Using Airport Express to make an ethernet-only device wireless?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 10, 2012
Is it possible to set up an Airport Express as a wireless "dongle" of some sort? Ie connect a device via ethernet in order to make it wireless? And then in turn connect the AE wirelessly to an existing wireless router? Thanks for any and all clues :)


macrumors 6502a
Nov 23, 2009
NZ, South Pacific
The AirPort Express can act as a single Wi-Fi interface to any computer or almost any other devices such as game consoles that has an Ethernet port but doesn't itself have built-in Wi-Fi, thus making the connected device wireless.


macrumors 68040
May 27, 2008
short answer: yes

a couple things to remember.

  • you'll want to set it up to join your existing wireless network.
  • it's much easier (and less prone to problems) to connect it wired to set it up. you can plug an ethernet cable directly into a computer, or your existing network. get it all set up and happy, then unplug it and move it to the location you want to use it.
  • the older G only version won't work, shouldn't be a problem as they are all several years old by now, but just in case you try to buy of ebay or something.