Reviews and Problems with Apple AirPort Express 2nd Gen 2012- (MC414)
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Apple AirPort Express review: new generation
5 October 2012
Excerpt: In addition to the AirPort Extreme, Apple has the AirPort Express in their line of network products. The previous version you still had to plug into the wall, but the new model resembles Apple TV in terms of design. Hardware.Info tested it to find out how well it works.
Apple AirPort Express 2012 Review: This Is What A Router Should Be
27 June 2012
Excerpt: It’s hard to have significant feelings about a router — it’s supposed to just work and shut up. But no router has ever just worked and shut up like Apple’s newest AirPort — a white inch closer to networking perfection.
New Airport Express a tiny Wi-Fi base station powerhouse
Good Gear Guide.au
28 May 2011
Summary: 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. This sleek model is the right choice for many, and at $80 less than the AirPort Extreme, a prudent one as well.
Pros: Excellent value, Compact for travel, AirTunes audio streaming
Cons: Lower throughput than Extreme and Time Capsule, No Gigabit Ethernet ports
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. This sleek model is the right choice for many and at $80 less than the AirPort Extreme, a prudent one as well.
Pros: Excellent value; compact for travel; AirTunes audio streaming
Cons: Lower throughput than Extreme and Time Capsule; no gigabit ethernet ports
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. But what’s it like as a music streamer ?
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 excellent sound quality when hooked up to an external hi-fi. Best of all, it’s compact, dirt cheap and will fit in any corner of your room.
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, it also means that it’s less muso-friendly than some of its rivals out there.
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. The AirPort Express loses more than half of that throughput, coming in at only 18.4Mbps. Its long-distance 2.4GHz performance is lower still.
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