• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    • Written by from Loughborough

    AirPlay works maybe 30% of the time, and when it does, it cuts out after 10 minutes. Everything is set up, everything is sat next to the router. It just does not work. Never buy an Airport Express

    25 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing.

    • Written by from St. Neots

    Will not connect to my Cisco E4200 router's 5Ghz band but connects to the 2.4Ghz band OK; I tried moving it closer to the router but still no 5Ghz connection. There is also a huge problem with jitter when connected through the optical output to my M-DAC (check apple forums). I have a 1st generation Airport Express which works perfectly with the same DAC and fibre optic interconnect. I'll be returning the Airport Express for a refund in the morning!

    24 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A great 'little white box'

    • Written by from London

    Bought one of these yesterday to extend my Time Capsule which is connected to the internet via a Virgin Super Hub.

    So easy to setup - just plugged it in, opened the Airport utility and watched as it found my network, connected, updated itself, and showed me the green light to say it was done. I expected at least 30 mins of sorting the settings, but didn't need more than 10 mins from opening the box to being done.

    It make such a difference when things just do what they are supposed to

    34 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport express as a repeater

    • Written by from Widnes

    superbly easy to set up in bridge mode as a repeater for the time capsule. just connect it through the Lan ( wired or homeplugs network) into the airport express Wan port, and connect the ethernet to you pc / Mac ethernet. Use airport utility and select bridge mode and set the network name and WPA2 password on the wireless tab to the same as the main wireless on the time capsule / airport extreme. Your wireless devices will pick up the strongest wireless signal. awesome network coverage now !!!

    37 of 46 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Flashing amber!

    • Written by from Saxmundham

    I found this device almost impossible to set up. I bought 2 and returned them as being defective until I finally managed to set one up. The instructions supplied are totally inadequate to explaIn what to do when the device refuses to initiate and the dreaded amber light flashes. I have an AirPort Extreme base station and another, earlier generation, Express (which set up no problem incidentally!), this Express was to be for streaming music / printer duties.

    When the amber flashed I tried everything, disconnecting the firewall, re-setting - nothing worked, the device wasn't detected by Airport Utility. Eventually I Googled the problem and found a solution: connect the misbehaving device directly into my PC via the ethernet port and conduct the set-up via Airport Utility that way. Instant success! Why doesn't the documentation supply that advice?

    Now that it's set up, the Express is working fine as a music streamer but it has caused a lot of needless anxiety. Another thing is that the manual refers you to apple.com for support which takes you to the US site which is of no use whatsoever to UK punters.

    I hope my experience is of help to future buyers who may experience similar problems.

    38 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Big step back....

    • Written by from dewsbury

    Very disappointed with the new Airport Express. I currently have 6 of these extending my network from a time capsule all around the house and garden. At the moment they all very conveniently plug into wall sockets, but this new device has to sit on the floor with a lead hanging down from the socket. I'm looking at using double sided sticky foam pads to stick them to the wall by the sockets, but its not really an acceptable solution. Its just very untidy and obviously poorly thought out, not what one normally expects from Apple. I just hope that they soon produce a wall socket power adapter so that they can be plugged into the wall as before.

    39 of 119 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb bit of kit!

    • Written by from Chipping Sodbury

    I extended my existing Apple Network using both Time Capsules and a Airport Express. In short everything works. Have various Apple devices and the wife has a HP laptop and they all work 100% all the time through a Virgin Media 100mb line. What else can I say, superb and does everything it says on the tin!

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works - it's great, but that's about 15% of the time

    • Written by from Lutterworth

    There are about three dozen reviews on here that are largely positive about this product and I can see why people think it is good. But for me this has been my first big disappointment with an Apple product.

    iPad bought about 4 months ago, iMac just before Christmas 2012.

    When it works it is great, small, discrete and performs well, but that is about 15% of the time, I only use it to stream music from my new (late 2012) iMac to my stereo. I have lost count of the number of times that the two lose connectivity (they are about 2.5 metres away from each other!!!).

    Once you have made a connection and start to stream music they seem to hold a connection, but if the iMac is shut down or goes into standby, (or at other random times when I do not have iTunes running) the connection might be lost, (or not), sometimes when I start iTunes it will recognise the APE and sometimes it will not.

    The APE has never had anything other than a green light, (suggesting that it at least thinks that it is OK).

    If I power down the APE and re start it, it works every time, (but I didn't really buy it to faff around like that).

    There are dozens of people on the various Apple support fora that are experiencing the same problem as me, Apple don't seem to have any answers.

    So until I find a way of getting this to work properly so that "it just works" it will have to remain with a two start rating.

