• 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


    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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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.)

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    used flawlessly for years

    I bought my airport express back in 2013 and it has worked flawlessly ever since! it has streamed music to my old hifi, shared printers and now it acts as a guest wifi network. I love it! in fact, I'm tempted to upgrade it for the extreme for the shared hard drive facility (which is all is missing from the express)

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Excellent

    I brought the AirPort Express with the intention to use in my student flat. I have tested it at home and it works well in quite a large house so I am looking forward to using this in a much smaller area and less devices. Thank you Apple!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Digital output is hopeless

    Pros: love the new design, it connects seamlessly to my Time Capsule, the analogue output works fine.

    Cons: the digital output is hopeless. I have my AirPort Express connected to an Arcam irDAC via toslink. The dropouts are infuriating. I wish that I had read the Apple forums before my purchase. Search for “Airport Express (square) skips unbearably with Airplay.”

    Really disappointed.

    1 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless piece of junk

    Do not buy one of these. The old model was fine, the new one is a completely useless piece of junk. It won't connect to a network, you cannot reset it, it's impossible to configure, and randomly decides what behaviour it might choose to adopt on a given day. As an example, it randomly chooses to connect to and extend my neighbours wifi, even though I have done a 'factory reset' (which achieves nothing) many times. It will not however, connect to my network, extend it, or create a network of its own. Airport utility as a way of configuring it is also completely broken, with a crazy UX design that is just impossible to navigate.

    If you want a worthless white brick with no wireless connectivity, buy Lego. It is cheaper and more fun.

    6 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent WIFI Router

    Got one of these today to take over from the router supplied by Sky in the UK. Setup was extremely easy and quick using Airport utility on my Mac, iPhone & iPad. The connection seems more stable and functions like handoff seem to work fine now. You have the option of extending your network or as I did disable the Sky WIFI access point and use it purely as a modem letting the Airport Express handle all WIFI. The only downsides were the USB port on the back can't be used with an external drive as a quasi time capsule (you need an Airport Extreme for that). And the fact it was harder to configure the WIFI connection on my Daughters Windows 8 laptop, which wasn't too much of a surprise.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says on the tin

    Bought this today to extend the wifi range upstairs in the house where I have a problem with single strength. I took the Airport Express out of the box connected into the power socket in a location midway from my Airport Extreme and where the weak signal spot is. Within 10 minutes I was connected and up and running, super duper.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Replacing BT Infinity HomeHub 5

    Bought this to replace a BT Infinity HomeHub 5, which has been unreliable from day one, with WiFi just disappearing all the time, sometimes the Internet connection going away, and generally I wasn't happy with it.

    It's really very easy to replace the HomeHub 5. However, it doesn't work if you just have the OpenReach faceplate in your home; you need the OpenReach modem, which plenty of people sell on eBay for a few pound (I paid £7 including postage); you plug the OpenReach modem in the wall, the AirPort Express into the modem, set it up with Airport Utility, and you are up and running in five minutes.

    So far it has been running much smoother than the HomeHub, with no problems at all. The HomeHub was fine once it got going, big downloads were fine, but it sometimes struggled with the simplest websites, and the Airport Express doesn't.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible product !!!

    Amazing Apple product, I was desperate to improve my Sky hub's (SR102) stability and speed. Setup with direct Ethernet connection to hub/router, created new wireless network on Airport Express, then disabled wireless on router. Devices attached include multiple phones, tablets etc as well as Airplay speaker and NAS drive. All working like a charm! Fibre optic connection restored to previously unseen speeds! The device provides amazing stability and range of the wireless signal, perfect for small flat. Still exploring its capabilities. Dual band wireless extremely useful as well if you have new devices that support 5GHz. Overall impressed.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow! How easy was that!

    OK, I know that Apple products and the associated systems are easy to use, I've been a Mac user since the early 1980's, but ..
    I needed a new WiFi base station since a very old one suddenly stopped working a day ago (I had a workaround so that my wife could still use the internet, but she couldn't print to our networked laserjet)
    I connected the existing ethernet cable and the power supply and .... by the time I had wandered round to my office with my Mac Airport Utility had launched itself and was waiting, patiently, for me to set it up! Magic, or, is this what computing should always be like!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disastrous upgrade from previous model

    In a bizarre and rare momentary lapse of design reasoning, and in spite of the recent popularity of Powerline adapters that chose the same convenient design as the original Airport Express, Apple decided to use the AppleTV design for the new Airport Express. Now instead of plugging this into the wall to make a convenient wall-mounted WIFI access & ethernet point, I now have to find somewhere for this device to sit. If you live in a house with cats or small children, a long cable with a small device on the end presents additional hazards!

    But my main gripe is not with the design, but the technology. A WIFI device that can extend a network using 802.11n at 5GHz, with a theoretical maximum speed of 300Mb/s (my own tests with iPerf3 show that it can easily acheive 200Mb/s between the floors of my house) should have an ethernet port that can cope with these speeds; i.e. Gigabit Ethernet, as you find on the Airport Extreme Base Station.

    Instead, Apple have put a pair of 100Mb/s ports on the new device, and testing this, I find that I am then limited to around 92Mb/s. This is massively disappointing. I sincerely hope they do not repeat this mistake when they (eventually) release an 802.11ac version of this device to match the current Base Station router.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    Bought one of these to extend the range of my old style AirPort Extreme. You could just get an intermittent signal from that at far end of our house hence purchasing this product after reading some of the Q&A's. Had it working in less than 10 min from opening the box. Plugged it in at the other end of the house and then the Airport Utility on my MacBook set it up as an extension of the existing wi-fi network pretty much automatically. No wires to it other than a power supply. Brilliant, simple set up. Highly recommend for extending the range of your Apple based network.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple and easy to setup and works a treat

    Bought this to add to my network using Airport Extreme base station. I wanted it to link my NAS drive to primarily in a seperate room to the Extreme.

    Took minutes to set up to extend the existing network and connect the NAS drive.

    !00% recommended.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought so I can extend wireless range of Time Capsule.

    Just keeps dropping network! Would be listening to Sonos in the bedroom and it would cut out... go to the hallway where the airport express is and it would be flashing orange. A restart and then it goes green again with excellent reception. After spending far too long on the phone with Apple to try and get this sorted we are fed up with it and have to live with turning off and back on again about 3 times a week. Not great.

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Streaming Music

    No good if your streaming HI-FI sounding music! Pops and crackles like an old vinyl Record!!!

    10 of 25 people found this useful