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Mac03ForLife

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Sep 19, 2017
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So I just got a brand new Airport Express
I'd like to be able to use it with my PMac G5 DP 1.8
Is this possible? I am not running any sort of airport card or anything like that
Can I use it in wired mode and use the airport express as a streamer for my sound system?
 

weckart

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If you mean in Bridge Mode I think it only works with an Airport Base station. I looked at doing it once with Netgear router and there was no way to do it.
 

DouglasCarroll

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I have one of the older airport express models and it works great with my Powerbook G4, but I needed to download an older version of airport utility (5.6.1) in order to get it to connect. In fact I turned on my Powerbook the other day and it automatically downloaded an update (!?!?) for the airport express and installed it properly. It would be interesting to find out if theres a way to interface to a newer model as well.
 

Slix

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Looks like Client Mode is what you're looking for, assuming you have a wifi network already set up and just want to use it as an ethernet bridge to your Power Mac G5 and as an AirPlay receiver. You might have to configure it with a newer Mac or iPhone however.

Let us know how you did it regardless! :)
 

bobesch

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So I just got a brand new Airport Express
I'd like to be able to use it with my PMac G5 DP 1.8
Is this possible? I am not running any sort of airport card or anything like that
Can I use it in wired mode and use the airport express as a streamer for my sound system?
I assume your PMG5 is wired. And you may also have a WLAN-Router in your home-network.
a) You may use the Ethernet-option to connect the APX (AirPortExpress) to any LAN-socket and make the APX another WLAN-access-point.
b) Or you may use the APX anywhere in the range of your Routers WLAN-signal, receive the wifi signal and hook up any device to your home-network via the ethernet-socket.
(BTW both options also offer to connect a Printer via USB to the APX to use it as a network-printer ...)
Your will have to fiddle around with the Airport-utility and your routers-config-menue (depending on the routers-brand) to set up the right configuration for either of the options mentioned above and you'll have to switch the AirTunes-option in the APX's Airport-utility on.
Anyway ... both options let you connect any active speaker via Klinke-3,5mm-socket to the APX. As soon as the APX is connected to your home network, iTunes of any of your OSX, macOS or iOS devices will show up the APX as another option for sound-out. On iOS you may only chose either the iOS-device or the APX etc. as your speaker. With OSX / macOS you may choose multiple devices for sound-out and make one or more ATX-speaker-combination a kind of homebrew-SONOS system to recycle e.g. old Docking-stations etc.
(Funny - a few days ago I got two 2nd-hand elder APX and did set up such a system at our home and thought about writing a short review here in the PPC-forum. So here it is as a response to your thread ... :) )
Here some pictures ...
01 PPC 12"PowerBook-MusicBox.png 02 AirPortExpress & Speaker.png

PowerPC / Leopard
PPC AirPort Leopard 01.png
PPC AirPort Leopard 02.png PPC AirPort Leopard 03.png
PPC iTunes10 02.png

intel / ElCapitan
ElCap AirPort 01.png
ElCap AirPort 02.png ElCap AirPort 03.png
ElCap iTunes 01.png
 
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