belkin wireless router and airport express w/airtunes

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by joe90, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. joe90 macrumors member


    Jan 24, 2005
    i have a fairly limited knowledge of the way wireless networks operate so apologies in advance if this doesn't completely make sense:

    currently have two laptops, a mac and a pc, accessing the internet wirelessly through a belkin modem router, which is downstairs in the living room plugged into the house's only phoneline. upstairs in my bedroom i want to connect an airport express with airtunes to my speakers. what i want to know is, is it possible to syncronise the AX with the belkin router so everything's on the same wireless network? if so, how is it done? or will the AX operate on its own wireless network seperately and i'll have to switch between the two depending on whether i want to use the internet or play music through my speakers (which would be incredibly annoying)?

  2. elfin buddy macrumors 6502a

    elfin buddy

    Sep 16, 2001
    Tuttlingen, Germany
    G'day! What you need to do is go into your Airport Admin utility and set your APX to "Join Existing Network". Select the network created by the Belkin router, and the APX should just "become" an extension of that same network.

    Mind you, I've always had problems with my APX skipping when joined to an external network, but maybe your luck will be better :)
  3. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2005
    The town without George Bailey
    This may help too - I had terrible luck connecting an AX to my existing D-Link router setup. Apparently, even with the latest firmware updates, AX hates joining a network that deals out 192.x.x ip addresses.

    If your AX is not responding via the Airport Admin Utility, hard reset it by sticking a paper clip into the tiny gray reset button on its bottom. Do this before you plug it in and hold it while plugged in until the orange light goes off and the green light starts flashing. It should take about 30 seconds.

    Then in the admin utility, set it up to create a wireless network instead of joining one. You will be changing this later - don't worry. Go to 'Configure' in the button bar, change the drop down menu to create a wireless network. Then hit the 'Network' button, and hit the 'share a single IP address' radio button, but change the drop down menu to distribute 192.x.x addresses (or whatever you Belkin router uses). Hit the 'Update' button below, the router will reset. Then all you have to do is open the admin utility again, and chose it to join an existing wireless network now. Now it will be able to connect to your belkin router without disappearing or you not being able to connect to it via iTunes.

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