• 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.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not too sure...

    I purchased this solely to extend my wireless range, and it seems like my signal is worse than it was before. My range has been extended by at most a foot, and now my signal drops in and out. Pretty huge waste of money, but to be fair it might just be that I'm an idiot. As I type my wireless has dropped out twice...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Autoconfigures and is fast

    Used it to free up an older AE for travel. This one asked for credentials access and auto-configured. I checked the config and all good - it extends a network by Ethernet (wired).
    Speedtest shows it is faster than the older model in ping times. Great to have a spare Ethernet port at this end of the house too!.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best router I have used

    First let me say I have used a large amount of different routers over the past 12 years. This is the first router that has never disconnected regardless if it's the MacBook Pro with the retina display, standard MacBook, Xbox 360, iPhone or iPad. My current Internet connection is 40 GB per second download 5 GB per second upload it has never dropped or lost signal while playing video games, downloading apps, etc. It does have only one RJ-45 output but everything in my house is wireless so that does not bother me at all. As for the configuration it was all automatically configured and the only configuring I did with the Apple airport express was to create a second network for guest users and set up passwords. The Apple airplay and network printer/scanner was all plug-and-play and required no configuring whatsoever. I've had this express base Station for a couple months and had zero problems with it so I highly recommend this product and I definitely give it a five out of five.

    27 of 43 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 81 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ease of setup, quick & simple

    Replacing an outdated G wifi the airport express covers a 2 storey, 4 bedroom house with ease. Quick and simple to set up from iOS device (iPhone app) basically a plug and play option. Also it's ability to identify connection problems make this wifi a simple option for the un-experienced

    2 of 2 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 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow!

    Yesterday I bought the AirPort Express in the Apple Store in Amsterdam. I bought it to extend my wireless network. The installation was almost completely automatic! Just 2 minutes and it was ready! This is really a stunning product, both in terms of usability and design. A 5 star rating isn't even enough!

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Wireless Extender

    Had Airport Extreme Base Station with 2 airport expresses set up to extend wireless networks to corners of house with weak signals.

    Not really totally happy with old airport express's performance so I thought I would try new new Airport Express. All I can say is wow. Positioned new express between area where the old two expresses were. Now my speed in either of the corners of the house where the old airport express's were has nearly doubled.

    Best $100 I have spent for awhile. Because of form factor, also looks cool sitting on table. This new express basically replaced the two older airports and increases download speed. Whats not to like?

    Highly recommend if planning on using it to extend wireless network.

    249 of 277 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome job all-around on this one!!!

    First of all, this thing just looks fabulous; it's the exact same shape and size as the Apple TV, so it looks great by it! It matches the Airport Extreme better as well. Also, I love that it now has two ethernet ports, one to connect it to the network (if you need it) and one to connect a computer (or Apple TV, etc). I myself use it to extend my home wireless network and it works very well, it is easy to set up and very fast. AirPlay is great too, I can now easily play music on my bedroom stereo from my MBP/iPhone/iPad. Apple, great job on this one!

    27 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to Install, Easy to Use

    To be honest I am not an expert of networking stuff. I have used many different kinds of wireless routers. While most of them do work, they need some knowledge to setup and maintain, many times I encountered unknown disconnections and I had to restart them and prayed the problems get solved.
    Then I read a lot of information on AirPort, and Apple released the new generation, so I decided to get one. It ended up to be a great decision.
    The install was really easy, just like all Apple products, and the AirPort Utility app gives great visual information on the networking, and changing setup is so easy too. Also the WiFi is very stable, all wireless devices working great! I never see the connectivity limited icon again!
    Plus I haven't even put good use for the AirPlay function or connecting printer yet.
    In conclusion, great product! Worth the money!

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Uverse

    I purchased the new AE to expand my wireless area in my house and allow for greater flexibility of device locations. I have a PC with Win 7 64 and my internet comes by way of AT&T Uverse. the RG Uverse supplies operates on 802.11g and my PC is wired in. I needed to move my PC to an area where there were no ethernet outlets and at temps of 105 outside, I really did not want to be in my attic running new wires. I also had some dead spots in my master suite. This little unit works like a charm, I had to use my iPad to configure it but there really was not much to it. My only complaint would be that I have no idea how to configure it with a PC. I am writing this review on my PC that is now wireless, and my iPad, iPhones, iPods and Apple TV's are all working perfectly and I can still connect to my set top boxes with my Uverse remote app. At a $100 bucks a pop you really can't beat the ease of connection. I may get one more for my master suite just so I can place my tv where ever I so desire.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love Apple

    Walked into the Apple Store with my kids, & got pointed to the Acc's wall. Grabbed the AP Base Station box, about the size of my fist. Walked to one of the 50 associates on the clock. Checked out in 24 seconds. Left.

    Total time of transaction — 2 min's tops (maybe less).

    Got home. Total setup time — 4 min's tops.

    I could have ordered over the Web with free shipping — but I wanted to swing by the store again.

    Why? B/c it's beautiful.

    I. Love. Apple.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Small and amazing!

    I live in a large apartment with thick old walls. This baby allows me to have access to wifi in all the rooms. Amazing! It is so easy to setup.

    Only $119 with a 14 days return policy. Why not :-)

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple and fast

    What an Apple product should be. Plug and play. Sleek design.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Gigabit Ethernet = Fail

    How can any device with an Ethernet port in these days not be gigabit... Apple, please see the light, you are selling a device capable of 802,11n (300mbps) and then bottleneck the most reliable source to give it that capability. Sure, gigabit is overkill, but it's what is required to give it full 802.11n capability when using as an access point. Why Apple?! Why?!

    5 of 7 people found this useful