    50 of 64 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for music streaming

    • Written by from KOKKOLA

    Bought this just to stream music from Spotify from my iPad. It has worked flawlessly since I got it for about a month ago. The sound quality is excellent. I cannot hear a difference in sound quality compared to CD on my relatively high end (2000€) stereo system when using spotify on "extreme" sound quality.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport to DAC

    • Written by from redditch

    Great product for ease of use, easy to set up, good with music IF you just use the audio out. The sound is not bad, but not as good as an external DAC. So here is the problem Apple, try to use the optical out to a DAC and yes the sound quality is good, the signal breaks up though!

    Any help would be welcome

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    At last 5 GHz!

    • Written by from Warwick

    Even though I had 802.11n routers before I wasn't able to connect with my MacBook Pro in the 5 GHz band. Now, having purchased the AirPort Express I can confirm that the laptop is connecting without any problems and I'm getting 72 MBps in my BT Infinity broadband! My iPhone 4 is also connecting to the Airport all the time (previously it had refused connecting to the local WiFi on different occasions), and I can stream the music directly to my speakers! I am very happy abut this purchase!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pointless

    • Written by from Bognor Regis

    I got this, and well, it's pointless. But, I love it.
    It streams music perfectly.
    It has faster networking than my current router
    Shares my printer.
    All in all, I didn't need this in honesty. But, I think it's a good price and I can see how when I move house this could come into play. :-)
    I do recommend this.
    Setup from my iPad was so easy it was surprising.

    9 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    5g

    • Written by from liss

    great 5g band !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for Sky+

    • Written by from MILTON KEYNES

    I bought one of this to connect my Sky HD box to the internet and it is perfect.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent product. love the simplicity

    • Written by from Shotts

    Completely unsure what 'Nick W from London' is on about. this is the most simple WiFi/Router I have even had to setup. Great iOS app can setup pretty much everything (haven't found something yet) Although I do like Airport Utility 5.6 better than 6, you can still use any version to access the airport so its great that way. Love the fact it has a power cable and two network sockets now, allowing you to place it somewhere away from the walls and use it as a proper router with a wired network. Kind of dose away with the need for the Extreme for small homes.

    The review that 'Nick W from London' has wrote is either just a complete insult to the Airport Express, or he has bout some cheap netgear router thinking its the same thing, as I don't think any can be daft enough to use apples simple to use products and software.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Airplay stutter with optical cable and extarnal DAC!

    • Written by from Egå

    Don't buy this if you want use this with an external DAC (Digital to Audio Converter) Using airplay with normal audio cable is fine, but you would have to live with the limited sound of the airport's internal DAC. It appears that when it's used with optical cable to an external DAC (mine is a Dacmagic 100) the sound will stutter. This was NOT the case with the prior generation of Airport Express. Because my solely reason for buying this was for high quality airplay I will now try to return it to Apple or make them exchange it for the older model. For more on the problem: Search for "Airport Express (square) skips unbearably with Airplay" in Apple Support Communities.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Firmware update needed

    • Written by from Croydon

    While the streamed sound quality was marginally superior to the previous 'in the wall' version there was a constant 'glitch'. Similar to a CD track skipping. Or a timing error
    in the stream. Not a complete dropout but a random sound imperfection.
    Tried forums - no answer.

    Returned via Amazon as not fit for purpose.

    All other APE's (3) work fine.

    Using Netgear DGND 4000 N750 router/modem.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing but trouble

    • Written by from London

    The first two boxes I purchased were faulty and had to be returned to apple within weeks as their status lights began flashing orange while the unit would broadcast on all channels blocking any Wifi signals from other sources in the area. Now the third and current box will not connect to my work PC at all and of the three Macs in our house it only connect to one immediately; with the other two it’s a case of switching them on (or waking from sleep) then five minutes of going into internet preferences deleting old locations adding new locations switching Airport on and off before finally it decides to kick in – no explanation and no help on this issue, despite reading numerous online help pages. Also self-assigned IP is another frequently occurring problem; this means you see and connect to the base station but it then won’t connect to the internet. The unit is riddled with issues and is shoddy rubbish for something that is more than twice the price of the competitors products that do the same job. Avoid yourself the trouble and save some money and don’t make the same mistake I did.

    31 of 82 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent bit of kit

    • Written by from newark

    Got one of these to extend my existing home network (BT), but also to connect into the hi-fi so I could stream from Mac / iPhone etc - Really easy to setup, and if you get it wrong, really easy to reset and start again!

    71 of 72 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup

    • Written by from Holstebro

    Very easy setup. I used it to expand my TC wireless network.

    39 of 51 people found this useful