AirTunes – unseen on WiFi network

 Airportexpress Images Indextop06072004I was recently given an AirPort Express with AirTunes wireless base station, which is supposed to connect iTunes to remote speakers over a wireless network. I’m having a bit of trouble getting it to work and wondered whether anyone else has encountered this problem.

I can set up the AirTunes base station as a standalone wireless router, connect to it using my Powerbook and stream songs or podcasts to my remote speakers just fine, so I know the connections are all solid.

However, if I join the AirTunes base station into my current wireless network (DSL over a 2Wire HomePortal [NB – 2Wire is a client]), iTunes fails to recognize the AirTunes router is on the network. I need to connect the two so that I have Internet access while also streaming songs to my AirTunes router and speakers. I don’t want to either surf or play music and have to toggle between the two.

I’ve reinstalled the software, updated the firmware, consulted the Apple Support site. Any ideas? Strikes me that quite a few people would want to connect AirTunes to their existing wireless network (and in fact the set-up wizard walks you through it) but for some reason iTunes can’t see it on the network.

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