Apple - AirPort Express Base Station - White

Quickly connect your devices with this Apple® MC414LL/A AirPort Express base station that supports dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi for optimal performance with reduced interruptions. The rear USB port enables simple wireless printing.
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5
Great product Posted by: from: Newnan! GA on I recently upgraded my speed through my local cable company. Immediately noticed I was not getting the speed or service I should have. I contacted the cable company and they assured me that everything to my modem was working correctly. I then knew I had to upgrade my current equipment. I had a Linksys DOCSIS 2.0 modem and a Linksys 54G router. I purchased a Motorola 6121 DOCSIS 3.0 modem and my speed increased but the router kept dropping. I guess it couldn't handle the increased data. I then purchased the new Apple Airport Express Base Station from Best Buy. Wow, I came home unhooked the old router installed the new AE and I was up and running in about 5 minutes. No drops, super fast speed and full bars even in my backyard. I could not be more pleased. I am currently supporting; 2 desktop computers, 2 IPhones, 1 IPad, 2 Apple TV, many accessing the internet at the same time with no issues. Apple advertises up to 50 devices and I believe it. I will defiantly look to Apple for other products. If you are looking for performance along with easy setup, look further than the new Airport Express.

29 out of 29 found this review helpful.

5
Every Apple product I buy keeps getting better. Posted by: from: Madison, WI on I just got rid of my old router, single band Netgear, that was either starting to go, or I never noticed just how bad it was till now. I have a connection of 35 Mbps, and never did a speed test till last week. I was only getting 30 Mbps sitting next to the router, and less than 20 on the other end of the house, and less than 18 in the basement. Now, with this router, I am getting no less than 34 Mbps everywhere in the house. I can now go outside again and enjoy my iPad and laptop in the yard with full strength signal. If you are familiar with the size of the Apple TV, then that is the size out this unit. Very small and beautiful. And for people that want to have a secure network, but don’t know how to do it, Apple provides software to get the unit up. I had it plugged in, named, password protected in less than 5 minutes. I have worked with routers from pretty much all the companies, and BY FAR, this is the easiest to setup. If you have never used an Apple product before, this is a sweet entry item to get. If you have used Apple stuff before, than you know how good this is. This item could be selling for $150 and it would still be worth EVERY penny. If you are looking for a new router, I can not recommend this item enough. It just works.

33 out of 35 found this review helpful.

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Did not work as told by salesperson Posted by: from: on I needed to extend the strength of my wi fi to reach my entire apartment. The Airport Express was sold to me by a salesperson who said that it would work. The more expensive unit was rejected as unneeded. I bought GEEK insurance. What a joke. The unit did not work. A geek squad person came to my home and told me that I needed something else not the Airport Express. He told me that that i needed a "covert agent "to tell me my problem and recommend a solution. I PAID for this advice. After vacation I called for a covert agent and got a date. I was told that the agent would recommend a solution but would not speak to Best Buy to get what is needed. The Geek Squad changed the date to a date that will force me to pay for another Geek Squad visit. Now I have a product that does not work , I paid for insurance, then I paid the Geek Squad and I will have to pay them again if, in fact, they have a solution. CAVEAT EMPTOR everybody!!

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

5
Airport Express: Easy set-up and works great! Posted by: from: on As an "Apple Fan" I was looking for a simple router that could extend the wi-fi signal of my base router station, so I could improve the signal throughout my home, and the Airport Express does this beautifully. I really like the easy set-up (you can do it from your Airport Utility on your Mac, or from the Airport Utility app on your iPhone/iPad) and in under 3 minutes you can set everything up: extend your wi-fi, create a Guest wi-fi network, connect a speaker and set up some simple security features. Please note that you can only set this device up if you have an Apple product (Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc.): if you dot have an Apple device, then refrain from purchasing this router. Pros: Easy set-up; easy admin from your iPhone/Mac; elegant design; works well. Cons: Does not have 802.11ac (only supports a/b/g/n); simple admin counter weighs the possibility of adding filters or configuring advance features (like NAT, opening ports, etc.)

