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

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  1. xGrape macrumors newbie

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    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 :)
     
  2. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    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.
     
  4. xGrape thread starter macrumors newbie

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