• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love the included Ethernet port, but not crazy about the cable

    I have had 2008 AirPort Express since it was first released and has been a steady companion with me for my travel.

    Now that I don't travel anymore, I have used it to extend my network (I live in a brick building house with multiple of small rooms) for my Time Capsule where it is in my work room and the signal diminish when I go outside my house, front and back.

    I had always wanted to buy another one so that I can put one in the back, and one in the front so whether I'm in my back yard or out in my front lawn, I will get strong signal. However, I waited for a refresh as I had a feeling one was coming up soon anyway.

    Anyway, with this refresh, I decided to put this newer model closer to my backyard and connected the now included Ethernet port to a switch so visitors who need to plug in can use that instead of the wireless.

    The only thing I didn't like, was the design of this new model. My 2008 version has the AC plug built-in, where as the new model comes with a cable to connect to my AC outlet. It is another piece of item that I must carry when I travel. Did they forget the name of the product is "Express" where as it will be used for travelling? I didn't mind too much about the size, though, it is only 1/4 larger than my 2008 Express.

    I too off 1 star (there's no 1/2 option) specifically for this con. Other than that, like I said, I now love the included Ethernet port. If this one is as heavy duty as my original Express, which I think it will be, then this is another awesome Apple product.

    84 of 107 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This pains me, but....

    I'm a big Apple fan - iMac (2), MacBook Pro (2), iPad (2), iPhone (2), the whole works.

    I purchased two of these when they came out, primarily because the ethernet out port enabled me to connect my DVR to to Internet without having to wire to a pretty difficult spot. (The second AirPort Express I bought for my parents, to replace a generic cheap wireless router.)

    I mostly use my AirPort Express to stream music to my stereo using AirTunes. I had been using a previous generation AirPort Express for this, and it worked flawlessly. Never any drops or glitches. I've got a Time Capsule and two other AirPort Expresses in my house, and they all work well.

    The 2012 AirPort Express is constantly dropping from my network, even though it is about 10 feet from the AirPort Extreme, in a straight sight line. My father reports that the same thing is happening with his, noticeable even though he is only surfing the Web. His serves as the primary router, connected directly to his cable modem.

    I returned mine for another model, which the Apple Store graciously provided even though I was beyond the return time, but it is more of the same. I'm hoping for a firmware update that will fix this; there is a lot to like about the new model.

    You can see that others are having this problem by checking the Apple support community for the thread "AirPort Express (2012) drops network connection after ~1 hour...ideas?"

    77 of 96 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quick, painless, and smooth operation

    I have used many routers over the years. Linksys, net gear, and even an asus I put dd-wrt on and ALL would give me problems. Random drops, lag on gaming, etc. none compare to the simplicity and speed as this one.

    I have owned it for two days now and no drop outs, not to mention my Sonia not coming to me complaining abut lag on his Xbox 360. Even my "New iPad" doesn't drop the connection. I was starting to suspect I had one with the wireless issues. Not any more.

    This thing has great coverage. I live in a 1500 sq ft house and I get full bars anywhere. The base station is in a central spot. I am sitting here typing this 60' away through 3 walls and it's at ful bars. Just pure perfection,

    I can't express how much of an apple fan I have become and this device just adds to my appreciation of all things Apple.

    69 of 80 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Another Amazing Apple Product

    I had a 2 year old Cisco Router, which I paid good money for. I have around 11 devices running and it could not handle it anymore. Now the AirPort Express handles it and more. On top of that it was connected and running in less then a minute. Its another clean, simple product by Apple

    67 of 83 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Network Extender

    Have an airport extreme i bought this to put in my room to extend my network. works perfectly every thing streams so smooth! Great product

    60 of 69 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Near perfect

    I've had this router since June 2012 and it has been nearly flawless. Integrates perfectly in my apple ecosystem. Fast, reliable, easy to set up and use.

    59 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    only lasted 14 months, guarantee is 12 months

    i bought this in july 2012 and it stopped working last week in september 2013. that's 14 months. the guarantee is 12 months. I expected more from an apple product.

    we were an exclusively apple house with ipod, ipads, apple tv, airport express, macbook pro etc. We are disappointed with apple's refusal to accept that 14 months is not an acceptable life span for a product with no moving parts.

    as a premium product it should have a three year guarantee.

    71 of 93 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally!!

    I just got a mac mini and started having issues with my Linksys router. I purchased a D- Link and their customer service was not able to connect it to my mac. Finally Apple suggested I get the Airport Express and it works amazing!! I no longer get the error "another pc is using your same ip address". Also I have a 2 story 1400 sqft house. I have it connected on the second floor and the reception is better than the other routers I had. I get full bar reception on my iphone and ipad all over the house with no issues. If you are worried about getting this one verses the extreme, just purchase this one and try it out. You may not need the more expensive one. I was told by apple support that this new one has much better reception than the old one. I am so happy and always willing to pay a little extra for apple products when they are so simple to use. I am very happy with this.