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

5
Adds value to existing entertainment systems Posted by: from: Kansas City MO on I have several Airport Express' around my home for different purposes. Two of the newer ones, and one of the older ones. The newer design is better now that it's designed to sit on a surface. The previous design was meant to hang from a plug. Luckily for that one, I had an old iBook cable that connected to it and allowed my to put it flat on a surface. The AirPort Express is easy to set up with Apple's AirPort Utility. Express allows you to use it as an extension of an existing network or create a new one. In my home, I use two for piping music from iPods, iPhones, any of my Macs, including a Mac Mini that I use as a music server, to separate sound systems in my home. One is an old boombox in my garage and the other is a old Klipsch iGroove that's not compatible with newer iPods and iPhones. This is great way to again find use for that dockable sound system that's no longer compatible with newer iPods and iPhones. My last Express is used to make my Dymo label printer wireless. I've also used an Express when traveling to create my own wireless network in my hotel room. Some upscale hotels charge $10 per day for wireless access but almost always provide free wired Internet. In that case, I connect my AirPort Express to the wired network to create my own wireless network. Not only do I save $, but also have a more trusted wireless network that I, and anyone I'm with, can access. In some areas where I might not trust a provided wireless network, I've set up my own network in addition to the one provided. I sincerely love this product and highly recommend it. It's flexibility is amazing.

175 out of 209 found this review helpful.

5
Great Posted by: from: on Most reliable device for streaming music to player pianos. As a technician I buy them all of the time.

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

5
just bought it, online 60 seconds later Posted by: from: boca raton on Had 2 net gear(WNDR3700) dual band routers over the past year, both dropped connections at least once a week. Finally, bought a 3rd today. Setup on a mac was crazy. Literally online 60 seconds later. Once I plugged it in along with my modem a install window opened immediately, I named the network, put in a password, confirmed it, the next box confirmed all the network settings and I was online. I have an ethernet cable connected to my bedroom direct tv receiver so I can steam live tv broadcasts to my ipad while I am on my life-cycle doing cardio. My new router also is right next to my black and white brother laser jet printer that wasn't wireless until I plugged my new router into it. Now I can print from any device throughout my house instead of using my nice photo printer. How can so much come in such a small box ?

23 out of 31 found this review helpful.

5
Easy to set up and great performance! Posted by: from: Evansville, IN on I purchased the new Airport Express after recently acquiring two new smart phones. My internet speed had always been good, however, these added devices had put a strain on my current set up. I had a very good Net-gear wireless N single band router connected to my 10 meg internet service. The router was less than a year old and did a good job with my laptop, XBOX360, and Apple TV. But when we added a tablet, and two smart phones to the mix, the system was having issues. I bought the new Apple Airport express because it is a new dual-band design which I read that will give the best connection to each type of device connected on the network. Set up was incredibly fast and intuitive, only taking about 15 minutes including the time it took to unhook the old setup. Using my network utility, I was only getting 144 mb/s with my old router, but once hooked up to my Airport Express, that number shot up to 300 mb/s! Web pages load nearly instantly, and all of my devices are faster! I have everything running wireless with the exception of my Apple TV which is wired directly to the Airport Express for maximum speeds to stream video. The lack of additional wired ports is the only downside to this fast, little white box. If you are wanting to have wired internet connections to multiple devices, you might want to get the Airport Extreme, but for only $99, you simple cannot beat this little guy!

25 out of 31 found this review helpful.

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Slowed network speed to a crawl Posted by: from: on I connected the Airport Express Base Station to my network to extent the network to a distant portion of my house. I used an ethernet cable because the Best Buy salesman said connecting via WiFi would become a drag on network speed because of network overhead. When I brought the system up the network could hardly download a web page. However, as soon as I disconnected the power to the Airport Express Base Station and rebooted the Airport Base Station alone, all was well again. I tried using the WiFi connectivity without the ethernet cable and the network was still too slow to use as the Best Buy salesman said it would be.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

5
A Good Choice In A Broadband Router Posted by: from: on Apple has done a great job in the design of the Airport Express. It's easy to set up, it has an audio output if you want to stream audio from your iDevice to whatever you connect the audio output of the Airport Express to, and it operates in both the 2.4G and 5G frequency ranges. Having a WiFi Analyzer that lets me see WiFi networks and their names, I can see the WiFi channels in use wherever I am and sometimes there are a ton of WiFi netrworks operating in the 2.4G range. It's nice to have devices, like an iPad, that can operate in the 5G frequency range as there is typically less WiFi traffic there. I don't use the Airport Express to facilitate wireless printing, but it can do that also. All in all this is a great device with a great feature set and all for $99.00. Two Thumbs Way Up!

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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