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How do I connect my Samsung TV to Airport Express?

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Please note, I'm not a network person at all so I have no idea if what I'm doing is close or not...

I have an ethernet cable connected to the Samsung LAN spot. I used a LAN to USB adapter to try to connect to the only spot available on Airport Express (the other is connected to my cable modem). The TV fails when it tries to do an IP/Gateway/DNS check, and I don't see a way to make the Airport recognize the TV. My wireless network is password protected, so I'm sure there's something I need to do related to that, but I'm having no luck.

I saw other posts related to the Samsung TVs so I'm hoping someone smarter than me can figure this out!
Airport Express, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,475 points)
    Welcome to the discussions!

    The USB port on an AirPort Express will support a compatible printer, but that's it. Unfortunately, it won't work with a hard drive, or any other device other than a compatible printer.

    Check and see if the Samsung can connect to your wireless network. That's the only way it will be able to connect using your current network devices.
    MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone
  • allaningpen Calculating status...
    Hi, one question- are you using the Apple Express to make your network wireless? If so, then I guess your TV can't be. What you may be able to do in this case is connect your TV to your modem with an ethernet cable to your modem and then see.

    If you can set your modem to wireless, and connect you Express to this wirelessly, then you can plug your TV into the ethernet plug on your Express and it should work.

    I have an Apple Express and Extreme. How I have set it up is as follows: Express on to the modem via ethernet cable and set it to extend a network.

    Then the TV, Bluray player, another old laptop all plug into the Apple Extreme using their own individual ethernet cables, and they all can use the internet via wifi through the Extreme. No need to set up weird numbers/ ports/ etc. All done via the Express.

    Good luck.
    macbook pro
  • Vinko Level 3 Level 3 (955 points)
    Did you Samsung TV come with a USB WiFi modem? All the new models do. You need to plug this into one of the USB port on your Samsung TV.

    As for your Airport Express, it can only create a Wireless (WiFi) network for you, it does not have any Ethernet ports as you already know. @Bob is correct that the USB port on the Airport Express only supports compatible printers; for sharing the printer on your network.

    Do NOT connect the TV via wired Ethernet to your modem supplied by your broadband provider (ISP). That's because you need to "dial up" to your ISP, if you do not have another router than the Airport Express, then the Airport Express is doing this for you.

    So if your TV did not come with a USB WiFi modem then you may want to contact Samsung to see if you get get one. BTW if you live in the US Samsung is available on Twitter (@samsungservice
    MacBook Pro 15" 2.0GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 32GB iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2.1)

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