Questions & Answers for AirPort Express
624 Questions from the Community
Depends on how much switching and or routing the device is handling. Running on averages, and at 123.5 vac average, It draws from .11 to .13 amps in "ready" condition. Once some traffic starts flowing, example, iPod playing on line game + media server streaming a movie to apple tv + iPhone watching a stream from netflix, one computer downloading updates. Average power draw 10 watts peaked at 12 watts. Average amps .15 to .3 amps. Hope this helps.
- Answered by Bill B from Red Oak
- Mar 24, 2013
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I am sitting in my hotel room in São Paulo, Brazil as I write this, using the Express Base Station to share my ethernet connection with my MacBook Pro, iPhone and iPad. A colleague two floors above knew I had checked in to the hotel because he saw my network on his wireless list (secured, of course).
I had previously used the original Airport Express to do the same and thought the new one would be too big to travel with (additional power cable and all), but that has not been the case and this is its 3rd trip to Brazil.
- Answered by Steven P from Salt Lake City
- Jul 23, 2012
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Airport express or apple tv
The apple Tv and Airport express are the same price but the Apple Tv does more.
Should i buy an Apple tv to stream my music to my stereo in the other room ?
Or should i buy a Airport express ?
Does the Airport express have more faetures that the Apple TV doesn't have ?
I currently have
I just want to be ablle to stream music tto the stereo's i have through my Two storry house
I just purchaced the Airport Express but i'm now thinking i should of bought another Apple TV ?
- Asked by David C from Kingsley
- May 5, 2013
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I'm faced with the same dilemma, as my 802.11g Airport Express suffers from many drop-outs due to multiple interference on the 2.4Ghz band by microwave ovens, cordless phones, baby monitors and the like. Been kind of holding off till the new 802.11ac was implemented across the board by APPLE. More on that in a minute.
The APPLE tv obviously does a lot more in the entertainment arena thru it's ability to stream all your iTunes content to your TV, in addition to NETFLIX, VIMEO, YouTube, hockey and baseball games, etc, etc. But it does not support wireless printing; no USB port. To get the audio from your iTunes music library to your main Stereo, you'd either need an HDMI splitter, HDMI 1.4 with ARC (audio return channel), an HDMI AV receiver, or purchase a Toslink optical audio cable to go directly from the APPLE tv to your Stereo system.
The current version of the APPLE tv still uses 802.11n. While that is plenty for music streaming, the advantage of 802.11ac would be, no possible slowdown of the entire network by one slower link in the chain, as well as being ready for when 4k video streams become more commonplace.
I'm waiting to see if APPLE will update the Airport Express as well as the APPLE tv to the new ac standard. If not in the near future, I'll buy the Express, as at the moment I just want to be able to stream my iTunes library to my main Stereo, and I won't have to shell out for the optical cable. In addition, it'll buy more time to see where APPLE is headed with their APPLE tv "hobby". But for 99 bucks, you can't go wrong either way.
- Answered by Michael V from Barrie
- Jun 17, 2013
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can I use the airport express as a wireless adaptor to connect a PC with a cord to receive the signal from my router at home?
My pc dont have a wireless adapter, in stead of using a normal wireless adaper, I wanna try with airport express to make use the airplay fonction with my apple tv. is that possible?
- Asked by Shibo X from Montreal
- Aug 23, 2013
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Yes,,, inside our home we are all mac, have an older pc in the garage that I've connected to the internet via an Airport Express, ethernet. Works great.
- Answered by David H from Bloomington
- Sep 18, 2013
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Does the new 2T time capsule replace the airport express base station?
- Asked by Roman L from Edmonton
- Jan 28, 2013
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The 2TB Time Capsule is essentially an Airport Extreme router with a built-in 2TB hard drive, that could be set-up together with Time machine to do automatic hourly back-ups of your files and system settings, for total 'hands-off' piece of mind.
An Airport Express, even though it could be set up as a router, or a network extender together with say, an Airport Extreme, can also be configured in 'client' mode, where it joins an existing network, and it's primary purpose is to allow audio content from your iTunes library, to be streamed wirelessly, to a stereo set-up elsewhere in your house, in addition to facilitating wireless printing in such remote area, through its USB port.
