Transmit from Airport Express?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by MilesNigel, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. MilesNigel macrumors newbie

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    This is a whim, I'm sure.

    Does anyone know of a way to stream from an Airport Express unit to the Airport Base Station or a laptop?

    My goal is to be able stream vinyls from my turntable to either my laptop, or even better, other airport expresses. I have a preamp connected to my MacBook via an RCA to USB "hub". I'm always using Final Vinyl to rip vinyls to WAVs. But this requires my laptop to be within a USB chord's distance from the turntable.

    I was hoping there would be a way for the Express unit to transmit instead of receive. This is probably impossible. My assumption is that if the Express can extend a network, then it must have transmitting capabilities as well as receiving.

    Any other recommendations to achieve my dream of "Wireless Vinyl"? I guess another stationary computer would do it, but I'm hoping there is something simpler than that.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    The USB port on an express can only be used for printers.
     
  3. natewsmith macrumors regular

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    Yeah the USB. But what if you use the audio out to a converter for your record player. And I'm sure you can actually connect a hard drive to that USB.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    The audio connection on the Express is output only. The USB is printer only. It has no hard drive or other USB device capabilities save for printing. Only the Extreme can use a hard drive.

    OP, there are a number of wireless USB hubs on the market that you could use to stream to your Mac but I'm not sure of OSX compatibility. The Express can only stream from iTunes or Airfoil, AFAIK.
     
  5. natewsmith macrumors regular

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    Yeah since you can transmit to it and have it go to your surround sound there has to be a way.
     
  6. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    I do not think it works the way you think it works. If Apple did not build the device to allow audio to be streamed back to a computer from the audio output port, it will not work. After all, you do not connect an audio source to the speaker out port of a receiver, do you? It can only be connected to the audio/line in.
     

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