Reviews and Problems with Apple AirPort Express 2nd Gen 2012- (MC414)
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Apple AirPort Express
24 February 2015
Conclusion: Although the Apple AirPort Express is a simultaneous dual-band wireless router, it's primarily designed to stream iTunes to different computers and media devices in your house. Awarded a Bronze Medal by editors of TopTenReviews.com in their 2013 review of wireless routers, the redesigned (2012)...
Pros: Streams iTunes, Small and portable, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band selection
Conclusion: As access point the Apple AirPort Express is a very good product. The device is easy to configure and has excellent wireless performance. We would not recommend using it as a router, because the hardware is a bit too limited for that with the small number of ports and the Fast Ethernet standard.
Conclusion: The quibbles about USB and ethernet are relatively minor compared to the features available in this mighty mite. For the money, the Express makes an effective base station for modestly sized apartments or homes or where access is only needed in a few adjacent rooms in an office.
Pros: Excellent value; compact for travel; AirTunes audio streaming
Cons: Lower throughput than Extreme and Time Capsule; no gigabit ethernet ports
Excerpt: Apple's AirPort Express is a portable wireless router, which is handy if you want wireless internet access in places that lack it, such as hotel rooms. It plugs directly into a power socket, although you can detach the plug and attach an extension lead if necessary.
Excerpt: Turning your house into a wireless network doesn’t need huge, monolithic boxes taking up all your precious space. The Apple Airport Express Base Station is smaller than a door mouse’s house and has more talent than all the contestants on Britain’s Got Talen combined.
Pros: Very small and affordable compared to the likes of the Sony NAS-SC55PKE and Philips NP1100 , this offers more than just wireless audio streaming: you can use it to share a printer or boost the range of your home Wi-Fi network. It also links up with any iTunes-equipped Mac or PC and offers excelle...
Cons: It will only work with iTunes, and unlike other models, such as the aforementioned Sony NAS-SC55PKE , you also have to use your computer to control the music playback rather than a remote control or external screen, which limits usability a great deal. Because it’s such a versatile little beast, ...
Summary: Don't pick up a new, 802.11n-enabled AirPort Express if you're looking for superfast wireless networking performance. You should consider it, however, if you're in the market for a new Wi-Fi router that offers portability, ease of use, and the unique ability to stream iTunes over your network.
Pros: New, faster 802.11n wireless standard, Same price as the original model, Audio streaming capability remains unique, Incredibly portable, Easy setup
Cons: Not as fast as other 802.11n routers, Can't connect an external hard drive to the USB port, No Ethernet ports for wired clients
Conclusion: We also found that the AirPort Express takes a significant hit compared with other 802.11n devices when you use it at long distance. At the 5.0GHz frequency, Apple's Time Capsule is actually near the top of its class at range, posting an impressive 42.27Mbps from 60 metres.
Pros: Not as fast as other 802.11n routers, Can't connect an external hard drive to the USB port, No Ethernet ports for wired clients
Cons: New, faster 802.11n wireless standard, Same price as the original model, Audio streaming capability remains unique, Incredibly portable, Easy setup
Test: Apple AirPort Express MC414Z/A (WLAN-n-Router)
1 March 2015
Excerpt: Fazit: Entgegen unserer Test-Ergebnisse überzeugt der Apple AirPort Express im Zusammenspiel mit Apple-Produkten wie MacBooks oder iMacs. Bei anderen Gegenstellen schwächelt hingegen die Performance und die Einrichtung ist aufgrund der schlechten Windows-Software und des fehlenden Web-Interfaces...