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Apple AirPort Express

Apple AirPort Express
alaAverage 4.1

3898 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3898 reviews of Apple AirPort Express. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Firewalls & Broadband Routers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The reliability and price also get good views.

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On average, users rate this product 85/100 and experts rate this product 78/100.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 203 user reviews of Apple AirPort Express from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Firewalls & Broadband Routers on Reviews about the size and design are overall positive. The reliability and price are also appreciated.

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83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple AirPort ExpressApple AirPort Express Base Station with AirTunes M9470B/AOut Of Sight Bracket-White-for the Apple AirPort Express or Apple TV

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple AirPort Express


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2560 user reviews of Apple AirPort Express from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Firewalls & Broadband Routers on Reviewers really like the size and design. The price and reliability are also mentioned favorably.

usability, reliability, price, design, size

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple AirPort Express Base Station (MC414LL/A)Apple Airport Express MB321LL/AApple AirPort Express with Air Tunes M9470LL/A [OLD VERSION]

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Gordon Kelly (

Apple AirPort Express (2012)


Four years in the making Apple's latest tiny router features integrated AirPlay and AirPrint tech.

Stylish, minimalist design ; Class leading AirPlay Performance ; Integrated AirPrint functionality ; Intuitive setup

Mediocre wireless performance & range ; No Gigabit Ethernet ; No support for USB storage

That said this move is to be commended. The old AirPort Express had to be plugged directly into a power socket which meant it was typically positioned close to the ground – the worst possible place for making the most of your Wi-Fi signal. By contrast...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Andrew Harrison (

Apple AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation) review


A popular use for the Express is as a repeater to extend the wireless network. But the AirPort Express has another very useful capability as an audio distribution systems.

The move to the new Apple TV case makes the 2012 AirPort Express cute as well as compact, while dual-band capability expands the usefulness of this most easy-to-use wireless routers.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Glenn Fleishman (

Apple AirPort Express wireless base station (2012) review


At £79, the AirPort Express might serve an entire apartment or single-floor home, or act as a main base station to which other base stations are chained via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, where previously the £139 AirPort Extreme base station would be required....

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 £60 less than the AirPort...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by: Hugo Jobling (

Apple AirPort Express


Apple's Wi-Fi adaptor has a neat trick up its sleeve.

but it's a damn good alternative if you're on a budget. The only major complaint I have is the inability to stream from a NAS device - especially as all of my music is stored on one. Not only is it a little convoluted to stream media from a NAS box to...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Alan Lu (

Apple AirPort Express review


Apple's new AirPort Express is a neatly designed portable router, but there's little here to tempt owners of the original version.

If you need a portable wireless router, or a streaming audio receiver for iTunes, the AirPort Express is a good buy, whether you own a Mac or not. If you own the original 802.11g model, this one is worth buying only if you regularly transfer large...

Jul, 2009

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Stuff magazine


The latest AirPort adds Wireless-N to its arsenal, making it more versatile than ever

Not exactly essential, but proves its use over and over again

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Christopher Breen and Dan Frakes, (

Apple AirPort Express Base Station review


Like the Express Base Station of old, the updated version includes a 10/100Base-T ethernet port, a USB port for attaching a remote printer, and an audio-output jack that supports both digital and analogue audio.

Other than the existence of the faster 802.11n networking and the trickling down of a few minor features from the latest AirPort Extreme Base Station, there's not a lot of improvement here. Regardless, the AirPort Express was a good bet to begin with...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Alan Stevens (

Apple AirPort Express with AirTunes


The AirPort Express is among the very best wireless-networking devices we've seen for Mac or Windows, but its lack of computer-free control limits its unique ability to stream iTunes music.

Windows and Apple compatible ; works as a USB print server ; streams digital music via iTunes ; excellent performance ; WDS capable

No browser-based configuration ; no SPI firewall ; lacks configurable port filtering ; no built-in interface for audio control

We've seen wireless routers shed bulk over the last few years, but Apple's new AirPort Express has shrunk to a new low. And that's a good thing. The compact unit is slightly smaller than a pack of cards and includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, an...

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Mark Hattersley (

AirPort Express Base Station


Apple's AirPort Express is a neat little WiFi router that can be used to quickly set up, or expand a wireless network. It also comes with a 3-5mm minijack for AirPlay streaming to a stereo.

Small and neat; AirPlay functionality; dual antenna; good software interface that can be used from Mac or iOS device

No longer plugs directly into a wall; only has 100base-T Ethernet sockets

Owning an Apple router is a great option for those of us with multiple Apple devices (MacBooks, iPhones, and so on) and it's an easier and smarter way to set-up and manage a network in the home or small office. There's not much between an AirPort...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: Nate Lanxon (

Apple AirPort Express review


Apple's latest AirPort Express is a multi-headed wireless colossus: Part wireless hub, part wireless audio streamer, part print server. It's an affordable alternative to Apple's AirPort Extreme, most beneficial to iTunes users with Victorian-sized...

Ridiculously easy to set up. Creates an 802.11n Wi-Fi access point for up to 20 people. Includes digital optical output socket

Takes the form of a giant AC wall plug

Jan, 2010

Product Specifications

AirPort Express with AirTunes is an incredible wireless product that allows you to play iTunes music over your wireless network to your home stereo or powered speakers. It also allows you to share both a broadband Internet connection for up to 10 users and a USB printer. If you already have wireless at home, powered by an AirPort Express or AirPort Extreme Base Station, you can easily extend the range of your wireless network by connecting a second AirPort Express to it. AirPort Express has a small unique design made for life on the go. There are no separate power supplies or cables required, making it easy and convenient to take with you. AirPort Express is also designed to fully support both Mac and PC users.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:United Kingdom
Model:Express Base Station with AirTunes
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple AirPort


Encryption Algorithm:128-bit WEP / 40-bit WEP / LEAP / PEAP / TLS / TTLS / WPA


Type: None


Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Data Link Protocol:IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Data Transfer Rate:54Mbps
Form Factor:External
Network / Transport Protocol:IPSec / L2TP / PPPoE / PPTP
Remote Management Protocol:SNMP
Type:Radio access point

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2.7 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.3 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP