AirPort Express not working with Ethernet

How is it possible, that my AirPort Express works only when my Mac Book Pro is WiFi connected to the network? As soon as I connect the Mac Book with Ethernet cable, iTunes doesn't find APX anymore. This is no Firewall issue, as I can ping and telnet to 3689 around in all directions. All software versions are updated.
OS: 10.6.5
iTunes: 10.1 (54)
APX: 7.4.2, connected to existing WiFi
Many thanks for your help, Stefan

I have the same issue.  Mine fixed itself for a bit and now it's broken again.  I'm thinking it's going to be intermittently broken.  I've tried turning both devices off and on again but that did not help.

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