Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
709 Questions from the Community
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.
Does the Airport express work with Yosemite 10.3.3?
I am considering purchasing the Airport express so I can wirelessly stream Pandora to my home stereo using the RCA style input jack. Will the Express work with OS X Yosemite version 10.3.3?
- Asked by Bruce C from Scappoose
- 07 26, 15
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Can I use 2 airport express from 1 computer
- Asked by Barry N from Edmonton
- 12 23, 14
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The question does not make sense.
If you are asking if you can use two airport expresses to hop from your ISP modem to your computer, the answer is yes.
The first airport express is set up in DHCP router mode providing dynamic addresses while the second would be set up in bridge mode to extend the wifi network.
It goes without saying, the second airport express must be able to communicate with the first either wirelessly or by wire. Note the speed of the connection may be degraded due to the late time between communication, particularly if wireless. Also, airport express only has 100Base T connections. The later Airport Extremes have 1000 base T wired ethernet connections.
- Answered by Bill A from Mission Viejo
- 06 15, 15
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Can I use Express as router connected to modem & Time Capsule as a way to extend wifi signal?
Here's my dilemma: My modem, AirPort Express, and speakers are in my living room. The speakers are plugged into AirPort Express so I can play my music from any device. At the other end of the house is my study where I'd like to place the Time Capsule so that I can backup my laptop and so that I can extend the wifi signal in my house. Is that possible? And even if it is, am I wasting the Time Capsule's router capabilities by using the Express as the router and the Time Capsule as a means to extend signal?
And why on earth is Express the only router capable of connecting to speakers??
- Asked by Raul C from San Francisco
- 10 21, 14
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Theoretically you can do that, BUT ... yes you are "wasting" some of the Time Capsule router capabilities. But if you don't need to use those features, I guess it's not a waste except that you are paying for them.
The bigger question is whether the WiFi signal from the Express is strong enough to reach your office so that the Extreme can connect to the WiFi provided by the Express.
A better solution is to connect the Extreme directly to the ISP modem (whether cable or DSL,) and setting the Extreme to provide the WiFi, with the Express extending the WLAN. You may need some help in running new coax, telephone or Ethernet cabling, but it would be worth it unless the expense is prohibitive. Wired is almost always preferable to wireless.
- Answered by Earl D from Rochester
- 04 25, 15
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I have a wireless broadband internet connection, can I use Airport Express to connect my iPad to the web with this kind of internet connection?
- Asked by Barrie C from Blackheath
- 07 30, 12
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can I use airport express as base station?
- Asked by Samuel J from Beacon
- 06 6, 15
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If you mean as your main router, yes you can.
- Answered by John S from New Orleans
- 06 12, 15
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Although it's not a supported configuration from BT, you can configure an Airport base station to connect with a BT Infinity VDSL modem using PPPoE. However you will need to configure it with your BT-supplied username and password when configuring the PPPoE settings on the Airport. More help on this on BT's community forums.
- Answered by Daniel A
- 10 5, 13
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Will gaming consoles be easy to configure while using the Airport Express as a wifi extender?
I was planning on getting an Airport Express to strengthen the range in a specific room in the house; for the most part, I have a pretty reliable signal majority of the time, but on bad days it gets quite annoying. I was wondering if it would be a good investment for my gaming consoles (PS4/PS3) so I can reduce the chances of experiencing lag. I would really appreciate some feedback!
- Asked by Joy E from Tuscaloosa
- 05 7, 15
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DM Zone on Airport Express LAN port ?
Does the new LAN port on the new Airport Express supports DM Zone feature?
- Asked by Shu Chee T
- 07 25, 12
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do i need airport express and airport time capsule
- Asked by Rebecca S from Drummoyne
- 04 24, 14
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No. The ATC does both.
I'm assuming your intention is to have your internet or LAN shared securely and simply by Wifi, plus offer TimeMachine backup service to your OSX devices.
In that regard, the Airport Time Capsule has all the features of an Airport Extreme plus adds an internal, shared disk that can be used for TimeMachine backups or for simply a shared storage.
- Answered by Allan C from White Rock
- 12 2, 14
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can i wirelessly extend a network? AKA airport express wirelessly connects to router and the express creates it's own hotspot.
- Asked by Devin M from Ellicott City
- 01 15, 15
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can i have a guest log in, and how is it set up?
- Asked by Michael R from Smyrna
- 07 10, 12
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Yes. You can set up a guest network. However, I have disabled mine simply due to the fact that guests are usually family members and I don't feel like they are any risk to my network. But it is easy to setup. During setup it gives you the option to create a guest network and you can set the attributes based on however much access or bandwidth you give your guests. In my case, if I use the guest option, the guests receive only G speed connection. The N is reserved for my own wireless stuff. Nowadays with the 3rd gen versions, if your ISP can deliver consistent GB speed >1gbps, you can reserve the N band for your guests and use the 802.11 ac for your own equip. Unfortunately for me, MY ISP is not capable of gigabit speed.
- Answered by Bill B from Red Oak
- 09 25, 14
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Can I send photos to a hard drive from iPad using airport express?
- Asked by Paul Nancy V from Toledo
- 02 23, 13
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Do I need an AirPlay enabled MacBook to use the AirPlay function in the AirPort Express?
I have a late 2008 unibody MacBook which does not support airplay. I would like to stream music from iTunes to an AirPlay enabled speaker system. Could I use AirPort express to do this?
I live in a sorority house with 95 other girls and wifi is a major problem, especially with apple tv, will the express help or do I need the extreme?