• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love the included Ethernet port, but not crazy about the cable

    • Written by from Chicago

    I have had 2008 AirPort Express since it was first released and has been a steady companion with me for my travel.

    Now that I don't travel anymore, I have used it to extend my network (I live in a brick building house with multiple of small rooms) for my Time Capsule where it is in my work room and the signal diminish when I go outside my house, front and back.

    I had always wanted to buy another one so that I can put one in the back, and one in the front so whether I'm in my back yard or out in my front lawn, I will get strong signal. However, I waited for a refresh as I had a feeling one was coming up soon anyway.

    Anyway, with this refresh, I decided to put this newer model closer to my backyard and connected the now included Ethernet port to a switch so visitors who need to plug in can use that instead of the wireless.

    The only thing I didn't like, was the design of this new model. My 2008 version has the AC plug built-in, where as the new model comes with a cable to connect to my AC outlet. It is another piece of item that I must carry when I travel. Did they forget the name of the product is "Express" where as it will be used for travelling? I didn't mind too much about the size, though, it is only 1/4 larger than my 2008 Express.

    I too off 1 star (there's no 1/2 option) specifically for this con. Other than that, like I said, I now love the included Ethernet port. If this one is as heavy duty as my original Express, which I think it will be, then this is another awesome Apple product.

    83 of 105 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy set up

    • Written by from Carlsbad

    It was very easy set up. But my wife will not be able to do it. I threw out my old linksys wireless router which was about 6 years old and was ready for a new one.

    72 of 94 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Another great product from Apple

    • Written by from WEST BROOKFIELD

    Consistent signal and data rate within a two-story colonial in a residential neighborhood. Very easy to setup. Price is a bit steep, but you get what you pay for. I never give 5 stars, but this one is pretty close.

    66 of 83 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

    • Written by from Calgary

    Just bought the airport express to replace an old router. Very easy to set up, the only drawback I found was trying to create a guest network. Instructions are very general, was not able to set one up. Not a big deal but still a bit disappointed. All in all a great product and would definitely recommend it

    51 of 63 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    cable issue no more

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    easy setup +
    removed plug part from my old airport express and used it on the new one, no cable needed +

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks Beautiful.

    • Written by from Champaign

    It's designed is classic Apple Design, Compliments my printer and Feels like a sister to my AirPort Extreme. Good Stuff.

    33 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Power plug to large

    • Written by from Little Rock

    I read some have problem with their power plug being to large to use cat 5 into WAN port. Google "YL-113L" for a smaller power plug that may work. The product has been great as my new travel router so far. Using an old Case Logic CD case I carry the router, cat 5 and power cables.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good

    • Written by from Toronto

    Great product for boosting other apple products network but apparently you can not air print from ipads or iphones to usb printer connected to the air port express.

    35 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Minor confusion for set up

    • Written by from Chicago

    Now that I have the product up and running it's fine. However, the instructions are not written very well. They tell you to plug in all the cables to the airport express and then plug into the outlet. It will glow solid amber and then blink amber until set up and connection are complete and it turns solid green. Well, I did exactly what it said and it was still blinking amber after several hours. There is nothing in the instructions saying that this should take maybe 5 minutes max. So I called, and the sales clerk wasn't entirely sure, but after awhile he suggested that I go online and create my network name and password first. I did this via my iphone since I had already disconnected my previous wireless router. After that everything was perfect and took no time at all. Not sure why the instruction booklet doesn't call this out. Kind of crucial to do this before unhooking everything. Device syncs awesome and I have already been able to print wireless from my iphone and my mac. I love convenience.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very easy to set up. Coverage better than First Generation Airport Express

    • Written by from Munising

    I was amazed how easy this device was to set up. I plugged it in, and it was recognized by my ipad. A few screens, input the password, and it has been working ever since.

    I am not a fan of the power cord- but I used the plug from the original airport express and it plugs into the wall just like the original version. Not the smooth form factor you would expect from Apple- but it works.

    I wish Apple would ship a legacy plug and the cord- that way I could still use the original airport (or give to someone else) instead of now hunting for a plug for it.

    Overall- I am pleased with the increased speed and range of my network (Gen 4 Airport Extreme).

    34 of 49 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from High Point

    Love it. Makes the internet Scream!!

    However, as a loyal Apple customer, where are my apple stickers??!!
    Kind of disappointing.

    33 of 49 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice upgrade...

    • Written by from Austin

    ...to my 6 year old airport express that died when I had to get a new router. The set up went smoothly using my 6 year old iMac. I use the AEBS connected to my surround sound stereo and an amp to power the speakers in my backyard since my receiver isn't powerful enough to handle the load. I can play all of the music from my iTunes library using my iMac, iPhone, and iPad. The only issue is that I have to use an Ethernet cable connected to my AT&T Uverse box because I can't stream wirelessly for some reason. I will probably figure it out later when I am not taking care of the clan.

    24 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great performance and easy setup

    • Written by from washington

    I use the express at home to extend my iTunes to my stereo and a 2nd one to a boom box next to my patio. I had one of the older ones that died after about 6 years and I bought the new version to replace it. I wish it was a bit smaller and still had the integrated plug for travel, but performance is great and setup is easy. I've used lots of netgear and linksys routers and find this much easier to set up and range is very good.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac for setup required

    • Written by from Bronx

    So I received this great product from my beautiful wife "BB" for fathers day...any who, i was excited! I wanted to setup the Airport Express right away, which i thought would take me just a couple of minutes. Lets just say this wasn't as fast to set up as Apple stated. After trying to use my iPad to setup, i finally resulted to using my MacBook. Pros: Using Airport Utility on my Macbook lets me easily change the channels for less-congested wifi. Plus, my internet is now quicker, (maybe cause i had a $20 router). Cons: I was only able to set up with my Macbook. I was unable to set up with iPad/iPhone. This took me about 15 minutes.

    22 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great little Product

    • Written by from the woodlands

    I purchased two of these with the intent of networking thru my three story home and my base station being at the lowest level. I set up the main unit in minutes and it worked immediately . I then went about setting the second unit on my second floor. This was more of an issue and this is the reason for the one star loss. The instructions did not show how to have the devices network! I had to in the end to talk to the Apple help line which the first person struggled and then the manager come on and explained a very simple solution. This was so simple it should have been in the small instruction booklet.
    I also take the unit on vacation with me so i ensure i have great wirless. I went to Mexico where the reviews showed poor reception in the rooms and connected the airport to the hardwire and immeditaly my apple devises were up and running.

    20 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love Yew.

    • Written by from Little River

    Best thing since automatic transmission!

    30 of 49 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great wireless a little tricky to set up

    • Written by from Crystal Lake

    I give this 4 stars because it give great reception but i had to cal apple for help to set up but turns out i just had to restart it. Another great apple product.

    20 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    At last!

    • Written by from Smyrna

    I purchased the Airport Express yesterday out of frustration with my 2008 router. It was always so complicated when I needed to reset the old one. The Airport was super easy to set up. I am in a two story home and the signal is strong everywhere. Needless to say this is a major upgrade and I'm happy.

    9 of 9 people found this useful