Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
729 Questions from the Community
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
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (will the airport express work with fibre broadband in the UK?)
What is the coverage range?
What is the coverage area?
- Asked by Rigel T from Methuen
- 07 17, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (What is the coverage range?)
It depends on the setup of your house (walls, etc.). I've teste the airport express at 150 feet and still received full signal
- Answered by Andrew S from Orlando
- 07 30, 12
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Yes you can. You just setup the Airport Express to join your existing network, or extend it, and then connect your BeoSound 8 to to the Airport express with a Mini-jack to RCA (L-R) cable.
- Answered by Morten H from Dubai
- 09 22, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have an older Beosound 8(2011) without built-in Airplay. Can I buy an AirExpress to get the same function?)
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
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Can the Airport Express be connected to a Bose Wave radio to heard the music from my iPhone?
My intention is to stream the music in my I-Mac or I-Phone to my Bose Wave radio which has an input stereo mini audio jack using the Airport Express. Will it be possible? Which audio cable should I buy? Thanks a lot for your help.
- Asked by Fernando D from Weston
- 08 12, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can the Airport Express be connected to a Bose Wave radio to heard the music from my iPhone?)
Yes, you can make that system. airport express can make airplay system for Bose wave radio. but you should know that airport express electric wave can disturb your FM radio frequency.
- Answered by Seong Ho P from 수성구
- 01 3, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can the Airport Express be connected to a Bose Wave radio to heard the music from my iPhone?)
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
- 11 29, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (can I use two airport extremes to extend wifi signal?)
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
- 04 16, 17
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (can I use two airport extremes to extend wifi signal?)
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
- 12 9, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (What is the range the Express Base?)
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
- 12 30, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (What is the range the Express Base?)
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
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can it(airport base station) convert a 3G USB modem to wifi?)
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
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (How much data can this AirPort Store?)
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
- Flag as inappropriate (Can the Airport Express/Extreme or Time Capsule act as a MiFi Client and pass internet to my Hardwired, (Non WiFi), devices?)
Yes it can. I would recommend that you use the new Base Station as your primary and your old 2011 as the extension.
- Answered by Dean S from Encino
- 06 22, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can the use new AirPort Express and extend an existing network with the old 2011 AirPort express?)
is there any way to increase the AirPort Express connection distance with out using additional airport express??like via add on antennas ?
- Asked by Matthew D from Castle Hill
- 07 22, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (is there any way to increase the AirPort Express connection distance with out using additional airport express??like via add on antennas ?)
It does not have any facility for adding an antenna. I would think repositioning the Express is the only real option.
- Answered by Earl D from Rochester
- 04 25, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (is there any way to increase the AirPort Express connection distance with out using additional airport express??like via add on antennas ?)
What is the difference between bridge and extend modes?
- Asked by Bradley H from Litchfield Park
- 09 3, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (What is the difference between bridge and extend modes?)
Bridge allows you to plug a wired Ethernet device into the active jack on the AirPort Express while it's connected to your WiFi.
Extend allows you to extend your main base station's WiFi signal for other WiFi devices to use.
- Answered by Paul D from Lombard
- 06 15, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (What is the difference between bridge and extend modes?)
so what if you already have wi fi in your home, is this device still needed or will my wi fi do the job?
i'm trying to add a printer for printing, and it sounds like the airport express will allow me to print wireless, but if i already have wi fi installed will i still need the airport express to print wireless, and what does this device do different than what i already have?
- Asked by Melvin T from Westchester
- 10 6, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (so what if you already have wi fi in your home, is this device still needed or will my wi fi do the job?)
If your current printer already connects to the wireless network you have, then you don't need this. The Airport models allow you to add printers in two ways: either through a wireless network (if a printer is wifi-capable), or by connecting it via USB to the Airport (you can do this for printers that don't have built-in wireless networking). The Airport Express also has an audio out port which lets you stream music from a computer to a stereo system.
Note that the USB method does not make a non-Airprint-capable printer accessible to iOS devices. You still need an Airprint printer to print from iPad or iPhone.
- Answered by Matt C from Beacon
- 11 18, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (so what if you already have wi fi in your home, is this device still needed or will my wi fi do the job?)
Does AirPort extend an internet signal individually (i.e., aside from existing and/or nearby internet signals)? If so, is there a monthly fee?
I currently have a router that I connect to, but the connection strength is comparable to dial-up speed. Being that I am a college student, I am doing my best to maximize efficiency and minimize stress and the fact that it takes 5 minutes to load a page that would normally take 5 seconds certainly isn't helping. Does the AirPort express run on it's own individual internet connection or does it simply make the connection to the respective router more available? Assuming that it does in fact run on its own signal, is there a monthly internet fee?
- Asked by Brian B from Doylestown
- 10 23, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Does AirPort extend an internet signal individually (i.e., aside from existing and/or nearby internet signals)? If so, is there a monthly fee?)
This is a hardware device only. It would share an exist internet connection. It does not include an internet connection service for that you need an internet provider.
is this a good product to have for dorms?
- Asked by Monica R from Pearland
- 08 8, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (is this a good product to have for dorms?)