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Airport Express + MyBook Live (no internet wireless media server)

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Sep 17, 2011 3:00 PM

Hello all,


I am a cruise ship musician and want to create a wireless media center in my cabin.  Here is my thought:


Airport Express + WD My Book Live + Speakers


What I want to accomplish is to have a network in my cabin soley for hosting my NAS Drive (My Book live) that my MacBook pro can access and play music via airtunes to the speakers also attached to the airport express.

The whole idea is to get rid of all the cables I need to attach to my laptop just to listen to music in my cabin (External HDD and Speakers).  Can I do this by putting the AX into "bridge" mode as I have read about in other discussions (this network is intended ONLY to be used to provide wireless access to the NAS Drive)


Will this work?


Thank you

Airport Express, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,560 points)

    Yes, this should work. The AirPort Express Base Station (AX) would not get a Public IP address, but it would have a Private IP address of ... and it would be providing wireless clients, including the WD My Book Live, connected to it with Private IP addresses in the - range.


    AirPort Utility > Select the AX > Manual Setup > AirPort > Wireless

    • Wireless Mode: Create a wireless network
    • Wireless Network Name: <enter a desired Network Name or SSID>
    • Radio Mode: <leave the default or select a desired radio mode>
    • Channel: Automatic
    • Wireless Security: <select the desired wireless security type>


    Internet > Internet Connection

    • Connect Using: Ethernet
    • Connection Sharing: Distribute a range of IP addresses


    Internet > TCP/IP

    • Configure IPv4: Manually
    • IP Address:
    • Subnet Mask:
    • Router Address:
    • DNS Server(s): <leave blank>
    • Domain Name: <leave blank>


    Internet > DHCP

    • DHCP Beginning Address: <leave default or change to a desired starting address>
    • DHCP Ending Address: <leave default or change to a desired ending address>



    • Enable AirTunes (checked>
    • iTunes Speaker Name: <leave default or enter a desired speaker name>


    Advanced > Logging & Statistics

    • Allow SNMP (unchecked)


    Your AX will still report at least three errors: 1) Configuration of WAN, 2) SNMP over WAN, and 3) Double NAT. These can all be safely ignored to stop the AX's status light from flashing amber in this configuration.



  • DrPips Calculating status...

    Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I'm after doing the same thing and I'm struggling.  I get setting the Airport Express up like this, but my problem is that as I subscribe to itunes match, for some reason my iphone tries to play every song over the internet, rather than accessing from the Mybook live.


    What am I doing wrong?


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