- •Getting Started
- •Ports on Your AirPort Express
- •AirPort Express Status Lights
- •Using AirPort Express
- •The AirPort Express Network
- •Setting Up AirPort Express
- •System Requirements
- •Setting up AirPort Express
- •Setting Advanced Options
- •Tips and Troubleshooting
- •Best Locations for AirPort Express
- •Avoiding Interference
- •Problems and Solutions
- •Learning More, Service, and Support
- •Online Resources
- •Obtaining Warranty Service
- •Specifications and Safety
- •AirPort Express Safety Tips
- •Regulatory Compliance Information
5 Getting Started
7Ports on Your AirPort Express
8AirPort Express Status Lights
9Using AirPort Express
9 The AirPort Express Network
11Setting Up AirPort Express
12Setting up AirPort Express
13Setting Advanced Options
14Using AirPort Express to Stream Music
16 Tips and Troubleshooting
16Best Locations for AirPort Express
17 Problems and Solutions
21Learning More, Service, and Support
21Onscreen Help on Your Computer
22Obtaining Warranty Service
22Finding the Serial Number of Your AirPort Express
23Specifications and Safety
24AirPort Express Safety Tips
25Regulatory Compliance Information
AirPort Express provides simultaneous
When you set up your AirPort Express Base Station, it creates two
ÂÂ a 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) network for 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n devices, such as iPhone, iPod touch, and older computers
ÂÂ a 5 GHz network for 802.11n and 802.11a devices
Your wireless devices join whichever network provides the best performance and compatibility.
You can use AirPort Express to share your Internet connection with all the wireless devices on your network, share a network printer, and connect to other devices.
Your AirPort Express also comes with AirPlay, an easy way to play your iTunes music through your home stereo or remote speakers.
Power cord (Your power cord may look different.)
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Ports on Your AirPort Express
AirPort Express has five ports on the back:
For connecting a DSL or cable modem, or for connecting to an existing Ethernet network
For connecting Ethernet devices such as printers or computers, or for connecting to an existing Ethernet network
For connecting a USB printer
-Analog and optical digital audio stereo
For connecting AirPort Express to a stereo or powered speakers
For connecting AirPort Express to an AC power source
Next to the ports is a reset button for troubleshooting your AirPort Express. The status light on the front of AirPort Express shows its current status.
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Before you plug in your AirPort Express, first connect the appropriate cables to the ports you want to
ÂÂ An Ethernet cable connecting your DSL or cable modem to the WAN port (if you’ll connect to the Internet)
ÂÂ An audio cable connecting your stereo to the audio out port (if you’ll use AirPlay to play music from your iTunes library)
ÂÂ A USB or Ethernet cable connecting a printer to the USB or Ethernet port (if you’ll print to it using AirPort Express)
After you connect the cables for all the devices you plan to use, plug the AirPort Express power cord into the power port and a power outlet.There‘s no on/off switch.
When you plug the AirPort Express power cord into a power outlet, the status light glows amber during startup, and then flashes amber during setup.The status light glows green after your AirPort Express is set up and connected to the Internet or a network.
AirPort Express Status Lights
The following table describes AirPort Express status light sequences and what they indicate.
AirPort Express is unplugged.
AirPort Express is on and working properly.
AirPort Express is not set up or cannot establish a connection to the network or
the Internet. Use AirPort Utility to find out the cause. See“If Your AirPort Express
Status Light Flashes Amber” on page 20.
AirPort Express is starting up.
There may be a problem starting up. AirPort Express will restart and try again.
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