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AppleAirport Express Base Station
 
4.6

(based on 98 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (77)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (71)
  • Reliable connection (67)
  • Fast (55)
  • Fast connection (54)
  • Secure connection (52)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (8)

Best Uses

  • Home network (68)
  • Small networks (27)
  • Large networks (8)
  • Home (3)
  • Small office (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • High bandwidth user (64), Low bandwidth user (21)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (68), Business (20)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (71), PC (14), Other (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I still like the old form for travel

I still have the original Airport express and it's chugging away nicely. I moved into a new apartment with very bad wave propagation so I got this extend the range. I use a 3GB...Read complete review

I still have the original Airport express and it's chugging away nicely. I moved into a new apartment with very bad wave propagation so I got this extend the range. I use a 3GB time capsule (also a very cool router) as my main router. The elegance of an Apple product is hard to deny. I plugged in this router. Launched the airport utility. It automatically sensed a new airport. It asked me if I wanted to create a new network or if I wanted to extend my existing (something sadly the old airport express doesn't do) et voila! It was connected to my existing network in about 2 minutes. So headache free!

A couple of selling points over the old version. You can now extend an existing network rather than just join. It supports 2.3 and 5ghz simultaneously.

I originally purchased an time capsule because I like that the backup capabilities (although I wish Apple would let you set the interval for backups, I don't need to backup continuously). Additionally, I needed more than a single ethernet port for 2 network printers and an NAS. If all I had was a single computer and a single printer this would have been my first choice.

Now I just use my old unit to stream iTunes to my big stereo, or when I travel.

All in all a great product. I purchased from B&H because unlike some other online retailers, they ship really fast, even if it's free shipping and their customer service if you ever have an issue is bar none the best.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Elegant But Apple-Centric

These are compact, attractive WiFi access points, especially if you uplink them via Ethernet and have a homogenous OS X/iOS environment (in other words, if all your wireless clients are part of...Read complete review

These are compact, attractive WiFi access points, especially if you uplink them via Ethernet and have a homogenous OS X/iOS environment (in other words, if all your wireless clients are part of the Apple ecosystem). Their performance doesn't impress me when configured as wireless repeaters and I have had occasional difficulty getting WiFi devices from other manufacturers to connect reliably to them. I'm not sure the latter is Apple's fault, but unfortunately Apple doesn't published detailed information about its protocol support or offer diagnostic tools that might be helpful in resolving connectivity issues in a heterogeneous environment. However, configured the way I use them — with 100 Mb/s Ethernet uplinks and Apple clients — their performance is fine and their ease of set-up outstanding.

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4.0

Small, efficient and inexpensive Airplay solution !

By earthboundblues

from jupiter , fl

About Me High bandwidth user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Reliable connection

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home network
    • Small Networks

    Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

    I am an AV installer and I use these units to provide Airplay to house audio systems. They are rock solid, install and configure easy, and they provide analog audio which is needed for all Zone 2 applications.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    5.0

    I would recommend this product

    By Jake the Snake

    from Provo, UT

    About Me High bandwidth user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast
    • Fast Connection Speed

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home network

      Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

      I purchased this product to help specifically with my AppleTV device. It ran slow on my centurylink wifi device and did not seem to work correctly. A friend told me that once he purchased the Apple Airport his AppleTV issues when away. I agree with him that I can now load movies and stream my pictures thru AppleTV much smoother. Not sure why but it works.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Great router for Apple devices

      By Praveen

      from Mountain View, CA

      About Me High bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast
      • Fast Connection Speed
      • Reliable connection
      • Secure Connection

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home network

        Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

        Airport Express is amazinlgy simple to setup. There are 3 steps, connect to power, connect LAN and then watch for green light. Everything else is taken care by the device. You have auxillary iphone and mac application that is used to administer this device as well. If you have a predominantly apple devices based household then this is a definite addition.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Useful

        By Roger

        from Brazil

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Secure Connection

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home network

          Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

          Easy and useful for home wireless

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Very good router and a backup recovery machine

          By psrkn

          from atlanta, Ga

          About Me High bandwidth user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast
          • Fast Connection Speed
          • Reliable connection
          • Secure Connection

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home network

            Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

            It is very easy to install and configure to make it works.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Good Value

            By edg123

            from piscataway,nj

            About Me Low bandwidth user

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

            Reliable and easy to use.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            Great Link

            By Rushmore

            from Richmond, VA

            About Me High bandwidth user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Reliable connection

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home network

              Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

              Now have great sound all over house

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              works great

              By moto17

              from Northern NY ,ADKs

              About Me High bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Fast Connection Speed
              • Reliable connection
              • Secure Connection

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home network
                • Large Networks

                Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                Added this to large home where smart TV was not getting signal ,worked great! good for I pad reception as well

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                stream iTunes

                By D. J.

                from Tampa, FL

                About Me High bandwidth user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Fast
                • Fast Connection Speed
                • Reliable connection

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home network

                  Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                  I use it to stream iTunes music from computer in one room to speakers in another. Works perfectly.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Plug and play

                  By JKepp

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Low bandwidth user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Reliable connection

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home network

                    Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                    Using the Airport Express to link to my Airport Extreme in order to extend the range. It's also located in my stereo cabinet so that I can play music from any of my Apple devices through my stereo system. I powered up the device and was able to set it up quickly using my ipad. The Express was up and running in a matter of minutes. WiFi range is extended just enough to cover the extire two story house and our patios. Can play music from any of our mobile devices or computer.
                    It's doing exactly what I bought it to do and was so simple to sey up. BTW... Fast delivery and great service from B&H

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Internet is much faster

                    By Marietta Man

                    from Marietta, GA

                    About Me High bandwidth user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Fast
                    • Fast Connection Speed
                    • Reliable connection
                    • Secure Connection

                    Cons

                    • Pricey

                    Best Uses

                    • Home network
                    • Small Networks

                    Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                    Easy to setup, Internet working much faster and good coverage over entire house with this as extender

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    5.0

                    Works just like it is supposed to!

