• 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.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 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

    Power plug to large

    I read some have problem with their power plug being to large to use cat 5 into WAN port. Google "YL-113L" for a smaller power plug that may work. The product has been great as my new travel router so far. Using an old Case Logic CD case I carry the router, cat 5 and power cables.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    cable issue no more

    easy setup +
    removed plug part from my old airport express and used it on the new one, no cable needed +

    32 of 36 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac for setup required

    So I received this great product from my beautiful wife "BB" for fathers day...any who, i was excited! I wanted to setup the Airport Express right away, which i thought would take me just a couple of minutes. Lets just say this wasn't as fast to set up as Apple stated. After trying to use my iPad to setup, i finally resulted to using my MacBook. Pros: Using Airport Utility on my Macbook lets me easily change the channels for less-congested wifi. Plus, my internet is now quicker, (maybe cause i had a $20 router). Cons: I was only able to set up with my Macbook. I was unable to set up with iPad/iPhone. This took me about 15 minutes.

    22 of 30 people found this useful

  • 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