7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2012 11:05 AM by HACKINT0SH
dorothea15 Level 1 (0 points)

i want to connect internet to one and then my printer to another for wireless printing. they are in different rooms (internet via phone line and printer in the living room) so can't connect both to one without extensive wiring.


airport, iOS 5
  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,494 points)

    Yes, you can have two AirPorts on the same network. Which exact AirPort base stations do you have?

  • dorothea15 Level 1 (0 points)

    One I think is the older (or newer, bought last year) airport express, was going to buy another airport express.  Any recommendations? I don't think it is an  official basestation?

  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 (5,760 points)

    Alright, I'll bite. Why is it you think you can't just use the Express that you already have for wireless printing? Is there not a usb port in it?

  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,494 points)

    Using two AirPort Express Base Stations (AX) should meet all of your networking needs. You would connect one, via an Ethernet cable, to your Internet modem. The other one would be configured as a wireless client for the purpose of sharing the printer that would be connected to the second AX's USB port.

  • dorothea15 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, this is helpful. My new airport arrived in the mail and I am trying to set it up. However, I can't get my computer airport utility to detect the new airport (airport flashes orange). I tried disconnecting my original airport and connecting the new one to the ethernet just for configuration purposes but this didn't seem straight forward either. Do I need to have ethernet connected to both airports for it to work? I was hoping to use the other airport by just connecting to the first wireless network (which I think is what you are suggesting) and then to my printer to avoid dragging an ethernet cable through my living room.

     

    Thank you so much!

  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,494 points)

    By default, your new AirPort Express will broadcast an unsecured wireless network with a name like "Apple Network NNNNNN." WIth the original Express providing a wireless network, you just need to temporarily "switch" wireless networks to the one provided by the new Express. Once you do, you can open the AirPort Utility, select the new Express, and then, make the necessary changes. Allow the new Express to restart.

     

    Once it has restarted, go ahead and "switch" back to the original wireless network. You should now only have a single wireless network to connect to. Your new Express is also connected to this network just like your computer is and it now should be available for printing.

  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 (5,760 points)

    If you can't see the new airport in the Airport Utility for setting up, then that's strange.  Especially since you said you hooked it up with ethernet even.

     

    Did you purchase this device as USED?  If so, do a factory reset first.