Steaming music over WiFi to speakers

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Karpfish, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Karpfish macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2006
    I have a set of speakers in my room that is on my desk, however I tend to use my MBP on my bed. I know that the airport express has the air tunes wireless streaming ability, but it looks like you need to have an ethernet cable connected in order for this to work even if you have an existing wireless network. I have an airport express, but I do not have an ethernet jack in my room. Is there any way to get the streaming capability without the ethernet cable? If not, is there another solution that would allow me to stream music over WiFi that I could plug my speakers into?
  2. Hot Snowboarder macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2009
    Behind you...!
    No ethernet cable is required.

    Plug in the express, attach the speakers and away you go.
  3. Karpfish thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2006
    As far as I now that is not true. Unless I am doing something wrong, before you can have the Airtunes options in iTunes, you must add the airport express in the airport utility, but I believ in order to do this you must have an ethernet cable connected to the airport. If this is wrong please let me know.
  4. CMelton macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2008
    London, UK
    I think you've got your wires crossed somewhere with what the express does.

    You don't need an ethernet cable to use airtunes at all. Plug your speakers into the airport express and then open airport utility. It is fairly self explanatory for how to set airtunes up - I think its the manual configuration button. Here's the apple guide....

    I have mine running airtunes and don't have an ethernet cable plugged in at all. Mine is set up as a booster for the network I'm on.

    Sorry should have said. You don't need ethernet to set it up either.
  5. gazpilot macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2008
    You need a cable

    to initially set up the airport express, ssid, password, etc. Once this is done you can stream wirelessly.

  6. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    I have an Aiport Express that I use solely to stream music over WiFi, and I can vouch that no Ethernet connection is required. You simply set it up to "join an existing wireless network", and then you can choose it as the set of "Speakers" for either your computer's iTunes library or your Apple TV.

    On a side note, you can also control your music with an iPod Touch or iPhone via Apple's "Remote" app, which makes for one slick wireless remote! You get cover art on the device, you can queue up your playlists, search for songs via the virtual keyboard, etc.

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