• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Apple product yet.

    • Written by from Seattle

    I had the old version of this which worked GREAT for about 7 years. No issues. Then the software updates made it to where my Mac would no longer communicate with the now ancient white brick.

    So, I updated to this one about a year ago. Worked just fine, initially. Now, streaming music over Airplay works maybe 10% of the time and now the Wifi is dropping out. I've connected via ethernet and reset SEVERAL times to fix the issue and once I attach it to my existing wireless network, I can no longer connect to the internet. It was like watching someone's health get progressively worse. And out of warranty, out of luck.

    HOW? How could Apple release such an inferior product?

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I wanted these to be amazing

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I bought an AirPort Time Capsule and two Expresses to extend the network.

    I find myself rebooting the Expresses on a regular basis just to have them come up and barely boost my network. The Internet is unusable when connected to either of the Expresses and usually end up using my iPhone's cellular connection. I got both replaced thinking it was just extreme bad luck but as it turns out even with the latest firmware these Airports are frustratingly disappointing.

    Apple makes great products but maybe wireless is something best left for the Netgears of the world.

    Hopefully a firmware update will come soon but I am most definitely not holding my breath, until them I am purging my house of these sadly sub-par routers and extenders.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I was initially enthusiastic...

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    ...but that was years ago. They are frustrating and opaque. They work until they don't. A ten or twenty dollar bluetooth device is almost certain to be better. I own Apple stock, and I challenge anyone to name a worse Apple product.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worthless

    • Written by from Cortez

    Works about 25% of the time and then it cuts in and out.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Apple product ever

    • Written by from boring

    If you are using this as a stand alone wifi router it's mediocre at best. Trying to add it to an existing wifi network and having it work consistently is a joke. If you do get lucky and get it to work NEVER change anything with your network. That's $80 I'll never get back.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    worked great for a year

    • Written by from abbottstown

    I HAD one that worked well for the first year, then it started cutting out every now and then and it was all down hill from there. Once it started cutting out when playing music it was dead within 2 or 3 months. Would like another one but not gonna keep spending $100 every year for a new airport express.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost never works - audio drops constantly!

    • Written by from Plano

    I bought the 2nd gen because Apple kindly stopped allowing my to connect to my old device so I can no longer configure it. I've tried every setting but my Mac can rarely connect to this new one. My iPhone and iPad can find it easier but the audio drops every few seconds making it completely useless. All other devices I have can connect just fine to the network. Online help is useless. I'm returning it.

    7 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sometimes it works!

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I've had this little cube for several years now and while streaming music using AirPlay from my MacBook Pro works pretty well most of the time, in the past few months (and I suspect since the release of iOS8) streaming music over AirPlay from my iPhone is just a non-starter. It'll work for maybe 4-5 minutes and then the connection between the phone and the AirPort Express will go down. I know for sure the home network is not the issue. Gonna have to look to other products that support AirPlay, because sadly, on this one, Apple has delivered a doozy. Don't buy.

    17 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Express Stinks

    • Written by from Oakland township

    Well I've finished 2014 smashing to pieces the apple airport express which worked about 1/3 of the time. I would never recommend anyone buying apple they do not work as advertised.

    10 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    okay, but limited

    • Written by from Carrboro

    Note: I have a Windows 7 PC. I was tired of plugging my computer/phone directly into my stereo to use the speakers. In iTunes ONLY, the AirPort worked and I was able to play music wirelessly. I listen to a lot of music online, though, and the AirPort will ONLY play from iTunes, at least on a PC. There's a fix that will let me play from other programs (ex., browsers), but it's a 3rd party program--Airfoil--and costs $30. Even with that program, I can't use the AirPort for video (Netflix, etc.) audio because there's a delay and there is NO SOLUTION for PC yet (there is an Airfoil video program for OS that claims to fix the delay). These limitations weren't clear in the product descriptions or reviews, so I'm posting this as a caveat. The idea of the AirPort is great, but it's utility is limited. I'm disappointed in the lack of available software for it, and that it didn't come with software that would make it more generally compatible. Not being able to use it when streaming video is particularly annoying, as that was one of my primary motivations for trying it.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good for wi-fi connections

    • Written by from HONOLULU

    After all these years, you would think that Apple would be able to get it together. This product works occasionally. And when it does (about half of the time at best) there's a lag in the connection. I've gone through three Mac computers, our household has had nearly 20 iPhones, we've had three different iPads and two airport expresses and always the same problem with our devices. Now I have a brand-new Mac mini, an iPhone 6+ and a new airport express and I still have to turn off Wi-Fi on my phone nearly ever time because it connect to the Internet via airport express.

    9 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple airport express (not impressed)

    • Written by from Nibley

    It worked good at first but now It's very frustrating, only works about 1/2-3/4 of the time. You have to hit it just right for it to work, I have to take my phone off wireless most of the time in order for me to connect. In fact That is how I am writing this review (no wireless, using cellular). What good is that? We only have 4 devices connected at our house, so it is not the number of devices. Ready to go back to my old wireless device. Also, does not work with a VPN connection to my work, I've had our IT guys try and try to get it to work and it doesn't. And we have an Apple certified tech at our work and could not get it to work.

    11 of 14 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.

    18 of 21 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%.

    11 of 14 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.

    24 of 30 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.

    10 of 24 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.

    26 of 34 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.

    33 of 58 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.

    26 of 46 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.

    21 of 33 people found this useful