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AppleAirport Express Base Station
 
4.6

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (72)
  • Reliable connection (67)
  • Fast (55)
  • Fast connection (54)
  • Secure connection (52)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (8)

Best Uses

  • Home network (69)
  • Small networks (27)
  • Large networks (8)
  • Home (3)
  • Small office (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • High bandwidth user (65), Low bandwidth user (21)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (69), Business (20)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (71), PC (15), 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

 

Easy Setup, Caution About Interoperabily

In a homogeneous Apple OS X/iOS enviroment, this compact, elegant unit is a breeze to set up either as a primary access point or to extend existing WiFi service. Bandwidth, range,...Read complete review

In a homogeneous Apple OS X/iOS enviroment, this compact, elegant unit is a breeze to set up either as a primary access point or to extend existing WiFi service. Bandwidth, range, and connection robustness all met my expectations. However, perhaps because it is so easy to configure on an Applecentric local network, Apple doesn't publish detailed information about the implementation of its protocol support or offer embedded or standalone diagnostic tools that might be helpful in resolving issues in a heterogeneous environment; the customer's only recourse is a call to Apple technical support (whose reps probably won't have a clue about integration with "foreign" products) or searching the online Apple forums (where the quality of the advice is dubious). I had no difficulty getting this product to extend the range of another Apple WiFi base station, but after considerable effort finally gave up trying to configure a Google Chromecast dongle to talk to it. Admittedly, the Google product had just been released and had a number of known connectivity issues. But more technical information from Apple about the Airport Express might have permitted me to resolve the problem.

Reviewed by 104 customers

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5.0

Even better than the original

By Jim_in_PA

from SE PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

I've been a fan of the Airport Express access points for a number of years and when one of my two "original" units decided to go to "AP heaven", this was the logical replacement. I'll not likely wait until the other "original" unit gives up the ghost to upgrade to one of these new versions, either. The increased wireless frequency support as well as dual radio design is very much in line with our needs here at home. Yes, it doesn't do 801.1ac, but wireless in our home is for utility with mobile devices...important applications are wired connections.

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5.0

EZ install

By Bobalu

from Texas

Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

Needed to extend wifi range. Used my iPad to add this to the existing network. Took about a minute!

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5.0

A simple inexpensive router that won't fail

By Sissy

from NYC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

It does what I need, which isn't over a long distance

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5.0

Works great after some troubleshooting!

By Jim

from Charleston, SC.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

This is my 2nd Airport Express, returned the first one, only to have exact same problems.
After setting up with AirPort utility, had to manually put in DNS server numbers, and unplug my cable modem before it would work right. Not sure if this is something with the Airport or my cable modem.
For use with an X32 digital mixer, had to change IP settings and change Gateway to 0.0.0.0 on the X32.
I assume this is why lots of X32 users have trouble using an AirPort Express for remote control using iPad/iPhone apps. Works great after some troubleshooting! :)

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4.0

Easy setup - works great!

By NJS

from Arkansas

Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

Out of the box, loaded the app on my phone to set it up. Up and running in 5 mins.

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5.0

View movies from iPad and iPhone.

By PMV

from Pa

About Me High bandwidth user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home network

    Comments about Apple Airport Express Base Station:

    Does everything I want it to do.

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

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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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