• 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.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best WIFI router we've owned.

    • Written by from Geneva

    Over the years we have used three service providers, ATT (SBC, Ameritech), Comcast and Verizon. We've used various versions of modems with three different router vendors. Without a doubt the Express has been the most reliable of the three. Our last router had deteriorated into at least a once a day reset. Considering a flight of stairs was involved, it became a royal PITA. The only time I have reset problems is when our current provider has system outages. Otherwise, it is stable as a rock even during heavy lightning storms or after power outages.

    Some of the complaints on reliability had me concerned but we have now had ours for 17 months without a glitch. It supports 2 iPhones, 1 iPad, 1 MacAir, 1 Playstation, 2 Windows laptops and 2 TVs across three levels, each of which has approximately 900 sqft/level, from a location on the first level and has enough gas to cover the front porch and rear deck as well.

    Today, I finally used the AirPlay feature when I moved an old PC speaker system to the lower level, plugged it in and my iPhone was playing music to the connected system immediately, no reconfiguration needed. Apple makes high tech gear that is invisible, not an obstacle and that's why we have continued to add to our  collection!

  • 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.

    2 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Such Excellence

    • Written by

    We are IT professionals, and just replaced our 13 (yes 13) year old AirPort with AirPort Express. While we can troubleshoot anything, we really appreciate not having to! This was plug-and-play, and the performance is excellent. And as always, we also appreciate the great design.

    And a tribute to our 2001 AirPort. It worked wonderfully for all those years, only now failing. We haven't been able to use the AirPort Utility for years as the old device was not supported, but it did not matter. How many technologies work for 13 years????

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Vaudreuil-Dorion

    Excellent little router. Lots of coverage and excellent speed, it also looks sleek and subtle. Overall amazing router for the price and insanely easy to setup.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not exactly thrilled.

    • Written by from AUSTIN

    I am a devoted Apple man with three I-Macs over 12 years, plus an I-Phone.
    So the choice of Airport Express was a no brainer for me.
    It cratered one week after the one-year warranty expired! Planned obsolesce? Apple so much as said "too bad".
    Additionally, the Internet speed was noticeably slower on the Wi-Fi than on a direct connect to the Time Warner modem.
    To me, A.E. is form over function.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great experience

    • Written by from Decatur

    Router is super easy to set up. Now after two years of use, it still works perfectly. Great buy for a lower-range "Apple enabled" network (i.e. Airplay, Time Machine, etc.). Highly recommended for Apple users and PC users alike. Management is definitely more streamlined on Apple devices but I use the PC app now and then and it still has all the features and ease of use. Buy it!!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for house

    • Written by from Lima

    Got my express and speed and stability performes better, and plus looks great.

    3 of 4 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.

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than expected!

    • Written by from Jackson

    Purchased the Airport Express in order to replace an aging Netgear router that began dropping signal. The setup was a breeze on my MBP, less than two minute in total. I keep the modem and router in the basement but even on the second floor of my townhouse download speeds are blazing. My XBox One, which is on the second floor is showing nearly a tripling of speed, showing a download speed of 28 Mbps and an upload of 7 Mbps. The device itself is of solid construction and much smaller than anticipated. I have two gripes though, it only has one LAN output and that I didn't purchase this sooner.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Naselle

    Very easy to set up. Well worth the price. Has never dropped me or any of the devices on the network. I often have friends over who connect their devices and I also use it for airplay. Works wonderfully.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router

    • Written by from Oakville

    I have owned many routers throughout the years, a few good ones and most not so good. Lately, I wasn't able to find a router that is relatively fast and doesn't restart frequently. Belkin, TP-Link, Linksys, with factory framework, with open-source framework... all had the same problem: the moment the load is relatively heavy... bammm.... they restart....

    That cycle ended when I got my new AirPort Express..... so far it's doing a fantastic job.... especially considering it's located in a different level and is connected to wirelessly to my Apple TV.

    Very very happy! Highly Recommended!

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    FLAWLESS-Another great apple product!!!

    • Written by from Dickinson

    I have not had any problems with this product and have had it for going on 8 months.
    It was an addition to my existing home (1,800 Sq ft) network. 3TB time Capsule, AirPort Extreme and 1st Gen. AirPort (1st fl streaming) Express.

    Modem and Time Capsule are on 1st fl. and this unit is on 2nd fl. about 40' apart through a concrete wall and floor.This is my only wired connection.

    I use it to extend my network on 2nd fl for Apple TV, streaming music and surfing the net.

    I have read many of the lower rated reviews and as with any router- location is very important. Avoid electrical interference. Do not try to hide this unit if you expect great range-place at desk to shoulder height.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by from Kentfield

    Reliable, easy to set up, and bulletproof once it's up and running. Highly recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Palmerton

    Easy to set up with AirPort Extreme. It took longer to unwrap the airport express then to set it up. Life is good when things go together that easy.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Easy - Bought 2

    • Written by from Ilford

    Plug& Play. very easy to setup, used for extending an Airport Extreme via WiFi and it works well. Is reliable. Do not use it for audio as the positioning of the Express is geared to WiFi coverage rather than anything else. Best part of this is that as a WiFi extender the is no ugly transformer plug, it's built in which is the way all these units should be.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    easy to set up - powerful

    • Written by from Calgary

    I got this to replace a DLink unit. it is upstairs with great range - my apple TV in the basement play netflix without any issues

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    disappointing

    • Written by from La Mesa

    Worked great for about 6 months, then it broke. I have been through three all the same

    13 of 17 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.

    25 of 47 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited range and reliability.

    • Written by from morristown

    I am using my Express to extend the range of a ten year old Linksys wrt54g. My intention was to use it alone. First I have to say that I love the easy setup after I had understood how it worked and remote management is a cinch. It has provided decent speed over my older routers but then just stops transmitting for a while. The range is crazy depending on obstructions too; I can have it behind a small monitor and literally loose all connection to it but elevated it reaches well over 100 ft plus. This is not always convenient. I have decided to use it as an extension and it has been more reliable for that. It also does well with airplay providing it has a clear view of the transmitting device.
    I can see this being a lobby hotspot more than a heavy router and maybe the extra $100 would have been worth it. I will however, keep it for its portability and easy setup. I wish Apple was more clear on its limitations.

    3 of 6 people found this useful