It is true that the brilliantly-designed AirPort Express device has not seen any kind of development within half a decade and Apple has discontinued it in this year. However, according to the firmware update, these devices can be used with the latest AirPlay 2 device. If you have purchased the AirPort Express device and now want to join an existing Wi-Fi network in the client mode, then follow the post below.
You have to turn the respective AirPort Express device from a Wi-Fi router into a client. That means other than being the particular device all your Macs and iOS get connected to and get on the internet, you are making it a Wi-Fi adaptor effectively. A number of devices have come with their own built-in Wi-Fi adaptors, however, there are still printers, sound systems, and games consoles that don’t. Moreover, you need to also learn the process of joining an existing Wi-Fi network in client mode. Some of the Ethernet-enabled devices, including printers and game consoles along with some of the compatible USB printers, don’t hold a built-in Wi-Fi interface. In case you would prefer these devices to get connected to the respective network over Wi-Fi, it is possible to make use of an AirPort Express to play a role of the bridge.
Additionally, you can easily make use of the client mode for the streaming of AirPlay music from a computer that is running iTunes to a sound system. You have to just connect the appropriate cable (Ethernet cable between the device as well as the AirPort Express, a USB cable from an adaptable audio cable or USB printer for music streaming), and make a configuration of the brilliantly-designed AirPort Express device for client mode by making use of the AirPort Utility.
In client mode, the incredible AirPort Express device has been used exclusively by the particular device to which it has been physically connected. It wouldn’t extend the range of the respective Wi-Fi network that means other devices, including computers, can’t make a connection to it wirelessly. Whenever in client mode, the brilliant AirPort Express device along with 802.11n would be capable of using the Ethernet port for passing Wi-Fi traffic to a particular device to the Ethernet port. Nevertheless, the original AirPort Express 802.11g doesn’t provide support to this feature and would disable the respective Ethernet port. And only compatible audio devices or USB printers have been supported. In order to make use of any of such features, you would also have a requirement of the proper Ethernet, USB cable, or audio for connecting the particular device to the respective AirPort Express device. But, before proceeding, you have to ensure that the respective AirPort software is up-to-date. You can easily download the latest version for Windows or Mac from the AirPort Support page.
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You have to make a connection of a proper cable between the proper AirPort Express device as well as the device it would serve.
And next, you need to plug the respective AirPort Express device into a power outlet.
Once the particular AirPort Express device starts up, you have to choose it on the screen of the AirPort Utility.
In case you’re now repurposing the respective AirPort Express device, first, you have to reset it from the Base Station in the respective menu bar and then make a selection of the Restore Default Settings.
Once the AirPort Express device completes the restore procedure, you have to select it from the respective Wi-Fi menu in the respective upper-left corner.
Next, you have to click the Other Options button. And next, you need to select “Add to an existing network”.
It’s time to select the name of the Wi-Fi network from the respective Wireless Network Name menu that you want to join and now click on next.
In this step, you have to enter the respective password to this network if needed.
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You have to implement the following steps:
First, you have to make a connection of a proper cable between the AirPort Express and the respective device it is going to serve.
Next, you need to plug the brilliantly-designed AirPort Express device into a power outlet.
Once the AirPort Express device starts up, you have to choose it from the Wi-Fi menu and as a next step, you have to make use of the respective Setup Assistant in the AirPort Utility for setting it up.
In case you’re now repurposing the respective AirPort Express device, first, you have to reset it from the particular Base Station in the menu bar via the selection of the Restore Default Settings.
Next, you have to choose the AirPort Express device in the AirPort Utility, and then you need to click on Continue.
Now, you need to enter a name as well as the password for the AirPort Express device and then it’s time to click “Continue.”
In this step, you have to select that you want the AirPort Express device to connect your present network and next you have to click on Continue.
Now, it’s time to choose “Join my wireless network,” and next, click on Continue.
In this step, you need to choose the Wi-Fi network name from the Wireless Network Name drop-down menu. Next, it’s time to match the respective Wireless Security. It’s time to click on Continue.
Now, you have to click on Update and then allow the respective AirPort Express device to restart. Once the AirPort Express device has been restarted, it has to automatically connect to the existing Wi-Fi network, as per the indication of the status light.
You can easily and manually download AirPort Utility as well as the AirPort Base Station firmware from the AirPort – Support – Downloads.
In a nutshell, the brilliantly-designed Apple AirPort Express device will be an ideal solution for accessing the internet connectivity. If you want to know more about the Apple AirPort Express Setup, then you can contact their customer care team.