It has been something we had been talking about for months because some clues had appeared since some betas of iOS 11, but With the update that Apple has just released for the AirPort Express has already been confirmed: it is compatible with AirPlay 2.
These small WiFi repeaters that were a true technological innovation in another era but that Apple left in oblivion and are already discontinued They just received a firmware update that makes them compatible with AirPlay 2, so they can turn your normal speaker into one compatible with the Apple protocol.
Apple sold the AirPort Express as perfect complements for its AirPort Extreme, since without having to configure anything you could expand your WiFi network, anticipating in many years what the now famous MESH networks can do. But they were also ideal devices for your stereo, since its 3.5 jack connection allowed to transmit the sound via AirPlay.
After this update that same jack can be used to make your “normal” speaker compatible with AirPlay 2, and that means it will automatically be compatible with Siri. You can stream music to that speaker with your voice, without having to touch your iPhone, as if it were a HomePod. Maybe it’s time for you to dust off your old AirPort Extreme and connect it to your stereo, because without investing a single penny you’ll have a Siri-compatible speaker.
To be able to install the update you just have to open the “AirPort Utility” application on your Mac or iOS device and wait for it to appear to be available. After a few minutes the router will restart and it will be updated. Once updated you will have to open the Casa application and add the AirPort as an accessory, assigning him the room of your house that corresponds, so that Siri recognizes him and you can transmit the music to him.
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