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conclusion:We like it

86 July 16th 2012 9:40 am

Apple's updated Airport Express is a tiny, easy-to-configure router that includes most of the features you'd expect in a modern router, including simultaneous dual-band networking, printer sharing, and the ability to add guest accounts. It supports AirPlay for wireless audio streaming, letting you plug speakers directly into its analog/optical audio port. One missing feature: You can't add a USB drive to create an instant network-accessible storage device, as you can on many recent routers. If you can get along without that, and you want a simple, robust, tiny router that can stream audio straight to your speakers, the Airport Express is a good deal.

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Critic reviews

8.6
7 reviews
  • Ease of use
    8.5
  • Speed / throughput
    7.6
  • Configurability / networking features
    8.1
  • Reliability
    8.0
  • Range
    8.0
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User reviews

8.7
32 reviews
9.0
Macworld Jun 25, 2012

The redesigned ... AirPort Express ... has become the mouse that roars. The revisions transform this model into a tiny powerhouse by adding to its previous modest attributes a second ethernet port, simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi, and a guest network option all in a form factor identical to the Apple...

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9.0
Gizmodo Jun 26, 2012

This thing is pretty, fast, wonderfully simple, and appropriately capable. Unless you're a mega-power networker with a need for intricate customization, or are put off by the less sophisticated Windows version of AirPort Utility, the 2012 Express is the ultimate buy it and never think about it again...

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8.0
MacLife Aug 13, 2012

The Express is stuck with 10/100Base-T Ethernet speeds (no limit on Wi-Fi speeds) instead of Gigabit Ethernet. But the AirPort Express is still a capable, full-featured router for a decent price.

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8.0
TechRadar Aug 2, 2012

For covering a house without having multiple networks, this is a great option and AirPort Express is extremely easy to set up.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Aug 29, 2012

There is little reason to upgrade from a 2008 unit, but for those looking to buy their first AirPort Express we find it impossible not to recommend.

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8.0
SmallNetBuilder Jun 27, 2012

In all, the refreshed AirPort Express is a good, but not great simultaneous dual-band router. "N600" routers are pretty much commodities now and there are many more fully-featured products for less money—even less if you buy refurbished.

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8.0
beingboston beingboston

The best network equipment is the equipment that you forget about. I got this airport express to extend my existing network and add airplay to my kitchen. I haven't had any problems with this since day one. I have wifi accessibility on my back porch and tunes in my kitchen while I make beer and...

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9.0
nswint nswint

My setup wasn't as smooth as smason. I assumed that I would extend the network by simply plugging this into my switch that is connected to my Airport Extreme and it would "just work". Not quite. It created a dhcp storm and knocked everything offline. This should never happen because it should...

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9.0
j4s0nmuzik j4s0nmuzik

Apple recently updated its Airport Express portable router with a new design. This white puck like device looks like a cousin of the popular Apple set top box the Apple TV second generation. Much of the similarities are size and shape of the package and the unit itself. The Apple Airport Express...

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10
reizahaniff reizahaniff

Configurability / networking features are limited but it works out of the box with little effort. In less than five minutes the network was setup, all devices connected and the printer was ready for network printing.

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9.0
johanejohansson johanejohansson

All in all, it's a great router for casual users, home users and novices. It does what it's supposed to do and you never have to care about it again. I'd recommend this for anyone living in an apartment (otherwise range may be an issue) and anyone tired of the hassles that other routers with...

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10
joshuawalden joshuawalden

I have a smaller 1BD apartment. Previously was using a decade's old Linksys. Setup was easy, and was able to complete it from my iPhone. Absolutely would recommend.

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