Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
723 Questions from the Community
Can I use the Airport Express without the cable cord?
For example can I use it in a place that doesn't offer wifi and get wifi on my phone or computer?
- Asked by Julie W from Ankeny
- 05 13, 14
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How do I hook up my apple airport?
I bought a 5000imac set up including an airport but have not set it up and am paying my internet company for service s that my air port would cover. Please help me I believe I can lower my monthly internet bill by 25 if I get this set up
- Asked by Molly H from Falconer
- 06 15, 17
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Is the Airport Express Base Station portable? Can I take it with me to school and use it as wifi?
I currently use Clear for when I travel with my laptop and was wondering if the AirPort base could replace the Clear, as I'm paying a monthly fee for it.
- Asked by Shelby G from Las Vegas
- 08 27, 12
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what is the newest airport express model number
- Asked by James M from Morganville
- 08 27, 12
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I believe this is the MC414LL/A model number A1392.
- Answered by Patricia L from Joshua Tree
- 05 9, 13
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Can I extend the range of a Belkin-based wifi network?
Where I live we have a wifi network with a Belkin modem. The signal is very weak in my area. Could a new Airport be used to extend the range? I have an older Airport Express and Airport, but when I have tried to use them to accomplish this, it seems they are not compatible with non-Apple modems. Is the new Airport Express different in this regard?
- Asked by Vicki P
- 06 16, 12
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Yes, I can say from experience that it will.
- Answered by Taylor R from Leesburg
- 07 4, 12
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Yes, I have this setup at home where my base is an AE and another exactly the same in the bedroom to amplify the signal.
- Answered by Francisco M from Santa Cruz
- 05 31, 17
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Can you use this as a separate wifi from your main router so is the airport is running slow will the main router be affected?Answer
Yes You Can to answer the first part of your question. You already answered the second part, if the connected AirPort Express is running a separate WiFi signal than your host router of course the main router would not be affected.
- Answered by Shawn P. C from Carlstadt
- 07 24, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can you use this as a separate wifi from your main router so is the airport is running slow will the main router be affected?)
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
- 02 18, 14
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Can this device (airport express) transmit FLAC audio files?
- Asked by Bill & Barbara M from Goose Creek
- 07 17, 12
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yes, you can play flac files with an app like vlc or vox and select the airport as source. It will play flawlessly! :)
- Answered by Jean-sébastien A from Montreal
- 12 8, 14
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Do I need to change airport express settings when I get a new modem?
I can see my network name, but the devices can't connect to it.
- Asked by Bailey M from Honolulu
- 05 16, 17
- Flag as inappropriate (Do I need to change airport express settings when I get a new modem?)
If your AE is connected to your modem as DHCP then nothing needs to be changed, just plug and play, all the settings will be carried out with the new modem as it was before.
- Answered by Francisco M from Santa Cruz
- 05 31, 17
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Does this include WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) functionality?
WPS functionality has been proven to be a security risk. Does the AirPort Express Base Station offer this functionality? And if it does, can it be disabled?
- Asked by Brian G
- 08 21, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Does this include WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) functionality?)
No, there is no support for WPS in this product. It does however support WDS.
- Answered by Alasdair P
- 10 27, 12
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Do the Ethernet WAN & LAN ports on the Airport Express work to pass through an Internet connection even when the AirPort Express itself is shut down?
I have a cable modem with a single Ethernet port, which can be used to connect it to either a computer or a WiFi router, such as the AirPort Express. Thus if the modem is connected to a wireless router and an Ethernet connection to a computer is also desired, the latter must be connected to the Ethernet LAN port on the wireless router, which passes through the Ethernet WAN connection from the modem. I want to be able to turn off the wireless router when I don't need WiFi, but still have the computer connected to the Internet via Ethernet. Some wireless routers pass the connection from their Ethernet WAN port (connection from a modem) through to the Ethernet LAN port even when the device is itself not running. Is this true of the AirPort Express?Answer
The way you have worded your original question is confusing, however I think what you are asking is if the Express can be a bridge for Ethernet only if the WiFi is turned off. The answer is yes.
