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Can I extend Wi-Fi on a non-Apple network by Ethernet with an Airport Express as well as utilize Airplay?

I want to run an Ethernet cable to an Airport Express from a non-Apple router, set the Airport Express as Wi-Fi extender with same network credentials as the main router connected by Ethernet.

The main purpose will be to get the audio out on the Airport Express to an amplifier so I can reliably stream music via AirPlay.

Will this work?

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The short answer is yes.

Apple has an excellent support document - Wi-Fi base stations: Extending the range of your wireless network by adding additional Wi-Fi base stations.

Basically, what you're looking to do is connect via the Ethernet ports one or more AirPort (Express, Extreme, or Capsule) to an existing router or gateway. See the image below.

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Once you've configured your AirPorts WiFi settings to match your existing WiFi network you will be able to stream to any of the AirPort devices you have setup. The Airport Setup Guide has further details on this.

If you connect AirPort Express to your stereo or powered speakers, you can use AirPlay to play music from iTunes on any computer or from an iOS device on your network.

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