Pros Extends ranges, streams music well, low profile design
Cons Poor documentation for windows users, Not much help from tech support, No display, no remote
Summary I am running Windows XP Home and was able to connect AirTunes to my WRT54G after doing a lot of homework. I would recommend that anyone who wants to use this product do two things:
1. Make sure you have the most updated firmware that's out. I am using Sveasoft Satori 4.0, but it also works with HyperWRT.
2. Do a simple google search on AirTunes and WRT54G. You'll be able to find great set-up instructions and troubleshooting. Don't bother with the people at Linksys or Apple. They will keep you on the line forever and not really solve your problems
I have owned a Slim Devices Squeezebox and now AirTunes and I have to say I prefer iTunes. Squeezebox has more and better features for sure, but I have found Airtunes to be more reliable, and since is a wireless G device it won't slow down your network.
Pros Can be Base Station and Air Tunes port simultaneously
Cons Apple doesn't document all features (probably to protect higher-priced Airport Extreme Base Station)
Summary Plugged in to router. Started up iBook and configured. No CD necessary - software included with OS X 10.3. Other computers on router can use unit for iTunes with no configuration. Airport Express also functions as base station for wireless network.
I assume Apple doesn't fully describe the capability of this unit because it is so good it would cut into Airport Extreme Base Station sales which is much more expensive.
This is one of the most significant examples of Apple's design brilliance; even people like me who are confirmed Mac users are amazed at their creativity and innovation.
Pros It does work for the internet
Cons Crap for streaming music.
Summary I was so excited to purchase this thing. My music library is stored on my laptop. I planned to use my laptop to run my stereo. The problem, it continuously loses signal and pauses mid-song. The apple website helpgroups are full of complaints from PC and Mac users who have the same problem. If you want to stream anything or play music do not waste money on this thing. It's fine for simple internet browsing.
Pros Easy of setup is simply unbelievable.
Cons None that I can see.
Summary There's nothing wrong with Belkin, and the range is probably better than the Apple. However, the ease of setup, ease of networking (including putting the printer on the network) and stability of Airport Express (in my opinion) makes it simply unbeatable. I have a mac-mini, an Apple Powerbook and a Dell Optiplex on the wirleess network...and all three work like a charm! Finally, I have to say this. