I just had a very frustrating experience with Airport Express. I received one today and I have tried to install it in my living room. I want to plug it to a panasonic stereo so I can enjoy music from my iphone or my computer.
I expected the device to work out of the box. It didn't. I have tried for a few hours to change different settings in my network and airport express without success.
Airport Utility looses Airport Express. It just disappears. I'd have to reset it so I can access it again.
My adsl router is a Zyxel P660HN. I eventually set it to channel 1 (other wifi networks in my neighbourhood use channels between 6 and 11). It's set to work on g only, 20mhz width. All those are recommendations from other forums.
I've set the Airport Express to access an existing network, since all I want it to do is make my stereo "smarter".
And here's the frustrating thing. If I try and connect to it via iTunes on my macbook pro (running Lion with latest updates as of February 14th) I get a 15006 error. Then the Airport Express disappears from iTunes.
So I try again. This time I wire an ethernet cable to the Airport Express. Everything works fine. I can use iTunes with Airplay. Even my iPhone 4S works. Blissful Apple world.
Then I disconnect the ethernet cable. Phone still works. Itunes on macbook pro doesn't anymore. Then the speakers disappear again on iTunes. Airport Utility can't find Airport Express anymore...
Does anyone know how I can make it run? Without powercycling every two hours or resetting it every day. I've spent the last three hours on forums with all kinds of tips and tricks. None works. I wish I could just set and forget the thing...
I'm open to any feedback.