Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
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Will this replace my existing bt homehub
Looks great! I have an existing airport and airport express linked to a BT homehub.
I'm looking to replace my old home hub and I see the new base station has a WLAN port. Will this directly connect to an existing ADSL line with microfilter or do I still need an ADSL filter and BT Homehub (i.e. retain my home hub connected to ADSL and link to airport via LAN cable). Thanks
- Asked by Carl G
- 06 20, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Will this replace my existing bt homehub)
If your BT homehub makes use of an external modem (such as the openreach 'infinity' FTTC/FTTP modem) then yes as you would connect the modem to the Express. Otherwise no, the express is not a modem and the telephone line will not plug directly into the Express.
You could turn off wifi on the BT HH and then connect the Express to it via ethernet cable and use the Express as the wifi access point for your network.
- Answered by Oliver J
- 09 1, 12
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Do I need to pay for an internet service or will this take the place of it?
I am moving and need to find a new source of internet, my question is that if i buy this, will i be able to just use this for my internet or will i still need to find an internet provider?
- Asked by Kate F from Washington
- 12 31, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Do I need to pay for an internet service or will this take the place of it?)
No, you will need an internet provider.
- Answered by Ryan B from Toronto
- 02 5, 14
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I am running an Airport Time Capsule along with an Airport Extreme to extend my wireless network in my home. I have a fish tank control module (Neptune's Apex Controller) that I would like to add to my wireless network. This product does not have wireless capabilities, but you can connect it to a wireless game adaptor and go wireless from there? Would an additional airport express work for me?
- Asked by Joe C from Rehoboth
- 08 6, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (network extender)
How do I connect the airport to a Verizon air card
- Asked by Don U from Chestertown
- 11 29, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (How do I connect the airport to a Verizon air card)
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
- 10 10, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (When using the express as a WiFi extension from the Extreme base station. Can Ethernet port be used?)
yes. it can work like that.
- Answered by Xiangxiao S
- 01 2, 13
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Do I need a fast internet connection if I plan to use AirPort Express only to stream music from my iOS device to AirPort Express-connected speakers?
What I'm trying to set up is this: I have a primary router in one room, and then I'll have AirPort Express in another room. The AirPort Express will have speakers attached to it. I also plan to move AirPort Express around the house for the times I want to take music to another room. My iOS devices and my AirPort Express will always be in the same room.
My concern is: if I stream music from my iOS device to my AirPort Express speakers, will the music have to be streamed first to my primary router in the other room before being relayed back to AirPort Express? Or will my iOS device have a direct connection? The reason I'm wondering this is that I've noticed that with iTunes wifi sync, I'm actually required to be online, even if my Mac and iOS device are in the same room. I believe that's the same for the iOS remote app as well. So it seems that I have to go through the cloud first anytime my iOS and Mac communicate wirelessly with each other. My concern now is, is that going to be required for streaming music to the AirPort Express that is just a few feet away from me? Because I hope not. I have thick walls in my house and my AirPort Express will probably at times be far from the main router. Additionally, I only have a 1 mbps connection (there are no faster connections in my area). So if I have to go through the cloud first before being able to stream music, there could be significant skipping.Best Answer:
No because AirPlay does not use your Internet connection, it's all connected through the airport express.
Can I use an AirPort Express with a WD 6TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo Dual-Drive Storage System and a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter?
To stream music using iTunes. Both when iMac is on and using iPhone or iPad when iMac is off.
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The tech specs indicate compatibility with airport utility 6.1. It doesn't specifically say "or later." Is it also compatible with version 6.2?
- Asked by Kim F from West Hartford
- 04 30, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (The tech specs indicate compatibility with airport utility 6.1. It doesn't specifically say "or later." Is it also compatible with version 6.2?)
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Can i connect my router that i have now to the airport express in a different level of my house?
I want to use the airport express as a router for my room, so i can connect my computer and playstation to the internet. If i buy the airport express, can I have it so that it recieves the signal from a belkin router downstairs and will give me internet upstairs? I know it sounds silly because wifi works in the whole house, but i need to be able to hardwire the playstation.
- Asked by David W from Cary
- 07 16, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Can i connect my router that i have now to the airport express in a different level of my house?)
Can I use this to connect mac mini to wireless n router ?
I have a mac mini which has a airport g compatible card, can I use the base station to send data wirelessly as n compatible to my broad band router to achieve 80mbs rather than 20 mbs I'm getting ? Thanks
- Asked by Stuart F
- 12 13, 12
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Can my Playstation 3 connect to the airport express and support the game play?
