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If you have a Mac and Bluetooth-enabled Clie, check this thread for a remote control of Airport Express:
http://www.1src.com/forums/showthread.php?p=673922

Posted by sliberman on July 18, 2004 at 5:36 AM (PDT) Comment 51

I too wanted to know this also, and yes, you can stream music and have wireless internet with an original airport card. This shows you all the technifications to the airport express. http://www.apple.com/airportexpress/specs.html

Posted by M Bargo on July 18, 2004 at 6:08 AM (PDT) Comment 52

I am not comfortable with wireless, and thus after a weekend of trying, I cannot get the AE to recognize the PC. When going to "assistant", an error message pops up saying, "An error occured when trying to access the wireless networking sub system"
Using XP. Any suggestions ??

Posted by Davd on July 18, 2004 at 6:49 AM (PDT) Comment 53

The best remote for this would be a bluetooth mobile phone with Romeo. Music information on the phone would be incredible but now romeo just lets you change tracks, volume and I think that´s it. I really think that´s all you would need.

Posted by Agustin on July 18, 2004 at 6:52 AM (PDT) Comment 54

I think the Remote problem could easily be solved using a VNC client on a wireless palm or pocketpc device.

Posted by Eon on July 18, 2004 at 8:22 AM (PDT) Comment 55

I'm disappointed in this first version of Airtunes, though hugely excited when i first heard about it. I have all music on a dedicated G4TiBook physically plugged into my B&O hifi. What I expected to be able to do was to replace the cable with wifi and add multiple sets of speakers to flood the house with music.

This means being able to simultaneously stream music to multiple Airport Express devices. But seems like this isn't an option which I find really really annoying. Don't understand why.

Other on-line discussion groups have floundered with various technical reasons, none of which really adds up IMHO.

So I'll spend my 128 quid on more iTunes music and revisit Airtunes some other time.

Shame really.

Posted by Neil Fairbrother on July 18, 2004 at 8:26 AM (PDT) Comment 56

Running XP on PC. When beginning "assistant", error message "an error occurred when trying to access the wireless networking sub system" appeared. Following that, set up was impossible. Any suggestions ??

Posted by windog on July 18, 2004 at 9:11 AM (PDT) Comment 57

calstraycat, do you really think apple set out to make a device to stream itunes music to a stereo and then thought up the other parts later?

apple's own website: "wireless internet, printing, and itunes music streaming". not "itunes music streaming and some other stuff."

apple is a great company but even they could not convince people to buy a device that just did itunes streaming and nothing more. the ae has a stereo port, usb port and modem port for a reason, itunes itself would not cut it for anyone except people with crazy big music collections on their computers.

Posted by beefbox on July 18, 2004 at 4:51 PM (PDT) Comment 58

To respond to podo's comment, I'm one of those people who spends more time in a hotel room than I do at home. If you had any idea how many hotels have their desks right next to the air conditioner vents, you'd appreciate being able to easily set up a wireless connection. It's either the Express or carry around a 25 foot network cable, and the Express weighs less.

So it's wireless during the week and music streaming at home on the weekends. My Express arrived on Thursday and it's pretty slick.

Posted by zanshin on July 18, 2004 at 5:13 PM (PDT) Comment 59

Hell yea... I am going to use this at the hotels... I will carry it in my bag just like my power adapter. I haven't seen too much in the way of people using this as a small internet router, but it could be twice the price and I would still think it's a good deal. There is no 'G' AP with a small form factor and no external power adapter. The closest thing I have seen was the APC 802.11b AP but even it has a external power adapter. BRAVO APPLE!

Posted by Jack on July 18, 2004 at 6:33 PM (PDT) Comment 60

I'll be getting AE (when it arrives in Europe) for two reasons:

(1) As a mobile wireless basestation. This will be great in hotels, and also when I go to visit my parents, and parents-in-law, as I'll be able to use their DSL connections on my powerbook, wirelessly. Which will make holidays a whole lot more bearable... wink

(2) To extend my WLAN at home.

To be honest, the AirTunes side of things isn't such a big deal, as I can just plug in my powerbook or my iPod to my stereo.

