HowTo: Wirelessly sync a Zune on an Airport Extreme network

If you’re using an Airport Extreme with WPA/WPA2 Personal security enabled, you might notice that your shiny new Zune 2.0 software can’t find your network automatically. The fix is  to manually add your Airport and set the network type as “WPA using TKIP” and away you go.

Technical reason: Airport Extremes for some reason squawk as WPA2  and not WPA, even when in mixed security mode which means they don’t show up in the list. The Zune team is aware of the issue and it has been reported to Apple.

I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the wireless sync feature. Four years ago we were talking about being able to wirelessly sync your device from your car in the garage. Now it’s a reality, and a killer feature IMO.

4 responses to “HowTo: Wirelessly sync a Zune on an Airport Extreme network”

  1. I’m glad you mention the wireless sync. I must be completely missing the utility of it. It seems most people spend a fair amount of time managing their music collections on their PC based media player. Wouldn’t the logical time to sync be while at the PC where they are spending a good portion of their day?

    I’m curious about the scenarios where it would be useful.

  2. It’s a pain in the ass to have to remember to bring yet another device to and from the car every day. Now, there are some limitations. I’d like to see it support scheduled sync, more on that later.

  3. A device that is smaller than a deck of cards is a pain to carry around? The idea is to pull into the garage and start a sync assuming content has changed on your PC and the PC has been left powered up while you were away? Battery life will need to be sufficient to sustain the sync, is there an automatic shut off afterwards? I’m still not seeing it. It sounds great on paper but not so much in the real world. Wireless sync seems to be solution in search of a problem.

  4. Yep. I have a car charger. Plenty of power.
    Sync up my podcasts and away I go.