- Answered by Michael V from Barrie
- Jun 24, 2013
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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
- Jun 21, 2012
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I have an old Airport Express A1084 from the year 2006,, it is compatible with the NEW Airport Express, can I extend my network using my old model?Best Answer:
Yes. Use the newest Airport unit as the main signal distribution unit (internet device is connected to this unit) and use the older Airport unit as the signal extender. Just place the second extending unit about half way between the first Express and where you need the need the signal to reach. And it stands to reason that the farther you move away from the first express the weaker the signal will be even when using an extender.
- Answered by Neal M from Studio City
- Mar 14, 2013
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Will the AirPort Express work for 3ds' as well?
My Brother and I want to know if the wifi in the AirPort Express works for that as well.
- Asked by Lily I from Norristown
- Jul 14, 2012
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Can i use the express to extend the network of my school's wifi?
I have free wifi on my macBook from my school. But the school's wifi does not reach my whole appartment. Can i extend the wireless internet by using the express so that it will reach the rest of my appartment?
Is it able to extend a network, where i don't have the modem or ethernet cable to. All i have is wifi in my bedroom and would like to extend it about 20 feet to my living room. Thanks!
- Asked by Elijah A from San Jose
- Aug 31, 2012
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I talked with an apple representative and that is the purpose of this device. It is used to extend the wifi network, and make it go into another part of the house. It would be perfect for your need.
- Answered by Steven L from Deer Park
- Oct 21, 2012
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Yes you can. When string up your Airport Express Base Station, choose the option "Extend a Wireless Network". Select your wireless network and you should be good to go.
- Answered by Dean S from Encino
- Jun 21, 2012
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what is the difference between the airport express and the airport extreme?
- Asked by Billy B from Atlanta
- Jun 11, 2012
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Can you connect a superdrive to this and share it over the network?
Wanting to access a superdrive wirelessly from multiple devices and wondering if this will work.
- Asked by Andrew H from Nacogdoches
- Jun 30, 2014
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Can the Airport Express Base Station with the IPhone 5
I have a new IPhone 5 and would like to know if this item is compatible or will work with the new IPhone 5 I just purchased? I don't always have WiFi access in my office at work so I'd like to stream Pandora internet radio to my IPhone5 so I can listen to it. Thanks.
- Asked by Norah S from Huntington Beach
- Oct 14, 2012
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Even better than just work with it! You can even get an app from Apple to setup the base station. If you have a printer at your work it is also nice .
- Answered by Jackson M from Granbury
- Oct 21, 2012
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can the airport express be located in a greenhouse (humid)?
My wireless signal does not reach the greenhouse, but I have a LAN connection in the greenhouse. I would like to place a Airport Express in this building to have wireless. Can the unit take the humid conditions?
- Asked by Dan D from Sudbury
- Mar 3, 2014
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I will be in Africa in November. The place we are staying has wired internet. Can I use the wireless router to be able to use my ipad instead of pcBest Answer:
Yes. This product is a wireless router, so by plugging it into the wired network they have, you can create a wireless hotspot with this product to have internet access on your iPad along with other wireless devices.
- Answered by Jeffrey Y from Westmont
- Sep 13, 2012
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Yes it will.
Does airport express work in both UK and the USA?
- Asked by Peter S
- Aug 28, 2012
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Yes, I've take both the latest one and the previous one to the UK and used them both successfully there, they work across 110 to 240 volts no problem. you just need an adaptor as the sockets are different between the two countries.
- Answered by Paul J from Scotts Valley
- Jan 28, 2013
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can i replace my existing wifi modem with an airport express base station?
i was just wondering because my existing wifi modem is only 802.11bg while the airport express base station is 802.11n
- Asked by Ryan B from Woodcroft
- Jun 14, 2012
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No, the Airport is not a modem. It is a router. That means you have to plug from your existing modem into the Airport. The purpose of the Airport is to convert your wired modem into a wireless signal. If you already have a combo modem/wifi router then this device will not replace it. It may be capable of boosting your signal strength if you are having a weak wifi signal in your home though. NOTE: research compatibility of the devices first.
- Answered by David F from Clarksville
- Jul 5, 2012
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Yes. I just did this yesterday. You plug the express in to your wired network via a cat 5 cable. (Open jack on your router or switch to the WAN jack on the express). Your router will assign the express an IP address on your wired network. You then configure the new wireless portion of you network on the express by either using a PC/Mac or you can even use the wifi settings in an iOS device.
Took me less than 15 minutes to do from the time I opened the express box and I used an iPad.
- Answered by Michael B from New Market
- Apr 25, 2014
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