• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Express

    • Written by from Warrenton

    I use five Airport Expresses along with an eight megabyte Mac Mini and Time Capsule to listen to music throughout my home. I work at home and can go anywhere in the house, including front and back yards, and never leave my music behind, usually. Sometimes I dream of the old days of flipping records because my music didn't quit, stammer, or stutter for no apparent reason, or require me to reboot my computer or Airport Expresses, or restart iTunes to restore all of the Airport Expresses, or have Airport expresses dropout completely, or require me to make sure that not more than one MacBookPro isn't running Time Machine, or use the microwave oven. Numerous phone calls to Apple, countless trips to forums, and Apple Store Geniuses (nothing against Apple Store Geniuses, they are the backbone of Apple customer service) without a solution. I continue to use AirPlay, formally Air Tunes, to listen to music but often times concoct ways to have a hard wired system.

    51 of 66 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like magic!

    • Written by from Tacoma

    I compared this with what Netgear and Belkin were offering (ballpark $80) before my purchase but finally decided on this one because of the ease-of-use of my last one, and the unobtrusive form factor - its in my living room.

    I use a Linux machine for a DHCP server and planned to use this in a bridged mode to make everything else work together. This isn't a bizarre configuration, but not the most common configuration either.

    So here's the cool part: I plugged it in to my network with my Macbook on the physical network, expecting to fish around a bit in 'Network Preferences' - but before any intervention was needed, the AirPort utility popped up with a picture of my new device, then asked me to name it and set the password.. it displayed something about 'checking the existing network' then configured itself in 'bridge mode' exactly as I intended to do manually. The only extra clicking I did was when I double-checked that it had just finished doing the smartest thing possible on my network.

    45 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy & Effective

    • Written by from estero

    Went to Apple Store, bought it on my Iphone and was out of the store (which was full) within 90 seconds. Got home, connected it to the power. Went to my Mac opened Airport Utility and was up and running literally within 10 minutes. It has extended the range of my network incredibly into my backyard/patio area. Kudos for Apple. It continues to be an incredible company (even w/o Mr Jobs No disrespect intended)

    41 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unusable - constantly drops network

    • Written by from Toronto

    Purchased this to extend the network from my Time Capsule and in "extend a network" mode it is constantly dropping the network requiring a reboot to join again then drops again after 5-15 minutes. Works slightly better in "join a network" mode. Had to go back to my previous generation Airport Express which isn't as fast but is perfectly reliable.

    There are many with the same issues yet no firmware update has been issued by Apple, Google "new airport express extend drops network" to see the scope of the issue.

    66 of 98 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Plug and Play!

    • Written by from Troy

    If all your electronics are Apple, this is a MUST have. I needed a booster for the back of my house and this was perfect combined with my AirPort Extreme. I plugged it into the wall, opened AirPort Utility on my MacBook Pro clicked the box in the upper left hand corner of the AP Utility pop up and the Mac did the rest! Once it was set up and showed up in my Network, I unplugged it and took it to the back of the house and plugged it in. FOUR bars of Network signal!! YES!! I can't believe it took this long for me to buy this! MUST have if your Network needs a boost!

    43 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow

    • Written by from Phoenix

    Just upgraded from the prior model and that was the best thing I have done.. Ever! Super easy install and I experienced a faster speed... This is a must for anyone that needs a wifi network.

    40 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    New AirPort Express Up-and-Running

    • Written by from Hermosa Beach

    Ordered within minutes of it appearing on the Apple Store. Arrived 1 day early!

    Another great, easy-to-setup Apple product. Upgraded from an original AirPort Express, I'm getting at least twice the speed from that. I thought that it would be faster, so I investigated. Turns out our TWC internet has the standard 10 mbps package, and with the new AE, we're getting 12 mbps (previously about 6 mbps). So don't overlook your internet connection.

    Nevertheless, it looks almost identical to its neighbor Apple TV except it's white. I will miss the original form factor with the integrated power plug, but even that had its drawbacks -- specifically, it's difficult to reposition for best reception unless you use...you guessed it...an extension cord. With the new AE, it's one more small thing to pack when traveling, but not a big deal. Overall, best router for me!

    38 of 43 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent function, puzzling design

    • Written by from Brookline

    I love Apple, but this product puzzles me. Yes, it does work beautifully, and it's a snap to set up. That's huge. But the design is curious. The old Airport Express base station could be plugged into an outlet in a hallway or anywhere else. This one is more of a production, with a long cord, and a shape that demands to be put onto a tabletop or something. You just have to hope that in designing your home network, you can find good placement for your base stations in spots where there happen to be tables—oh, and then of course you have to look at the base station all the time, instead of the old kind, which sat down around ankle level, unobtrusive in the room, and worked just great.

