Home Technology Can I connect an AirPort Express to my WiFi network, then use the ethernet port for a HomeKit bridge

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by JUiCEJamie, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. JUiCEJamie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2011
    I’m thinking of buying a 2nd Gen AirPort Express. In my home, my Ethernet ports are all used up.

    Can I buy an express, connect it to the WiFi; then plug in a (for example) a HomeKit bridge for some smart lighting?

    I’m thinking of entering the smart home market with some basic Ikea Trådfri lights, and I need a bridge that they supply plugged in to Ethernet.

    Will the Express enable me to do this?

  2. cdavis11 macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2009
    Yes. I do this exact thing, works great.
  3. Bgosh macrumors newbie


    Nov 17, 2016
    Las Vegas
    That will absolutely work. Another option that could work for you is getting an ethernet switch, which would be quite a bit cheaper. I have a TP-Link 5 port switch connected to my Time Capsule that has a Lutron bridge, a Hue bridge, and a Raspberry Pi running homebridge. Works flawlessly.
  4. LiveM macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2015
    Make sure you put it in Client Mode if you won't want it to work as a base station.

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