• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPlay and Spotify brought me out of the Stone Age

    I've been a bit of a Luddite when it comes to music streaming -- didn't understand the benefits of Spotify and thought my Beocenter 2 from about 2002 was still state of the art. I was actually still buying music CD's!

    Story is too long to re-tell but bottom line is that I discovered that I could stream music, using Airport Express, to my existing B&O system. How cool!

    Bought the Express and had streaming with Spotify up and running in five minutes flat (no BS). It works perfectly and, with Spotify, I have unbelievable access to any/all music on the planet!

    So for $100 I've brought my mega-buck, but obsolete, stereo system into the 21st century and have a whole new perspective on music -- what I listen to, how I access it, everything! It really is revolutionary -- AirPlay and Spotify. (I suppose Apple Music is similar)

    If anyone is looking to buy a bunch of old CD's I have several hundred...

    PS Reason I gave only 4 stars is that I haven't explored the other capabilities of the Express yet.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but be aware of wireless printing gotcha with iOS devices

    Bought this and an Airport Extreme to set up a fast and then extended network. Setting up the wireless network was painless and adding the Express extension was equally so. Config is a breeze. Performance of new network is better and the Extreme certainly has much better range in the house vs an earlier generation 'n' class wireless AP. Plugging in a printer was straightforward too and works great with my MacBooks.

    BUT... Airport Express DOES NOT give you AIRPRINT with iOS devices. It's confusing. Airport with wireless printing is not the same as AirPrinting. Macs have printer drivers iOS don't so simply will not work. You need an Airport capable printer; which I've just ordered! My the old printer was on it's last legs so it's not so bad and I needed to fix the wifi. But if you think an Airport Express / Extreme will give you an easy route to wireless printing with your phone or iPad - it won't. Hope that tip helps.

    (One star off for the confusion this caused me and it seems, judging from the web, may others. As a wireless router - 5 stars.)

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works, simple to set up, some limitations

    I have 6 of these for multi-zone audio streaming connected to an Airport Extreme base station, and many other wifi devices on the network, including 4 wifi-connected HD security cameras. It works great (almost always) to stream.

    The issues I have had are as follows: 1) The software will only allow streaming to one at a time from an iPhone, but from my Macbook Pro, I can stream to all of them or any subset. 2) the streaming audio does become intermittent if I do some heavy downloading over wifi at the same time, so I have learned to avoid this. For example, I update all of my apps in iTunes before trying to stream audio so it doesn't try to do both at the same time. 3) It is slow to connect a device through one when they are used to extend a network. I use only one of them to extend the network to get a good signal on my back patio, but make sure that all of my home devices otherwise connect directly to the Airport Extreme.

    Generally, they are great, but need updating.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Airplay

    I bought this about 2 months ago so I could use Airplay from my iPad Air. It does the job well and setup was very easy. My only complaint is that this 2nd gen Airport Express does not have AC wifi, which makes an otherwise great device antiquated. Apple should know by now that it's customers are generally willing to pay a bit more for for state-of-the-art technology, so there is really no excuse for this device to NOT be the perfectly matched companion to the AC wifi capable Airport Extreme. Apart from that, I am not disappointed.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Did NOT know

    I am only giving it 4 stars because it in the set up guide it does not tell you that you also have to do an extra set up on the computer by going to the wireless set up and clicking assist me, but I mean I am using this for my college dorm so it might be a different. But, Overall it has worked and it is defiantly good for a college dorm like mine who does not have wireless. Also, apple should defiantly have a set up guide for college dorms

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great looking device at good price ;)

    I was looking for better router in good price, needed better range in the kitchen area, and that's what I got, from 10 Mbps to up to 30 Mbps, Internet is very fast. But there is one problem with this router, it keeps disconnecting every couple minutes for at least a second. It was working great first 2 days, that's the part I'm disappointed. The old router net gear worked 2 years and not a single restart ($25). I'm give it 4 star and see how this router will do in couple months.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Problem solver

    Replaced a 2 year old netgear n600 with this router and aside from having to update the firmware this thing has been a dream. Speedtest increased by 6mbps and no more connectivity issues. Connected to a charter cable modem this thing makes the best wifi network I've ever had.. Wifi kept dropping randomly And had no idea why, I live in a subdivision and the best I can guess there were interference issues with my old router but as soon as I got this one rolling and updated all is well. Aside from having to install airport utility app on my ipad from jump this thing has taken care of all of my problems. On top of that these things are easily chained to eliminate dead spots around your house.. I will be getting another one to put upstairs to strengthen my signal soon... It's also tiny so it takes up less than 50% of the space my old one did and it runs nice and cool so ventilation isn't an issue. Thanks again apple!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    pretty good

    we got this to extend our wifi and it does a fairly good job and i am happy with it for the most part. we have about 10 mps at the farthest point of our house and we bought 25 mps from Comcast. so i recomend this product absolutely!!!!!!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Effortless setup!

