internet provider said that Airport is greatly slowing down data transmission. Will a new Airport solve this problem? And, will the new Airport work with the G4 laptop? Thank you.
- Asked by Debra G from Superior
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If I set up the AirPort Express to extend my WiFi range can I also use the optical out on AirPort Express to airplay music to a DAC?
- Asked by David D from Glen Ellyn
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This new airport express, isn't this what my Time Capsule already does and if different, how so? Thanks
New Air Port Express vs. Time CapsuleBest Answer:
If you have a modern time capsule that broadcasts simultaneous dual-band then you would have no need for an express unless you wish to extend your wireless network.
- Answered by Sean D from Tempe
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I have fiber broadband in NL. Although we have a 100Mb subscription I never reach any reasonable speeds with the WiFi modem from the provider. Therefore a installed two Airport wifi routers through the LAN ports. Via the airport routers ( as bridge) we get via WiFi really high speeds. Always above 30Mb both downloading as well as uploading.
Assuming that the situation is not too different for the UK, I hope this answer makes sense to you.
- Answered by Ad E
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is a later version of airport extreme better for wifi coverage or speed?
- Asked by Joost S from Oranjestad
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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
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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
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