    48 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    Bought this router to replace my cable providers router that kept cutting the signal at weird times of the day and it has been nothing but FLAWLESS. Super easy to set up, super tiny and works just fine for an apartment of 4.

    51 of 60 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for a while, now on second one

    I am using AirPort Express to extend my AirPort Extreme's network (which was already flawless) so that I can use Airplay in my room.

    The first unit was set up no problem, but then began randomly dropping its connection to the network thus, being unable to be detected by AirPort Utility and needing a master reset. I believe it simply needs a strong firmware update. I know my way around Apple products, and this shouldn't happen!

    66 of 90 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    the output of this wifi is incredible. i can get it anywhere in my house, even when i pull up in my car i check my phone and i have at least 2 bars. very easy to hook up.. takes minutes. 5 stars

    47 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unusable - constantly drops network

    Purchased this to extend the network from my Time Capsule and in "extend a network" mode it is constantly dropping the network requiring a reboot to join again then drops again after 5-15 minutes. Works slightly better in "join a network" mode. Had to go back to my previous generation Airport Express which isn't as fast but is perfectly reliable.

    There are many with the same issues yet no firmware update has been issued by Apple, Google "new airport express extend drops network" to see the scope of the issue.

    69 of 101 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extended my network perfectly!

    I received my Airport Express very quickly from Apple and as soon as I plugged it in the setup was so simple! The Airport Express asked me if I wanted to extend my Airport Extreme and all I had to do was click a button and the Airport Express successfully extended my network wirelessly. The Airport Express maintained the original speed of the network when it was extended! Worth the buy money, if you need to extend your network this is the product you need!

    40 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like magic!

    I compared this with what Netgear and Belkin were offering (ballpark $80) before my purchase but finally decided on this one because of the ease-of-use of my last one, and the unobtrusive form factor - its in my living room.

    I use a Linux machine for a DHCP server and planned to use this in a bridged mode to make everything else work together. This isn't a bizarre configuration, but not the most common configuration either.

    So here's the cool part: I plugged it in to my network with my Macbook on the physical network, expecting to fish around a bit in 'Network Preferences' - but before any intervention was needed, the AirPort utility popped up with a picture of my new device, then asked me to name it and set the password.. it displayed something about 'checking the existing network' then configured itself in 'bridge mode' exactly as I intended to do manually. The only extra clicking I did was when I double-checked that it had just finished doing the smartest thing possible on my network.

    45 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    the convenience factor is gone

    I have purchased and installed many of these (previous model) to extend Apple wireless networks. The new design will not allow the quick plug in of the unit to a wall power outlet. It made an attractive "wall wart". Now must deal with a long power cord (the power cord was optional on the previous model). I will now have to return this and hope to find the old model.

    83 of 131 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy & Effective

    Went to Apple Store, bought it on my Iphone and was out of the store (which was full) within 90 seconds. Got home, connected it to the power. Went to my Mac opened Airport Utility and was up and running literally within 10 minutes. It has extended the range of my network incredibly into my backyard/patio area. Kudos for Apple. It continues to be an incredible company (even w/o Mr Jobs No disrespect intended)

    41 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Plug and Play!

    If all your electronics are Apple, this is a MUST have. I needed a booster for the back of my house and this was perfect combined with my AirPort Extreme. I plugged it into the wall, opened AirPort Utility on my MacBook Pro clicked the box in the upper left hand corner of the AP Utility pop up and the Mac did the rest! Once it was set up and showed up in my Network, I unplugged it and took it to the back of the house and plugged it in. FOUR bars of Network signal!! YES!! I can't believe it took this long for me to buy this! MUST have if your Network needs a boost!

    43 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow

    Just upgraded from the prior model and that was the best thing I have done.. Ever! Super easy install and I experienced a faster speed... This is a must for anyone that needs a wifi network.

    40 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    New AirPort Express Up-and-Running

    Ordered within minutes of it appearing on the Apple Store. Arrived 1 day early!

    Another great, easy-to-setup Apple product. Upgraded from an original AirPort Express, I'm getting at least twice the speed from that. I thought that it would be faster, so I investigated. Turns out our TWC internet has the standard 10 mbps package, and with the new AE, we're getting 12 mbps (previously about 6 mbps). So don't overlook your internet connection.

    Nevertheless, it looks almost identical to its neighbor Apple TV except it's white. I will miss the original form factor with the integrated power plug, but even that had its drawbacks -- specifically, it's difficult to reposition for best reception unless you use...you guessed it...an extension cord. With the new AE, it's one more small thing to pack when traveling, but not a big deal. Overall, best router for me!

    38 of 43 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Less portable

    This unit is meant to be stationary it seems...only less portable because you need to carry an extra power cable. That doesn't matter so much because I carried an extra extension cable for my previous model Express. If it bothers you, keep your old Express and travel with that. It is still a great piece.

    34 of 36 people found this useful