    It's really a breeze to set it up. Not need to cable to my MBP to set up IP, network password etc cos Airport Utility simply detects it. Superb for not-so-techy girls like me.

    The only sad thing is that I get 200mbps when I connect directly to my fibre cable modem and with this airport express, the speed immediately drops to 65mbps.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    At last!

    I purchased the Airport Express yesterday out of frustration with my 2008 router. It was always so complicated when I needed to reset the old one. The Airport was super easy to set up. I am in a two story home and the signal is strong everywhere. Needless to say this is a major upgrade and I'm happy.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Minor confusion for set up

    Now that I have the product up and running it's fine. However, the instructions are not written very well. They tell you to plug in all the cables to the airport express and then plug into the outlet. It will glow solid amber and then blink amber until set up and connection are complete and it turns solid green. Well, I did exactly what it said and it was still blinking amber after several hours. There is nothing in the instructions saying that this should take maybe 5 minutes max. So I called, and the sales clerk wasn't entirely sure, but after awhile he suggested that I go online and create my network name and password first. I did this via my iphone since I had already disconnected my previous wireless router. After that everything was perfect and took no time at all. Not sure why the instruction booklet doesn't call this out. Kind of crucial to do this before unhooking everything. Device syncs awesome and I have already been able to print wireless from my iphone and my mac. I love convenience.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    its a great asset to use....i feel gud to have it...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Its small but packs a good punch

    The router overall form factor is small and can be easily used in a hotel room or anywhere else remote. It can be used at home as the main router (but ideally you'll also want a switch box). The router has additional options to plug in audio and an USB printer but not an external hard drive. Best of all is the price, it isn't outrageous for what it can do, in comparison to what you can buy for the same money.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Overheat, and AirPlay delays

    I have been using this product for a month or so, it get quite hot after working for a few days. Also the airplay is no good for videos, because there is always a 2 seconds delay for the airplay to catch up, not as good as i think i should

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice upgrade...

    ...to my 6 year old airport express that died when I had to get a new router. The set up went smoothly using my 6 year old iMac. I use the AEBS connected to my surround sound stereo and an amp to power the speakers in my backyard since my receiver isn't powerful enough to handle the load. I can play all of the music from my iTunes library using my iMac, iPhone, and iPad. The only issue is that I have to use an Ethernet cable connected to my AT&T Uverse box because I can't stream wirelessly for some reason. I will probably figure it out later when I am not taking care of the clan.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    Great product for boosting other apple products network but apparently you can not air print from ipads or iphones to usb printer connected to the air port express.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great little Product

    I purchased two of these with the intent of networking thru my three story home and my base station being at the lowest level. I set up the main unit in minutes and it worked immediately . I then went about setting the second unit on my second floor. This was more of an issue and this is the reason for the one star loss. The instructions did not show how to have the devices network! I had to in the end to talk to the Apple help line which the first person struggled and then the manager come on and explained a very simple solution. This was so simple it should have been in the small instruction booklet.
    I also take the unit on vacation with me so i ensure i have great wirless. I went to Mexico where the reviews showed poor reception in the rooms and connected the airport to the hardwire and immeditaly my apple devises were up and running.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great! 5 Stars if USB supported external drives.

    Just moving into our new home, and we needed a new router in a pinch. I knew it would be an Apple router, but very uncertain on which one. We decided to go with the Express and see if it would fit our needs and wants. Our home is just over 1500 sq/ft and this little router covers not just our house, but our entire lot. Full bars no matter where we were at on our property. We have a large backyard and front yard so I was very surprised by how powerful this little guy was. I even ran the OS X wireless diagnostics test, strength was strong throughout the house with very little noise. Towards the backyard the noise increased, but the mac showed full bars as so did my phone. The router is positioned dead center in our house, and depending on where you put yours could present different results.

    36 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great performance and easy setup

    I use the express at home to extend my iTunes to my stereo and a 2nd one to a boom box next to my patio. I had one of the older ones that died after about 6 years and I bought the new version to replace it. I wish it was a bit smaller and still had the integrated plug for travel, but performance is great and setup is easy. I've used lots of netgear and linksys routers and find this much easier to set up and range is very good.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport to DAC

    Great product for ease of use, easy to set up, good with music IF you just use the audio out. The sound is not bad, but not as good as an external DAC. So here is the problem Apple, try to use the optical out to a DAC and yes the sound quality is good, the signal breaks up though!

    Any help would be welcome

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