can the AirPort Express do all 3 of these?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by zagu, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. zagu macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    I'm thinking about picking up an AirPort Express and hook it up to my home theater system so that I can use it to play music from my MBP over the network. But before I go out and buy one I wanted to make sure it can do everything I want as it seems a bit unclear to me..

    So, can the AirPort Express do all these things simultaneously?

    • Join my existing wireless network
    • Play my music over the said network from my Macbook Pro and, as a bonus, from my wife's Windows laptop (she uses iTunes on it as well)
    • act as a wireless bridge for my PS3, as this would no doubt be faster than the PS3's built-in wifi which is.. well, awful.

    Can it pull off all of these at the same time or would I have to settle for some of the mentioned functions but not all?

    Thanks!
     
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I believe it can only act as a bridge from an Airport Extreme but it'll definitely do the other two.
     
  3. itickings macrumors 6502a

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    If you get the current generation Express, all three* at the same time should be fine.

    *) Provided that you intend to connect the PS3 to the Express via wire.
     
  4. zagu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yup, PS3 would be connected to the Express via ethernet. Maybe even throw in a switch in the middle and hook up more devices than just the PS3.. and share a printer over the USB on the Express..

    I think I'll just buy one and see what all it can do for me :apple:
     
  5. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    yep all 3 will work.

    if you do have a non-apple router as your main base station you'll have to get the newer N version (been out for a few years), you'll find a checkbox titile "allow ethernet clients" once you've joined a network.
     
  6. zagu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool, thanks. I tried to buy one today but they had sold out everywhere that I went. Ended up ordering one online, delivery estimate 2-4 weeks.. guess everyone suddenly wants one for xmas or something.
     

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