Oct 01

This little beauty is called an airport express. You can buy it from Apple for $99 (USA) or $119 (Australia).  It plugs into your home ethernet network (or straight into your ADSL modem) via that little Ethernet connection on the left  next to the power cord. Then it shares your internet connection with all your iOS devices via wi-fi. But it has a few tricks up it’s sleeve.

That little port on the bottom right… you can plug it into your home stereo and play music from any iOS device to your stereo wirelessly! The latest Stereo’s from Pioneer etc are coming with airplay built in (a bit like airprint) but the Apple Airport Express allows you to airplay to any stereo.

And that little USB port on the right – you can plug a printer into it and then print wirelessly from any device to your printer (even if your printer doesn’t have wifi built in!).

The airport express in our lounge room – giving wifi access and airplay to the stereo.

 

Here’s how to set up an Airport Express and airplay.

1. Plug the leftmost ethernet connector on  the Airport Express (the one with the little circular symbol) into your ADSL modem (or into an Ethernet hub).

2. Plug your home stereo into your airport express audio out jack. (The small 3.5mm  on the bottom right with the loudspeaker symbol above it.)

3. Plug in the power to the Airport Express.

4. Open ‘Airport Utility’ on your mac computer. (Airport Utility comes with every Macintosh Computer.) The first screen that appears asks for a name and password. Fill it in – this is a new password you make up, be sure to write it down.

 

Thats it!!!!!!!

Now if you go to your iPhone (or iPad) to ‘settings’, then to ‘ wifi’ your new network should appear like this:

A new Airport Express Network appears – here it’s called ‘Wayne and Jill’s…’

 

On your iPhone go into music and play a song. In the bottom right corner a little box with a triangle will appear. This is the airplay symbol. Click it.

The airplay symbol on the bottom right.

You can now select your Airport Express and the music from your iPhone will play out the airport Express! The volume slider on the iPhone now controls the music coming out the Airport Express.

You can choose whether to listen to a song via your iPhone, or via airplay on the airport express.

 

 

 

9 Responses to “How to play music to your stereo wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad or iPod on a non airplay equipped stereo.”

  1. Harry says:

    Can this be done playing music from a MacBook Pro running mountain lion?

  2. Andy says:

    This works only if your computer, local wireless router box from internet provider and your home stereo systems are right next to each other. I doubt that most of us have this kind of set up at home.

    • Chris says:

      Andy, do you live in a Faraday Cage? My MBP happily plays through the Airport Express from any room in the house.

      • Mike says:

        Okay, so you still need the stereo and the Airport Express near each other unless you want to string cables all over the place.

        What you /want/ is a little dongle that plugs into the stereo that picks up the signal from the Airport, so it can be off by the phone jack and not physically connected to the stereo. I don’t understand why this isn’t seen as a problem.

        The best solution to this I can come up with is using a USB FM transmitter plugged into my laptop. Seems to work fine, except that it eats a USB port.

      • Wayne says:

        The airport Express does not plug into anything except your stereo. So yes – the idea is you put it right next to your stereo. But you don’t need to connect it to anything except the power.

  3. Kenneth says:

    What if you already have internet, existing network and Just want to use it as an output device (ie, send audio signal from Ipad to stereo)?

  4. Tania says:

    Ever since I updated my Iphone I can’t get my wifi music to work from my iphone to my stereo. I used to just wait for the box at the bottom RHS to appear and click. shown above. Now I have no idea. Can someone enlighten me how to get it working again. I’m working with iOS 7.0.3.
    Any help will be gratefully received.

  5. Robin says:

    But …… no thanks to Apple; it is only mono and not stereo when you play from your iphone. So that one realy is not how music is played …

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