AirPort Express

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  • Overview

    Featuring a compact design, AirPort Express supports simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. Set up your wireless network quickly and easily using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. Create a network just for guests. Stream music to any room in the house. And print from any room in the house too. All with fast wireless technology.
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    Easy Wi-Fi setup using iPhone, iPad or Mac.

    Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Express and create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Or use the built-in AirPort Utility on your Mac. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.

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    Simultaneous dual-band 802.11n.

    AirPort Express lets Wi-Fi-enabled devices connect to your network on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands. Which means every connected device automatically uses the best band available for the fastest possible performance.

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    Stream music with AirPlay.

    AirPlay takes the music from the iTunes library on your computer or iOS device and sends it wirelessly to any connected stereo or speakers in your home (audio cable sold separately). Play music on one set of speakers — or if you have more than one AirPort Express connected to speakers, play your music from iTunes on all of them at the same time.

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    Print wirelessly from any room.

    On the back of AirPort Express is a USB port that’s made for your printer. Just plug it in and instantly it’s like having a printer in every room. And since AirPort Express works with Mac and PC, everyone in the house can take advantage of one centrally available printer.

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    Compatibility and security.

    AirPort Express is compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n specifications. So no matter what Wi-Fi device you’re using, it will work with AirPort Express. AirPort Express also features a built-in firewall to protect your network from malicious Internet attacks. The firewall is automatically turned on, so you don’t have to do a thing.

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    Create a guest network.

    Set up a separate Wi-Fi network with a separate password just for your guests. Simply enable the guest networking feature, and your guests can access the Internet but not other parts of your primary network, such as your computers, printers and LAN-attached hard drives.

    What’s in the Box

    AirPort Express

    Printed documentation

    Power lead

    Tech Specs

    Ethernet

    USB

    System Requirements

    Setup and Administration

    iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility

    Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.3 or later and AirPort Utility 6.1

    Mac with OS X v10.5.7 or later and AirPort Utility 5.6.1

    PC with Windows 7 or later and AirPort Utility 5.6.1

    Shared Printing with a USB Printer

    USB printer

    Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later

    PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8

    Wireless Device Access

    Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n specification

  • Apple TV Models

  • 3.5 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
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    • 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 wa 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.)

      • Written by Richard B from FLEET

      11 of 13 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great but be aware of wireless printing gotcha with iOS devices

    • 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. H 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.

      • Written by Mark T from WALTON-ON-THAMES

      8 of 8 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Simple to set up, works perfectly

    • 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 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.

      • Written by Neil C from Hull

      7 of 10 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Disappointed

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Great for solving wifi black spots

      I have a wired network in my house which links to my Virgin SuperHub 3. I have thick walls, hence the wired network. Connect these to the wired network using th I have a wired network in my house which links to my Virgin SuperHub 3. I have thick walls, hence the wired network. Connect these to the wired network using the network socket on the back of the AE which looks like it has a cog icon above it and choose to use the "create a network" mode. Then when configuring the AE, give it the same wireless network name and password as your main hub (in my case the same log-in details as my virgin superhub) and devices then connect to which ever hub is broadcasting the strongest signal. Ive got three of these in my house, plus my VM SuperHub 3 and the wifi coverage is perfect, and fast. Dont use extend my wireless network mode, unless you dont have a wired connection between the hub and where you want to place the AE. I've had AE's for years, ever since they used to be a different design, and have recommended them to friends, and everyone who has set them up in a similar way to me has loved them. Dont really see the point in the £199 version, I'd just go the the cheaper version, had both and didnt see the difference, returned the more expensive one and brought 2 AE's instead, excellent.

      • Written by Thomas H from Nottingham

      Is this review useful?Great for solving wifi black spots

    • 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 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.

      • Written by Leif G from Four Marks

      0 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Good product, only lasted 3 years

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Does a great job

      I'm using this as an Airplay device connected to my amp and an ethernet port connected to my Sky+ box. Setup to my Netgear WiFi router was fast and uncomplicate I'm using this as an Airplay device connected to my amp and an ethernet port connected to my Sky+ box. Setup to my Netgear WiFi router was fast and uncomplicated, as always it just works, I'm managing to get 300 Mb/s connection speed which is more than enough for what I need, very pleased.

      • Written by David F from Milton Keynes

      2 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Does a great job

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