my router & airtunes separated

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by tildesley, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. tildesley macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2009
    hi all,

    i currently have a wireless router providing service to my macbook & my windows desktop. the mac connects wirelessly.

    if i brought an airport express, would the macbook be able to work airtunes & a printer while i browse the internet using a separate connection?

    so my internet connection is run off 1 wireless system, my printer & airtunes on a separate system, so it would be i guess in effect, 2 wireless network connections.

    hope that makes sense & thanks for the advice

    edit... there would no need for the windows desktop to access the other system btw
  2. drlunanerd macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2004
    Simple answer: nope.
    Just join the Airport Express to your existing wireless network. Sorted.
  3. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    There are several ways that you can establish separate network segments but you would to provide more information about how the network is setup, what devices you have, and how you are using it.

    There is no need to do this though. I'm not sure why you want to.

    I currently have a network using both N and G. Much of my gear is hanging off an N Airport Extreme which is serving DHCP. That device is connected to my DSL. This Extreme is serving N only and used as a bridge to an Extreme on the other end attached to my home theater (HD Slingbox, HD TiVo, and my Blu-ray and HD DVD). It also serves my MacBook Pro.

    One of the ethernet ports on my primary Extreme is attached to an older G Airport Extreme. This device serves as a host to a G-only network segment that also receives its DHCP from the N-only Extreme. This unit is the main device in a WDS, with each node in the WDS configured to also host wireless clients. This network is stuff that either doesn't need to be fast, or is old. The nodes are 2 older G Airport Extremes (spaced far apart) and 2 older G Airport Expresses (for streaming iTunes to 2 locations). The various wireless devices hosted are my video game consoles, my iPhone, and my old PowerBook.

    The bottom line is that these networks can be really flexible, it's all just about the money.
  4. tildesley thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2009
    thanks to both you,
    so i can set up the airport express as a client of my router (its a philips router so non apple), and then it will work airtunes & a printer?

    i dont need more wireless coverage, so guessing i dont need to bother with wds.
  5. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    Yes, just set up the express to join your existing network, doesn't matter that it's not an apple base.
    You will probably have to plug the express in with an ethernet cable (either to your existing network, or directly into a computer) to set the express up.
    You can set it up, and then unplug and move it to the final location if that works better for you.

    and yes you are correct, you don't need to bother with WDS.
  6. wayland1985 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    I was going to ask something along the same lines...

    I want to have wireless iTunes, but I use my Airport Extreme already for a Hard Drive and printing... So I assume I can't do all the functions as one??? (The hard drive acts as my media storage... so if I wanted to listen to music on the wireless speakers with the airtunes, I couldn't?)

    Also, does having 2 wireless routers in 1 room mess up the connection?
  7. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    wayland1985 -
    you can connect to both an extreme and an express at the same time. so your situation would work.

    if the routers are both in the same room, you don't need to have them both broadcasting,

    set up the express to join the wireless created by the extreme,
    just run an ethernet cable between the 2, and turn off the wireless on the express.

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