I just got mine tonight! I wanted to play iTunes on my stereo from my desktop that has an MS MN500 WiFi connected to DSL. I couldn't figure out the setup (the wizard didn't see my AirPort), but Apple has great tech support! I got to talk to a real person !!!

Turns out I had to use my WiFi enabled LapTop (with Windows XP firewall momentarily turned off) to configure the AirPort for my local MN500 WiFi network, including the WEP password. Then the laptop was out of the picture and no longer needed. And, I got the solid green light on the AirPort with only AC and the stereo connected. Then (how exciting is this ???) There appeared a selection box at the bottom of iTunes and it works! YEEEEAAAA.

Posted by ET on August 17, 2004 at 4:20 PM (PDT) Comment 81

Hass wrote above that
> There is no way to configure AE from
> Ehternet Port (I think this is a mistake).
> Mac or PC must have WIFI connection to
> configure.

I guess I ran into the same problem. I have a wired XP PC, connected to a switch that has an Accesspoint running 128bit WEP on it. I'd like to add the AE next to my stereo simply to stream to it. I don't have a PC with wireless, nor a Mac. How can I configure the AirPort (IP and WEP key) and then tell iTunes to point to it? -l

Posted by Lutz on August 18, 2004 at 5:12 AM (PDT) Comment 82

>> (yes for iTunes) Can the airport express still operate ... without a DSL or cable modem attached to its ethernet port?

Yes, at least for audio applications from iTunes, the AirPort can join an exisiting WiFi network with only an AC power connection and an audio connection to the stereo (by RCA plugs or optical cable). You may need a Laptop (with its firewall momentarily turned off) to program the AirPort to see your existing home WiFi network.

Posted by Teneflin on August 18, 2004 at 7:00 AM (PDT) Comment 83

Nagromme, I would be very interested to get detailed information about how you added your AE to an existing D-Link router. I have been trying to find info on this as I have a DI-624 as my main access point and bought the AE to add on as a relay, but have not been able to figure it out yet. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of documentation on this, so I'm hoping you could at least shed some light on it. Fair game for anyone else as well.

Posted by Brad on August 21, 2004 at 10:01 AM (PDT) Comment 84

Here's some good info on setting up Airport Express with XP and wireless router/modem:


Posted by Hans on August 23, 2004 at 4:15 PM (PDT) Comment 85

I've got two AE's, (one 'main' and one 'bridging'), a G4 tower and a G4 Ibook, and the book gets shared music from the tower (have a 20gb library) and then sends it off to the stereo.

All works fine as long as each computer is within about two feet of its AE.

Otherwise, I get dropouts enough to be pretty annoying. Sometimes these are momentary, sometimes you have to toggle back and forth between 'computer' and 'speakers' to get it back. The tower has an old Airport card so can't do 'interference robustness'. Is there anything I CAN do? What about changing the streaming size? Encryption is already off.

I'm in a challenging wireless environment, apparently.... airport can see about half a dozen other networks most of the time, the neighbors probably have 900 mhz phones, and even with the two AE's, my microwave oven shuts down the network completely.


Posted by mark van cleve on August 26, 2004 at 7:36 AM (PDT) Comment 86

Just a quick idea that I tried, and licked it VERY much indeed!

One problem with the Airport is that if your computer is in another room and you want to change the song then you have to go and manually change it.

A solution, is if you have a bluetooth phone/pda then you can use this (with salling clicker) to act as a remote control! It's brilliant!

Just a quick tip!

Posted by Arrann Knott on September 2, 2004 at 11:55 PM (PDT) Comment 87

Hey, so i have an ipod. and i love it. but i orignially set it up with my PC. now i have my own ibook, and want to put the new music onto my ipod without deleting the stuff i have. how on earth can i do that?

Posted by Alex on September 13, 2004 at 9:29 AM (PDT) Comment 88

Regarding the travel with AE - absolutely. Those who question it don't travel or travel frequently enough to understand hotel rooms without desks, rooms with cords that don't reach and the biggest problem - after a 14 hour day you just want to sit in bed and finish your projects and email with no wire pulling you across the room. When you spend 1/4 of your time in a foreign place anything helps to make life easier.

Posted by Sean on September 19, 2004 at 4:09 PM (PDT) Comment 89

i have a g4, an airport and now an airtunes,
it all works fine, but everytime i restart the computer, the network setup wizard appears... can anyone please suggest why this is happening? and how i can disable it? i'm quite new to the mac, so my knowledge is limited somewhat. many thanks in advance.

Posted by zehn on September 20, 2004 at 3:49 AM (PDT) Comment 90

How is the sound quality? I noticed that when I hook my iPod Mini directly to the AUX port of my stereo I have to turn the volume of the iPod and the stereo quite high (higher than when I listen to radio or cd). I figured this is because it is just a headphone output on the Mini but is this different when you use AE?

Posted by Chris on September 29, 2004 at 4:59 AM (PDT) Comment 91

i know this doesnt have to do with the music capabilities of the airport express but i'm not sure where else to ask, i want to buy an AE to make my dorm room wireless (i have an iBook but i'm tired of dragging my ethernet cord around the room everytime is switch where i'm sitting) can i just plug the ethernet cord into the AE or do i need something else in between my ethernet port and the AE? sorry if its a stupid question but i'd rather make sure it will work before i invest

Posted by StilLost03 on February 18, 2005 at 8:07 PM (PDT) Comment 92


Posted by EQUINOX341095 on April 4, 2005 at 10:55 AM (PDT) Comment 93

I have a desktop PC, running XP, hooked up to a Linksys wireless router (BEFW11S4). I have one laptop, running Windows ME, using the Linksys PC Card.

I just got an Apple Airport Express, which I want to hook up to my stereo, to play my i-Tunes library from the desktop PC.

When I try to install I get an error that says "allow Windows to manage wireless networks." I called Apple and they can't tell me how to do this. I've called Linksys, and they had no idea what I was talking about. Searching various forums, I see I'm supposed to go to Network Connections, then go to Wireless Network, and the setting for this should be under that.

However, when I go to Network connections, there's no wireless network icon, only the Local Area Network icon, which has no settings for allowing Windows to manage wireless networks. I can't find "Wireless Network" settings anywhere.

I'm lost. What's going on? Can anyone help?

Posted by kens522 on May 17, 2005 at 11:58 PM (PDT) Comment 94

I have one of these little guys and it's awesome, actually I have two. For those wondering about the remote, keyspan actually makes one that connect directly into the USB port on the Aiport Express that lets you control iTunes, so you CAN control your music even if the computer is in a different room. Sound quality is excellent, like someone said earlier, it uses Apple Lossless Encoder for the transmission from where your songs are to the Airport Express, Apple claims using this type of Encoder there is no audible loss of sound quality, and so far I have not been able to prove them wrong, the sounds is excellent, expecially when using the digital out connection.

Posted by ArtursBoy on December 8, 2005 at 11:59 PM (PDT) Comment 95
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