• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited range and reliability.

    I am using my Express to extend the range of a ten year old Linksys wrt54g. My intention was to use it alone. First I have to say that I love the easy setup after I had understood how it worked and remote management is a cinch. It has provided decent speed over my older routers but then just stops transmitting for a while. The range is crazy depending on obstructions too; I can have it behind a small monitor and literally loose all connection to it but elevated it reaches well over 100 ft plus. This is not always convenient. I have decided to use it as an extension and it has been more reliable for that. It also does well with airplay providing it has a clear view of the transmitting device.
    I can see this being a lobby hotspot more than a heavy router and maybe the extra $100 would have been worth it. I will however, keep it for its portability and easy setup. I wish Apple was more clear on its limitations.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced paperweight - would have given 0 starts

    It is hard to find a good thing to say about the Airport Express. When using it to extend a 2011 Airport Extreme, it failed miserably, both as a wired and as a wireless extender. Setup was difficult and slow and it would appear that v6 of the Airport Utility had a great deal of functionality removed from it in comparison to v5. (this missing functionality made problems quite difficult to diagnose). When I finally had it connected as a wired extender (via an ethernet cable), the network would actually drop completely every 5 minutes or so. Also, don't even think about using some non-Apple networking equipment with this. The Express would not work with the Netgear Powerline 500 network extenders (and the brand new ASUS router that I bought would, with no effort).

    Given the incredibly high price ($100), you can get FAR better devices that do significantly more at a much lower price point.

    27 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    I recently bought a B&W Z2 Airplay speaker, and was having problems with it dropping off the wi-fi network after it hadn't been used for a few hours, needing a power-off to get it working again.

    I suspected the problem was with my Orange Brightbox, rather than the B&W, so I bought an Airport Express to see if it would solve the problem. It arrived the day after I'd ordered it, and after a quick setup (the Airport itself is very straightforward with Airport Utility app on OS X or iOS, but it was a bit more fiddly to get into the Brightbox to switch off it's wi-fi and act only as a router) the new network was all up and running

    Airplay problem solved, and a better, stronger signal all around the house - my iPhone 5 had never worked properly on wi-fi with the Brightbox, but this also works fine now. Just goes to show, ISP-supplied 'free' wi-fi routers aren't a patch on a proper piece of kit.

    All in all, great purchase - and a great price.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Expressly Useless

    We have a number of Apple products in our home (MacBook Pros, iPhones, iPods, Time Capsule) and, sadly, an Airport Express. The Express was initially purchased to stream music though it seemed to suffer from wireless dead zones in our home. Attempts to use it as a network extender (from our Time Capsule base) have been only temporarily successful with no predictable reason for it working or not. After multiple resets, online advice and directions, more time has been spent trying to fix the device than actually using it.

    22 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    unexpected error

    that's all i see when trying to set up with the air port utility

    14 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AIRPORT EXPRESS

    I needed a router for my DSL connection. I have the late Macbook pro with retina display for 2013. It works great with it. I'm not an apple product fan, but I love how apple products are in sync with one another. It connects all wireless products. My macbook pro comes with airport utility to set it up. U can also download it to your ipad, iphone, or android. Overall, this is a good product, but the price is costly.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    I bought this today and added it into my network with the AirPort Extreme. I think I did something wrong in the first place but once I worked through the problem it was all up and running perfectly. AirPlay works well, sounds great, the printer is up and running and my wireless is now extended and reliable again.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    I just installed the airport express and it works very well. No more Wifi problems.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router In The WORLD

    If you need AAAdo router for multiple people like me you should get this device right now. If you have only 20 people on this network at once out of fifty it's lightning fast. Even if 50 are on this router it's still fast plus it has many great features. Buy this product now!

