Apple - AirPort Express Base Station - White

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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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Overview

What's Included


  • Apple® AirPort Express Base Station
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3120 out of 3273)

Features


Dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi

Allows simultaneous signal transfer at 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies for speedy performance.

Compatible with 802.11a-, 802.11b-, 802.11g- and 802.11n-enabled wireless devices

Including PC, Mac, iPhone®, iPod® touch, iPad®, Apple TV and more for wide-ranging use.

10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN

For fast wired connection to your home network.

Extends wireless range

For optimal wireless operation.

Supports AirPlay

So you can listen to music from iTunes through your wireless speakers (requires audio cable and speakers, not included).

Rear USB port

Enables wireless printing from network-connected devices.

Guest networking feature

Allows you to set up a separate Wi-Fi network for guests with the option of having a different password. Only allows access to the Internet to help keep your network secure.

Built-in firewall

Automatically turns on during setup to help protect your data.

AirPort Utility app (download required)

Features setup assistant for easy management from your compatible device.

Apple, the Apple logo and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPod is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 3273 reviews

96%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Adds value to existing entertainment systems

    Posted
    LivestrongKC
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member
    • Featured Reviews

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cool little toy

    Posted
    PedroTheLion
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    So, the airport express. I bought it because I recently moved into a new house with some friends, with a detached garage- in fact it's all the way across the yard. Anyway, we had plans to turn our garage into a theater/hang out, because its massive and there's virtually no living space in our house AND we don't care too much about the 2 sh*tty cars we have, anyway. So the plan was to find a fat, old hdtv that is huge, stick it in the garage on a workbench, hook up my xbox360 and buy a few couches. Trouble is, my xbox360 isn't one of the newer, black ones with the wifi thing included, so to do any xbox live, or netflix (for our "theater"), we would need to buy a wifi adapter or send an ethernet cable across the yard. So I looked around, and I just kind of stumbled upon the airport express. I had recently bought a MacBook Pro and have been pleased to the 9's with it, so naturally I'm kind of eager to see what else Apple has to offer me with their clever and clearly brilliant products. The airport express now sits in my garage and acts as a wifi extender and receiver and an extension of our sound system. Now, in our garage, my xbox is connected to the internet using the ethernet out port on the airport express. If you sit in our garage with a smart phone or laptop, or tablet, you have 100% great wifi. AND, this part I didn't know when I was buying it, but it has an audio out port (1/8") on the back, you can sync up your mac, as long as you are on the same wifi network, and whatever your mac is playing through itunes, it will sync up and play through whatever is connected on the other end of the airport express... pretty cool if you ask me. For being right about $100 and being able to not only help me out with my initial intent, this thing is pretty cool and if I had a small business or a huge house someday or I could justify buying another, I would- these things are pretty cool. the only downside I've found, is sometimes the internet speed isn't so great- and the cool audio out thing isn't compatible with other programs, just iTunes- which for someone who is huge into music, but doesn't use iTunes all that much, is kind of a bummer. It looks like maybe you can set it up, but that part isn't so clear and easy (and I'm a sound engineer and musician and A/V tech. professionally.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to set up and great performance!

    Posted
    Banker82
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Express is amazing for AirPlay

    Posted
    audiophile
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Sometimes a product is much better than the raw specs would indicate and the AirPort Express is one of those devices. To me, it symbolizes an example of small details can make Apple products truly 'great'. Here are a few pros and cons of the AirPort Express based on my usage: Pros: 1. Very stable and reliable connection whether used as a wifi extender or as a standalone AirPlay hub into an AV system. There is zero lag and no lip sync issues that one had with bluetooth and other wifi-based connections. 2. The DAC for AirPlay is amazing! I tested it against both a Bang and Olufsen A9 speaker and Focal Easya and the audio when connected via the AirPort Express sounded fuller. Basically, you can connect an AirPort Express to any class of audio system and you won't get any effects of audio compression etc. Any other device just based on audio streaming quality (forget about the AirPort also being a wifi router and extender) costs at least 2x to 3x as much. 3. Excellent compact design and build quality. You can place the Express anywhere you want. It doesn't get hot and has never required a reboot. Cons: The only con I can think of is that as a router the speed is only 1/2 as much as an AirPort Extreme. I have a 300-400mbps connection which the AirPort Extreme has no problems with. The Express, unfortunately, maxes out at 50-60mbps. This has no effect on standard web browsing, or audio/video streaming for most use cases, but it is a limitation. Summary: This is a product that is greater than the sum of its parts. If you use Apple products to stream audio - the Express is a great choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Every Apple product I buy keeps getting better.

    Posted
    Telythugy
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    TomG333
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Performance at an Excellent Price

    Posted
    dwilliams8545
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Apple Airport Express is the best router for the money. I don't see the sense in buying the 199, 299, or 399, Airport Extreme or the 2 or 3 Terabyte backup, this 99.00 Router out performs every router I have ever used. There are so many different applications that can be used for this, streaming music, video's, pictures straight to my Macbook Pro, iPad, iPod, and iPhone. The internet speeds have seemed to have doubled since I purchased this router, my internet was connecting at 30 MBPS download and 3 MBPS upload, Now Download is roughly 55 MBPS and upload is around 6 MBPS now. The router NEVER drops signal unlike the Belkin and Cisco routers which Im always having to power cycle and un-screw the cable modem and power cycle the modem as well just to reconnect to the internet. After 2 months of use I have yet to have to perform a power cycle to the modem or router. The only issue with the Apple Router is, I can't seem to connect my WPS Enabled Printer to the network in order to Print. There are complications with having the newest OS X 10.9 with my printer at the moment because HP doesn't support the newest OS for Apple yet, so this may be the complete issue and not with the router, who knows. But once the drivers are made for HP Printers for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Im sure it will be simple to connect it to the Router and network. So Im not all that concerned at the moment. Thanks Apple for taking the time and having the patients to make such great quality items that you make everyday. I love every Apple product that I own and will never purchase Windows again in my life, because Windows is setup so cheap now. That is why Apple is taking over the electronics at the moment. Thanks Apple, keep doing your thing guys.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    4 stars for 10/100 enet and no USB HDD support

    Posted
    BillFromKC
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    I recently added one of these to my wireless network at home, mostly because of coverage issues from one side of my house to the other (130 feet through 1940's construction). While I like the range of the wireless and that it's repeater mode works well with my Time Capsule (second gen 2TB), I don't like the fact that if I ever needed to use it for my primary router for ANY reason that my internet connection would take a hit (Comcast 50 down runs closes to 90 or so during the evening and even faster after about 10pm around here). Also, previous generations of AirPort Express (G and single-band operation N models) had the plug connectors like those on a MacBook, PowerBook, iBook, or iPad charger, where you can swap between a direct connection to the wall. This, to me, is a drawback should I start a new job involving travel; I almost always connect a router to my hotel room's ethernet port instead of connecting to public WiFi, as the public WiFi is always slow in a hotel. While I'm thinking about it, Apple should send out a software update that enables the USB port to support more than just printers; This would be a handy device to connect some external hard drives or large flash drives to. It's saving grace is the AirPlay audio output, which no other router has. This feature allows me to use a 3.5mm audio cable to connect to a wireless audio base unit in my kitchen, that in turn sends audio from my Mac or my iPhone to wireless speakers I can use in and around the house. Being that the speakers run on 2.4 GHz spectrum and interfere with every wireless network within about 350 feet of my home (haha, time to upgrade to 5GHz everyone!), the 5 GHz operation of the router is awesome.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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