Someone asked about solutions to allow remote control of a PC in another room to your speakers. If you have a bluetooth phone and your PC is bluetooth enabled then just use your phone as a remote. I do this all the time, it's great (try Salling Clicker if you're using a Mac).

Posted by mintcake on July 19, 2004 at 2:51 AM (PDT) Comment 61

I purchased my Airport Express as an accesssory to my classic clamshell iBook (revision B series, RAM hotrodded to 320MB, running Panther 10.3.4).
All I had to do was plug it in, jack in the RJ45 from my LinkSys router, and fire up the iBook - it detected the network, asked if I wanted to connect, and that was it - no software needed, no fuss, no muss - in fact, I'm on it as I post this.
Definitely a hearty well done and thumbs up for this one. grin

Posted by Maddoktor2 on July 20, 2004 at 10:45 AM (PDT) Comment 62

Well, Since no one answered my question I guess I'll answer my own. It was:

"I have the same question as nick.. I want to be able to pump music from my wired G4 desktop, through the wired network to an older Apple 802.11b grey airport, out of the old airport wirelessly and over to the new airport express connected to a stereo. Possible, or do I have to replace my grey airport with a new, white airport 802.11g airport?"

The answer, though it took me a long time to get there, is yes it works with the old airport! I have my new airport express plugged into the stereo (I'm not using the printer function or ethernet to DSL or cable modem from the AE) and I can play music from my wired-only G4 desktop to the AE via an antique grey airport that is connected to my wired LAN in bridged mode. I had to use a function available in the Airport Utility called "allow airtunes over ethernet" and I told the AE to connect to an existing wireless network. It seems to work great. I can't extend my old grey airport network but I can connect the AE to it like any other client.

To Hass who had a similar question other than the fact that you're using a proxim network instead of a legacy airport, you have the same setup that I do. Assuming your AE will talk to your Proxim I guess it should work too.

Posted by Ken on July 20, 2004 at 4:29 PM (PDT) Comment 63

Answer to “Davd” and “windog”

"An error occurred when trying to access the wireless networking sub system" -

You probably don't have the latest version of the Wireless Zero Configuration service from Microsoft. Check out this link http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=108049

to make sure you have the latest critical updates and XP updates check your system here: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

Posted by Danny on July 21, 2004 at 9:03 AM (PDT) Comment 64

Addition to the Danny message:

Another possible reason is a XP SP2 RC2 or later installed on your computers. The Windows version of the Assistant does not support unreleased Service Packs.

Posted by Andrei on July 21, 2004 at 9:25 AM (PDT) Comment 65

Your problems connecting AE to an existing router network is fairly typical even among other router systems because both are trying to be routers. What I do with my d-link is set them in access point mode where they are simply nodes and not switches generating IP addresses. Can AE do that?

I must really gripe about your price point comparison. It simply makes no sense to say that something is more expensive than a lesser product. Duh! Of course it will be, that is why there are ranges of products. You have to compare equivalent products with equivalent capabilities. Since there is no comparative product available, the price must be accepted without comment. Until a competing product arrives, you either pay the price or do not. Personally, I think that although $120 - 130 might seem expensive, it is infact quite good value. I currently carry a d-link 2000 wireless access point around with the requisite cables and power supplies. That cost about $100 when it came out only does one thing. The AE not only serves this role as a distributer of hotel ethernet, but also my portable Canon printer, and this is all in a package the size of my powerbook AC unit. The price of that kind of design cannot be ignored. It is lightening my load and increasing my options

Posted by Paul on July 21, 2004 at 1:24 PM (PDT) Comment 66

I am sure you geeks have seen this before. For those folks looking for wireless, remote control, high audio component WITH ITunes shuffling and information on the screen:

http://www.rokulabs.com/products/soundbridge/index.php

ANyone has this gem please comment since I am just about to plunk dollars on this baby for the kitchen

Posted by marc on July 22, 2004 at 4:45 AM (PDT) Comment 67

folks, would much appreciate if anyone could help. I am trying to get my AirPort Express to work with Windows but continue to get the error message which tells me to "allow Windows to manage wireless networks". From there, I cant get the setup utility to find or recognzie the AirPort Express. Can anyone help? How do I tell Windows to manage my exiwsting wireless network?

