• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It's great... I guess

    • Written by from Retie

    Bought one at the apple store about one year and two weeks ago from now, and it literally died on me today (it was kinda good when it worked tho). I'm not sure what to think about this. My last router lasted about 6 years, the durability of Apple products nowadays just isn't what is was back in the day. Getting the thing set up was a hassle too. Not to mention I originally bought this product to extend my primary router (not an AirPort Extreme) and in store they told me it was possible. Well it is, if you want to plug in an ethernet cable! It'd be a nice feature to see support for extending other routers too, you know (without the use of ethernet). AirPlay worked fine for me tho, great feature. But yesterday I tried to move the AirPort Express from the office to the bedroom for better coverage so my Apple TV would find my network (which I have done before without any problems), and I plugged in the cable, guess what... the blinking amber light of death (kinda). I have tried putting in a static IP which didn't work, automatic IP didn't assign the right IP or it'd just self-assign. Did a soft reset, a hard reset and a factory reset without any luck. And yes I plugged into the WAN port lol. Anyways I tried to connect it to different sockets around the house with no luck so hopefully they will send me a new one. Miss you Steve!

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for Wifi Extender

    • Written by from Putnam valley

    This product is not made to extend your wifi unless you have an apple router. If you have any other 3rd party router, it will not work with this item.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Digital output is hopeless

    • Written by from Peterborough

    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.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for apple products, does not work with any other routher!

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    Not for anything other than Apple products. Apple has set up the express to only extend apple networks. They say it is easy but if you have any router other than an apple product creating your network, you can not use an express to extend a network. If found this out the hard way and I'm a little upset about it. My time capsule will no longer boot, it was creating my network for my business. This put my entire company off line and prevented my system from backing up. It was also baking up my office computer that handles all accounting and photography work. This was a huge frustration. I decided instead of putting everything into one basket so that when it crashed at least the other would still work. I was going to get a router and an external drive for the back up. Well, now I can't extend my network anymore. Thanks Apple for not letting people know about this!

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I expected better

    • Written by from Maple Ridge

    The Bad
    --Does not play well with other routers - May or may not be related to the second issue
    --Frequently requires complete reset - Sometimes in 1 hour, sometimes 2 weeks
    --Low-to-moderate connectivity - 5 feet away feels same as 50 feet
    --5G doesn't work - Super slow and only works for about a minute, then it just hangs until next reset

    The Good
    --Super simple to setup
    --Compact
    --Generally has enough bandwidth for Netflix (only on 2.4ghz)

    Overall Experience : Disappointing
    --Barely an improvement from the dumpster router it replaced.
    --Gave me a lot of grief. Took a lot of effort to achieve stability, I suspect this is caused by non-apple routers in the network.
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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Express Depress

    • Written by from Portsmouth

    I love all things Apple--till now. Bought to replace an oldie but goodie Netgear router for wifi for my Imac, Macbook and iPhone. Out of the box, despite numerous tries, Express simply would not connect. Spent two hours with my Cox cable tech, the local Apple Retailer (where I bought) it, and AT&T (for my M-Cell booster), plus Mac online help. Kept getting a flashing amber light indicating no connection. Unplugged, re-plugged all connections, etc. Flat out refused to work. A possible, maybe, problem might be compatibility with AT&T M Cell, but still not sure. What I am sure is that in between attempts I reconnected my old Netgear router and it worked--and still does. Had to return Express. I dunno. I really wanted it to work.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked until iOS 8 and now does not

    • Written by from New Westminster

    Was great and then ios 8 came along and now it never shows up in the AirPlay list. Basically makes this thing a brick taking up space. If I reboot it it will show up for like 5 minutes but the odds of having it play an entire song are pretty slim.

    So it basically blows. Gave it two stars only because I have fond memories of when it did work. Those were good days.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor wifi range

    • Written by from Bromsgrove

    Firstly I must say the design of this Airport Express is much better than original plug in style and as ever with Apple its a nice and compact; it also comes nicely packaged. It's also pretty easy to setup, but I found the iOS limited compared to the Airport utility built-in to OSX.

    I had it set up in minutes, connected to my wifi and an optical cable into my HiFi. It sounded great, the DAC in my system doing a great job of converting the higher quality music.

