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    Carl

    Are you wanting to use them to extend you the wifi network? If not, simply have them join the wifi network as an attached device.

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    Christoph Gelfand

    I'm not sure I can have them join the Portal network. I think they must be using an Apple network...

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    Carl

    Sure you can.  One of the Airport Express setup options is "Join existing network".  Select that, enter your SSID and password and away you go. 

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    Scott Thatcher

    What Carl is suggesting works just fine and would allow you to use the built in airplay/USB port on the device if you have one with USB for printer hosting, network storage, etc. 

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    Christoph Gelfand

    Just following up on this- I don't believe the method you suggested works. The only way to tell Airport Express what network to join is via Apple Airport Utility. Once you assign it joining the Portal network, you can no longer access it via that same Airport Utility app. Furthermore, all functionality such as Airplay (for me the most important) no longer works either because Apple devices are looking for an Apple network so when you go to play music via Airplay (connected to Portal network) the only devices that show up are on Apple router created networks. 

    Thus far, this partially defeats the purposes of the Portal for me. My hope was to both get speedier Wifi as well as maintaining my Airport Express solely for wirelessly playing music from my phone. If you have a step by step solution that takes into account the different devices being used, that would be much appreciated, but beyond some alternate method of using the Airport Utility App I'm not sure there is...

     

     

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    Christoph Gelfand

    Not sure if anyone is still following up on this topic, but I can't seem to get the Airport Express to connect to the Portal. Per my earlier post, the Express doesn't show up in Airport Utility when I attempt to connect in the way Carl suggests. Open to ideas...

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    Scott Thatcher

    This article may be helpful:

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202056 

    If not, I was doing my extending via hard wire, not wireless when I placed portal as the main router in my network. I have since made the portal the "bridge/extender" and things are working better for me.

    I don't recall the technical limitations I was trying to work around but that's where I landed. 

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    myung hwan han

    Hi 

    At first, there was no airplay using airport express.

    Now, I changed the 5GHz radio band to the 2.4GHz radio band using the Airport utility.

    It probably does not seem to be compatible with 5GHz FastLanes.

    I am using airplay now using airport express.

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    Michael Johnson

    Myung, can you provide screen shot or more info on how you got Airport Express and AirPlay working? Thanks!

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    myung hwan han

    Hi Michael

    1. Run osx's airport utility.

    2. click Airport Express ==> edit

    3. base station / internet / wireless / airplay ==> wireless select

    4. wireless networks name : 2.4GHz SSID select

    5. Update 

    6. Done !

     

     

     

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    Daisy Hollow Developers

    Before getting the portal, I had an Apple Time Capsule as my wifi.  I originally thought to use the Portal as an extender for that network, but I wasn't able to find instructions to add the Portal to my existing wifi network.  So I tried reversing this.  I have the Portal setup and working by itself working fine.  I want to add the Time Capsule to its network.

    When I run osx's airport utility, I don't see the Time Capsule.  So the remainder of the instructions don't work.

    Do you have your Airport Express hard wired to the Portal?

    Our cable modem is at one end of the house.  We loose wifi part way through, so my hope was to put the Time Capsule (or the Portal) at the halfway point of the house to be able to boost the signal to the rest of the house.

    Any suggestions?

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    Michael Johnson (Edited )

    I was able to use my Apple Airport Extreme (which was my main router before and has a printer attached via USB) and my Airport Express with speakers attached after setting up my Portals. Before changing my network to the Portals, I used Airport Utility to set the Express to "Join an existing network" with the wifi name/password of my Portal network. (to make it easier, I used the same wifi name/password that I was using with my Apple devices) On the Airport Extreme (a Time Capsule will be similar) I turned off wifi altogether (Network Mode - Off) and connected it to the Portal via Ethernet. Now, both devices can be used for AirPlay and printing, plus I can see them in Airport Utility. Everything working great and wifi signal and speed are MUCH improved. The Extreme is connected via Ethernet, the Express is connected via wifi. Since the only way I found to connect the Extreme was to turn off wifi, I'm pretty sure it has to be connected to the Portal via Ethernet. Hope this helps.

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