• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product, only lasted 3 years

    I use this as a router, to stream audio from my iPhone to a hifi using the optical out. Unfortunately it stopped working yesterday, after just over 3 years. The green light goes on, the Apple utility app says that the unit is fine, but no audio comes out. The analogue out does not work either, and I know the analogue in on the hifi works as I've tested it. Otherwise this product is fine, a bit expensive but it does the job.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Airport Express

    This thing works OK as wifi but when it comes to feeding music from computer to amp and speakers it is flaky at best. Regularly just stops working, disconnecting at random. Such a great idea, shame it is not good enough.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    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.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not very reliable but good when it does work

    It's great when it works and the sound quality is good too. I've tried this device at my work at home and a friends place to see if it was the internet that caused issues with this dropping out, but it seems that the sound drops out intermittently and had heaps of connection issues in different locations. But when it works it is a really good device. After a few frustrating months, we spent the extra money on an audioengine B1 and this works perfectly and sound quality is better as well.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    5 stars because it's a solid wifi base station, 0 stars because it's slow

    Airport Express still ships with a 10/100 WAN port. What does that mean? Say, like me, you have 300mbps internet, the Airport Express will chop that down to a max of 100. I was scratching my head for days wondering why my internet was so slow.

    It's 2016, there's no excuse for not including faster ethernet connections on this router.

    BUT if you have slower than 100mbps internet this is a solid wifi router. Just works. Strong signal. Small footprint. Looks nice tucked up on a bookshelf.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money!

    You can't find devices by IP address only MAC address and even when you see the MAC address, you can't find out the IP address. Can't believe I bought this! Save your money!

    9 of 14 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.

    4 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Shameful product!

    Bought the Airport Express because I have a MBP, iMac, iPhone & iPad (and yes, also some Android devices). Big mistake!

    I am replacing a very well working WRT54G, because I wished to get a N router for better WiFi performance.

    My experience is as follows.
    1. The initial setup was a pain. After resetting the cable modem, router, restarting the PC, etc., I finally got it working after 20 minutes. It did not feel like a good start.

    2. Since I wished to use the 5GHz feature, I setup an exclusive network name for it "xxxx_network 5Ghz", and have set the MBP to connect to it. It connects fine when I select it, and maintains that connection, until I sleep the computer. After waking, the computer switches to the non-5GHz network ("xxxx_network"). I have to reselect the 5Ghz network again. Why?

    3. The latest issue I have noticed, which never happened with the most respectable(!) WRT54G, is that YouTube videos stop loading at some random point, using an Android tablet. I noted similar complaints about this on Apple forums (the router mentioned there was the Extreme).

    4. The speed does not reach anywhere close to the 70~90Mbps recorded by some reviews (which is itself way off from the 300Mbps of the N tech). I could get at best about 35Mbps, transferring some large files from a NAS connected to the router via ethernet cable. The WRT54G gave me about 18Mbps.