• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Streaming Music

    • Written by from SWINDON

    No good if your streaming HI-FI sounding music! Pops and crackles like an old vinyl Record!!!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No AC support. Outdated and still overpriced

    • Written by from Melton South

    Still doesn't support AC. $150 for this, when you can get an AirPort Extreme for only an extra $250? Apple are kidding themselves.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Airplay audio unreliable

    • Written by from Ottawa

    Purchased the airport to stream audio to my stereo. It works for a few minutes and then cuts out. Have tried many fixes but none work. You need to repeatedly restart the stream until you give up in annoyance. Many reports of this on the net but no real solutions. Don't buy this if you're looking for an audio streaming solution.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Express bogs down download speeds on connected devices.

    • Written by from Tulsa

    I had an Apple Express hooked up in my living room, close to the Apple TV which btw works really well. However, I started to notice that when I had my Mac Air in the same living room and "hooked up" via express that web screens loaded pretty slowly. I ran Speakeasy to check to see what was up and found that the unit was running at a snails pace, causing the computer to get down under 1 meg some times, even when the Apple TV wasn't being used. I went to my desktop MAC and ran Speakeasy and was getting the 12meg speeds I'm paying ATT for, so dismissing ATT as a culprit, I moved the Express to other parts of the house, tested, and got less than half speed regardless of the location. I then removed (unplugged) the Express and checked again and even with all devices (6-7) connected to the Extreme Base Unit. The download speeds were at back to the correct 12meg making me wonder why I bought the Express in the first place. Bottom line. (My) Express runs at best half-speed so I unplugged it, and told Airport Utility to "forget it" which removed it from my network. Live and learn. I am still a huge Apple fan and have had no other problems to speak of with any other Apple equipment. I just feel lucky that it was an easy problem to solve and even if it was $99 throw-away item, no one, including Apple is 100%.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy if Airplay is your goal

    • Written by from Vancouver

    (Zero Stars)

    I own two of these, and have been constantly fighting to get them to work streaming music to my stereos. This is the black dot on my Apple experience.

    At the moment, to make them work I have to unplug, wait, and then plug them back in. Then I need to wait at my source device for the short window that I have to connect to the airport. When the icon comes up I can waste no time, I need to immediately connect. This will buy me 45 minutes of streaming time before having to do this ritual all over again.

    Yes, I have scraped through the forums, yes I have checked in with Apple support - nothing works.

    These things are garbage as far as receivers for streaming music - maybe the are decent routers, I don't really care about that.

    Honestly, go for something that has a good track record, not this device if you want to wirelessly stream music.

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible, where the light is amber

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    This is a terrible product. Having owned two of these, they always end up failing within a year or two. I bought a Netgear, which lasted me 4 years. I am really disappointed, and this is a costly product. I would never recommend this product to anyone. In fact, I think they should have a buyback program for this faulty and weak product. I can't sell my dead airport. I gave the first one a way for someone to hack as a project. Save your money and buy a Netgear for $79. It is much durable.

    Also, this product only has a 1-year product. You can buy it with a laptop, and AppleCare, but who can precisely time when their Wifi modem goes out. This product wasted 45 minutes of my time and Time Warners.

    2 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frequent Drops When Streaming Music

    • Written by from Westland

    I bought two of these and use them to stream music from my computer through the two surround sound systems downstairs. The music cuts out frequently making them virtually uses. $200 wasted dollars. I'll be looking for products outside of apple to find a solution to whole-house music streaming.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Henley on Thames

    Did not extend or improve my WI FI
    The airplay was a total disappointment I could not play music without dropping off.
    I'm going to use my TP-LING

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very annoying useless gadget

    • Written by from London

    Airport Express is a beautifully designed useless piece of junk. You will have problems with connectivity issues if not owning Time Capsule or such like as well.

    After a dozen or so attempts to resolve the very annoying blinking orange light issue I was confronted with….no Internet connectivity! And no, not only on Airport Express but on my iPad as well. The whole process is counter-intuitive and any help peppered with jargon (to non-geeks). Hey, even the experts could not agree how to reset the irritating thing!

    Needless to say, the item is rapidly making its way back to Apple. I’ll do with the normal cable instead – at least it is working.

    3 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Never thought I'd hate any Apple product....

