Apple AirPort Express
- Small size, easy configuration
- No room for external antenna
If you're after a simple way to share a broadband connection between several computers with the added benefit of being able to pipe music through your house, look no further. Be prepared to pay for Apple's styling, though.
Price$ 199.00 (AUD)
Apple's AirPort Express with AirTunes is designed to share an incoming broadband connection between up to ten computers wirelessly, while at the same time allowing users to play back music through speakers connected to the unit.
The Express measures 9.5 x 7.5 x 3cm and weighs just 190g. The 802.11b/g device includes an Ethernet connector, a single USB port for sharing a printer, and Walkman-style audio jack to connect to a stereo or speaker set. Setup is straightforward, and it takes just a few minutes to be up and running. The software set includes an application called the AirPort Express Assistant for Mac OS X and Windows XP that helps guide you through the settings required to configure the unit.
The small device works with iTunes 4.6 and above, on a Mac OS X 10.3 or Windows 2000/XP-based system with a Wi-Fi card, and is controlled from the host computer (where the songs are stored and iTunes is running). iTunes enables you to pipe the stereo music directly from a computer to the Express, and there's no latency during playback - it runs smoothly, free from pops, crackles, or skipping.
The small white plastic brick doesn't feature a connector to attach an external antenna, but managed to maintain a connection up to a range of 35m during testing, which should prove ample to cover most houses.
The AirPort Express is also well appointed from a security perspective, and boasts Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) along with support for 40- and 128-bit WEP. It also offers the ability to filter devices based on their MAC address, and basic NAT (Network Address Translation) functionality provides an entry-level hardware firewall to protect against attacks from the Internet.
All up, Apple has designed a simple, effective, and secure product that works as promised. Many wireless devices on the market include the ability to share a printer, and the AirPort Express is a relatively expensive way to share a net connection between up to ten computers. That said, the ability to pipe music to a remote location wirelessly is worth the added expense.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 3 Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: including Portrait Mode
- 4 Google Daydream View VR full, in-depth review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Here's what's coming next from Sling TV
- The guts of Onkyo's SBT-A500 sound bar come in an external box to give the speaker an ultra-low profile
- Plex embraces Kodi as Plex Media Player becomes available to all
- 'Google Cast' is being phased out in favor of Chromecast for connected TVs and speakers
- PlayStation Vue is now available on Apple TV
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Best phone of the year 2016
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTBrand Marketing Manager - Premium Entertainment BrandNSW
- FTSenior Systems AdministratorWA
- TPProject Manager - Data ManagementSA
- CCSenior Business Project Manager Financial PlanningVIC
- CCWeb Architect - Ruby, Python, Java, Open sourceNSW
- CC3x DevOps / Integration Developers l AWS- Cloud- Linux- Puppet Ansible- JIRA-DNSW
- TPAnsarada Data Room AdministratorNSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- CCData Migration Lead - SAPNSW
- FTFront End DeveloperNSW
- FTCheckpoint Firewall and VPNNSW
- TP.Net DeveloperVIC
- TPSenior|Principal SAP HR Functional ConsultantQLD
- CCTester- InfrastructureACT
- CCIT Support AnalystVIC
- TPDigital Business Analyst | AgileQLD
- CCFIS Connex Developer (Brisbane Based)NSW
- FTBusiness Solutions SpecialistNSW
- FTMicrosoft Dynamics AX Functional Consultant Advanced Warehouse ManagementNSW
- TPProjects Planning ManagerQLD
- CCBiztalk DeveloperACT
- TPOrganisational Change Manager | CommunitiesQLD
- CCReporting AnalystVIC
- CCSenior Agile Business AnalystNSW
- CCProgramme and Project SchedulerACT