Is it possible to connect to multiple wireless networks?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ryan.k.kurtz, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. ryan.k.kurtz macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010
    Hey Guys,

    Just picked up my first mac, a brand new 13" MBP - which is awesome. I also have an AirPort Express that I've set up to use to play iTunes wirelessly to my external speakers.

    The problem is, my internet connection is coming off of another router (I live in a dorm-style place, so there is one shared internet connection). So far I've been able to either play music on my external speakers, or connect to the internet, but not both.

    Am I doing something wrong? Is it possible to do both at once?

  2. kbfr08 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2007
  3. ryan.k.kurtz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010
    That sounds good, would you be willing to explain how to do that? I'm not very computer savvy, hence the purchase of the user-friendly mac.
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    I use DD-wrt myself, but it's only helpful if you have access to the router, and if that router is supported.

    Just have the express join the connection from the main router, You'll want to password protect the speakers, as everyone on the network will have access and you don't want your roommates blaring music in your room at odd hours.

    for ease of setup, if you have an ethernet cable, plug that between the express and your laptop while you're setting it up. Otherwise, join the express network from you laptop, set the express up to join the existing network.
    Once the express reboots, if the light doesn't turn green, it means something is configured wrong. once again, the easiest way to see what is wrong is to connect via ethernet. that will let you see the problem and hopefully fix it.
    Once it's working, you can unplug the ethernet.
  5. nastebu macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2008
  6. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
  7. cderalow macrumors 6502


    easiest solution, and agreeable to most college IT departments, is to add the express as a device on the network.

    either via a cable, or wireless. If you configure it to join your existing network, it's basically considered a computer on the network, and not as an access point.

    like someone else said though, password protect it, otherwise anyone with itunes and looking for airtunes speakers enabled will be able to connect to it and play music through your speakers.

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