Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
721 Questions from the Community
can i use with sony laptops or hp laptops
I need a router that will work with apple ipad, sony vaio and hp laptop. Does apple have such a product?
- Asked by Marylou A from Espanola
- 11 6, 12
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YES - I recently upgraded to Apple airport extreme (extended with AP express in the living room). VERY seamless installation. On our home network, we have a MBP, Apple TV, Compaq laptop, Sony Vaio, HP laptop, Dell desktop, 2 HP desktops, and 3 Xbox's. However, we do not have an IPad (yet). Installation and network support are very equivalent throughout our home.
For any PC device, you will need to download and install "Bonjour". This will enable any of your "non-apple" devices to install and operate on your network.
Hope this helps!
- Answered by Robert H. L from Apo
- 11 18, 12
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Can i connect my computer without wifi directlly to the AirPort Express network LAN port and watch on my Apple TV as iTunes files?
That my personal computer is not WiFi, and I want to connect by lan cable to the airport express. Thanks.
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
- 01 15, 14
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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
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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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Airport express can share internet connection from wire to wireless?
Airport express can share internet line from wire (ethernet - input to airport express... WAN/LAN) to wireless (output from airport express)? Or just for extend the wireless connection? I want to know exactly, can airport express accept internet connection with wire (ethernet) and create wifi?
- Asked by L. R from Richmond
- 03 6, 17
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Kenneth has a very simple question that very few people understand unfortunatelly. I wondered about this myself, because I would very much be able to stream hi-res audio via AE. I ended up calling Apple Support to get a straight answer. After waiting on the phoneline and eventually be put trough to a person that should have been able to answer, he really did not understand the question. But eventually he was able to ask a colleage and the answer was clear! NO, the new AE is not technically upgraded, same resolution as before 16-bit wordlenght and samplerate "locked" to 44,1kHz. So Apple confirmed Apple TV still has the edge with 16/48, but it dont do much difference for me.
I bought the new AE later only because the the extra ethernet port, that was practical for me so I could connect my Apple TV to new AE LAN port.
And I can confirm the new AE still is 16/44, I see the sample rate on my DAC. If the audio from my computer is 24/96.... AE will still down sample to 16/44 as always..too bad!!
Does the new Airport Express finally implement QoS for good performance with VoIP? This has been a badly needed feature.
- Asked by Scott J from San Jose
- 06 13, 12
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Go buy an older cisco a4200 and install DR-WRT on it :( I wish i had known this a week ago before buying my Airport Extreme and Airport Express
- Answered by David S from Oakville
- 07 11, 12
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How many connected devices // users does it support?
The original Express only supported 10 devices...
- Asked by Fernando M from Von Ormy
- 06 12, 12
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The previous model Airport Express only supported 10.
This newer model supports up to 50.
- Answered by Matt S from Austin
- 06 16, 12
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is it possible to get Wifi if i used a telephone wire????
- Asked by Jeff F from Garden Lake
- 08 14, 12
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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
- 11 10, 16
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Can I play music from any app on my iPad to a sound system through the AirPort Express?
I want to use my iPad to wirelessly play audio through a soundboard/mixer with the "Prime" app by Loop Community. Is that possible?
- Asked by Trevor C from Greenville
- 03 21, 17
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This new airport express, isn't this what my Time Capsule already does and if different, how so? Thanks
New Air Port Express vs. Time CapsuleBest Answer:
If you have a modern time capsule that broadcasts simultaneous dual-band then you would have no need for an express unless you wish to extend your wireless network.
- Answered by Sean D from Tempe
- 06 13, 12
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can I air play music from my Iphone to two Airport Express conected to two diferent amps at the same time ?
I want to air play the same music form my IPhone to two diferent areas in my home where I have two diferent amps conected to a set of speakers.
I allready have one area conected to a 4 years old Aiport Express. I need to conect it to a new area.
- Asked by Ignacio M from Hermosillo
- 01 19, 15
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No you cannot do that from any iOS device. However, if you have a mac or windows computer, you can from iTunes, just select it before selecting airplay devices to stream to!
