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Old May 31st, 2005, 12:22 PM   #1
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Airport Express with EyeHome Question

Hey Everyone,

I am using an Airport Express Base Station for my wirless internet and I just bought an Elgato EyeHome to use as a Home Media Centre (the eyehome allows you to watch any movies stored on your hard drive on your tv). The EyeHome connects directly to the Airport Express to enable wireless transfer of all my files to my TV from my computer but, in doing this I have to unplug the modem from the Airport Express, therefore losing wireless internet.

I would like to know if there is a simple solution whereby I can use the same Airport Express but plug in both the modem and the EyeHome at the same time. I know using the internet and transferring video at the same time would have performance effects but I don't really want to do that. I just don't want to have to unplug one and replug the other each time I change.

I just got the Airport Express today and it's my first wireless experience so, if the question is ridiculously easy of ridiculously impossible, please excuse my ignorance.

Thanks, in advance, for any assistance.

Bruce

P.S. The Eyehome sits within inches of the modem, Airport Express and the TV while the computers are a PowerBook and an iBook and, therefore, sit pretty much anywhere.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 12:33 PM   #2
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a small hub should do the trick
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Old May 31st, 2005, 12:39 PM   #3
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Thanks Gary,

Excuse my ignorance but would the connections be.....

Modem to hub, EyeHome to Hub and Hub to Airport Express?

Thanks again for your help.

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Your EyeHome and Modem plug into the hub. As does your AP Express but it may need to go into the Uplink port. I haven't set one up this way so I'm not sure if you'll need the uplink or not. Maybe someone else here has done it and can offer their experience.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 04:40 PM   #5
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An easier solution would be a router. This way you could have the modem plugged into the WAN port and the rest would recieve their internet access and IP's from the router. Then, you would select bridge mode on the AP Express and all will be well.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 05:24 PM   #6
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OK, now I'm getting really confused.

I just went searching for hubs vs routers and I'm finding all sorts of different things.

Can someone please explain the difference between a switch, a hub and a router and how they would work in the above problem.

Much appreciated.

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Old May 31st, 2005, 10:57 PM   #7
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Wow, this must really be a boring question, however if anyone can spare a couple of minutes explaining the difference it would be greatly appreciated. I'm sure I won't be the last beginner here wondering this stuff.

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Here's a great article

http://compnetworking.about.com/od/h...ervsswitch.htm
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Old Jun 4th, 2005, 06:42 PM   #9
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Hey Everyone,

I finally got out to get a router for this setup and I'm having major difficulties setting it up.

I have the modem running into, oddly enough, the modem port on the router (Linksys wired cable/DSL router with four port switch BEFSR41), the EyeHome running into one of the other ports on the router and the Airport Express connected to the Uplink port. I have tried turning the EyeHome off and on again for it to recognise my computer, I've tried typing in my IP address to show it the way, I've tried typing in my router IP address, I've tried switching the cables around in case one was faulty, I've tried switching security off on my wireless network etc etc.

If anyone has any ideas or could simply detail how I should be setting this up (if different to what I have) I'd really appreciate it. I'm fed up with "cannot find page" messages from my EyeHome when it cant find my computer.

Thanks for any assistance.

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Make sure your Airport is set to Bridge mode. You must be on the same subnet to allow connections to the other devices. For example, your Airport might be giving a 10.x.x.x address and your router might be giving a 192.168.x.x address. Therefore the machines running from the Airport are not able to be seen by the router.
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