• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible product !!!

    • Written by from London

    Amazing Apple product, I was desperate to improve my Sky hub's (SR102) stability and speed. Setup with direct Ethernet connection to hub/router, created new wireless network on Airport Express, then disabled wireless on router. Devices attached include multiple phones, tablets etc as well as Airplay speaker and NAS drive. All working like a charm! Fibre optic connection restored to previously unseen speeds! The device provides amazing stability and range of the wireless signal, perfect for small flat. Still exploring its capabilities. Dual band wireless extremely useful as well if you have new devices that support 5GHz. Overall impressed.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow! How easy was that!

    • Written by from Manchester

    OK, I know that Apple products and the associated systems are easy to use, I've been a Mac user since the early 1980's, but ..
    I needed a new WiFi base station since a very old one suddenly stopped working a day ago (I had a workaround so that my wife could still use the internet, but she couldn't print to our networked laserjet)
    I connected the existing ethernet cable and the power supply and .... by the time I had wandered round to my office with my Mac Airport Utility had launched itself and was waiting, patiently, for me to set it up! Magic, or, is this what computing should always be like!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disastrous upgrade from previous model

    • Written by from London

    In a bizarre and rare momentary lapse of design reasoning, and in spite of the recent popularity of Powerline adapters that chose the same convenient design as the original Airport Express, Apple decided to use the AppleTV design for the new Airport Express. Now instead of plugging this into the wall to make a convenient wall-mounted WIFI access & ethernet point, I now have to find somewhere for this device to sit. If you live in a house with cats or small children, a long cable with a small device on the end presents additional hazards!

    But my main gripe is not with the design, but the technology. A WIFI device that can extend a network using 802.11n at 5GHz, with a theoretical maximum speed of 300Mb/s (my own tests with iPerf3 show that it can easily acheive 200Mb/s between the floors of my house) should have an ethernet port that can cope with these speeds; i.e. Gigabit Ethernet, as you find on the Airport Extreme Base Station.

    Instead, Apple have put a pair of 100Mb/s ports on the new device, and testing this, I find that I am then limited to around 92Mb/s. This is massively disappointing. I sincerely hope they do not repeat this mistake when they (eventually) release an 802.11ac version of this device to match the current Base Station router.

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Falkirk

    Bought one of these to extend the range of my old style AirPort Extreme. You could just get an intermittent signal from that at far end of our house hence purchasing this product after reading some of the Q&A's. Had it working in less than 10 min from opening the box. Plugged it in at the other end of the house and then the Airport Utility on my MacBook set it up as an extension of the existing wi-fi network pretty much automatically. No wires to it other than a power supply. Brilliant, simple set up. Highly recommend for extending the range of your Apple based network.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple and easy to setup and works a treat

    • Written by from Toton

    Bought this to add to my network using Airport Extreme base station. I wanted it to link my NAS drive to primarily in a seperate room to the Extreme.

    Took minutes to set up to extend the existing network and connect the NAS drive.

    !00% recommended.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought so I can extend wireless range of Time Capsule.

    • Written by from Hove

    Just keeps dropping network! Would be listening to Sonos in the bedroom and it would cut out... go to the hallway where the airport express is and it would be flashing orange. A restart and then it goes green again with excellent reception. After spending far too long on the phone with Apple to try and get this sorted we are fed up with it and have to live with turning off and back on again about 3 times a week. Not great.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 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!!!

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor wifi range

    • Written by from Bromsgrove

    Firstly I must say the design of this Airport Express is much better than original plug in style and as ever with Apple its a nice and compact; it also comes nicely packaged. It's also pretty easy to setup, but I found the iOS limited compared to the Airport utility built-in to OSX.

    I had it set up in minutes, connected to my wifi and an optical cable into my HiFi. It sounded great, the DAC in my system doing a great job of converting the higher quality music.

    That's where the good stuff ends though. We quickly noticed that it kept dropping out, even though the APE was only 8m away from the router with only one stud wall between the two. Proof of this was easily shown by just walking in between the APE and our router, which invariably caused a drop-out. To put it in perspective, our Mac Mini in the lounge is 12.5m from the router on another floor and that easily streams video from the internet or provides a video stream to our other TVs around the house from Plex via the same router. Streaming from the Ethernet connected iMac was OK, but a stream from any iDevice over wifi dropped out.

    Maybe ours was faulty, but having read the experience of others I don't think so. If you can connect it to your router via Ethernet then it would be fine I'm sure, as well as extending your wifi to another room.

    For this reason it gets 2 stars from me.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What a product

    • Written by from Aarhus N

    This is a brilliant product. It was so easy to install, you take it out of the packaging, plug it in, and connect to your DSL. You pick up you iPhone, connect to the network, choose a password and there you go. And what's more, I went from a measly 8mbit output from my old wireless router to taking full advantage of my 40mbit connection, my Apple TV thanks me, and I thank Apple. Simply brilliant!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thank you

    • Written by from TURKU

    Extending my wireless Apple network with AirPort Express was incredible easy and it did not take more than a few minutes.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    airport express

    • Written by from LONDON

    this is the solution if you have a talk talk router, simply plug it in connect to your own network and pair your printer to the same network. talk talk doesn't support bonjour which is apples firmware, so you won't be able to air print, but this is amazing easy and apple support are at hand if you need any assistance. Buy it highly recommended,,,,,

    3 of 4 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

    1 of 5 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    • Written by from Carlisle

    I recently bought a B&W Z2 Airplay speaker, and was having problems with it dropping off the wi-fi network after it hadn't been used for a few hours, needing a power-off to get it working again.

    I suspected the problem was with my Orange Brightbox, rather than the B&W, so I bought an Airport Express to see if it would solve the problem. It arrived the day after I'd ordered it, and after a quick setup (the Airport itself is very straightforward with Airport Utility app on OS X or iOS, but it was a bit more fiddly to get into the Brightbox to switch off it's wi-fi and act only as a router) the new network was all up and running

    Airplay problem solved, and a better, stronger signal all around the house - my iPhone 5 had never worked properly on wi-fi with the Brightbox, but this also works fine now. Just goes to show, ISP-supplied 'free' wi-fi routers aren't a patch on a proper piece of kit.

    All in all, great purchase - and a great price.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by from Leicester

    I bought this today and added it into my network with the AirPort Extreme. I think I did something wrong in the first place but once I worked through the problem it was all up and running perfectly. AirPlay works well, sounds great, the printer is up and running and my wireless is now extended and reliable again.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Airplay works great with my DAC

    • Written by from LONDON

    A lot of people have reported problems using the new model Airport Express to stream music via the optical out into a DAC. I have to say I have had no problems connected via my DacMagic 100. I'm connecting to my Airport Extreme 5GHz network (using 'Join Network' rather than 'Extend') and it works great - in fact, it's much more reliable than my previous original Airport Express. Setting it up was extremely straightforward and having a mains cable rather than just a plug unit makes it easier to place.

    I'm not trying to dismiss the problems many others have had using Airplay via the optical out but either Apple have improved the unit or there is something specific to my configuration that makes it work. (Possibly there are problems using a non-Apple wi-fi router, using a higher-end DAC or using 'Extend Network' rather than 'Join').

    2 of 3 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..

    10 of 22 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

    12 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple and effective

    • Written by from London

    Got this to extend the range of BT Infinity in my flat. It works like a charm. Setup was a breeze - plugged it in and setup was practically automatic - it was working in minutes. Haven't tested yet whether a device's connection is continuos when switching between routers, but Internet speeds are now very fast throughout the flat.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great & easy to setup

    • Written by from Woking

    Setup was simple & only took a few minutes.

    1 of 2 people found this useful