- Answered by Andrew S from Bendigo
- 01 22, 15
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is there audio quality difference between the airport extreme and Apple TV
I want to bring the iTunes library to my stereo, and googling on this there were a number of posts that suggested that Airport Extreme had better decoding for CD quality audio then did the AppleTV. All the iTunes files are of course digital, and I am intending to use the optical output of either the Airport Express or AppleTV.
To really hear a difference I would need to do an A/B test of one against the other - which I do not intend to do, but I do have a very high end system so when things are not as they should be there is no hiding it.
I don't need the AppleTV right now for the theater setting - so video streaming ability would be on hold there, for now but likely added sometime in the next year or so.
It's really a matter of which device is going to be better for delivering the iTunes music library to the stereo system. Why there would be a different between the Airport Extreme and the AppleTV is not clear to me. The limiting source would seem to be the bit rate of the files in iTunes - but perhaps I am missing something. Perhaps there is a difference in DA converters - though that too would seem strange, but with the use of the Digital Optical Out I would think that there should be no difference.
But certainly better to know about it before I buy the device and get it set up - appreciate any thoughts and suggestions.
- Asked by Dan R from Superior
- 07 24, 12
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I just got an ATV 3rd Gen and experimented with it's TOSLink audio out compared to the optical out of the Express. My Moon Simaudio amp indicates that it's receiving an input from the ATV at 48KHz compared to 44.1KHz from the Express. Given this is a higher sample rate, you might expect some benefit but as far as I'm aware, it'll depend on a number of factors such as the integrity of the digital signal (incl. error correction capability) from the source i.e your Mac, over your wireless network to when it enters the digital input (Toslink, SPDIF etc) of your amp. Then there is the issue of the quality of the DAC in your amp or separate DAC unit. After all, a high quality DAC will over sample sufficiently and deal with other digital artefacts to minimise noise etc etc and not suffer the effects of a steep LP filter.
If anyone else with an audio engineering/digital audio background can explain further then that would be great! I can't help but think that there is a lot of unnecessary myth and confusion created in the digital domain (esp optical) I.e applying techniques to preserve the integrity of analogue signals carried over copper/silver to those in the optical digital domain. Why? How is a digital optical signal adversely affected by electromagnetic interference and in any case, even if it were, aren't errors corrected?
Just a thought and would love to hear from others.
- Answered by Nick R
- 07 28, 12
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Will the Airport Express function using Power over Ethernet (PoE) instead of using the included power cord?
I would like to mount this in a location that does not have power readily available. Can the unit be powered using Power over Ethernet?
- Asked by Derek G from Matthews
- 10 20, 14
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Will AirPort Express improve my phone's FaceTime connection?
My cell phone connectivity switches to my neighbor's while I'm trying to FaceTime which causes the FaceTime to freeze or drop. Will the Airport Express help my phone connect to my modem/router downstairs more effectively?
- Asked by Nancy S from Sagamore Hills
- 01 8, 14
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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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Yes this is a wifi router it works with all wifi devices such as roku.
- Answered by Jack E from Sierra Madre
- 01 12, 13
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wifi booster for Apple
I have Bell Aliant Fibre Op in my home, which acccording to them is very powerful. The modem is downstairs. I cannot get a good reception for my Mac Pro upstairs. I keep losing the reception and it takes forever to get to a website. The BellAliant tech suggested I get a Wifi Booster for Apple. What is it, where can I get it and will it work? Help.
- Asked by Ronald L from Bathurst
- 06 2, 13
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Just add the AirPort Express to your existing router as a piggy back wifi. We did this with our NetGear router as our house is large and the wifi would not work well in certain parts of the house. The AirPort Express was extremely easy to setup immediately with the existing NetGear Wifi. Upon set up the WiFi in our house immediately SOARED! Definitely a Buy!
- Answered by Stephanie K from Chardon
- 06 18, 13
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