• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy set up, but......

    I bought the AirPort Express after my 2TB Time Capsule died an ugly death less than 2 years after I purchased it. I needed to restore my home network quickly and this seemed like a good option while I considered alternatives for back-ups. It was easy to set up and I was up and running in less than 2 minutes after I connected it. However it shares the same quirk as the Time Capsule....it frequently disconnects from wireless for no apparent reason. After reading reviews of the Time Capsule alternatives it seems that is a common problem across the device family and I will look for a another option for back-ups.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Effective but dated!

    I originally had a Time Capsule and purchased the AirPort Express to cover the far side of the house. I live in a ranch and my router was located at the far end. The Airport Express was an easy to set up and when I moved it around it reconnected without any problems however I wasn't really happy with the coverage. Fifteen feet away from the Express and the signal really dropped off. Three years ago I upgraded my Time Capsule to the Airport Extreme and took the time to relocate it to a more central part of the house. The Extreme was a significant improvement however there was still a unique use for the Airport Express.

    My neighbor has a 12 year old who we gave a used mini iPad but she didn't have access to WiFi. I placed the old Time Capsule near a wall next to her home and gave her the Airport Express and told her to plug it into a receptacle in her bedroom. It was very easy to add the older Time Capsule and the Airport Express, once plugged in, it found the Time Capsule without any problem and was fully connected to the network. She's a happy girl and has never complained about her WiFi connection or signal strength while in her room. That's the plus side of Apple's Airport Express and their line of routers, however I hope this fall they will make some announcements regarding new improved routers. With security becoming more important I would hope Apple could engineer some improvements, Apple competitors are offering units with USB 3 ports and MU-MiMO technology and now the industry is introducing 802.11ad capability. The Airport Express is still stuck in 802.11n speed! Apple, $99.00 use to be a fair price, today I would say it should be $69.00!

    Routers are really important Apple, I've got 4 iPhones, iMac, Mac Pro, multiple iPads, multiple Apple TVs, security cameras, and other smart devices and their information needs to go through a router! For a huge number of Apple users I'm sure they're using an Apple router or routers. I'm counting on Apple to continue it's leadership and protect its users such as myself by setting new standards for staying connected for its users. I'm looking for much better router resources from Apple this year! How about it.

    10 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Lacks Features and Web UI, Overpriced

    I would have expected some extra features like:
    - Bluetooth Audio. Ok I know it has AirPlay but bluetooth is a basic thing nowadays specially on routers that can stream media.
    - Web UI. Any $30 home router has a built-in web interface, this one needs the AirPort utility application installed on your PC or Apple devices. It's really inconvenient to have to depend on the AirPort Utility in order to be able to configure it.
    - The WiFi coverage is OK but not the best for a $99 router.

    Conclusion: It does it's job and works OK, however, it's really overpriced considering the features it has and the ones it lacks.

    14 of 22 people found this useful