• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    Setup was easy to be fair. My ISP is 250mbps fibre connection. Using Macbook, iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s (without express) speeds are a consistent 210mbps, 150 mbps and 90 mbps wireless. However, using the express wireless is poor. Tried trouble shooting but wireless speeds are 30-60mbps. I know express max speed is 100mbps, but i thought i'd get 80-90 at least (i don't need 250mbps). I did read on the support board that there appears to be a problem with iPhone 6. But if my ISP router can provide solid, fast wireless speeds, you'd think Apple could do this with their products. Doesn't explain why Macbook and iPhone 5s speeds are also slow.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not very reliable but good when it does work

    It's great when it works and the sound quality is good too. I've tried this device at my work at home and a friends place to see if it was the internet that caused issues with this dropping out, but it seems that the sound drops out intermittently and had heaps of connection issues in different locations. But when it works it is a really good device. After a few frustrating months, we spent the extra money on an audioengine B1 and this works perfectly and sound quality is better as well.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    5 stars because it's a solid wifi base station, 0 stars because it's slow

    Airport Express still ships with a 10/100 WAN port. What does that mean? Say, like me, you have 300mbps internet, the Airport Express will chop that down to a max of 100. I was scratching my head for days wondering why my internet was so slow.

    It's 2016, there's no excuse for not including faster ethernet connections on this router.

    BUT if you have slower than 100mbps internet this is a solid wifi router. Just works. Strong signal. Small footprint. Looks nice tucked up on a bookshelf.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money!

    You can't find devices by IP address only MAC address and even when you see the MAC address, you can't find out the IP address. Can't believe I bought this! Save your money!

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Digital output is hopeless

    Pros: love the new design, it connects seamlessly to my Time Capsule, the analogue output works fine.

    Cons: the digital output is hopeless. I have my AirPort Express connected to an Arcam irDAC via toslink. The dropouts are infuriating. I wish that I had read the Apple forums before my purchase. Search for “Airport Express (square) skips unbearably with Airplay.”

    Really disappointed.

    3 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for a while, now on second one

    I am using AirPort Express to extend my AirPort Extreme's network (which was already flawless) so that I can use Airplay in my room.

    The first unit was set up no problem, but then began randomly dropping its connection to the network thus, being unable to be detected by AirPort Utility and needing a master reset. I believe it simply needs a strong firmware update. I know my way around Apple products, and this shouldn't happen!

    66 of 90 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Shameful product!

    Bought the Airport Express because I have a MBP, iMac, iPhone & iPad (and yes, also some Android devices). Big mistake!

    I am replacing a very well working WRT54G, because I wished to get a N router for better WiFi performance.

    My experience is as follows.
    1. The initial setup was a pain. After resetting the cable modem, router, restarting the PC, etc., I finally got it working after 20 minutes. It did not feel like a good start.

    2. Since I wished to use the 5GHz feature, I setup an exclusive network name for it "xxxx_network 5Ghz", and have set the MBP to connect to it. It connects fine when I select it, and maintains that connection, until I sleep the computer. After waking, the computer switches to the non-5GHz network ("xxxx_network"). I have to reselect the 5Ghz network again. Why?

    3. The latest issue I have noticed, which never happened with the most respectable(!) WRT54G, is that YouTube videos stop loading at some random point, using an Android tablet. I noted similar complaints about this on Apple forums (the router mentioned there was the Extreme).

    4. The speed does not reach anywhere close to the 70~90Mbps recorded by some reviews (which is itself way off from the 300Mbps of the N tech). I could get at best about 35Mbps, transferring some large files from a NAS connected to the router via ethernet cable. The WRT54G gave me about 18Mbps.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No Gigabit WAN!

    Why in this latest update Apple couldn't include a gigabit ethernet port is beyond me. I purchased one and let that fact slip by me. Going to return the device asap. Using Fios 150x65 service and the 100baseT throttles the service down by 60Mbs

    56 of 85 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Good

    Ive been using Airport Express for years but sadly this new generation is far from stable. It disconnects from the network and has to be manually connected, and then fingers crossed it will stay online. I have to add before I bought this box the old one worked fine.

    My advise is if you can find an alternative system then use it. £79 is far too much for something that doesn't work properly

    46 of 87 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No Longer For The Road Warrior

    I returned to my Hong Kong hotel today to find my Airport Express had fried. As with most, i believe it overheated streaming music. But, it was two years old so time for a change. I rushed out to buy a replacement to find that the design had changed. What a disappointment.
    As my job requires me to be on the road for half the year, i do not want a larger device with a giant cord. The salesperson told me that i could still use the old plugs from my previous model so i was suckered in to buying it.
    Back in my room i found it thinner but at least 25% larger overall. The plug does NOT work with the airport because even the smallest US plug blocks the WAN port so no data is received.
    Sadly, i am stuck with this device until I run across the previous model again. I will likely be buying two of those and leaving this at home on my next trip.
    Very disappointed Apple.

    58 of 98 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ruined It for Travel

    Am I the only one that used my AirPort Express to travel? I love the other upgrades, but by shrinking the form factor at the expense of the built-in plug (and adding a cord), the new AirPort Express misses the mark on portability. Sorry, but if there's a cord, this is just an underpowered AirPort Extreme, and it's totally inappropriate for the niche its predecessor once filled. Please bring back the built-in plug next time!

    269 of 383 people found this useful