Using an Airport Express to listen to music - ethernet cable or not?

My wife - who bought me an Airport Express 802.11n Wi - Fi for Christmas - was reassured in a certified store to which he would have a wireless connection to my existing wifi to stream spotify on my stereo, but I could not set up like that. According to Apple's Support, the Airport Express must be connected to a modem via an ethernet cable to work, which totally contradicts the advice she was given. This will not work for me - the stereo is in a completely different room for the modem.

Who is right?

I can't find clear indications on the web.

Thank you very much.


A "modem" , it's just that... a device that connects to the service of your Internet service provider to another router with a wireless Ethernet cable. "modem" does not any signal wireless... only an Ethernet signal.

A ' modem/router ' or the 'bridge' is a device that combines the functions of a modem and router wireless in one package. It provides a signal of wireless network for other wireless devices can connect to the Internet wirelessly.  The modem/router or gateway also provides several Ethernet ports... usually 3 or 4... for devices to connect in this way as an option.

An AirPort Express can only connect to a modem using a wired Ethernet cable connection.

An AirPort Express can connect to a modem/router or Gateway using either a wired Ethernet connection or a wireless connection.

Who is right?

It all depends on if you have a modem... .or you have a modem/router, also called a gateway.

If you do not know what you... then post back with the number of brand and model of the device that you call your modem... and we will try to find what it is you have.

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