- Asked by Brock H from Prairie View
- 10 29, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can my Playstation 3 connect to the airport express and support the game play?)
yes you should beable to and it should work fine
- Answered by Delvin B from Odenton
- 10 30, 12
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Can I use this to extend the range a WiFi network from a non apple router?
- Asked by Anthony C from Fitzroy North
- 06 12, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I use this to extend the range a WiFi network from a non apple router?)
Only if it is hardwired via an ethernet cable from the non-Apple router. It will not take in a wi-fi signal and then repeat it from a non-Apple device. You must hardwire it unless you use an Apple router as your base router.
I have setup several of these configurations for clients.
- Answered by Robert G from Buford
- 08 20, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I use this to extend the range a WiFi network from a non apple router?)
How many Xbox 360's can I connect to my airport express?
I recently purchased another 360 and cannot get it to work with my airport express unless I plug into it directly. My first 360 connects with no issue wirelessly. My ISP told me that my express may not be able to handle more than one 360 with the wifi. Is this just them pushing responsibility on to Apple or is there something I'm missing? If I cannot connect more than one wirelessly, then will a time capsule or extreme do the trick?
Thank you everyone for your assistance.
- Asked by Jeffery K from Roy
- 02 11, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (How many Xbox 360's can I connect to my airport express?)
Is there be a difference in range and/or performance if I use an ethernet WIRED 5th Gen Extreme or a new Express for roaming network?
Currently I'm using a a 5th Gen Extreme as my primary router. Want to create a roaming network. Will I see performance difference between Extreme and new Express?
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How do I change from airport express first generation to new airport express base station (second generation)?
I currently have the 1st gen airport express plugged into the wall and connected to our cable (wired) router via the ethernet port. It provides a wireless network to our two computers in other rooms of the house. The coverage is OK, but it occasionally is slow and/or briefly loses the wireless connection.
I recently bought the second generation airport express base station with the two ports (Ethernet and WAN), and I want to switch over to the new APExpress. My questions are: 1) In what order should I do things? (eg unplug the old APExpress before plugging in the new APExpress base station, or vice versa) and 2) In which port on the new APExpress should I plug the cable from the router into, the Ethernet port or the WAN port?
One last question: Does it make any sense to connect both APExpresses to the router, i.e. connect 1st gen airport express to ethernet port of new APExpress base station, and connect the new APexpress base station to the router via the WAN port?
As you can tell by my questions, I'm not a very techhie kind of guy, so please make the answer simple:-)
- Asked by Steven G from Yokohama
- 04 29, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (How do I change from airport express first generation to new airport express base station (second generation)?)
What cable/s are needed to connect it to a stereo?
- Asked by Stewart F from Fremont
- 06 26, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (What cable/s are needed to connect it to a stereo?)
I had the same question and was surprised no one had answered yours, so I went looking for the answer. Here's the information from the set-up guide in the support section for the Airport Express:
If you connect AirPort Express to your stereo or powered speakers, you can use AirPlay to play music from iTunes on any computer or from an iOS device on your network.
To set it up:
Connect the Audio Out port on your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers. Use a digital fiber optic cable, an analog mini-stereo-to dual-RCA cable, or a mini-stereo to mini-stereo cable, depending on what type of connectors your stereo uses.
Note: You cannot use USB speakers with your AirPort Express. Use powered speakers with a stereo mini-jack connector.
- Answered by Dr David H from Severn
- 09 20, 12
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DCHP Scope. Does the AirPort Express have DHCP scope limitations; i.e., can it only support a limited number of wireless devices?
- Asked by Dale R from Holly Springs
- 07 3, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (DCHP Scope. Does the AirPort Express have DHCP scope limitations; i.e., can it only support a limited number of wireless devices?)
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Can you use it on airplanes or cruise ships
I am going to different islands and going to be in the middle of no where
- Asked by Xavier L from Stroudsburg
- 01 24, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (Can you use it on airplanes or cruise ships)
An AirPort Express is used to create a wireless network. You could use it where ever you want, as long as wireless networking is allowed, which I doubt on a plane, but on a ship you would be fine.
But it seems like you believe that having a wireless network offers you access to the internet; it does not. You always need to connect your AirPort Express, or any other wireless router or wireless access point for that matter, to a modem which is connected to the internet.
- Answered by Arie V
- 02 26, 16
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can you use it on airplanes or cruise ships)