    That's where the good stuff ends though. We quickly noticed that it kept dropping out, even though the APE was only 8m away from the router with only one stud wall between the two. Proof of this was easily shown by just walking in between the APE and our router, which invariably caused a drop-out. To put it in perspective, our Mac Mini in the lounge is 12.5m from the router on another floor and that easily streams video from the internet or provides a video stream to our other TVs around the house from Plex via the same router. Streaming from the Ethernet connected iMac was OK, but a stream from any iDevice over wifi dropped out.

    Maybe ours was faulty, but having read the experience of others I don't think so. If you can connect it to your router via Ethernet then it would be fine I'm sure, as well as extending your wifi to another room.

    For this reason it gets 2 stars from me.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great ideas, but unreliable

    • Written by from Sonora

    I have the current versions of Airport Extreme, and a last gen Airport Extreme, 2 current gen Airport Express, and 6 previous generation airport Express....(the other devices have speakers, and printers on them)

    I love it when it works... ( occasionally) and hate it the rest of the time...

    It is a cute gadget that is not ready to rely on for your home or office. Frequently drops signal, frequently cuts out... Who knows the source of the problem... is it iTunes, is it airport express, or airport extreme...? And don't get me started on Apple TV and it's problems... Want to stream to the speakers on a TV with an Apple TV unit..... ( it will lag behind your speakers connected other devices so badly that you get a persistent echo... Great concept, but execution is lousy !!!!!!!!!

    Lately I'm becoming an "Apple-hater." The hardware does not last, and the networking is not consistently stable.... PERIOD!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cuts in and out constantly

    • Written by from Killingworth

    I bought an airport express specifically for playing music in my downstairs. Unlike AppleTV it constantly cuts in and out as I move about the room. Extremely frustrating... I've switched units and it makes no difference.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Signal drops out

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I bought this thing specifically to stream music from my various Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, Macbook Air) but I'm finding it SO frustrating. When it works it works great. But it's totally unreliable. Having people over for a party and trying to play music that will randomly just drop out every 30 seconds or so...unacceptable! I have a small condo so all equipment is within very close range. There is no excuse for this to happen. This has been an ongoing issue for over a year and Apple has done nothing to fix it or even respond. I'm kind of addicted to Apple products but for the life of me I can't tell you why. If everything worked properly I'd be their biggest fan. But in reality, it just doesn't. Not reliably anyway.

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good hardware, terrible software

    • Written by from Tarragindi

    Nothing to say about the hardware: it works well, and does what it claims.

    But the Airport Utility is an appallingly frustrating experience: slow, inflexible, and frequently fails to do what you want with a complete absence of information about what's wrong or how to fix it.

    And, get this: Airport Utility is *the only way* to manage the Airport Express. So if the software says 'no' to what you want to do (like a boss: just 'no', with no info why and no diagnostics), you're stuffed. No web interface. No ssh. Nothing.

    Apple's consumer-focussed approach is fine for much of what they do, but entirely useless and time-wasting for networking hardware.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport express keeps disconnecting from the wireless router

    • Written by from SAHUARITA

    When this thing works it is awesome! However it doesn't work the way I want it to for very long before it disconnects from the network. I have it wirelessly connected to my internet for the sole purpose of playing music via the airplay feature. The problem is I have to pull the power plug and then reconnect it to get it to recognize the wireless signal and allow for airplay. However, this only lasts for an hour or so (on a good day) before it randomly disconnects itself from the network and I have to go pull the plug and restart it. I have read many other people that have had this problems as well. I went with apple for their renowned "user friendly" hardware. Unfortunately this product is not user friendly and does not work well and I would not recommend anyone using this as a medium for airplay as I have spent many hours resetting it and messing with it.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    eh... it's inconsistent

    • Written by from Santa Fe

    I have a family of 5 most of the time. 2 adults, 3 kids. Currenlty, we host two exchange students - one from China and one from Spain so right now - we have 7 in the house. Both of them expect good wifi - and justifiably so. When we had 5 - the airport was above average... very little problems, worked well, but occasionally if all of us were doing something (my wife is a digital marketer and I work in school admin) - and my kids are on thier ipods or phones, the thing crashes. Everybody loses a signal, we unplug, plug back in - it goes amber to green, and then we're back on. As users go to sleep, the signal stays. If everybody is on... it's wets the bed. It's OK most of the time, but getting off the back porch (dang I sound like a lazy SOB) to go fix the wifi 6-7 times a night gets old. You start wonder, "is this the way it is or can i get a better device?"

