Wireless question, be gentle please

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by a.paul, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. a.paul macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2006
    First post, have searched, haven't found "the" answer. If there are threads I missed please point them out, thank you!

    I'm a wireless virgin. Am getting a refurb MPB (15" 2.16, couldn't pass it up after the prices went down Tuesday) and also a brand new 24" iMac (my new business is going pretty well :D ). Anyway, the question:

    I want to have a wireless signal going from my desk (where the modem is, and where the iMac will be) out into the living room...15 feet max or so. I also want to be able to steam iTunes to my stereo, in the living room (I might be wrong, but if internet radio stations play through iTunes I should be able to stream them?). Also some basic web browsing and stuff on the MPB out there, to keep track of orders and customer service without having to be chained to the desk.

    There is a linksys router in the house, running for my tenants, I don't want to interfere with it, but I wouldn't mind hooking into it when I'm in that part of the house (looong house).

    Crap...has any of this made any sense?

    So what I'm coming down to is an Airport base station and an Express base station? Or two Express stations? Or am I just way off base?

    I was figuring on putting an Airport Base Station back at the desk, and an Express out by the stereo.

    Also concerned over reports of bugs and issues with both the Aiport Base and Express.

    So...thank you in advance.
    Sorry for the long post.
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    The Express is the only option with an Audio Out line. When you say you want to stream music, do you mean share iTunes playlists or use the AirPort to connect to speakers and play music (and radio stations)?

    Depending on your current setup, you should be able to connect the Express to the Linksys, extend your wireless range and play music. How many Expresses you need depends on whether the speakers are close enough to the Linksys to be able to pick up the signal or not. Does this help? :)
  3. a.paul thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2006
    I hadn't realized I could connect the Express and the Linksys, thanks for that.

    Yes, play music from iTunes (including internet radio) over the stereo, using--I presume--a standard Line In.

  4. Soton Speed macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2006
    You may be able to get away with just a single Airport Express connected to your stereo. You can use the iMac to share the internet through its own airport and use the express as a booster - this would mean that the iMac would need to be on to access the net though.

    For internet radio Airfoil could be what you are looking for - I am unaware of any similar freeware programs.

    My experience with the express has been great, both as a wireless point, wireless printer port and wireless music streamer.

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