5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 7, 2013 5:36 PM by Tesserax
vbmike73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Here's my setup. 2007 iMac running Mavericks with Airport Utility 6, hard wired to my Airport Extreme. Wi-Fi is turned OFF on my iMac. Have Apple TV hard wired to Airport Extreme. Have one A1264 that I bought brand new hooked up to a stereo connected wirelessly so I can Airplay music to via iTunes and Pandora. Had no problem setting that up over two years ago and works perfectly. Airport Utility shows Internet - Airport Extreme - Airport Express, all are green.

 

Now I boguht two used A1264 off eBay and am trying to add these to my network. It's not as easy as I thought it was going to be. I thought I would plug them into the wall by themselves, and they would show up in Airport Utility. They show solid Amber when first plugged in, then flashing amber, which means something's wrong. In Airport Utility, one of them shows up under the Other Wi-Fi Devices tab on the top left, and when I click on the new Airport Express, it says it can't connect. Do I have to do something to these to reset them? As suggested on some other forums, I have held in the reset button while plugging it in, and holding it in for another 8 seconds until it flashes amber rapidly, but still the same thing. What am I doing wrong here? The instructions say you must connect the Airport Express to your stereo before pluggin in, but honestly I can't see how that would even matter. I tried it but nothing. It should just connect regardless of wheteher you have a miniplug going into it.


iMac (24-inch Mid 2007), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • 1. Re: Toruble setting up used Airport Express
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    I would recommend at this point that you start by performing a "factory default" reset on the AirPort Express you got from eBay. Note you may have to perform this several times to make sure it "sticks." Note: It would be normal for the Express's status LED to flash amber after a successful reset. This is not necessarily indicating that something is wrong. Rather it typically indicates that further configuration settings are recommended ... like setting up wireless security.

     

    After a factory default reset the Express will broadcast an unsecured wireless network with a network name of something like: Apple Network NNNNNN

     

    To ease the setup of this Express, temporarily connect it to the Extreme using an Ethernet cable. Once the setup has completed, disconnect it and relocate it to the desired location.

  • 2. Re: Toruble setting up used Airport Express
    vbmike73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So if the flashing amber is not necessarily bad, then maybe I'm not looking in the right place for the Apple Network NNNNNN. So a couple questions...

     

    Does the Airport Express have to be connected to my stereo? I'm guessing no.

     

    Where will I see the unsecured wireless network? In Airport utility? Will it show a picture of the device or will it appear under the other tab?

     

    Does having my iMac Wi-Fi on or off make any difference? I'm thinking no.

     

    Maybe turn off Wi-Fi on iMac and hard wire Express to my Extreme (which I think I tried, but maybe not exactly)

     

    I'll look up the info on the link you gave about the factory reset. Thanks for the help!!

  • 3. Re: Toruble setting up used Airport Express
    vbmike73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    And the lionk you gave talks about resetting the Airport Base Station. Are we talking about resetting the Extreme or just the Express?

  • 4. Re: Toruble setting up used Airport Express
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    Does the Airport Express have to be connected to my stereo? I'm guessing no.

    If your stereo is AirPlay-ready, then no, you do not need to connect it to the AirPort Express' audio port.

     

    Where will I see the unsecured wireless network? In Airport utility? Will it show a picture of the device or will it appear under the other tab?

    You would see this unsecured wireless network in the drop-down menu of the AirPort icon on the OS X menu bar of your iMac.

     

    Also, with the Express temporarily connected to the Extreme is should now show up in the AirPort Utility connected to the Extreme with a solid line.

  • 5. Re: Toruble setting up used Airport Express
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    Just the Express at this point.