Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
573 Questions from the Community
It does work with a iPhone 4 and IPad 1.
- Answered by Kris B from Phoenix
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Should this be enough to handle video streaming?
Routers sold in stores always play up speeds of 150 vs 300 vs 600. I never really understood those either, but the sales guys always say that if I'm going to download video to a wireless divide, I'd better get the higher (and more expensive) speeds. Are they right, and will the AirPort Express be able to handle that alright?
- Asked by Larry S from Brookline
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It really depends on what you need. If you plan on transferring large files >2GB frequently you need as much speed as possible. If you want, though, to just stream a video from your laptop to your TV then an average router can do it. I can stream pretty well with 50 Mbit/s wifi. On the other hand keep in mind that if you want to stream directly from Internet, you have to make sure first, that the router slows you down rather than your Internet provider. In any occasion, yes this router can handle video streaming, as far as it concerns your home/work network.
- Answered by Zafiris S
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Will this work in an old ~4000 square foot house?
I'm wondering if this will work, or if I will need to purchase an AirPort Extreme for this. How many mbps does this average vs. the Extreme?
- Asked by Chris H from Shaker Heights
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Yes it will.
Has anyone used the AirPort Express to connect an ipad through a wired hotel connection in China? Im not sure if they have special restrictions.
- Asked by Myra C from Chapel Hill
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Is there a way to access both optical and analog audio outputs simultaneously?
analog for external speaker amplifier and toslink for av system
- Asked by Ed T from Locust Grove
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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
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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
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is airport express water or weather proof?
- Asked by Daniel B from Putnam Valley
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I'm sorry, but no, it is not. However, here's a DIY tip:
Get an Apple TV carrying case which is water proof. The AirPort Express and Apple TV are the same size and will fit in a carrying case. :D
- Answered by Payton S from Plano
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can i use airport express to extend NONE airport routers?
- Asked by Thomas H from Peoria
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Can I return my airport express if it does not work?
- Asked by Marilyn V from Naples
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Can I use this as an independent wi-fi source?
I want to have an independent wi-fi source that I can protect with a password or avoid from being searched by other devices. Do I need any additional equipment to use this device?
- Asked by Azaan D from Edmonton
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- Answered by Jeffrey C from Bloomington
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Can you use this to extend the range of an Airport Extreeme and connect your HDTV to the LAN Port for the TV to connect if your TV is lacking wirelessBest Answer:
yes you can
- Answered by Taha A from Beverly Hills
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Yup. Works perfectly with older Airpot Extremes and Expresses. I've got 1 old extreme + 2 old expresses + 1 new express working well together.
- Answered by Pankaj J from Forest Hills
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Can i use my airport express to both extend my network and connect a printer for wireless printing at the same time or do i need two airport expresses
I have an airport express hooked up to a printer in my office which is located a considerable distance from my base station and I have an IMac in my office as well. I was hoping that the airport express could be configured to extend my network as well as be used to connect the printer to the network. When I go to configure it it is more of an either one or the other proposition by asking me if I want to do one or the other during the set up. Do I need two airport expresses if I want to do both things?
- Asked by Kevin M from Ridgewood
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No. One ae is all you need. I have it configured to extend network, USB printer now on network ( not an airplay printer by the way) and have sky box plugged into Ethernet.
Works great. Well worth it.
Do I have to have a separate modem to create my own network Internet connection or can I just set it up with my iPad?
- Asked by Andrew N from Burley
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Ideally you do need to have a separate box which provides your internet connection. (modem) As for your question regarding the iPad, you can download software off the app store which you'll use to configure the airport express.
Can i use Express as the main router , and use some other brand router as the sub router in WDS ?
i wanna connect express to my DSL,
and make it as the main router
in another room , i have a other brand router
i want set it in WDS mode to express
it's all ok?
- Asked by 晓宁 李 from Shanghai
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AirPlayer and Wifi Extender?
Can this be used for both use as a connection for air play while also extending the range of my TimeCapsule?
- Asked by Carlos M from Forney
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