Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
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When music is transmitted to an Airplay enabled device (like the Airport Express) it sends the music in the form of Apple Lossless 44Khz/16bit which is CD quality. If you have high def music in your iTunes library (like music bought demo HDtrack.com) that is 96kHz-24bit then the quality will be down graded to CD quality. You can see is happening by opening the Audio MIDI Setup app in your Applications/Utility directory and selecting your Airplay device an noticing 44100 Hz 2ch 16 bits is the only option available. If you can to play music with higher quality than CD quality then you need to connect your AV to your Mac with a directly connect optical cable.
- Answered by Mark L from Seattle
- Jul 21, 2014
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What is the range the Express Base?
Live in 1,000 sq. ft. home ranch. Will this suffice or is the other Airport station recommended?
- Asked by Ricardo H from Thornton
- Dec 9, 2012
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I just picked up a new Airport Express. I've been using it for the last few days as my only wireless router. My house is a 4 level backsplit about 1400 square ft.
The express is in the basement with my cable modem. I've had no signal strength issues at all. It seems to be covering my entire house with no issues.
I really love this thing. I've been streaming to my apple tv with no lags or glitches, and al of my other wireless devices are working perfectly. (xbox, wii, ipod, wireless printer, etc.) So far so good!!
- Answered by Mike V from Ridgetown
- Dec 30, 2012
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can we use airport extreme used as repeater router
I am having a service provider wifi router as base station and recently purchased airport extreme.Is it possible to use it as repeater router to expand range of wifi network
- Asked by Milind S
- May 30, 2015
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You could yes but unless your service provider's wifi router has 802.11ac, then you are wasting your money buying an extreme. Just get the express maybe? Or, do what I did, disable wifi on your sp's router, connect the extreme to it using an ethernet cable and then use that to run your wifi, adding express units around the house as you go if you want to boost the signal or make use of an ethernet port somewhere else? I found that moving from the router wifi to the extreme made a HUGE difference to the quality and range of the wifi in the house as it's just a much better, stronger and more capable wifi device.
- Answered by Andrew B
- Jun 29, 2015
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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.
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
- Nov 29, 2015
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And if you put in the exact same credentials (so same SSID, Password and authentication method) your device will automatically switch between the two (wifi Roaming). This means your device will be using the network that has the strongest signal.
- Answered by Harry K
- Apr 16, 2017
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does this new airport express support AirPrint?
- Asked by Stephen K from Boxford
- Jun 12, 2012
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The Airport Express does support wireless printing, but does not support "Airprint." Airprint is printing from an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod). This device does not allow printing from an iOS device. It will only print from a PC or Mac. PC printing will require Bonjour for Windows.
- Answered by Joseph W from San Jose
- Sep 1, 2012
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Yes you can. When string up your Airport Express Base Station, choose the option "Extend a Wireless Network". Select your wireless network and you should be good to go.
- Answered by Dean S from Encino
- Jun 22, 2012
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You will need to connect to the Airport Extreme using the Airport Utility, Go to the Internet Section, then the Wireless Tab. Check the box "Allow this network to be extended" Then connect to the Airport Express using the Airport Utility, Click on the Internet Section, and under the wireless tab choose "Join a Wireless Network" You also will want to add the same wireless network name as well as security as you have on the Airport Extreme.
- Answered by Matthew B from Lancaster
- Jan 15, 2014
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Can Airport Express convert Wi-Fi to Ethernet?
I have a motorhome and we camp in areas that provide Wi-Fi. My TV is internet ready, but requires an Ethernet cable input. Can the Airport Express detect the Wi-Fi signal and convert it to Ethernet so that I can plug the Ethernet cable into my TV?
- Asked by Pamela J from Moody
- Jul 27, 2016
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Yes. Airport Express has a client mode which dedicates it to do just that. When using it in client mode, it will pick up the WiFi at your camp, and allow your TV to get on that network via the Ethernet connector. In this mode, it will not do it's normal job, and extend the wireless network further wirelessly. It will act as a receiver for the physically connected device (TV) only.
- Answered by David H from Cotati
- Nov 10, 2016
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Can I connect two Mac desktops with this router?
I have a newer Mac and my husband has one about 8 years old. Will one router
work for both? I also have an ipad, iphone and ipod.
- Asked by Janet H from Billings
- Jul 4, 2013
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If one or both Macs have Wi-Fi capabilities, you will not have a problem. However, if you wish to use Ethernet (hard wire) on both, you will need an additional Ethernet hub or switch, as the express only has one Ethernet port for devices.. The iDevices will all work on the router without any problems.
