Create a wireless network in your hotel room using AirportExpress

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 — one where I can stream said music to some speakers connected to AirportExpress — 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.

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    2. Mike’s avatar

      is it possible to extend a hotel's wireless network with this device? Many of the hotels now-a-days don't have a wired connection in the room.

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    3. George Howard’s avatar

      Not that I'm aware of Mike. I'll fool around with it, and see what I come up with, however. I'll report back if I can pull it off.

      best,

      George

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      I have a new computer (Vista) set up on a wireless network (Netgear router) and it is working perfectly. Am trying to set up my second computer (XP and a wireless adapter) but it isn't recognizing any available wireless network. Should I contact my ISP or is there an understandable sequence of steps I should take to establish my wireless network on the second computer?

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      Thanks for the informative entry, it's definitely a big plus for anyone to know!

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      Thanks for the tips.. Hope will be working out more for my hotel.. If we create a wireless network at home we can enjoy our iTunes music library in virtually any room of our house..give an idea how to make that one..
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    7. Hampers’s avatar

      Nice tips here huh! Super hitech. Is this process okay with any unit? I mean, is there a specific criteria to be able to follow your instruction?

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      Thanks for the information..
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      I'm going to give this a shot this weekend. I have a few computers going online in one hotel room with one ethernet plug!!

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      Thanks for the information, it's definitely a big plus for anyone to know!

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      thank you for the informations.. for telling us the step by step instructions to do on setting that.

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      I doubt that this will help much, any installed extension has the privileges to do anything and trying to stop it from misbehaving after installation is a lost cause.

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    13. San Antonio Builder’s avatar

      Well there are lots of affordable hotels that have a good signal for wifi , well these hotels are coming up or should I say thinking of new ways to attract customers

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    14. riksg57’s avatar

      I am using linksys router device,& its working very well. So I trhink I don't need it. Anyways thanks for the information.

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    15. Girishg7’s avatar

      Most of the hotels now have internet connection. So no need of worrying. Otherwise this scheme is good. If needed,it is of great use.

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      Should I contact my ISP or is there an understandable sequence of steps I should take to establish my wireless network on the second computer?

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      Thanks for this article, you helped me a lot! This scheme is good. I am a girl and I don't know very much about computers, but your scheme is so simple that everything I managed to do by myself!

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      Nowadays, hotel do offer wireless connection. So you don't need to create you own network like airport express. It's part of there service. They have lunch it for better service to the public.

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      Nice work. I have most of my music in the cloud, so the set up I want one where I can stream said music to some speakers connected to AirportExpress.

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    21. jasonwillam’s avatar

      I was looking for such an article! You’ve made the process easier for me! I was just wondering where to get a through idea about setting up a wireless network. I just have one question. That is, can I use the same process for my home, too? To set up a wireless network and use it at home?

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      a lot of this stuffs puffed out from nowhere, big names are creating wireless stuffs that you can carry anywhere.. for they have made towers to provide internet connectivity anywhere.

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      Many hotel rooms today are wired with broadband Internet. Does that mean wireless junkies have to find a nearby Starbuck's to get their fix?

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      Thanks for the great tips. I am traveling a lot and the half of the year I am living in various kinds of hotels. Some of them has extreme conditions, but being online is very important for me. You have described one of the ways which will help us (travelers) to use internet comfortably in the hotel room. Huge thanks for that instruction, I will definitely purchase Airport Express next week.

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      Despite the fact that all people who have commented before me have said a thing, I want to add few words here too. First of all I want to thank you so much, because I had some problems with wireless network at home and other places where I was on my holidays. But now everything works fine. From the whole internet, only you have written a normal tutorial how to do that. Thanks one more time and good luck in your journeys!

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