Reviews and Problems with Apple AirPort Express 1st Gen 2008 - 2011 (MB321)
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Don't buy unless you have an Apple home network.
8 March 2013
Summary: I purchased this product because I wanted to extend my existing WiFi network. Reading the documentation, this did not seem like it would be a problem; the Airport Express is pretty easy to set up for network extension. Unfortunately I later realized (after a few frustrating hours) that Apple Airport routers can only extend networks created by other Airport routers. This fact is poorly documented, and not obvious from the item description or notes.
Summary: I purchased two used from two different vendors (~$60 ea.) for the sole purpose of playing iTunes simultaneously on stereos in two rooms in addition to my PC. The first one is still working great. The second one lasted about 2-3 weeks before the internal power supply apparently died due to overheating. Wished I had purchased the insurance offered by an eBay warranty provider (forgot the name) for ~$10 w/in the 30 day after-purchase window.
Summary: I have used Airport Expresses exclusively for our home network for many years. Overall, I love them. Wireless printing from all the computers is great. Airtunes (wireless music streaming) via Apple's system or Airfoil work beautifully. Setup is ok, though some of the WEP/WPA setting stuff is pretty inscrutable. The unit will die after about two years of use, however. I have had two now, and both pooped the sheets eventually.
Summary: As long as you don't have to connect to a VPN using a Mac, this product is really great. Coming from a Linksys router, the set up was extremely easy and was up and running in 5 to 10 minutes. The instructions and software are very easy to follow. It has nice extra features like the ability to connect a printer to it for network printing or connect speakers to it to send sound wirelessly. HOWEVER, YOU CANNOT CONNECT TO VPN USING A MAC.
Works reasonably well but will only last a year or two
D. Good "dlgood", Amazon
6 August 2008
Summary: I've been mostly satisfied with the Airport - it gets good reception, it looks nice, it was reasonably easy to set up, and running music through itunes to my stereo is nice (although sometimes it seems to struggle, only playing a second or two, pausing, repeat). The biggest problem is that they break down quickly. I have two set up in my home and in the last 3 years, 3 have died. Almost all of my friends have had the same experience.
Extremely Difficult To Set Up for Networking with Mac and PC
ZippyO "pgsev", Amazon
6 August 2008
Summary: Let me start off by saying, that once we got all the bugs worked out, this is an awesome little piece of technology. But I must also say, that it took an entire week to get all the functions to work correctly between just two computers on our home network (my I-Mac and my wife's Vista based laptop). Apple claims this is a "plug and play" item like everything else they sell. And being a die-hard Mac supporter, I can say up to this point, that has always been true.
Summary: It took me a full day to work out the bugs in setting my Express up to work with my Mac Mini and my wife's Mac Powerbook. First it worked on one, but the other could not find it. Then it didn't work at all. There is a lot more involved in setting up your own wireless network and making decisions as to what level of security you want (with no ready explanation of what the pros and cons of the different levels are).
Summary: I bought this as an airplay receiver to use exclusively with my Hi-Fi. After reading so many reviews that stated the sound quality was ok. I took the plunge. Sound quality is nasty, no definition, no clarity, really muffled sound. I thought I'd post my review to advise people that you will need to buy a seperate DAC if you want to use this with your music system. I have unplugged it and am in the process of looking for a DAC.