• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    THE best choice

    I buy the AirPort Express more than a year ago and it was the best buy that I have make in terms of connectivity. I have it doing (at the same time):
    1) extending my wifi from the Modem/Router that provide my ISP,
    2) providing internet a desktop PC that doesn't had a wi-fi card,
    3) attach to it a Net HDD of Western Digital which I use to backup and access my files thru the internet,
    4) attach to it a 5.1 subwoofer of Logitech which allow me AirPlay my music from my iPhone,
    5) At some point (not anymore) I had plugged in a Printer (using the USB port) that didn't had wifi and allowed me to connect the printer to my wifi network

    There have been moments where due to some actualization of the firmware o crashes of the modem of the ISP the Airport Express had to be reset it, but it have provided an excellent service since I buy it.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable product - do not buy

    I bought an airport express six months and boy do I regret it. The thing keeps disconnecting itself from my network, it's always flashing an amber light. It's truly annoying as each time you want to use it, you need to reset it. All in all, a useless product.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No problems here

    I'm sorry to read all the reviews by people who are having continual disconnects. I wonder if Apple's cut some corners since this current generation of AirPort Express came out, because I bought mine several years ago (in fact I only came to the site tonight to see if Apple had released an AirPort Express AC yet, as I'd like to have an all-AC network but don't want to fork out the $$ for another Extreme) and have not experienced the disconnect problems some people are reporting. My wifi network consists of one Airport Extreme AC whose connection is extended by an older dual-band Extreme N and one of this current generation of Expresses, and I experience zero spurious disconnects in months of continuous use. I have in the past had problems creating a network because my devices couldn't establish a connection with either the Extreme AC or the Express N, but I seem to have gotten past that somehow (don't remember how now - it was a long time ago) and I don't recall ever having a problem with any Apple router just up and dropping its connection without warning.

    I keep the firmware updated on all my routers - I open AirPort Utility periodically just to see if there are any updates available - and wonder if that might have anything to do with it. Do the people experiencing disconnects keep their firmware updated? Maybe there are other conditions contributing, like proximity to other electronics? All wireless routers are purported to work better if they're not surrounded by other electronics that can interfere with the signal...

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A joke

    I paid $200 for a router I had heard was going to be reliable but man was I assuming wrong or what? At least once a week, it looses connection with my laptop and I have to mess around for about an hour to figure out why.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Decline in Apple products; Airport constantly dropping form network.

    I agree with Matty D's review. I have multiple Apple products in my family, (7) MacBooks, (6) iPhones (not including the older generations), (2) Apple tv's, (2) Airport Express, (1) Airport Extreme, and numerous Beats products as well. The Airport Express has to be the worst Apple product I own. Both of my Airports keep dropping from the network, and interrupt music streaming. Anytime I want to stream music via either of my Airports I have to unplug them from the power source, and then plug them back in. Even then, they may only play anywhere form 30 mins up to a full day before they drop from the network, loosing the ability to stream music. I have called Apple support and the gentleman on the phone was very helpful and nice. However, there was not a solution to fix the problem. It is very in-convent to have to stop whatever you are doing to reboot a streaming device. I have Sonos speakers in multiple rooms at our lake-house and the product works impeccably. I am currently looking for another solution to stream music at home.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Express is Apple's worst product ever

    I don't know how Apple can get away with producing such a bad product. Try to link two AirPort Express devices and you know why it's such a bad product. I am trying to extend my wifi network with a second AirPort Express in order to stream music wireless. The connection constantly interrupts and this completely destroys my listening experience. I am actively searching for something better. Don't let Apple do your wifi connection! You will be dissappinted.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Wifi Router and Repeater

    I absolutely love this. It's small and strong! I live in a concrete house and getting a wifi signal to connect to the bedrooms is hard. I had this in my living room and it reached into my room. I got a second one to extend the signal to the back of my house.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Favourably Impressed

    I've had an Airport Express for what must be nearly 10 years. The other day it died. Hey, it's had a good life! So I bought another one to replace it.
    I was impressed that I could set it up using my iPhone. So simple. But what's more, because I named the network the same as the one that died, and used the same password, all my phones, tablets and printers and PC's connected straight away, as if nothing had ever changed. Superb! I thought I was going to have to reintegrate all my devices separately. Bring back the Apple logo "It Just Works!"

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly top notch

    Gotta say, after dealing with leased modem/router combos with significant issues from my ISP and many of the top networking companies routers having serious reliability issues I decided to pick one of these up. I snagged a used Express from an onlin retailer to give it a try. We have a few macs, iPhones and a few PC's in our house amongst other wireless enabled devices and we had always had issues, but they were all resolved upon hooking this up. My network space isn't too cluttered so we don't have too many issues using either band or dropped signal. Streaming is great, pages load nicely. I was kind of surprised, I know apple isn't quite a networking company but this little guy holds up. So much that I bought a new AirPort Extreme for a little upgrade and it's working wonderfully. Think these will stay my daily drivers for all things home wifi for a while.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 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!

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  • 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    10 of 14 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!

    7 of 19 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.

    13 of 13 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.

    3 of 4 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.

    23 of 31 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.

    18 of 29 people found this useful