• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says - and well!

    My original airport express gave up the struggle after 8 or 9 years of sterling service. The 2nd gen was a doddle to set up - 10 mins from unboxing to completion. The 2nd ethernet port is very useful as I can now connect it to my modem over the home powerline network and still have a spare port to attach other devices. Couldn't live without Airplay, even being without it for a couple of days was too long!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple to set up, works perfectly

    Happy to recommend. Simple to set up. It has definitely improved the WiFi signal in my first floor room. I use to drive my Naim amplifier from my Macbook Pro. Hard to fault.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Would not even configure after multiple tries with different methods.

    To make a long story short: I bought an Airport Express at Staples and tried to set it up using both my MacBook pro and my iPhone to run the initial setup required to make this device work. After I had input all the necessary information, the configuration would be stuck loading trying to find the router, then would fail and say "an unexpected error occurred". I used Airport Utility on both my Macbook and iPhone, as well as the iPhone's Wireless settings. I tried multiple times and every single time, the configuration would fail. I tried resetting the Airport Express, but nothing changed. I also tried disconnecting from power, and reconnecting, and it would still not get past the same problem. I also used the IPv6 trick every place that suggested a solution online suggested and it did not work either. You'd think Apple would make a hassle free wireless device, but they had to make it complicated instead of making a plug-in and go device. I was very disappointed, because I thought Apple was more reliable than this.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Reviews on Airport Express are over rated

    Airport Express arrived today, read instructions on set up, (easier than making a cup of tea). Failed to connect, error message.
    Contacted Apple Support, took nearly two hours to get Airport Express working.

    Contrary to popular reviews, Airport Express does not get rid of the blind Wifi spots. With Time Capsule connected to the Router, my Wifi signal is now much weaker than before. The blind Wifi spots still remain. I would not recommend this product to any friend of mine.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme fail

    Save your money! Extreme constantly locks up for some unknown apparent reason. My other router, a Cisco from Walmart is rock solid for several years. Never once locked up. I have the AirPort Extreme in a second home in another state. Now, I have to fly out to do a hard reset. Less than a year old, and only running a Honeywell thermostat, one Ismart keep camera, and one Nest thermostat through it. Very disappointing! As soon as I fly back,
    Extreme is going right into the trash!

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Been using one for about a year...

    Best router I've owned by far. In the year I've been using it haven't had to reset it once. A little disappointed by the lack of wireless AC support and actually bought a non apple $150 AC router to see if it would be worth the upgrade... Long story short I'm back to the express as the primary router for our home and it meets our needs. Internet speeds at around 70mbps in our home although I wish the range was a little better (Get outside of the house and the signal disappears) - if I were to upgrade it would be to the airport extreme, but I couldn't be happier with the reliability. Honestly the main reason why I will not ever buy another brand again after going through several others in the last few years (Linksys, Asus, Netgear) was the rock solid reliability offered by our little Apple router. Zero buyers remorse.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Incompatible with BT Home Hub 4

    I bought this for the sole purpose of streaming music from my Mac and iPads/iPhones to my separates hi-fi system. When it works, it's brilliant - it would be a great solution to multi-room audio.

    But (*and this is a big but*) the Airport Express is not compatible with the BT Home Hub 4 in client/bridge mode (i.e. when you try to "add to an existing network", problems ensue). It keeps losing its wifi connection details, dropping off the network, needing a soft reset to be found again most of the time. This happens 2 or 3 times day.

    Online forums talk about changing to 5GHz, using static IP addresses etc: I tried everything (and I'm pretty technical). I even tried swapping the unit at an Apple store in case it was a dodgy wifi card, but the issue remains.

    You can set up the AE to "create a new network", sure, but unless you hard-wire the AE into your router, this new network will have no internet access. My AE is on the other side of the room wired up to my stereo. It works fine on its own "Music" network, but to stream music I have to tell my Mac or iPad to come off my BT wifi internet network and join this Music one instead, then switch back when I'm done listening and want to go online.

