8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2015 12:54 PM by gishua
84wvu Level 1 Level 1

I have on airport express that is 5  years old, I now have a new wireless router.  I want to  use the express just for air waving iTunes.  How do I set it up?

Reply by sheila_m. on Jun 1, 2013 12:16 PM Helpful

Hello 84wvu,

 

It sounds like you want to setup your Airport Express to Airplay music from iTunes.  I found an article with steps to help you get this setup:

 

Connecting to an existing Wi-Fi network, exclusively for iTunes music
HT4587_4b----en.png

AirPort Express used exclusively for AirPlay by setting it up in Client Mode.

Choose this configuration if the computer containing your iTunes library may be out of direct range of the AirPort Express, but is within range of the Wi-Fi network.

How to Set It Up

  1. Connect your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers.
  2. From your computer, join the wireless network. Use the AirPort status menu in the menu bar on a Mac. On a Windows-based computer, hold the pointer over the wireless connection icon until you see your AirPort network name (SSID), and choose it from the list if there are multiple networks available. Enter the network password, if necessary.
  3. Open iTunes on your computer and choose the AirPort Express(es) you wish to stream music through from the speakers pop-up menu in the lower-right corner of the iTunes window.

 

 

I also recommend reviewing the sections titled "Some things you should know about AirPort Express with AirPlay" and "Things to consider before you begin" in the full article:

 

Wi-Fi base stations: How to set up and configure AirPort Express for AirPlay and iTunes

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4587

 

Thank you for posting in the Apple Support Communities.

 

Best,

Sheila M.

Reply by Koster79 on Jun 3, 2013 12:12 PM Helpful

there is a discussion on here https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4172563?start=0&tstart=0

 

OR if you don't want to use terminal there is how to do it here http://frank.is/mountain-lion-and-the-old-airport-utility/

 

not sure i can link "non apple" pages here but google "how to install airport utility 5.6.1 on mountain lion" will be the 3rd option

 

of course once you install airport utility it will say there is an uptade you have to say NO

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  • sheila_m. Community Specialists Community Specialists

    Hello 84wvu,

     

    It sounds like you want to setup your Airport Express to Airplay music from iTunes.  I found an article with steps to help you get this setup:

     

    Connecting to an existing Wi-Fi network, exclusively for iTunes music
    HT4587_4b----en.png

    AirPort Express used exclusively for AirPlay by setting it up in Client Mode.

    Choose this configuration if the computer containing your iTunes library may be out of direct range of the AirPort Express, but is within range of the Wi-Fi network.

    How to Set It Up

    1. Connect your AirPort Express to your home stereo or powered speakers.
    2. From your computer, join the wireless network. Use the AirPort status menu in the menu bar on a Mac. On a Windows-based computer, hold the pointer over the wireless connection icon until you see your AirPort network name (SSID), and choose it from the list if there are multiple networks available. Enter the network password, if necessary.
    3. Open iTunes on your computer and choose the AirPort Express(es) you wish to stream music through from the speakers pop-up menu in the lower-right corner of the iTunes window.

     

     

    I also recommend reviewing the sections titled "Some things you should know about AirPort Express with AirPlay" and "Things to consider before you begin" in the full article:

     

    Wi-Fi base stations: How to set up and configure AirPort Express for AirPlay and iTunes

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4587

     

    Thank you for posting in the Apple Support Communities.

     

    Best,

    Sheila M.

  • 84wvu Level 1 Level 1

    Shelia, thanks for the reply.  It got me going in the right direction.  The problem is the airport express I have is not supported by Airport Utility using a version of Lion 7.2 or higher.  Very frustrating.  The apple representative told me to find someone with a mac/iphone/ipad that had not been kept up in Lion releases or find a friend with a pc that was running windows 7.  I bet Steve Jobs would have rolled over in his grave.  Basically they are not going to support this old airport express any longer.

  • Koster79 Level 1 Level 1

    Things are a bit complicate because as you said, airport utility 6.2 can't read airport express, BUT at the same time you can't downgrade di airport utility 5.6.1 because mountain lion (but i think even lion) don't allow the installation of THAT airport utility

     

    there is an unofficial way to let the installation process go well (i have installed in my mountain lion) can't upgrade firmaware to more than 6.3 (and that is a bit annoying but not the end of the world) but i was able to configure my airport express just for airplay and is what i needed for

  • 84wvu Level 1 Level 1

    All I want is to do airplay.  What is the unofficial way? How were you able to configure it?

  • Koster79 Level 1 Level 1

    there is a discussion on here https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4172563?start=0&tstart=0

     

    OR if you don't want to use terminal there is how to do it here http://frank.is/mountain-lion-and-the-old-airport-utility/

     

    not sure i can link "non apple" pages here but google "how to install airport utility 5.6.1 on mountain lion" will be the 3rd option

     

    of course once you install airport utility it will say there is an uptade you have to say NO

  • 84wvu Level 1 Level 1

    I was able to get the airport up and going, but it appears to not be recognized on my wireless network now.  I had read that there was an issue with netgear routers and apple express? 

  • 84wvu Level 1 Level 1

    By the way what you gave me was dead on!  Kudos

  • gishua Level 1 Level 1

    I know this is an old thread but I was able to get the old airport express working with these settings in the image attached - after much trial and error.

     

    1. Hard Reset your airport express

    2. Connect your airport express via ethernet cable to your wireless router

    3. Use airport utility 5.6.1 to view your airport express

    4. click Manual Setup

    5. On the main summary screen look @ the channel for the airport express

    6. go into your router settings and use the same channel

    7. put your wireless router 2.4ghz to WPA2-PSK with AES encryption

    8. Save settings & reboot your router

    9. in the airport express wireless screen type your network name and password and select WPA2 Personal

    10. Update settings on your airport express - as soon as it tells you the airport express is restarting - unplug ethernet cable and give it about 2 minutes to start up and you should see a green light.

     

    I have attached my screens for reference on what I had to do to get it to work.

     

    Thanks to Croey J Mahler for the 5.6.1 launcher - ( I was using EL CAPITAN OS)

    http://coreyjmahler.com/note/airport-utility-5-6-1-launcher/

     

    Thanks

    Joshairport_setup.jpg