Resolved how does airport express work?

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  1. RyanMacm, Feb 25, 2012
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    I am thinking of purchasing airport express, how does it work? I don't understand it.
     
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    My question mainly is: Can i setup my wireless network on it, lets say i visit my parents place. can i bring this airport express to my parents place using my own wireless network instead of theirs? is this what this means? or am i wrong? lol.
     
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    Depending on their router you could participate in WDS, effectively extending your parents network.

    You could also attach the express to the back of your parents router with a crossover cable and then create your own network.
     
  4. RyanMacm thread starter macrumors member

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    okay i see. glad i asked before i made the purchase.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes. For example, I take one with me when I travel, so I can wirelessly connect to the internet in hotel rooms that have only an ethernet cable. I can also use it to play iTunes on any stereo speakers I plug into it. Once you set up your network, that network is usable wherever you plug it in, whether connected to the internet or not.
     
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    ohh, i see. okay. do you think its worth it for someone who doesn't travel but might end up going to live in a dorm/apt with a school internet? I am thinking about the airport express cos i was wondering if I can create my own network even if I'm using the school network..
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Check with your school, as some forbid wireless networks to be set up.
     
  8. RyanMacm thread starter macrumors member

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    ok thank u ggj. =]
     
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    I have a friend who is wondering if an Airport Express would be a cheaper alternative instead of an Extreme to replace her POS Linksys router in her home. Any thoughts/advice?
     
  10. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    If she wants strictly a wireless network, the AirPort Express will work.
     
  11. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    Don't need a crossover, they're auto MDIX
     

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