                    By Buddy

                    from Twin Cities, MN

                    About Me Low bandwidth user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Reliable connection

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home network

                      Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                      Got this to stream music from computer/wifi to powered speakers. Works great after some trial & error and just plain guessing on the setup, but software was somewhat intuitive. Great way to stream music to an old stereo or multiple rooms.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Wished I'd bought this earlier.

                      By Debzdoodle

                      from Wake Forest, NC

                      About Me Low bandwidth user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Excellent range
                      • Fast
                      • Fast Connection Speed
                      • Great Reception
                      • Reliable connection
                      • Secure Connection
                      • Small footprint

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Home network
                      • Small Networks

                      Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                      I use a router to run my PA system remotely from my iPad. There was nothing actually wrong with my Cisco router. It worked well and never let me down but I wanted to play music from my iPod remotely too. This was the simplest way to do it.
                      I fought buying it for 2 years because I hate to replace a perfectly good product but I am so pleased I did. Not only can I use AirPlay to control the break music, I have noticed that the Airport Express connects faster and has better distance than the Cisco so I got more than I bargained for.
                      As a bonus as with all Apple products, the set up was a breeze.
                      Very happy with this product and BH had a great price and fast delivery.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      3.0

                      Elegant But Apple-Centric

                      By Chris

                      from Rockville, MD

                      About Me High bandwidth user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact And Attractive
                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home network
                        • Small Networks

                        Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                        These are compact, attractive WiFi access points, especially if you uplink them via Ethernet and have a homogenous OS X/iOS environment (in other words, if all your wireless clients are part of the Apple ecosystem). Their performance doesn't impress me when configured as wireless repeaters and I have had occasional difficulty getting WiFi devices from other manufacturers to connect reliably to them. I'm not sure the latter is Apple's fault, but unfortunately Apple doesn't published detailed information about its protocol support or offer diagnostic tools that might be helpful in resolving connectivity issues in a heterogeneous environment. However, configured the way I use them — with 100 Mb/s Ethernet uplinks and Apple clients — their performance is fine and their ease of set-up outstanding.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        easy addition to boost wifi coverage

                        By Brtt

                        from ipswich,MA

                        Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                        Apple makes it easy to strengthen our wifi network when you add an airport express to your Airport Extreme router. Just tie them together via network cabling and setup with Airport Utility and viola a roaming network.

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                        5.0

                        Simple audio, print, and wireless router

                        By AWR

                        from Chicago, IL, USA

                        About Me High bandwidth user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Reliable connection
                        • Secure Connection

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home network
                          • Small Networks

                          Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                          Just bought the current model of Airport Express to replace a v1 model that is no longer supported. The update has the same functionality as the original:

                          -Wireless router
                          -Wireless streaming from iTunes with audio out
                          -Wireless printing

                          I personally only use it for the first two functions, but find it to be a very satisfying solution for both purposes.

                          On the old version I noticed occasional interference in my audio. So far I have not found that to be the case on the newer version.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          look nice

                          By MikeOnePhoto

                          from Houston, Texas

                          About Me High bandwidth user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast Connection Speed
                          • Reliable connection
                          • Secure Connection

                          Cons

                          • Weird Setup Design

                          Best Uses

                          • Home network

                          Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                          This item is very simple for how much it cost. I mainly use it for wireless print on a laser printer that doesn't do wireless print and for that purpose it does it well. Set up is not as simple as it could be, but not hard. once set up it works well and didn't give me hiccups. I switched my router and that took me a little time to figure out how to trouble shoot it. I think its app could be simpler by making things clear to where to click. I mean one of the spot to click to trouble shoot is the amber light of a picture, really??? I shouldn't be complaining as it worked as it should be and of course apple does well with looks. It's small, nothing sticks out, looks elegant, no antennas, normal color etc.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          It just works!

                          By Photographer Gone Wild

                          from New Albany, OH

                          About Me High bandwidth user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fast
                          • Fast Connection Speed
                          • Reliable connection
                          • Secure Connection

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home network
                            • Small Networks

                            Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                            Easy setup, and this little gem just works. Using it as a stand-alone base station or to extend a base unit, this thing simply gets the job done.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Airport Express Base Station by Apple

                            By AT

                            from Phoenix, AZ

                            About Me Low bandwidth user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Usual Apple Good Stuff

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Home network

                            Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                            We added another Airport Express Base Station by Apple to our home system with an Extreme Base Station Router all from B&H.
                            Great folks to deal with and delivery was on time.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            nice product

                            By Anton

                            from Brooklyn ny

                            About Me Low bandwidth user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast
                            • Fast Connection Speed
                            • Reliable connection
                            • Secure Connection

                            Cons

                            • Difficult To Set Up

                            Best Uses

                            • Home network

                            Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

                            Fast, reliable

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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