Pros Stylish and effective
Cons Not intuitive to configure, esp. for Windows users
Summary I have two units, which I use to stream music from my main PC to my lounge stereo and to speakers in the kitchen. Setup was more painful than it should have been and was only achieved after a search of the support site, but once configured, they have been superb. I now have access to all my music in several rooms of the house at a very reasonable price.
"Simplicity!"on by JoeMadnesS
Pros Small, Powerful, and easy to install/use.
Cons None at thgis time
Summary I would recommend this product to anyone. My 17" G4 Powerbook established a wireless connection in seconds and I did not need to load the software.
Pros Great iTunes stream to my stereo, quick internet connections, small size for portability
Cons Tough to set up for Windows XP due to ridiculous lack of information in instruction book.
Summary I bought this product to not only stream iTunes to my stereo (rather than physically moving my laptop to the stereo and hooking up manually each time), and to provide a wireless internet connection. I'm no computer expert, and have had trouble setting up a wireless base station in the past. Keep in mind that I do not have a desktop with a wireless router, only a laptop with built in wireless. I searched the apple discussion boards for a while and found some great advice for setting this up for Windows. The key is to connect it directly from your laptop to the Airport Express using an ethernet cable. That way it will find the Airport through the cable and you can configure it using the Airport Admin tool and windows XP wireless network setup wizard. Once I got iTunes streaming, it was great. No skipping, quick connection, no different than when I would connect directly from the laptop to the stereo with an RCA cable from the headphone jack. Later, I decided to move my cable modem over to the stero area to connect it to the Airport for an internet connection. Based on experience I was expecting trouble, but once I plugged in my cable modem the connection was there, as fast as the previous direct connection. This is a great product, and if I can set it up with no computer networking skills then anyone can. I don't currently have a USB printer connected to it so I can't comment on how that works with the airport.
Pros There are no pros given it never worked
Cons It doesn't work and wastes your time
Summary Tried to stream from two separate Windows XP machines. Apple Tech Supports final suggestion: Buy something else.
Pros Compact, Airtunes, USB print server, easy config, good range
Cons Only LAN or WAN not both. If this had 2 ethernet ports it would be perfect
Summary I have not regreted the purchase of my airport express. I use along side my old Linksys WRT54G which is my main router, but the Airport Express could easily replace it. I prefer to leave the Express connected to my stereo and have it available to unplug and take with me for trips. My only wish is that it had a LAN port and a WAN port so that I could plug in my Packet8 DTA when I am in a hotel and still use the WiFi connection.