• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    sad sad sad...

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    ive always loved the airport express line for ease of use, ease of extending the wi-fi network around the house, and ESPECIALLY for Airplay...Airplay has been pretty much the center piece for me buying these things. This new iteration of the Express has major dropout issues.
    Airplay just hiccups and loses connection CONSTANTLY.
    Planning on returning these to the Apple store ASAP unless Apple releases a firmware fix within the next two days that absolutely fixes it.

    186 of 236 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Airplay Not Reliable

    • Written by from Midlothian

    The only way you would spend $99 on this router is if you want to use the airplay feature. Sadly, that feature does not work.

    After anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours streaming to the airport express, iTunes will start skipping and eventually disconnect from the airport. The only way to reset it is to either restart the computer or toggle the airplay feature off, then back on, on the airport express.

    This problem has been well-documented on message boards for several years and it greatly decreases the value of the product. If you plan on using this to play music for longer than 1-2 hours at a time, don't buy it.

    208 of 278 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely unreliable.

    • Written by from Houston

    Continually drops airplay connection--no way to reset other than restarting the router and resetting airplay selection on computer. The problem is well-documented on the various boards with no solution.

    176 of 220 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Apple product I have ever seen!

    • Written by from Banning

    First router I have ever bought, they say it sets right up. Well, after 2 nights of trying EVERYTHING on this planet, reading for a million hours and it just doesn't work! I think I'm going to go out back and use it for target practice! After having a bad iPad experience, and now this, I would have to say I believe Apple is going downhill!

    48 of 255 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor wi:fi signal

    • Written by from Tulsa

    I am a big fan of apple products, but this AirPort Express is just bad.
    Easy set up, beautiful and fancy. I bought it for my apartment on campus but it did not surprised me. My University's wi:fi is more powerful than this router, even when I sit with my mac close to this router. $99 was not worth it, I prolly just going to buy the Extreme base station and sell this product on Amazon.

    43 of 65 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This pains me, but....

    • Written by from South Portland

    I'm a big Apple fan - iMac (2), MacBook Pro (2), iPad (2), iPhone (2), the whole works.

    I purchased two of these when they came out, primarily because the ethernet out port enabled me to connect my DVR to to Internet without having to wire to a pretty difficult spot. (The second AirPort Express I bought for my parents, to replace a generic cheap wireless router.)

    I mostly use my AirPort Express to stream music to my stereo using AirTunes. I had been using a previous generation AirPort Express for this, and it worked flawlessly. Never any drops or glitches. I've got a Time Capsule and two other AirPort Expresses in my house, and they all work well.

    The 2012 AirPort Express is constantly dropping from my network, even though it is about 10 feet from the AirPort Extreme, in a straight sight line. My father reports that the same thing is happening with his, noticeable even though he is only surfing the Web. His serves as the primary router, connected directly to his cable modem.

    I returned mine for another model, which the Apple Store graciously provided even though I was beyond the return time, but it is more of the same. I'm hoping for a firmware update that will fix this; there is a lot to like about the new model.

    You can see that others are having this problem by checking the Apple support community for the thread "AirPort Express (2012) drops network connection after ~1 hour...ideas?"

    72 of 91 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    More trouble than its worth

    • Written by from Retford

    ive spent ages trying to set up the airport express base station and still haven't managed to set it up.

    36 of 133 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible product

    • Written by from Bellingham

    Simply does not do what promisses. It is useful only to extend the wireless network, nothing else. To share hard drive and printers is terrible. Airtunes does not play the sound, and when it plays cuts the music. I am really disappointed.

    54 of 175 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Will not work with third party router.

    • Written by from Louisville

    I can not believe that I can not use this for airplay, piggy backed (client mode) onto a third party router on my network.

    But that is what they told me at the "genius" (not what I would call the dude) bar. They said I could not use it with a third party router.
    I don't believe that, but I could not get it to work consistently and I can not seem to get any support.

    36 of 121 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why not a modem router?!!!

    • Written by from ENCINO

    I love the device from the moment I saw it in your keynote, but why apple, why not making a modem router after so long???!!!!
    I even order it by mistake and I realized, I was so much in luv with this device I even didn't pay attention to this important factor!
    Anyway to some people like me having a separate modem & router its just not a case!
    I give 1 star to get your attention apple, but as you may know all your devices with all limitation they have are all the way 5 stars!!!

    28 of 175 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pricey

    • Written by from dundalk

    I'd say this is the biggest waste of money ever it costs 100 bucks and worth 10. It gives ya very weak wifi signal.

    28 of 114 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router - Horrible Config Tool

    • Written by from Madison

    Just picked up the new express .. great router .. too bad the new airport config 6.1 software is a pile of garbage. I think I know where the engineers that did Ping ended up .. bring back the v5x version and dump 6.

    31 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I don't get it

    • Written by from Petaluma

    The new design is bad. One of my favorite things about the previous versions of the Express was that it was a self-contained, super portable little router. I could slip it in my laptop case and take it with me on the road and not even feel any extra weight or notice much extra space taken up. Now this new version adds a long power cord into the mix. It's much less portable. I have returned the unit and am sticking with my old Airport Express.

    68 of 109 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    the convenience factor is gone

    • Written by from San Diego

    I have purchased and installed many of these (previous model) to extend Apple wireless networks. The new design will not allow the quick plug in of the unit to a wall power outlet. It made an attractive "wall wart". Now must deal with a long power cord (the power cord was optional on the previous model). I will now have to return this and hope to find the old model.

    81 of 129 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work at 220-240 V AC. Be careful!!!

    • Written by from LIma

    This ruins all the portability of the device while travelling since you have to carry and additional transformer. But that is not the worst part. There is NO WARNING !!!! I looked at the manual, and there is NOTHING.
    Apple be prepared for lots of returns of burned devices.
    I applied common sense since there was not the usual boxy plug (transformer) like every other Apple AC connector. Then I loooked at a very small print in very light gray in the same plug end, stating it works with 125 V only....
    I will have to return it...

    58 of 93 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Steve Jobs rolling over in his grave

    • Written by from New York

    If Steve were alive he would have fired the idiot who approved this release. First of all, the main purpose of having an Express is that it's small and great for traveling. Second, Apple has always been about adding functionality while keeping the size small or smaller than the original. So this new replacements fails on BOTH counts. How can any product manager think that this new design is better than the old?

    Here's a novel thought. Ask what would Steve do even though he asked you not to do that. Steve would have added the additional port and frequency to the old design. Not only that, he would have actually made it even smaller. Do you hear what I'm saying???

    Just because Steve is dead doesn't mean you clowns can start slacking off.

    84 of 276 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought new today, doesn't work

    • Written by from LaPorte

    I'll change my review when they give me a new one. Flashes yellow, neither my iMac or iPhone can find it. Not my first Express so I know it's defective.

    Awesome...... What a wasted 2 hour trip to pick it up. Hope they plan on parting with some of the 100 billion in the bank to cover my expenses, or just send me a prepaid box.

    Thanks Apple! Reminds me of my iPad 2 I had to return on the 2nd day cause it quit working. Pay those workers more than $1 a day and the quality might go up!!!

    40 of 359 people found this useful