Posted by david on July 22, 2004 at 1:19 PM (PDT) Comment 68

David –

From the start menu: go to “Settings” -> “Network Connections” -> “wireless Network connection” -> on the general tab click “properties” -> select “Wireless network” tab and make sure “Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings” is checked.

Hope that helps

Posted by Danny on July 22, 2004 at 8:35 PM (PDT) Comment 69

I'm not sure this has been addressed, but the lag at startup isn't the only one thats been reported. I've seen posts elsewhere complaining of unexplained loss of the stream and I've had the same happening to me. The AE gets its connection from one of the ethernet ports on a Linksys B band router that has its wireless function disabled. I'm pretty sure its not interference from any of the usual suspects (2.4ghz phones, microwaves, etc). It almost seems like there is a buffer that is either too small, or that the stream is somehow interrupted. BTW, if it makes any difference, I'm sending the music from an aluminum PB. Any Ideas?
thanks

Posted by Saleem on July 26, 2004 at 7:52 PM (PDT) Comment 70

Is there any way to listen on my main computer to iTunes and simultaneously send the signal to the AE, so in effect I could be listening to the same song in different parts of my house??


Also, installed software on my wired XP PC first, then installed software and AE on my wireless XP PC, and then it showed up in iTunes on my wired PC (as well as iTunes on my laptop). I assume this is because XP needs to recognize the AE network wirelessly on a wireless machine before your wired machine will recognize it thru your network.

Posted by Brice on July 27, 2004 at 8:41 PM (PDT) Comment 71

No luck at all in getting this set up on my PC. I can't get anything but the blinking amber light and admin. utility software is useless until you get a green light and can configure the base station. Anyone know any good threads that will walk a PC XP user through the setup process?

Posted by matt on July 29, 2004 at 7:06 AM (PDT) Comment 72

I just got my Airport Express today (which shipped mightly fast, since it was ordered July 19th and wasn't due in till Aug 16th) and I'm kinda sad since my cable internet connection won't be activated until next week. But, I still wanted to test out AirTunes, and since I use an Airport card in my Powerbook G4 DVI, I wanted to let y'all know that the 802.11b Airport card is quite able to stream music to the Express and into speakers. After the initial two second delay for the encryption thingy, my song began and streamed perfectly. I didn't try it out with a huge 30 mb file, but I wouldn't anticipate it being a huge problem. Just thought y'all would like to know! Love it, can't wait for my internet to get hooked up!

Posted by RollerMog on July 29, 2004 at 10:08 AM (PDT) Comment 73

I just got my Airport Express today (which shipped mightly fast, since it was ordered July 19th and wasn't due in till Aug 16th) and I'm kinda sad since my cable internet connection won't be activated until next week. But, I still wanted to test out AirTunes, and since I use an Airport card in my Powerbook G4 DVI, I wanted to let y'all know that the 802.11b Airport card is quite able to stream music to the Express and into speakers. After the initial two second delay for the encryption thingy, my song began and streamed perfectly. I didn't try it out with a huge 30 mb file, but I wouldn't anticipate it being a huge problem. Just thought y'all would like to know! Love it, can't wait for my internet to get hooked up!

Posted by RollerMog on July 29, 2004 at 12:29 PM (PDT) Comment 74

beefbox,

No. I did not mean to imply that wireless hub features were an afterthought. Only that the differentiating feature of this product is it's ability to be a streaming music receiver. Apple already makes wireless hubs, so I believe the primary purpose of this product was to provide wireless music streaming. I don't think Apple's product planners said, "hey, let's make a real small wireless hub" and then someone later suggested adding music streaming. I think it probably happened the other way around.

Jeremy's comment implied that the music streaming was a secondary feature which is why he felt compelled to compare the product to other wireless hubs instead of streaming music receivers. I just think that's backwards.

Posted by calstraycat on July 30, 2004 at 10:27 AM (PDT) Comment 75
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