Does the AirPort Express work under Linux (Ubuntu)?

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  1. n459umb4786ers macrumors regular

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    I'm going to buy an AirPort Express soon and I was wondering if it works fine under Ubuntu Linux 8.10.

    Also, I have my hard drive partitioned and one side is Windows and the other is Linux and if I install AirPort Express under Windows and setup the setting and all and I boot to Linux, will the AirPort Express still be working or will it only work if your under Windows?

    Kinda off topic question but does the AirPort Express also have a guest network like the AirPort Extreme?
     
  2. Wirelessmacman macrumors newbie

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    As far as I know it only works on Mac Os X and Windows
    :apple:
     
  3. n459umb4786ers thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was just asking because I know things works on Linux by just plugging it in like a compatible printer or wifi card. So I thought they might have a built in driver for the AirPort since it's a popular product.
     
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    what do you mean by compatible?

    *just wireless internet? then yes, it will, wi-fi is wi-fi
    you don't need a special driver to connect to the airport, as long as you're able to connect to any other network, you should be fine.

    *airtunes? look at http://raop-play.sourceforge.net/

    *printing? quote from here
    setting it up? no, you'll have to to do that from windows or a mac, but you only have to do that once.
     
  5. n459umb4786ers thread starter macrumors regular

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    I said compatible because not all wifi cards or printers work with Linux Plug & Play.

    And will I be able to enable encryption on it or only with the software? And if only with the software, will the encryption still be enabled if I boot into Linux? And does the AirPort Express have a guest network like the AirPort Extreme?
     
  6. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    airport express is not a wi-fi card, it is a wireless base station.

    you would still need a wi-fi card for your computer.


    the airport express uses a standard 802.11 B/G/N signal, and also standard encryption (WPA & WPA2) (will also do WEP, but that's pretty much useless). as long as the card you have for your computer supports those standards, you should be fine.

    once it is configured, you don't have to run the airport utility software unless you want to change something.

    no guest network on the express.

    If you don't have a wireless card, You can have the express connect wirelessly to your existing network, and then plug an ethenet cable between the express and your computer. but again, once configured you wouldn't need to run the utility, and your computer would be connected via standard ethernet.
     
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