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working very well

    • Written by from Belmont

    I've had this for about a year and it's never really worked right. Seems to drop constantly, unable to extend my network, just isn't stable. Very disappointing.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Like It

    • Written by from FALKIRK

    I have three of the original 'plug into the wall' style Airport Expresses and they are perfect. This new design is awful. The mains cable which they include - at least for the UK market - is coated in hard plastic which makes it very inflexible and unwieldy and limits the locating of this device. Very disappointed in this. No idea why Apple decided to change the design.

    5 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy if you'll be using it with a non-apple base station

    • Written by from Auckland

    This is a great little WiFi device if you are connecting it to an Apple base station or another AirPort. It looks nice, is small and light, and very simple to set up but only if you're using it with other Apple products!

    I bought this to use as a dedicated AirPlay device, one of the set up options advertised on its product page. The idea is great - turn my non-wifi Hi-Fi into a wireless one and play it from my computer iTunes, anywhere within the network range for less than $200. It isn't that simple if you're getting it to 'join a network' that's hosted by a non-Apple base station (a Vodafone router in my case).

    The AirPort connects to the network fine and the little light remains green. On opening iTunes you are also greeted with the delight of the little AirPlay symbol next to the volume controls. But after attempting to connect for what seemed like 10 minutes, it teased me with about 15 minutes of AirPlay then lost the network.

    On searching the discussion forums this is a more common occurrence than it should be. I had to reset the AirPort every time it dropped to reconnect iTunes. After a while it just stopped showing AirPlay as a feature in iTunes. I fixed my problem by connecting a separate AirPort directly to my Vodafone router via Ethernet and created an additional network. Then I connected a second AirPort to this additional network (so now we are talking Internet-to-AirPort-to-AirPort-to-speakers, instead of simply internet-Airport-Speakers) and this solved it.

    So unless you have more than one Apple base station available don't buy it. If you're connecting the AirPort straight to the internet itself and not using it in client mode (Joining a network without a direct internet connection), it will work fine.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works - it's great, but that's about 15% of the time

    • Written by from Lutterworth

    There are about three dozen reviews on here that are largely positive about this product and I can see why people think it is good. But for me this has been my first big disappointment with an Apple product.

    iPad bought about 4 months ago, iMac just before Christmas 2012.

    When it works it is great, small, discrete and performs well, but that is about 15% of the time, I only use it to stream music from my new (late 2012) iMac to my stereo. I have lost count of the number of times that the two lose connectivity (they are about 2.5 metres away from each other!!!).

    Once you have made a connection and start to stream music they seem to hold a connection, but if the iMac is shut down or goes into standby, (or at other random times when I do not have iTunes running) the connection might be lost, (or not), sometimes when I start iTunes it will recognise the APE and sometimes it will not.

    The APE has never had anything other than a green light, (suggesting that it at least thinks that it is OK).

    If I power down the APE and re start it, it works every time, (but I didn't really buy it to faff around like that).

    There are dozens of people on the various Apple support fora that are experiencing the same problem as me, Apple don't seem to have any answers.

    So until I find a way of getting this to work properly so that "it just works" it will have to remain with a two start rating.

    50 of 65 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Give you some reason not to buy this stuff

    • Written by from Hong Kong

    1. The setting utility provide only few adjustable parameters. It don't even allow enabling the 5GHz wifi with the 2.4GHZ disabled.

    2. The Airplay lags a lot when connected to the primary router wirelessly instead of wired.

    3. If you consider it as an Airplay station, then bare in mind that you only use it to play music. If you would like to enjoy movie on your laptop while using the remote speaker for sound, the sound lags for 2.5 seconds in average. (even wired)

    4. Only 100Mbps ethernet port is equipped for both WAN and LAN port. That means the 300Mbps 802.11n or 5GHz WiFi is completely useless!! (hardware configuration doesn't match)

    5. It is a 2012 new product and cost USD99!! Should have got a better thing.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Takes a lot of effort to get it to work

    • Written by from Kingston

    I have two of these now, to extend my wireless network in my house. Currently I am trying to get the second one to work. Very painful and frustrating. When it works, it is great and reliable, but to get the device setup in the first place takes me hours, many resets of the device and a few too many swear words. In the end I will be successful and all will be good.

    All apple products I have used work well. This is the only one that the setup does not work well, and you have to repeat the process over and over.

    19 of 37 people found this useful