What is the range difference between the Airport Extreme and Express?

I purchased an Airport Express to set up some remote speakers for iTunes, but have now discovered that I cannot connect the Express wirelessly to my Verizon FIOS router. Apple technician said I need to purchase another Express or Extreme and replace my router to make it work. I'm concerned that if I get another Express I'll lose significant wireless range within my house. I can now connect wirelessly anywhere in my house with my current router and don't want to lose this ability - though am hesitant to spend too much more money only to set up some remote speakers.

Refurbished AirPort Extreme Base Station

Refurbished AirPort Extreme Base Station

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  • Best Answer:

    You received the wrong advice. The Express with 802.11n can join ANY and every network that your wireless computer can join, however, the Express can not wirelessly "extend" most non-Apple wireless networks.

    You say that your wireless network provides full coverage in your house. To keep it that way AND add AirTunes, you should NOT setup the Express to "extend" your wireless network, but to "join" it.

    First, reset the Express to factory defaults, then wait one minute or so to verify that it is actually broadcasting its default "Apple network xxxxxxx" - where the six x's are the last six characters of the Express' AirPort ID.

    Next unplug the Express and:
    (1.) Connect it to your home stereo or powered speakers.
    (2.) Plug AirPort Express into an electrical outlet.
    (3.) Open AirPort Utility, select your AirPort Express, and click Continue.
    (4.) Follow the onscreen instructions, this time selecting to join your wireless network. "Update" and then quit AirPort Utility.
    (5.) Open iTunes, open Preferences in the iTunes or Edit menu, select "Devices" and choose your stereo or speakers from the pop-up menu in the lower right corner of the iTunes window.
    (6,) Enjoy music.