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

    JUiCEJamie

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    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?



    Thanks!
     
  2. cdavis11 macrumors 6502

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

    Bgosh

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    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

    LiveM

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

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