We've gone through some cool ways to use Apple's Airport Express to stream iTunes wirelessly throughout your house. But if you want a bit more flexibility, you can also bundle the router with some speakers for a portable, music streaming boom box, as one reader explains.
I guess I'm the last to learn about using an Airport Express to connect to your Wi-Fi network and stream your iTunes. So I started outfitting my house with them; one upstairs, one downstairs, etc. Then I got to thinking: we just had a patio installed on the back of our house and the one thing it was missing was tunes. So how about building a "portable" Airport Express/speaker combo that I could take outside, plug in, and stream my tunes from anywhere?
I went shopping on eBay and bought some of my favourite old Boston Acoustic speakers similar to the ones I had in college. Then I shopped for an old Airport Express. my Verizon FIOS Wi-Fi router is only G, so I figured I might as well not bother with the latest and greatest Wireless N Airport Express. Besides, for just streaming iTunes, the G protocol seems to handle the network traffic perfectly, so I'm not sure what difference a network upgrade to N would do.
On eBay I was able to get the Airport Express for $US59, and the speakers for $US36. I put them all in a small box, along with an extension cord to plug in the Airport Express and the speakers, and some duct tape and random foam/padding to secure the whole package together. There's a lot of speaker cord to bundle up in there, but I just tried to use it to prop the speakers into a good position. A strategically placed tiny hole in the side corresponding to where I mounted the Airport Express allows me to see that it has picked up my house's Wi-Fi signal using the green/yellow LED on the side of the router.
Lastly, I added a fabric luggage handle to the Duct Tape handle I put across the top to make it easier to pick up. The handle also serves as a good cord holder for the looped-up extension cord when I'm not using it.
And there you have it. Tunes for outside (but really whatever room of the house I want)!