Technical network question: can I use the Express with my current Airport Extreme, as a repeater with printer connected?
I currently have an airport extreme, which is very good at getting range throughout my very long unit (about 30 meters.)
I have my TV, XBOX, PC down one end.. and my iMac is down the other end. I had the Extreme set up in the middle of the house. So it turns out, my xbox360 along with the NBA App wont give me HD unless its plugged in, even if the wireless Extreme unit is sitting 5 inches away from the XBOX360 (I tested this). Highlights work fine, but actual games - na.
So I though I would move the extreme in the room with the XBOX 360 etc in it..
Anyway, surprisingly, down the other end of the house, the iMac works on the internet fine! The iPhone 5 also works well.(checked with speediest and can confirm that the iphone lost less than 10% at the end of the house! impressive :-) ) BUT when I look at the iMac network connection, it says the transmit signal is only 27 down from around 217. The internet is fine, but youtube has taken a hit.
My dilemma then, is that I need the printer connected to a wireless device so everything including our laptops can print. I also would not mind extending the range back out for the iMac.
So I am considering the Express to put in the middle of the house.
1) If I have my modem plugged into the extreme, I assume I can use the express as an extender?
2) Can I plug the printer into the Extender, or in this case, the little express which will be used as an extender?
I sort of dont want the printer near the TV due to room issues, and would like to bring back the super quickness of the internet to the iMac.. Im not so fussed about the internet for the iMac, as its only YouTube which has taken a hit, everything else works great, which is amazing at such a long range. (almost 100 feet)
- Asked by Dennis K from Mosman
- 11 16, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Technical network question: can I use the Express with my current Airport Extreme, as a repeater with printer connected?)
Yes you can do what you're asking, but I ended up not doing it after I set it up. The problem is that the Express isn't compatible with 802.11ac, so when it is used as an extender for the Extreme, it forces the Extreme to use 802.11n. So I went from an average speed of 500Mbps down to like 50 Mbps, which is equivalent to taking your new Ferrari back to the dealer and asking if he has any used rollerblades in the showroom.
- Answered by Justin H from Salt Lake City
- 04 28, 16
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Technical network question: can I use the Express with my current Airport Extreme, as a repeater with printer connected?)
If the modem provides internet connection via a USB cable, this configuration will not unfortunately work. The Airport Express is only configured to receive connectivity to the internet via its ethernet WAN port.
- Answered by Jackson T from Peterborough
- 07 1, 12
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How much data can this AirPort Store?
In KB,MB,GB or TB
- Asked by Ben D
- 06 24, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (How much data can this AirPort Store?)
The Airport is not a storage device - look at the airport Time Capsules.
- Answered by Jon R
- 09 2, 13
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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
- 05 5, 17
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Can I use the USB Port on the back of my Airport Express for audio?
I want to connect my Bose Speaker system that I purchased for my computer. I want to be able to use my laptop anywhere in the room without being tired to my desk where the speakers are. What are my options? Thanks
- Asked by Jeremy G from Los Angles
- 06 15, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I use the USB Port on the back of my Airport Express for audio?)
The USB connection on this router is meant for printers. However, there is an audio jack on the back that will allow you to connect your speakers to the network. If your speakers are USB only, there are adaptors available.
- Answered by Erik H from Atchison
- 06 30, 16
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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
- 12 18, 12
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Can the Airport Express/Extreme or Time Capsule act as a MiFi Client and pass internet to my Hardwired, (Non WiFi), devices?
I have a Sierra MiFi unit at home and several Non WiFi devices, I would like to pass the internet access/Network through the hardwire ports using the Airport Extreme as the connection to the network and internet.
- Asked by Anthony M. D from Branson
- 08 12, 13
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