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. The Express is stuck with 10/100Base-T Ethernet speeds (no limit on Wi-Fi speeds) instead of Gigabit Ethernet.
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. Only allows audio streaming from iTunes. Apple's new Airport Express is a multi-purpose device that can perform a variety of functions.
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.
Summary: Technically speaking, it's a kind of wall wart. That, trivia fans, is the correct name for anything that plugs into a mains socket and houses a body of electronics more complex than the usual three wires and a fuse you'd expect to see inside. So, like it or not, Apple's second generation AirPort Express is a wall wart. It's an ugly name, though, for a device that remains so very elegant in design and purpose.
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.
Excerpt: The AirPort Express is a WiFi access point compact enough (3.6 x 2.9 x 1.1in and 6.7 ounces) to fit in a laptop bag and designed to plug directly into an electrical outlet. It can be used to create a wireless network of its own or to extend the range of a network provided by another Express or by an AirPort Extreme Base Station (£119). Security options include WPA and WPA2 encryption – Personal and Enterprise versions – as well as the older WEP.
Full-featured, portable, can share a USB printer over a network, configuration profiles, AirTunes functionality, can operate as a dedicated wireless-to-wired bridge
Ethernet jack only 100base-T, USB port doesn’t support AirDisk, wireless-to-wireless performance below that of AirPort Extreme, AirTunes must be controlled from a Mac
Summary: We feel your disappointment. You’ve removed the Airport Express from its iPod-like packaging assuming that you’re the proud owner of Geekdom’s unsung superstar. But instead, you seem to be clutching a white three-pin plug. Get over it: in the next week, that little white box will change your life forever.
Multi-Room Audio um wenig Geld - Apple Airport Express im Test
4 October 2008
Conclusion: Als reine Netzwerk-Lösung gibt es Besseres, aber als Audio Streaming-Client im Zusammenspiel mit Apple iTunes und einem mobilen Device wie iPhone, iPod touch und iPad als Fernbedienung ist dieses kleine Teil von Apple ungeschlagen.
Pros: Sehr einfach zu installieren, kann sowohl mit Windows PCs als auch Macs eingesetzt werden, überaus intuitive Bedienung mit kostenloser App für Apple iPod touch, iPhone und iPad, digitaler Ausgang erlaubt den Einsatz hochwertiger Wandler
Cons: integrierter D/A-Wandler erfordert unbedingt einen zusätzlichen Wandler eines ausgewiesenen Audio-Spezialisten