Learn more about AirPort Express
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Ratings & Reviews
Exactly what I needed
Got one of these yesterday ... and it's brilliant ... only 10 minutes after it arrived I was streaming music from my iPad to my Hi Got one of these yesterday ... and it's brilliant ... only 10 minutes after it arrived I was streaming music from my iPad to my HiFi. and the quality is brilliant ... must be a good DAC in there.
Note for prospective purchasers ... make sure you install the Airport Utility App (Free) on your iPad (or iPhone or iPod) then the setup is incredibly easy. …
- Written by BRIAN M from EGHAM
447 of 505 people found this useful
The design of this airport express is a vast improvement, having the power cord gives much flexibility. The power cord is very sli The design of this airport express is a vast improvement, having the power cord gives much flexibility. The power cord is very slim lined and as a result maintains portability. Dual Band is a clear advantage, its simple to set up using the airport IOS app and clearly well thought out. …
- Written by Ryan H from HEREFORD
351 of 403 people found this useful
Normally don't write reviews but this looks like exactly what I need.
I had to rate it as five stars to compensate for the revi Normally don't write reviews but this looks like exactly what I need.
I had to rate it as five stars to compensate for the reviewer that decided it only warranted one star because it now has a separate power cable rather than just plugging it in to the wall.
For me, the new format is a major improvement and should give me greater scope in positioning the unit to maximise the signal. …
- Written by Mike E from Pertenhall
330 of 412 people found this useful
Incredible product !!!
Amazing Apple product, I was desperate to improve my Sky hub's (SR102) stability and speed. Setup with direct Ethernet connection 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. …
- Written by Nikolaos K from London
2 of 2 people found this useful
Wow! How easy was that!
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 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! …
- Written by Dave W from Manchester
1 of 1 people found this useful
Disastrous upgrade from previous model
In a bizarre and rare momentary lapse of design reasoning, and in spite of the recent popularity of Powerline adapters that chose 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. …
- Written by Richard C from London
7 of 13 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can I use an AirPort Express to extend my existing wifi signal?
- Asked by Jason K from New Canaan
Yes, I just finished doing it about 5 minutes ago! I bought an AirPort Extreme and installed it as Yes, I just finished doing it about 5 minutes ago! I bought an AirPort Extreme and installed it as my WiFi network using the AirPort Utility on my MacBook Pro. Then I plugged in my Airport Express to a power socket upstairs at the other end of my house where I lose signal. The AirPort utility on my MacBook Pro recognized the Express and asked me if I wanted to use the Express to extend my existing network. I clicked yes...done! The whole thing took less than 10 minutes. …
- Answered by Cameron G from Rogers
does a wireless printer have to be connected to the AirPort express USB or can I have the printer in another room.
- Asked by Greg S from Hometown
If you have a wifi-enabled printer, you can have the printer in a separate room. Just add the wifi If you have a wifi-enabled printer, you can have the printer in a separate room. Just add the wifi network on your printer and your printer will be recognized. …
- Answered by Christopher W from Cincinnati
I'm very basic, so I'd like to know if I need both the Apple Express AND a separate wireless router, and also if the Express is 802.11ac (which a tech
- Asked by Anthony D from Portsmouth
No you do not need both the airport express and a separate wireless router. The airport express is a No you do not need both the airport express and a separate wireless router. The airport express is a wireless router by its self and doesn't need anything except the ethernet going in (from a modem or ethernet jack in the wall). Also I'm not sure what you tried to say at the very end but it is not 802.11ac yet (Hopefully an update in the near future!!!). The airport extreme is AC but the express is only N. …
- Answered by Joey S from Massillon
Airport express or apple tv
- Asked by David C from Kingsley
I'm faced with the same dilemma, as my 802.11g Airport Express suffers from many drop-outs due to mu I'm faced with the same dilemma, as my 802.11g Airport Express suffers from many drop-outs due to multiple interference on the 2.4Ghz band by microwave ovens, cordless phones, baby monitors and the like. Been kind of holding off till the new 802.11ac was implemented across the board by APPLE. More on that in a minute.
The APPLE tv obviously does a lot more in the entertainment arena thru it's ability to stream all your iTunes content to your TV, in addition to NETFLIX, VIMEO, YouTube, hockey and baseball games, etc, etc. But it does not support wireless printing; no USB port. To get the audio from your iTunes music library to your main Stereo, you'd either need an HDMI splitter, HDMI 1.4 with ARC (audio return channel), an HDMI AV receiver, or purchase a Toslink optical audio cable to go directly from the APPLE tv to your Stereo system.
The current version of the APPLE tv still uses 802.11n. While that is plenty for music streaming, the advantage of 802.11ac would be, no possible slowdown of the entire network by one slower link in the chain, as well as being ready for when 4k video streams become more commonplace.
I'm waiting to see if APPLE will update the Airport Express as well as the APPLE tv to the new ac standard. If not in the near future, I'll buy the Express, as at the moment I just want to be able to stream my iTunes library to my main Stereo, and I won't have to shell out for the optical cable. In addition, it'll buy more time to see where APPLE is headed with their APPLE tv "hobby". But for 99 bucks, you can't go wrong either way. …
- Answered by Michael V from Barrie
Can I plug an ethernet-only wired device into an Airport Express so it can connect to my network?
- Asked by D Gavin G from Seattle
I have done this with a macbook so, yes, it can act as a bridge. However, I couldn't say for certain I have done this with a macbook so, yes, it can act as a bridge. However, I couldn't say for certain that your equipment would work in this way. …
- Answered by Oliver J
Can i use my Airport Express to extend my wireless network with another brand router?
- Asked by Sabrina I from Sao Paulo