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Extremely frustrated- ATC with two AE for music streaming and they drop music left and right. I have tried all the recommended fixes with no relief. I am ready to sell my AE's and look for another alternative... like hardwiring the %^(#$r @#%$#r old school seems like the only way.
You would think A would fix it and deliver what was promised for how much is invested... money and time.
Obviously I could go on and on.....
I have also been experiencing the same problem, been dealing with this issue ever since 9.0 was installed. I have 4 APX and I am constantly restarting them. I wouldn't recommend hard wiring the house. One word, Sonos! Pricey, but they seem to have their "expletive" together when it comes to streaming music in the home.
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Message was edited by: Mezo
I think I may have actually fixed this problem for my setup last night. I went into the airport utility-manual configuration for my airport express. After taking a look at the logs, it occurred to me that my i-tunes dropped out at about the same time the airport went looking to update the time at time.apple.com. So I unchecked the option 'set time automatically.' It's under Airport-Bas Station
It's been working like a charm ever since.
Subtle variation on the frequent drop outs mine happen after about an hour.
Have sucessfully connected an AE to a PC XP(latest SPs) wireless network (Thomson wireless modem) quite a few times (admittedly I have to plug in an ethernet cable to the AE unit the first time to get the AE to register on Airport Utility).
The AE is plugged in only 8ft away - no metal etc in the way. It streams via iTunes and Airtunes to my Linn system fine for about an hour and then suddenly drops out and Airtunes and the Airport Utility can't find it? The AE still has its green light on and the Thomson accessed via IE can still see the AE on its wireless network?
Have returned one AE unit already and getting exactly same thing on the second one....just tried changing the channel on the thomson modem/router to 6. and have now downloaded latest AE 7.4.1 and am running latest iTunes 9.1.
will leave going for a while and see what happens again....
Negative on the 10.6.4 + 9.2 updates. Actually, as implausible as it sounds, it is worse. I have been battling, trying every asinine solution posted, with this for over 2 years now and nothing grates my nerves more than a drop during a song...except when it does it during a party! I'm about to chuck the whole thing and go back to the wire. Shame on Apple.
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I am running snow leopard 10.6.4 and have purchased my 3rd airport express a few weeks ago.
I am running iTunes 10
The airport express is 7.4.2 (latest version)
I took the last two back some months ago and gave up trying to get them working.
I found this forum and thought, sod it, I must be able to get the thing working!
So, on the 3rd one, out of he box, the same problems, it would run for 40 minutes OK, then start cutting out up till the point where it was un-listenable. I expected this.
So I accessed it through airport utility (v5.51 - latest version)
This is how I configured mine:
Auto time update: off
DHCP: off, manually configured IP
Wireless: off (its plugged into an ethernet cable which runs from the router), did have it on infrastructure mode, joining a wireless network, but this caused cut outs
So, did this solve the problem? NO. Worked for a while, then the same cut outs.....
I then purchased a network cable tester. All cables were fine.
There is another wireless network on the same channel as ours, but I haven't got round to switching the channel on ours.
So I started using Airfoil. Did this solve the problem? NO. It was ok for a while, but the problems returned.
I am now switching it over to its own network and we'll see if this works. Will post the results soon.
At this point I thought
I've been extremely fed up with this dropout stuff for a very long time, but think I finally found something that works for me. As mentioned before, music would stream perfectly setting the TC at N-only 5ghz (my TC is so old it doesn't have a dual antenna). Problem with that setup is that it excludes smart phones, old computers etc. that only accept a G-network (at 2,4ghz).
So I used an old cheap router that was collecting dust to set up a dual network - meaning I now have two networks in my house: one N (5ghz) and one G (2,4ghz). This way I stream music (without glitches!) to the AE through N and connect other stuff to the G network.
Some very useful guides here:
A word of caution would be not to place the other router physically on top of the TC: I did and the TC would literally shut down on me (light off) ever so often. Probably due to overheating, I dunno. Placing the other router next to it however seem to work just fine.
(Not the sexiest setup and not sure how this whole setup complies with an iPhone as remote - probably not - but at least I can stream music without having to hardwire the whole friggin house!)