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Maccaguy Level 1 (5 points)
I've just bought an AirPort Express to deliver my music to my home theater. I'm seriously considering the new Apple tv when it becomes available. Did I just waste my money on the AirPort because the Apple tv can do the same thing with (most) of my iTunes content?

If they both have the same capabilities (at least with the music), I could always move the AirPort to my bedroom, and stream my music there and have the tv connected to the home theater...

iMac 21.5", Mac OS X (10.6.2), 3G iOS 4
  • mauijiminar Level 4 (1,660 points)
    Well Maccaguy I have both. I keep my apple TV hooked up to the Living room for my home theater and use the air port express to listen to music outside, on my porch, ect. I bought the AP EXPRESS and then got he Apple Tv for Fathers day. It depends if you will want to listen to music in other parts of the home. The Air Port was a pain to move from behind the home theater and then reconnect ect.
  • Stephen Spark Level 4 (2,415 points)
    I think you will find these things are addictive and you will find the Express useful even if you get an ATV. I use a combination of 2 ATVs and 3 Expresses along with Remote on an touch around my home. ATVs get connected to TVs and home theaters of course with the Expresses connected to speaker only devices. One of my Expresses does double duty as a portable wifi access point in motels with ethernet connections when I travel.

    The Express is useful as a wireless server for a printer or USB drive as well.
  • ABQ_G35 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh, okay, so with the Apple TV, I don't need the AirPort Express at all?
  • mauijiminar Level 4 (1,660 points)
    Unless you are going to use the airport express as a router. If you have a router already, then no you will not need the airport express.
  • Maccaguy Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks guys. I think I'll keep the AirPort and move it into another room and grab the TV unit for the living room when it comes out. My wife likes the idea of music to cook to in the kitchen so I'm off to find some speakers.
  • ABQ_G35 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh, so the router is separate from the iMac AirPort is what you're saying? I'm still a newbie to wifi...thanks for any help!
  • mauijiminar Level 4 (1,660 points)
    You cannect a Mac two ways. With a cannel from your modem or wirelessly with a router. When you turn on the "air port" on a Mac it allows you to connect wirelessly to a router. The air port on the Mac is not a router to use with a I phone app,e tv ect.
  • billtils Level 1 (100 points)
    Macca: Make sure that they are powered or they won't work with the AE.
  • ABQ_G35 Level 1 (0 points)
    Okay, I understand now. Is there a less expensive router than an Apple? Any recommendations?
  • Maccaguy Level 1 (5 points)
    I'm currently using a Belkin router for my wi-fi setup. I had to make a few security changes to get the AirPort Express to work with it, but I'm happy with it's range and speed.
  • mauijiminar Level 4 (1,660 points)
    Well I have an Apple Time Capsule and Air Port Express and they both work great for me. There are cheeper routers out there though. Since I have an I mac, ect, they seem to work and set up easier for me.
  • ABQ_G35 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, for now, I'm going to just try the AirPort Express when I get the Apple TV.
  • ABQ_G35 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, after a visit to the Apple Store here, I find that my wireless modem will suffice for a network, so I'm told anyway by the guy there, so I'll try that first!
  • Graham Perks Level 1 (55 points)
    An Airport Express can be configured from your Mac, an Apple TV is going to need a display to get configured. Presumably once configured though (basically, connected to your network), an Apple TV can be moved to a speaker-only set up to play music through, just like an Airport Express.
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