    Not ideal.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Drops constantly

    This thing is terrible. I use it to extend my wireless network and it drops the connection on a semi daily basis. Have to do a hard reset.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I have two of these – and they are both a nightmare!

    Having to continually do factory reset on both of them. And even then, both Apple airport utility apps, both on my iPhone 6 and on my MacBook Pro fail to find the airport express. I have to reset them on average 12 Times before the airport app finds the airport express. Even then, when I go through the set up procedure it errors-out 90% of the time. Most frustrating product I have ever purchased - except for maybe iTunes, which cuts off songs before they're done playing, then moves onto the next song. Apple needs to wake up and start remedying their failures in a timely manner - they're getting a name as being 'the lesser of two evils' as compared to competing products.

    14 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Lacks Features and Web UI, Overpriced

    I would have expected some extra features like:
    - Bluetooth Audio. Ok I know it has AirPlay but bluetooth is a basic thing nowadays specially on routers that can stream media.
    - Web UI. Any $30 home router has a built-in web interface, this one needs the AirPort utility application installed on your PC or Apple devices. It's really inconvenient to have to depend on the AirPort Utility in order to be able to configure it.
    - The WiFi coverage is OK but not the best for a $99 router.

    Conclusion: It does it's job and works OK, however, it's really overpriced considering the features it has and the ones it lacks.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best router ever!!!

    Before Airport Express I had a Linksys from Cisco, and it hardly speeded with 20-30 Mbps from 100 Mbps maximum (contractual). With the Airport Express I'm browsing the internet with around 90-95 Mbps which is excellent! Moreover, is small and very easy to configure, which makes it perfect for my living room.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow most of the time very moody

    Slow slow slow

    10 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Save your money

    Drops connection once or twice a day and must be unplugged and restarted. Wish I had read the reviews here before I purchased. I now know that's a common problem with the Express.

    My 5th Generation Extreme works great. Hard to believe the Express is made by the same company.

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great reception for a small device

    Love it only 99.00 for all of that

    4 of 6 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Product

    Please don't go by all the bad reviews about this product. It is a wonderful product. Brought one for home use and it'a been really improving my Wi-Fi speed. Quick and easy to setup using AIrPort Utility. Been also great for Printing. Have an AirPrint HP Printer which was so old it didn't work with my brand new MacBook Pro 15inch Mid 2015 model. After connecting it to my Base Station Wi-Fi (this product) I was able to start printing and using it on my new Mac. I highly recommend this product to anyone. Apple is a great company and makes great products.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Extender

    I bought this as an extender for my wifi outside. I have a ranch style house and the router is at the opposite of my back patio. Reception there is mediocre. I added the airport express and in less than 2 minutes from connecting with the app, we were up and operating. Everywhere outside is now speedy and hassle free. Don't know how it would work as a primary router, but as an extender it's rock on.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed product design is very unreliable

    I have had a few of these routers and have found that there are many problems with them.
    First if you use them to stream music say from iTunes you can't also use the internet as the music will stop playing.
    Second these routers will randomly go offline and have to be unplugged and "reset" - very frustrating.
    Third the range is ridiculously short. Do not expect to cover more than one room or you will be disappointed.
    Fourth they often don't even show up in Airport Utility so you can't access the firmware all the time to troubleshoot.
    Fifth they just die randomly and have to be replaced - a couple years lifespan from my experience - they seem to overheat.
    Sixth they have problems maintaining connection to another router if used to expend your wifi range - don't expect to have
    consistent success doing this and absolutely don't expect success using them to wirelessly send music to your speakers -
    this has been a complete failure. Buy a proven router from another manufacturer. They are cheaper and far far superior in operation and reliability. On the plus size they are small.

    16 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unstable

    Loses its connection constantly. Music playback suddenly clips and stutters, randomly can't be found on my network for airplaying, just disappears with no warning. Has to be reset every 2-4 days. Waste of money. The only product from Apple i regret buying.

    19 of 26 people found this useful