AirPort Express Questions about a problem I am having

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by swimlikehell, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. swimlikehell macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2006
    I bought an Airport Express yesterday since my LinkSys router crapped out on me. I got it hooked up and everything last night, it is hooked directly to my cable modem with WPA security on it. My MacBook does not connect to my system automatically even though I have it set to, my thought is because it takes a while to locate it for some reason when I come out of sleep or startup. Also my internet in ridiculously slow compared to my LinkSys with the same security and it was a g not n. Finally I was wondering if I connected an external hard drive into the usb plug if I could access that hard drive from a different network, or do I need to get a time capsule for something like that? If anyone has any help it would be much appreciated. Thanks.
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    Apple Knowledgebase - Uses for the USB port
    you would need to get a time capsule or an airport extreme with an external drive.

    Have you power cycled/reset the modem? sometimes they get cranky if you change what's plugged into it without doing that.

    under advanced on the airport network settings panel on the macbook, is your new network at the top of the list? if there is "linksys" or something highter, your laptop may be trying to connect to that first, and not be able to.

    even "B" is faster than a standard home cable modem/DSL connection, so you shouldn't see a difference no matter what flavor you're using, unless there are multiple clients, or non-internet traffic happening on the network.

    what wireless mode is the express in?
    • 2.4GHz B/G compatable
    • 2.4GHz N only
    • A Compatable
    • 5GHz N only (with or without wide channels)

    you might want to swap to the other ( 2.4 or 5 ) possibly there's interference from a cordless phone or something?

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