Adding Airport Express to Wired Router

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by marvintm, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. marvintm macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2006
    I have a PC (running XP Pro) that accesses the internet through a wired router (D-Link) hooked to a cable modem. My boyfriend just moved in with his iBook and Airport Express. I hooked the Airport Express to a LAN port on the wired router, and it basically works fine. He is able to access the internet wirelessly without any trouble. I also connected the printer to Airport Express and he is able to print wirelessly. However, I thought I was going to be able to also print to the printer because following info from Airport FAQ.

    Question: AirPort Express connects via wire to my third-party router, and I have plugged a compatible USB printer into AirPort Express. Will it share the printer with my non-Apple computers, too?
    Answer: AirPort Express acts as a print server for any Mac OS X 10.2 or later, Windows 2000, or Windows XP computer that is on the same subnet, regardless of whether the third-party router is wired or wireless.

    Can anyone comment on this? How can I make this feature work from my wired computer? Is there something I need to do to make them on the same subnet? Also, if there IS a way to print via Airport Express, is there a way for me to access airTunes too?

    I did read a somewhat similar situation and this is what was advised. "Manually give it an IP address and subnet in airport admin (under the internet tab). For example if your router IP address is 192.168.x.1 with a subnet of give your Airport Express 192.168.x.2 i.e. give your Airport Express 1 IP number higher than your router. Also make sure you are not distrupting IP address from your Airport Express, and you are creating a wifi not joining."

    Not sure what this last part means even. Any help is appreciated. :)
  2. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    England, UK, Europe
    I have a similar setup, with a wired Netgear router/ADSL modem connected to the phone line, and an AirPort Express connected to one of the LAN ports on the router.

    As far as I understand it, the last part you quoted means that you should not have 2 devices distributing IP addresses etc., so either the router or the AirPort Express should be configured to do so, not both.

    I have disabled this feature on my AirPort Express: open the AirPort Admin Utility and connect to the AirPort Express, then go to the Network tab, and un-tick Distribute IP addresses.

    Also, as far as printing goes, have you checked settings in AirPort Admin Utility?: as above, but go to the AirPort tab & click the Base Station Options… button, then maybe see if you can tick the box next to Enable Remote Printer Access or verify that the printer is showing up under the USB Printer tab (although if your bf is able to print from his iBook, this is probably not an issue…)

    Sorry i could not be of more help, but these are the only things I can think of to try at the moment :)

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