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Old Sep 16th, 2005, 03:17 AM   #1
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Airport Express - Flashing Amber

I have the same flashing amber issue with the Airport Express as Jazzboy from an earlier Thread that i can no longer locate..

I am a new convert to Apple/Mac. Bought a 1.42 Mac Mini two weeks ago to get my feet wet plus a new flat screen etc.

The airport express is set up, I get the message "congratulations you are set to surf the web, use Itunes blah blah..." The signal bars at top right on the screen are at full power. I can find my network listed in the menu: eb 2975 It all looks great. But the AE? It just flashes amber.

What I want to do is wirelessly transmit Internet radio from my computer into my receiver in the kitchen. The AE is plugged in next to the sound system and has a an RCA/mini plug cable linking the two but - despite having an impecable network signal - does nothing. I can plug in the AE just feet away from my computer and it still flashes amber.

This all sounds familiar after reading the Airport Express Insanity forum. I even returned the unit and had it replaced. No dice, same problem, so it can't be broken.

I also have a 2.4ghz Siemens cordless phone, located c. 12 feet away from the AE. I've not moved it yet as there are messages on there I don't want to lose so perhaps that is the cuplrit, although somehow I doubt it.

This is driving me nuts. I rang the Apple technician at the store I bought the AE from in vancouver - he didn't even know the AE had an amber light, let alone that it would flash. So I'm stuck.

If anyone has any bright ideas, pls let me know. One other thing...someone else in the neighbourhood must have an airport express because I am picking up free Internet from somewhere and my system says there are two networks, eb 2975 (mine) and "default" - the mytery connection. I can toggle between them. Does this impact things at all????

My last option is to call Apple customer care but after the experience with the "Apple Expert" in my place of purchase I'm not too hopeful of a good outcome.

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Old Sep 16th, 2005, 03:48 AM   #2
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A 2.4 GHz phone will only interfere when it's being used, not when it's sitting unused, so that's not it.
Have you tried the soft reset (unplugging/replugging the AE), and a hard reset (plugging the AE in with the tiny reset button depressed)?
Your AE is looking for the Network but not finding it for some reason. The darned things certainly are a bit quirky from my experience.
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Old Sep 16th, 2005, 08:41 AM   #3
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If it's not plugged into the internet, it won't flash green. If you're just using it for Airtunes, then it will never flash green. If it's hooked to the internet and isn't green, then it's not receiving the internet connection. The best way to set up your express is with Airport Admin Utility (not Airport Assistant) which is found in the Utilities folder in Applications.

Once you log into your express via Airport Admin Utility. You will see some tabs. Airport, Internet, Network, Port Mapping, Access Control, WDS and Music.

If you just want to stream your music, then go to the music tab and select "Enable AirTunes on this base station" Provide your Speakers a name. And, Optionally, you can set a password (which isn't necessary, this is only for AirTunes)

If you're not using the Ethernet port at all, then go to Airport/Base Station Options. Uncheck "Enable Ethernet Port" I'm not sure if this will now make the light green, as I haven't tried it.

If you want to use the express for internet, I'll need more information. How do you connect? Cable/DSL/Dial-Up. Is there another router involved?
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It's a network set-up issue. The AE is working and you can connect to it but you can't stream internet radio if you can't pick it up. You can get the stream from your neighbors "default" network but you can't stream to the AE unless you disconnect from your neighbor and connect to you AE.

You have to go through the set-up again and make sure you have your internets ethernet cable plugged into the AE.
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Note that the Airport Express Airport Admin utility communicates thru SNMP, and not TCP/IP.

I don't think a hardwire should be needed to connect to a new device.
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Old Sep 17th, 2005, 04:45 AM   #7
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Thanks

Thanks for everyone's input - I've quickly scanned your suggestions but can't take action right away because it's 1.30am and I simply MUST go to bed.

I'll ditch the idea of moving my phone and look at the set up process again.

Basically I'm shooting for two things:

a) playing CD's on my mac mini, with the music being sent wirelessly to the AE in a neighbouring room. An RCA/mini cable then connects the AE to my stereo receiver.

b) stream live internet radio -- (courtesy of my mystery neighbour's wireless internet feed that my mini coincidentally picks up - I'll get my own cable hook up later) -- from my Mini to my AE which is plugged into my receiver. So, same principle as above except I want to stream live radio instead of pre-recorded music.

I can, after all, listen to music and Internet radio quite happily through the speakers on my computer desk. Now I want to transfer the signal wirelessly to my stereo receiver via the Airport Express.

I hope I'm not sounding obtuse - obsessed perhaps, but not obtuse.

Darn - now it's 1.45 am. I'll check in again Sat. or Sunday.
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Old Sep 17th, 2005, 04:49 AM   #8
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Oh...If I am unintentionally poaching someone's wireless internet signal how close do you all think that individual would be??

I get an average of two bars in signal strength. I'm in a part of Vancouver with closely built three storey wood frame homes.

I'd like to guess at which neighbour I might be piggy backing on - speak to them even if I know them. Or totally avoid them, as the case may be.

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Old Sep 17th, 2005, 04:52 AM   #9
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"Do I understand correctly that you are "wirelessly transmitting" from your computer to the AE, and then *wired* from the AE sound-out jack to the stereo (receiver)?"

- Yes, that's it exactly. Man, I really have to sleep now....
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Old Sep 17th, 2005, 07:18 AM   #10
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One thing to make sure, is under the Advanced Menu in iTunes.. you must have "Look for remote speakers connected with Airtunes" checked.

What you want to do, is something that I do all the time. iTunes has to be the application you're using for this though.. no other application works with AirTunes (1 exception but I'll not get into it yet.)
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