Reviews and Problems with Apple AirPort Express 1st Gen 2008 - 2011 (MB321)
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AirPort Express Review
13 August 2012
Conclusion: . It’s not quite as powerful as the Time Capsule ($299 and $499, www.apple.com ) or AirPort Extreme ($179), which can pump out three data streams to the Express’s two, and those two base stations also let you connect a USB hard drive, while the Express’s USB port is just for a printer.
Pros: Low price. Simultaneous dual-band 802.11 n Wi-Fi. Guest mode. New form factor. AirPlay streaming. Two 10/100 Base-T Ethernet ports.
Cons: No Gigabit Ethernet. Can't conect a USB hard drive.
Conclusion: The Apple AirPort Express is an affordable, easy-to-use 802.11g multifunction access point and digital music adapter that works with both PCs and Macs. As long as you stay in the MP3/AAC world and don't need photo or video support, it's a fine choice.
Pros: Simple and attractive. USB jack for printer. Plays all iTunes music.
Cons: No remote. No TV output, so you must go to host PC to control playback. Doesn't play WMA files. No photo or video support.
Excerpt: The Good Compatible with Mac OS X and Windows XP SP2/Vista. Works flawlessly with iTunes. Supports 802.11a/b/g/draft n standards. USB port sharing. The Bad Extension cord optional. Audio connecting cables not included. 10/100 Ethernet port does not support the faster 1000 standard.
Pros: Compatible with Mac OS X and Windows XP SP2/Vista., Works flawlessly with iTunes., Supports 802.11a/b/g/draft n standards., USB port sharing.
Cons: Extension cord optional., Audio connecting cables not included., 10/100 Ethernet port does not support the faster 1000 standard., Only allows audio streaming from iTunes.
Excerpt: Apple’s tiny AirPort Express extends the range of your Wi-Fi network and lets you run Ethernet to hard-to-reach corners, but you can also plug powered speakers into the 3.5mm auxiliary jack to create a wireless speaker that shows up in iTunes on your computer or iGadget.
Summary: If you're after a simple way to share a broadband connection between several computers with the added benefit of being able to pipe music through your house, look no further. Be prepared to pay for Apple's styling, though.
Summary: Like the Express Base Station of old, the updated Apple wireless access point and router for Windows and OS X PCs includes a 10/100Base-T ethernet port, a USB port for attaching a remote printer, and an audio-output jack.