I spend more time than I’d like in hotel rooms, and while most have wifi access, often the wifi signal is weak; I’m thus forced to tether myself to some four-foot Ethernet cable. Also, between LaLa and Pandora, I have most of my music in the cloud, so the set up I want â€” one where I can stream said music to some speakers connected to AirportExpress â€” really does require an in-room network.
Apple represents this feature as one of the big selling points of the AirportExpress. However, unlike most Apple developed functionality, setting up an in-room network doesn’t “just work.” It’s hard to really blame Apple on this. I’m certain that if the other items along the critical path were Apple made it would just work. Alas.
Just because it’s not exactly plug and play, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Unfortunately, the process (based upon my research) isn’t well documented.
Here’s the document:
1. Start by doing a hard reset on your AirportExpress. Do this by pushing and holding the reset button in while plugging the AE into the wall. Keep holding it until the yellow light blinks fast (about 30 seconds).
2. Plug the Ethernet cable into your laptop. Pay for whatever jive ass fee you need to in order to get online.
3. Unplug the Ethernet from the laptop, and plug it into the AE.
4. Open Airport Utility. It will find your AE (it’ll be identified by a string of letters and numbers). Go through the process to name the AE and give it password protection.
5. Click the “manual” set up tab. Then – at the top – click the Internet tab.
6. Select the following: Connect using: “Ethernet”; Configure IPv4 to “Using DHCP”; Here’s the key: Set Connection Sharing to “Off (Bridge Mode).”
Number 6, above, and really the bolded section is the vital part.
I hope this helps some of you road warriors.