- Answered by Van A from Northford
- Jul 22, 2013
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What is the WiFi chipset in the new AirPort Express?
- Asked by Anthony C
- Sep 10, 2012
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B&O Beosound 3200 compatibility with Airport Express
I wish to play iTunes from the PC in another room through my Bang & Olufsen Beosound 3200 system. (I already have a wifi router set up).
I'd like confirmation - before buying it - that the Airport Express will link to my B&O system; and also confirm if/which additional cable needs to be purchased.
Thanking you kindly in advance
- Asked by Martin A from Sydney
- Mar 30, 2013
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is it possible to get Wifi if i used a telephone wire????
- Asked by Jeff F from Garden Lake
- Aug 14, 2012
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No. Plugging a phone cable into the Ethernet Jack on the Airport Express will do nothing, they are not compatible, and making a dial-up connection or a DSL connection using phone cables requires a modem. The modem sends and receives audio signals over the phone wire and translates those into codes that are passed on digitally to other devices, like routers and computers. The Airport Express is a Router/Wireless Access Point, but it is not a modem.
- Answered by David H from Cotati
- Nov 10, 2016
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Can I have the AirPort Extreme and airport express at the same time?
- Asked by Divine Grace K from Norfolk
- Dec 9, 2012
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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
- Dec 18, 2012
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Is this router considered a MIMO router?
- Asked by Kelly H from Beaver
- Jun 26, 2012
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Yes it is MIMO. MIMO technology is somewhat "elusive". Typically, people think that a MIMO device has to have numerous antenna. Which, is true in the respect that a TRUE mimo device can separate signals or data streams into prioritized bandwidths. The airport is capable of 802.11 (a,b,g,n). It doesn't have nasty looking antennae arrays like some routers.
The only thing about the express is it tends to be a bit directional, in my experiences. So you may have to try different locations. And, it is a "wall wart". I do not use mine as wall warts. I have them on power strips, hidden out of sight on shelves.
Typically, the higher up in the house, the more omni directional it will be.
It tends to run "warm" to the touch. More-so than it's big brothers, the Airport Extreme and Time Machine. I think they run WARM because they have so many features packed into such a SMALL package.
It gives great service, plug and play for CHEAP. Less than $100 usually. Extremely versatile and is a tiny little thing.
I have two. And use them constantly. With no issues.
- Answered by Bill B from Red Oak
- Apr 1, 2013
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What size is the audio connector on airport express
What cable do I need to connect to airport express audio out to the RCA phono connection on HiFi input. can you tell me the size of the audio out connection.
- Asked by Gregory S
- Dec 24, 2012
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3.5 mm standard stereo or mini-toslink socket. You need a 3.5 mm to dual-RCA (phono) Y lead, which most electronics shops should be able to sell or manufacture for you.
- Answered by Sabahattin G
- Dec 28, 2012
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If I extend wi-fi network from an Airport Extreme basestation via WDS to this unit, can both ethernet ports be used for networking non wi-fi devices?Answer
Absolutely! THe Extreme can wirelessly extend to another wireless router (Bridge mode). As long as you enable ETHERNET. THe additional router (such as Airport Express) makes stronger wireless signal over the entire dwelling or office, and then allows you to use the ethernet port and the USB port, such as, a network printer or shared drive Or another PC or whatever. Highly recommend it. Two extremes together would give you 8 Ethernet ports in addition to multiple wireless clients. Depending on your ISP; where I am, is fibre optic. I think it allows 67 or so?? Can't remember. But plenty. I've used this setup extensively in different locations. Seamless, and easy to set up. Can't go wrong with apple equipment in my humble opinion. Cheers!
- Answered by Bill B from Red Oak
- Mar 25, 2013
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If I plugged an external hard drive into this, would I be able to access media on it via Apple TV and do time machine backups from my Mac?Best Answer:
No. You would need the Airport Extreme to share a disk over USB, or a Time Capsule if you want to do over-the-air Time Machine backups.
- Answered by Thomas D from San Francisco
- Jun 14, 2012
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do you need the airport extreme for the airport express to work
I'm thinking of buying a airport express to wirelessly stream music to my speakers but i was wondering if you need to have the airport extreme as well to make it work. thanks
- Asked by James H from Nedlands
- Apr 15, 2014
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You do not need the extreme. The express will work on its own.
- Answered by Samuel H from Mount Pleasant
- Apr 20, 2014
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