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Old Dec 11th, 2011, 09:16 PM   #1
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Streaming music, Airport Express....

I've got 2 Airport Express (802.11G) and have, so far, employed one to stream music from my iPod Touch to my older stereo via a 1/8 plug from the AE to the Mixing Mike port on the front of the stereo. Have to do most of the volume adjusting on the stereo. I set up the AE to create a new network and it's not in Bridge Mode. How might I have my iPad connected to either Netflix or Internet Radio while at the same time stream the audio to my AE connected to my stereo? I would somehow have to be connected to 2 networks (Internet and AE). Or is there some way to bridge the AE to my Internet network so that it can both function as an online source as well as streaming audio?

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Old Dec 11th, 2011, 10:23 PM   #2
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Just add the AE to the existing network ("Join existing network"). Then the iPad needs to connect to the network to have access to Internet and streaming audio.
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Old Dec 12th, 2011, 06:02 AM   #3
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Did that. Went to the Wireless tab and just switched to "Connect to Network." Audio was terrible through the 1/8 jack when playing local iTunes music on my iPod. Switched back to create a network. Now Airport Utility cannot detect the Airport Express. Had to reset the AE. So, is the 1/8 jack into the AE the issue with lousy audio or should I start over from scratch with the AE and not just go through Manual setup as I did?

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Old Dec 12th, 2011, 09:55 AM   #4
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Did that. Went to the Wireless tab and just switched to "Connect to Network." Audio was terrible through the 1/8 jack when playing local iTunes music on my iPod. Switched back to create a network. Now Airport Utility cannot detect the Airport Express. Had to reset the AE. So, is the 1/8 jack into the AE the issue with lousy audio or should I start over from scratch with the AE and not just go through Manual setup as I did?
The Airpot Express has a "fixed level" analog audio line output (as well a digital but that is beside the point here) and should be connected to an "fixed" line input on your amp/reciever (such as aux or tape monitor). Your mic input (with its volume control) introduces another unnecessary stage of pre-amplification that could easily overload things and causes distortion. Use the volume control on your iPad's Music app to adjust the input volume & Master volume of your receiver to adjust the output volume.

As mentioned by Atroz you should set your Express to "join or extend your existing network" your iPad cannot connect to 2 different networks at the same time. If you are extending your existing Airport Exteme's network, make sure your Extreme is set to "allow this network to be extended"
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Old Dec 12th, 2011, 09:57 AM   #5
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I went through the AE Setup Guide and can't seems o figure what configuration I should use. My setup is, my AE plugged in to my stereo (mini-stereo to mini-stereo). I want to be able to use either my iPod Touch or my iPad to be able to stream iTunes music or internet music, Netflix, etc. to the stereo. Obviously, the AE would have to join my existing wireless network (which is my Airport Extreme bridged to my Speedstream modem). I already tried creating a new network where my iPod iTunes Library streamed fine. But I want to get some stuff off the internet as well to stream. I tried the Manual setup which didn't work well, as in my previous post. Should I start from scratch? I already reset the AE.
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I have my network set up the same as you want...basically Modem > Airport Extreme > Airport Express > Stereo. For me one of my Express units is an older G model so i use client mode on that and the other is a newer N model so I use that to extend my network range. Either way when I'm playing music both express's show up in AirPlay as available devices.

You have two choices with your AE...basically you can have it connect to your existing network using Client Mode or you can extend your Extreme's network with the Express using WDS if your Extreme is a G model or use this method if they are both N routers (AirPort Utility 5.1 Help: Extending the range of an 802.11n network).
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I'm going through Airport Utility's setup for my AE and don't see any Client Mode. In the Wireless tab, I see Create a wireless network, participate in a WDS network or join a wireless network. To set it to Client Mode, do I go through Manual Setup or Assist?

Okay- I went through it as a new setup and set it to join my existing wireless network. I think that's what I did before. I'll report back.
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Old Dec 12th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #8
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Super. It's working fine. The issue I was having with bad audio may be due to the fact that the stereo volume was set too low. I'm really impressed with the versatility of these Airport Express devices. I've got two of them so I suppose I could hook into another stereo int he house for the same music in another room. What's the benefit of the newer 802.11N AE's?
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The issue I was having with bad audio may be due to the fact that the stereo volume was set too low.
Get one of these & use aux input or tape monitor input. Don't use the mic input.

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Old Dec 12th, 2011, 11:33 AM   #10
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I have the Apple Monster cable set but the stereo I'm presently using is around 20 years old. No input other than the Mic Mixing jack. I'm quite pleased with the audio, actually.
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