Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
729 Questions from the Community
You will need an AirPrint enabled printer. Not just any printer hooked to USB will work. And most AirPrint enabled printers, however, have wi-fi built in and do not need to be connected via USB.
- Answered by Daniel H from Dayton
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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
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Is the Airport Time Capsule compatible with the Arris Touchstone CM8200
I have had all kinds of problems with my WIFI since getting the Arris Touchstone CM8200. I have always connected my Cable modem to my Airport Time Capsule and used it as a backup for my MAC and a router for the WiFi in our home. If I bypass the Airport, I get download speeds of >900mbps. If I maintain my old configuration I keep loosing internet signal altogether. Please advise
- Asked by Neil N from Weston
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Yes. The Airport Express has a mode called "client" that does exactly that.
- Answered by David H from Cotati
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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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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 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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Short answer, no.
If you were able to plug the airport express in, you'd still have no internet connection (which I assume you want), also, airlines have a list of approved devices which can be used during a flight as a couple of airlines are starting to roll out WiFi on their aircraft.
- Answered by William Z
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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.
- Asked by Brian C from Chicago
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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
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can airport express be connected to a dac?
- Asked by Bruce O from Dallas
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I have connected an AirPort Express to a DAC using an optical toslink cable.
Then DAC out to your system. You can stream digital to that AirPort Express.
- Answered by Rick S from Loveland
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can i view my computer on my tv?
- Asked by James B from Buffalo
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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
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I already have a non-apple router. Is there anyway to use an airport express for AirPlay without replacing my router with an AirPort Extreme?
I can't replace my router with an airport express as my modem is not near the speakers.Best Answer:
Yes, I do this at home.
If you open the AirPort Utility, go to the Wireless tab and choose 'Join a wireless network' then add your current WiFi network and put in the password you can use the AirPort Express for AirTunes at the same time as being connected to the internet.
- Answered by Sam C from Melbourne
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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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Yes, go to Wireless Tab settings and chose "Join Existing Network". Enter your WiFi password and you are all set!
- Answered by Jesse S from Quartz Hill
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Kenneth has a very simple question that very few people understand unfortunatelly. I wondered about this myself, because I would very much be able to stream hi-res audio via AE. I ended up calling Apple Support to get a straight answer. After waiting on the phoneline and eventually be put trough to a person that should have been able to answer, he really did not understand the question. But eventually he was able to ask a colleage and the answer was clear! NO, the new AE is not technically upgraded, same resolution as before 16-bit wordlenght and samplerate "locked" to 44,1kHz. So Apple confirmed Apple TV still has the edge with 16/48, but it dont do much difference for me.
I bought the new AE later only because the the extra ethernet port, that was practical for me so I could connect my Apple TV to new AE LAN port.
And I can confirm the new AE still is 16/44, I see the sample rate on my DAC. If the audio from my computer is 24/96.... AE will still down sample to 16/44 as always..too bad!!
If I have a router do I need Airport Express to go wireless?
I'm moving, and will be getting a Comcast modem/router combo for cable and internet. Can my Mac be set up wi-fi without connecting it to an ethernet cable?
- Asked by Denise W from Roseville
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Currently, I have this setup.
Comcast modem/router combo -> ethernet (could be wireless if you wanted it that way) - > airport express.
This gives you wireless through the airport express.
Also, you could just plug the express into a wall on the opposite side of the house and tell it to extend (or join) an existing network.
Whatever your end goal is.
- Answered by Kyle B from Knoxville
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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
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Moden - centurylink zyxel C1000? Does the modem need to be in bridge mode or will the airport express take care of everything during setup?
- Asked by Charlie C from Eden
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The existing modem settings do not need to be changed in any way by the user. Airport Express takes care of everything during setup. For me, the only issue I had was that initially I keep receiving a message that " an unexpected error occurred. Please try again". The solution was to power down the entire system, which was suggested in the written setup guide. Once the system came back up the setup was very easy and everything now works perfectly. In fact, I did network speed tests before and after and found a significant speed increase after adding Airport Express. The average download speed was 70% faster on what was already a good network. Airport Express is a very impressive little piece of equipment! It is well worth the price.
- Answered by Charlie C from Eden
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