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Airport express streams audio for a short period then quits

I can start streaming a song to my stereo in itunes (ver 8) when, after about 0 seconds, it goes silent.  The progress bar in itunes keeps going as if the song is playing, but no sound.  If left alone for a period, it will stream again for a short time, then  quit again.  Throughout, the airport express is shwoing in the speaker selection box on itunes so I assume I'm not losing communications with it.  Help?
Note:  I have tried different stereos, and even tried an old airport express and have had the same problem.

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  • RemiM Feb 14, 2009

    That exactly describes the problem I've been having for quite a while. Today it escalated and starting going off and on at intervals of a few seconds, but not consistent gaps in sound.

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Make sure that your setup for the Express is set to "join the network" and not extend.
Also remember that with wireless technology there can be interference from microwaves, phones, etc.
If you are running programs that use a lot of bandwidth, this will cause the drop outs as well.

If you have a newer Express, another cure can be to use the 5GHz band for the broadcast channel.


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