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pjnrose Level 1 (0 points)

i have a wifi network with a router from the cable provider

i have an extra airport express (not connected to the wifi network) that i would like to use just to stream music from a receiver using airplay without connecting to the existing wifi.


This way, i can play music remotely from my iphone without phyically connecting to the receiver.


Is this possible?

  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,576 points)

    Yes, you can use the AirPort Express Base Station (AX) without an Internet connection for iTunes streaming. The AX would not get a Public IP address, but it would have a Private IP address of ... and it would be providing wireless clients connected to it with Private IP addresses in the - range.


    Note: The following instructions are intended for the 5.x version of the AirPort Utility.


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


    Your AX may report the following 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.



  • pjnrose Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks but do i need to have the AX connected to the router via ethernet cable or is this required just for the initial set up?

  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,576 points)

    Just for the initial setup, it can be connected to either the router or directly to your computer.

  • jamiebuckingham Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi- after much frustration, this worked for me and I had music streaming.

    But, when I removed the ethernet cable I lost the connection. The base station restarted but the airport utility couldn't find it again...

    Please help!

  • Tyus4 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't mean to hi-jack the thread but I set up my ax and had no problems with it..I moved it to get better signal strength and couldn't get it to work since.  I tried all different settings and for the **** of it i tried the manual settings used above.  Everything actually seemed to work ok but when I first set it up I could log in to the original wireless network and the apple network with my iphone to stream pandora and now I can only log into apple.  I thought, as long as its working I can deal with it.  So pandora will only open play if im logged into my regular wireless network, then I switch over to the apple ax network and it will keep playing until the song finishes.  Oonce the song finishes it freezes unless I log out and log back into the regular wireless network.  Any help?

  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,576 points)

    Be sure that your computer is connected to the wireless network being provided by the AirPort Express BEFORE attempting to access it via the AirPort Utility.

  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,576 points)

    As you know Pandora is an Internet-based audio source. You need to be connected to the Internet in order to use it properly. Since the Express is providing its own wireless network (without an Internet connection) this setup won't work for you. It is intended to be used with iTunes as the audio source.

  • jamiebuckingham Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Tesserax- thanks for your help- just not sure what you mean by this? Initially the Airport Express Utility 'sees' the AX whether it's connected by ethernet or not. And I have the AX working fine with ethernet cable attached. But when I disconnect the cable the utility can't see the AX. It's ony in the next room...

    Not sure what I'm doing wrong?!


    Is what I'm trying to do even possible? I dont have an extreme, just the Express. I want to connect the AX to my stereo, without the ethernet cable, and connect via wifi to my imac...

  • Tyus4 Level 1 (0 points)

    When I set it up the first time, I had no problems.  Everything worked fine with pandora.  I just couldn't get it to work on my deck, it was too far away.  After moving the AX over 2 rooms and reconnecting, it couldn't locate it ect ect ect.  Just seemed to not want to setup the same.  So it seems like it has to be some sort of setting thats still not right.   Before I could run pandora through ax through both my orignial wireless network and my apple network, not just apple works.  When I go through my iphone app for airport utility and log into my original wireless network it shows I'm connected to the AX but not the internet and when i log into apple network and go into airport utility it shows I'm connected to Internet and not AX.  

  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,576 points)

    If I understand your goal properly, you want your AX to be a standalone wireless router that will provide a wireless network (with no Internet connection) for iTunes streaming ... is this correct? If so, then the AX must be connected to your stereo with the appropriate (analog/digital optical) cable. By default, the AX will broadcast an unsecured wireless network with a name something like Apple Network NNNNNN, which your iMac should have no trouble connecting to for streaming.

  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,576 points)

    I'm not sure that your goal is the same as the OP's. Do you have just the AX or multiple wireless routers in your current network configuration? If multiple, do you have the AX configured: 1) To extend the other router's wireless network, 2) To join this other router's wireless network, or 3) As a standalone wireless network?

  • jamiebuckingham Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Tesserax

    Yep thats right- so do I need to connect the AX to the router with the ethernet cable to set uo, or not? I've got it connected to the stereo...


  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,576 points)

    You should be able to set it up in one of the following three ways: 1) Temporarily connected to your router by Ethernet, 2) Temporarily connected to your iMac by Ethernet, or 3) By connecting your iMac to the AX's wireless network. Any of these methods should allow the AirPort Utility to "find" it.

  • jamiebuckingham Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, now I can see the AX and use it as I want, but I can't connect to the internet.

    If I follow these steps exactly

    (Utility 5) it all goes well until step 11. When the AX restarts, the Airport Utility stops finding it.

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