    • Written by from York

    However, this one I do hate because it tarnishes the brand I love. Worked OK (not great) for about 4 months, but about 10 days ago it just starting behaving erratically. The green light glows, but nothing is coming through. If you connect directly to the cable modem the signal is fine. I bought a new ethernet cable thinking maybe there was a broken wire but it did not help. I have tried everything: new cable modem, new ethernet cables, new location, reset button, holy water, you name it, I've tried it. Devices will not connect to it and when they do they drop the signal after a few minutes. As of this morning I replaced it with a Belkin that costs 1/2 the price and so far, so good. Buyer beware: just because it has the Apple doesn't mean it performs like one.

    26 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced paperweight - would have given 0 starts

    • Written by from New York

    It is hard to find a good thing to say about the Airport Express. When using it to extend a 2011 Airport Extreme, it failed miserably, both as a wired and as a wireless extender. Setup was difficult and slow and it would appear that v6 of the Airport Utility had a great deal of functionality removed from it in comparison to v5. (this missing functionality made problems quite difficult to diagnose). When I finally had it connected as a wired extender (via an ethernet cable), the network would actually drop completely every 5 minutes or so. Also, don't even think about using some non-Apple networking equipment with this. The Express would not work with the Netgear Powerline 500 network extenders (and the brand new ASUS router that I bought would, with no effort).

    Given the incredibly high price ($100), you can get FAR better devices that do significantly more at a much lower price point.

    20 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Expressly Useless

    • Written by from Halifax

    We have a number of Apple products in our home (MacBook Pros, iPhones, iPods, Time Capsule) and, sadly, an Airport Express. The Express was initially purchased to stream music though it seemed to suffer from wireless dead zones in our home. Attempts to use it as a network extender (from our Time Capsule base) have been only temporarily successful with no predictable reason for it working or not. After multiple resets, online advice and directions, more time has been spent trying to fix the device than actually using it.

    15 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    unexpected error

    • Written by from Le Grand

    that's all i see when trying to set up with the air port utility

    10 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Apple's product ever - streaming just DOESN'T work

    • Written by from Elk Grove Village

    I can't believe this product has 4 stars. Try to stream music with AirPlay... Every model of this device had issues with frequent music drop out when streaming... and unfortunately I'm the owner of this model...
    More than four years of complains of other users on Apple's forum...

    If you're going to buy it in order to stream music - think twice :-)...

    21 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from waurn ponds

    After trying it in multiple locations the express did not boost, extend or improve my WiFi one little bit, if anything it seemed to make it worse. The AirPlay was a total disappointment, it could not play music for more than a few seconds without dropping out, even from a metre away! I expected more from an Apple product, I thought it would just work..

    7 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Airplay is horrible/Router ok

    • Written by from Durham

    I bought 2 of these things for a 1500 sqft space and these suckers aren't particle. Network drops out from one end of the space to the other so I have to always walk toward the main one to get stable coverage. Also the Airplay is the only reason I got 2 of them and that feature is horrible, it never works. Maybe works for 1 min then starts dropping out. Apple's quality is really is starting to become like it was back in the 90s. Cool outside box with poor components inside and at the $99 price rage you'd hope for a better product.

    16 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Suitable, maybe, for throwing through Apple Store window

    • Written by from Denver

    This device fails to live up to Apple's reputation of building quality products that "just work." I purchased it for its airplay capabilities. Mistake. It's either not visible for airplay streaming or streams for 20 minutes then disconnects. Airplay is not ready for prime time or even small time.

    21 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless if using a DAC

    • Written by from Hassocks

    Bought to stream music to my DAC but the stream is dropped every few seconds, it simply cannot cope. Useless

    10 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Gigabit

    • Written by from Georgetown

    In this day and age, it is ridiculous that the Airport Express would not support gigabit networks. Even many home networks are now gigabit so this device should be able to support gigabit speeds.

    18 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This thing is limited to the point of uselessness!

    • Written by from Redmond

    I've just spent the last 4 hours trying to get 2 of these things to CONNECT to my home network. Not even creating a network, just simply connecting to my already existing network. I have 2 routers already, one is a Linksys and the other is an ASUS. They talk to each other perfectly. Trying to get the 2 airport express base stations to connect to the networks output by either the Linksys or the Asus routers is (as far as I can tell) possible, but not worth all the hoops you're required to jump through in terms of configurations. Apple would you please bring the capability of your products up to that of products made by SO MANY OTHER BRANDS! Thank you!

    18 of 39 people found this useful