    One more thing. The base of the unit is tapered in such a way that after you've plugged in the power cord and the ethernet cable, it doesn't want to stand properly. It wants to tip. If the cords hang down off the tabletop, as cords are after all wont to do, they tend to pull at the back of the unit, leaving it looking as if it's popped a wheelie.

    I really don't know what was wrong with the old one, but if they had to redesign it, I'm not sure why those chose this particular way of doing it.

    49 of 66 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.

    80 of 128 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Less portable

    • Written by from Lafayette

    This unit is meant to be stationary it seems...only less portable because you need to carry an extra power cable. That doesn't matter so much because I carried an extra extension cable for my previous model Express. If it bothers you, keep your old Express and travel with that. It is still a great piece.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great! 5 Stars if USB supported external drives.

    • Written by from Columbia

    Just moving into our new home, and we needed a new router in a pinch. I knew it would be an Apple router, but very uncertain on which one. We decided to go with the Express and see if it would fit our needs and wants. Our home is just over 1500 sq/ft and this little router covers not just our house, but our entire lot. Full bars no matter where we were at on our property. We have a large backyard and front yard so I was very surprised by how powerful this little guy was. I even ran the OS X wireless diagnostics test, strength was strong throughout the house with very little noise. Towards the backyard the noise increased, but the mac showed full bars as so did my phone. The router is positioned dead center in our house, and depending on where you put yours could present different results.

    36 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Product!

    • Written by from Rockland

    Unmatched in the industry! Nicely done Apple. Great to add wireless to just about any audio/video component and printers that have an internet port which then becomes accessible via Apple AirPlay.

    36 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Wifi Router

    • Written by

    Has perfect range for a medium size home. Blazing fast speeds used to get 10mbps now around 40mbps!! Boots your existing speed by great qos im thinking

    41 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    • Written by from Drummonds

    I upgraded a netgear n150 wireless router when airplay mirroring was lagging on it.
    Setup was different from the netgear but the setup software explained everything along the way and before I knew it I had everything going wired and wireless. My ipad on the 5ghz network helped eliminate any lag with airplay mirroring and my apple tv is hardwired to the express, now when I stream my movies from icloud in HD the buffer time does not take as long compared to my old netgear. Best investment I have made to improve my network.

    42 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love It!

    • Written by from Denver

    I installed this device at my office. Works as advertised. Very impressed. Setup on my network only took a few minutes. Connecting my iMac, iPhone and two iPads to it was a breeze.

    35 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extended range

    • Written by from BELLEROSE MANOR

    Purchased this to extend range of my Apple Extreme base station. House is on three levels with Apple Extreme on top floor. Could not get signal to back rear of house nor to out side front. Installed this unit on lowest level. Now receive signal throughout house plus outside of home. No dead spots. Excellent signal strength. The bottom line with these devices is placement. If you wish to use to extend your signal you may have to try different locations. The other factor is the cable modem bringing the signal to the base station. Is it b/g or b/g/n? Finally, the setup to extend is extremely simple. Just be sure you have your passwords.

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product!

    • Written by from Bronx

    As always apple has the best products. I was having a hard time with my router and I decided to buy this one. It works perfectly and my wifi is super fast now. I use it with my iPad, iPhone Apple TV, and pc too. Everyone has iphone and ipad in my house. now we all can be connected and have a fast wifi. Best inversion ever. Apple is apple :)

    44 of 59 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    THE BEST

    • Written by from shelbyville

    THE BEST, have tried other routers before buying the airport express.Great support, very powerful, didn't loose any down load speeds even across the house, simple to set-up.

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    so far so good!

    • Written by from Savannah

    Bought this when I moved. Hooked it up to my cable modem, printer and speakers.
    Works well. I consistently get 5GHZ signal. Airplay works well with my iphone, macbook pro but not my ipod touch (gen 2).

    I recommend it!

    41 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to AirPort Extreme

    • Written by from Birmingham

    I've extended my wireless AirPort Extreme network with Airport Express. Setup is simple, signal strength is great and response time is outstanding. The Extreme is connected to a high speed cable modem in an upstairs study and the express is placed in a downstairs family room. I'm accessing the Internet via the Express with an iPad, a laptop, an iPhone, and a Blu Ray player and have experienced no problems whatsoever.

    33 of 38 people found this useful