Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2013 1:10 PM (in response to pescado)
In your network configuration, AirPlay first travels from the iTunes host to the Linksys router. It then travels from the Linksys to the AirPort Express.
Are both routers in the same room, same floor, or different floors? Do you live in an area with a high concentration of other Wi-Fis nearby ... like an apartment, condo, or dorm complex?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2013 1:42 PM (in response to Tesserax)
Thanks Tesserax! The Linksys is in the basement and the AP Express is on the main floor. The house was built in 1927 and has plaster walls. Neighboring houses are 12 feet away. Interestingly, I have only noticed the dropouts when playing music from iTunes on my PC, but not when playing from my iPhone using Airplay. In both cases I'm not streaming from an online source; just playing from the library on the PC or the iPhone respectively. Thinking of getting another AP Express to replace the main router in the basement, then using the other AP Express (also new) to extend the network on the main floor. I've been told the AirPort Express is a much better router, so I thought it might fix the dropouts and give me a stronger signal at the far end of the house. Am I barking up the wrong tree?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2013 3:43 PM (in response to pescado)
Unfortunately there is no way to guarantee that replacing the Linksys with the Express will solve the problem but it should improve things. The key is proper placement of each of the base stations to ensure that you are getting the best bandwidth possible for streaming. It is important to understand that in a extended wireless network, the extending base station can only extend the wireless network with the same bandwidth that it receives it, albeit with a stronger signal. Fortunately, streaming audio takes little bandwidth, but drop-outs are still an issue as you have seen.
Please take a look at the following AirPort User Tip to get an idea on how to best place your base stations BEFORE going out an getting the second Express.