Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2012 9:43 AM (in response to Locomotief)
I was going to suggest you check what channels other networks around you are using, but you say you already tried all channels. Anyhow, maybe it's still a good idea to use a wifi scanner and check what channels the strongest networks in your neighborhood are on, in order to configure the AE to stay away from those. If that doesn't work I don't know what else to tell you. Airtunes has become less reliable with iTunes 8 and up, but the above method fixed the problem permanently for me.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 1:51 AM (in response to Locomotief)
I have a mid 2011 iMac, an "n" Time Capsule and an "n" Airport Express. The Time Capsule is connected to my router (a BT one - I'm in the UK) with an ethernet cable and the iMac is connected to the Time Capsule with an ethernet cable too.
The Airport Express is in the next room and is only used for Airtunes to my HiFi system, streamed from the iMac. I too have been suffering dropouts and these seem to have increased since upgrading to AirPort Utility 6.0 and the latest firmware updates for the TC and AE.
At the moment, the AE is connected wirelessly to the network created with the TC and the iMac's internal WiFi is turned off. I have also tried setting the AE up as a separate network, turning the iMac's WiFi on and connecting to it directly. I have also tried limiting the AU to 5GHz only. In the past I have also tried selecting individual WiFi channels.
None of these actions have cured the problem. I'm coming to the conclusion that the only way to het a really secure connection to the AE is to connect to it with an Ethernet cable, but that sort of defeats the object, doesn't it?
I really wish this would work as it should. It's so nearly brilliant.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2012 10:07 AM (in response to Mitchump)
If only it were that simple! I've had the airport express G model since 2005 and it's always been troublesome. I thought I finally had the problem fixed when I decided to run an ethernet cable through the floor from one end of the room to the other. It had been working fine that way for months. Fast forward to a few days ago and I got a Airport Extreme Dual Band 5th gen to replace my poorly performing belkin router. Even when connected via ethernet, I'm having constant dropouts on the AE. The only thing that's changed in my setup is that the iMac now connects via 5ghz wireless (I was using ethernet before but I had to move one device to wireless since the Airport Extreme only has 3 ports).
I think the truth is that Airplay/Airtunes is just not a very reliable technology.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2012 9:14 AM (in response to dfbennett)
Indeed. I have since hooked up the AExpress to the router by ethernet cable, which is not a big issue as the stereo set is very close to the router (in fact if the Extreme had an audio out I would have bought it instantly).
It started out working great, until I started losing connection only to be solved by restarting the AExpress, the router, the iMac or all of them. Often the "error 15000" pops up. I did not delve too deep into this yet, but based on my first google searches I moved from one mistery problem to the other.
So yes, I agree - Airtunes in combination with the "g" Airport Express (not sure about the current product and I am comprehensive to try them out) is not a reliable technology. Which I find rather odd, as I often hear that Apple launches something ONLY when the technology is ready for the optimum user experience.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2012 12:18 PM (in response to Locomotief)
sorry I have read, but not too technically inclined, but in my case when experiencing dropout on playback on my Airport Express using the Airplay utility (broadcasting from my Iphone), I found the error to be that I had the bluetooth on, on the phone and it seemed that periodically the phone was searching for a bluetooth device within range and dropped the airplay momentarily. After turning off bluetooth on the phone, all was good, no more dropouts.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2012 6:00 PM (in response to dfbennett)
Well I'm about to eat humble pie as they say.
I had thought it was my airport express dropping out all along. However, I remembered that my I'd been having drop out issues with my receivers optical input when my PS3 was connected and I switched the Airport Express to that input a while back.
I ended up connecting the Airport Express with an analog cable and now it's working FLAWLESSLY. Even more surprising, it is even working very well WIRELESSLY running off my Airport Extreme's 2.4ghz network (i have the newest dual band model).
So moral of the story is I was wrong My receiver is 10 years old so I think it's starting to go and the optical input not working is the first sign of that. I ended up ordering a new receiver today so at least for me, it's not the airport express' fault.