Skip navigation

HT1515: AirPort Express frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Learn about AirPort Express frequently asked questions (FAQ)

HT1515 can i create 2 connections?

381 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 13, 2012 8:53 PM by seaseasea RSS
seaseasea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Currently Being Moderated
Mar 13, 2012 4:14 PM

can I create these 2 connections?

  1. one connection for internet (this is on a network, under the wifi symbol, I select) -- this connection is shared with my household
  2. one for video streaming a video on my 2TB and to stream to my iphone  --- this is for my own private use


this would mean the video stream connection would not use any data from my internet plan. Correct?


so far, I have been switching between the two.  I would like to keep both active.  So I can watch the video stream on my iphone and my friend can use my mac to search internet.



how do i?


Time Capsule 802.11n (3rd Gen), iOS 5.1
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,545 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 13, 2012 7:35 PM (in response to seaseasea)

    It sounds like you want to use the Guest networking feature of the Time Capsule for your friend to access the Internet while you would use the "main" network for video streaming.


    If so, please check out the following Apple Support article for details on Guest networking.

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,545 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 13, 2012 7:59 PM (in response to seaseasea)

    That is correct. If both the video source and destination are on the local network (whether or not the network is provided by wire or wireless or both), all data is passed just on the local network ... and there is no consumption of data from the Internet.


    Streaming video from the Internet, using a service like Netflix, will require getting those video files from the Internet.

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,545 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 13, 2012 8:11 PM (in response to seaseasea)

    So wifi, must mean a wireless network - correct?

    Yes, that is correct.


    Question: Can my MacBook Pro be on 2 wireless networks at once?

    one for the internet (shared with household)

    one for video streaming to my iphone, using a video stored on my MacBookPro.

    No. The MacBook Pro (or any computer) can only connect to one wireless network at a time. You can; however, access the Internet simultaneously while streaming connected to that single wireless network. You are just sharing the same overall bandwidth (think highway with lanes) when doing both.


    currently if I use the video streaming, it means I have to SWITCH between "wireless network used for internet" to a wireless network/computer to iphone network I  have setup.

    Wi-Fi and cellular are two different types of wireless networks that use different technologies. Your iPhone is capable of connecting to both types of wireless networks. An iPod Touch, on the other hand, can only connect to Wi-Fi wireless networks. The data plan that comes with your iPhone is charged when you connect to the cellular wireless network, not the Wi-Fi network. Most Wi-Fi network are billed monthly and typically do not incur a data cap ... although some ISPs are now starting to do so.


    If you are streaming from video source on your local network, your iPhone should not need to connect to the cellular network to access the source. Instead, it should be connecting to the Wi-Fi network to do so, which should not incur any useage penalties.


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.