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Lifesaver for electronic medical records

    I have a Medical practice, and it is located in a narrow older building. I have a regular apple router by my reception desk, and it has never given me any problems. However, when I had to purchase two new computers, the software included windows 8. My old computers have windows 7. Unfortunately, I can't use Mac because my medical software isn't Mac compatible. Well, the new computers were located far from the router, and the signal was weak, and it would take me forever to input an exam. So, I did some research and found that I could extend the signal with the airport express. Now, it is tremendously fast! My husband suggested using the app on my phone install the router, but it did not work for me. Then, I went to my wifi settings on the iphone, and voila, it was a piece of cake. It took five minutes to extend the signal. I am very pleased with the result and the fast shipping. Thanks apple!!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Airplay works great with my DAC

    A lot of people have reported problems using the new model Airport Express to stream music via the optical out into a DAC. I have to say I have had no problems connected via my DacMagic 100. I'm connecting to my Airport Extreme 5GHz network (using 'Join Network' rather than 'Extend') and it works great - in fact, it's much more reliable than my previous original Airport Express. Setting it up was extremely straightforward and having a mains cable rather than just a plug unit makes it easier to place.

    I'm not trying to dismiss the problems many others have had using Airplay via the optical out but either Apple have improved the unit or there is something specific to my configuration that makes it work. (Possibly there are problems using a non-Apple wi-fi router, using a higher-end DAC or using 'Extend Network' rather than 'Join').

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Alternative to Motorola Router

    I moved into a student housing apartment and had a AT&T motorola DSL router which wouldn't broadcast a wifi signal to my Apple products. Only my Xbox 360 and HP laptop would get the wifi signal. So I finally gave up trying to fix the problem and bought an Airport Express! It worked on all my Apple products and window products without a glitch. Now I can get wifi on my iPad,iPhone,iMac,Apple TV along with the Xbox and laptop.
    I highly recommend this to all my friends and associates!
    Thanks Apple for coming through for me with the easy setup too!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Way Too Easy

    I set up this network after a couple of margaritas and it works perfectly.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Skeptic from Reviews

    After reading so many reviews, I was a bit skeptic but I figured I have 14 days to try it then return if I didn't like it, so here it goes...

    MY STORY:

    First of all I am using this device as a router. After buying, I did the setup (very easy by the way) and immediately started using it with the AirPlay (music) feature as well and connected it with speakers. I have had it for 3 weeks now and I haven't had a single issue with it. I spent $200 last year on a Linksys EA4500 router and from the start, the router often would not provide internet. I would have to restart it frequently to fix the issue but it would occur almost everyday. Until I got fed up and bought this one to replace it, which is a "downgrade" if you think about it.

    SPECS:

    Anyway, once, in these three weeks I did experienced an internet connection loss but I noticed that the AirPort Express "recognized" this and restarted all on its own! I was sitting next to it when it occurred but 5 secs later I was back online. I would consider the WiFi range to be decent but I really can't say much in this matter because I live in a 1,000 sq ft apartment; so, I get full signal almost everywhere. On this product's specifications it doesn't state the transfer rate, so I tested it, and, depending on your device, you may get up to 300 Mbps. I've used this AirPort Express connected with a Motorola Surfboard (Modem), MacBook Pro, iPhones, iPads, AppleTV, Canon Printer and a Sony VAIO (Windows). They all work perfectly fine with it.

    Hope this helps, good luck!

    21 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cuts in and out constantly

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Light and powerful

    Upgraded my first generation Airport express to this one and all I can say it is an amazing upgrade. Powerful and light, easy to carry.

    Great job again Apple! I love you

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Signal drops out

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A great upgrade!

    I upgraded from a previous router that was a different brand, and this is great! My laptop kept scrambling the lower band of my previous router, so I had to get a new one. I have lots of Apple gadgets, but own a desktop and laptop PC. Works great with all of them. Easy to setup and install. I like that it is small, like my Apple TV. Its a bit expensive for a router, but I've only ever had success with Apple products, so I'm happy with this purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    I purchased this to use in my two bedroom apartment and have a clear signal from anywhere inside. I haven't run into any interference from my neighbors wifi, and so far the only trouble I have had has been because of my internet provider. Simple set-up, and the guest network is great. I can also connect from outside of my apartment and have been connected from about 100 feet away, but that is pushing the limit of how far it can reach. This has been the most reliable wireless router I have used.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good hardware, terrible software

    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.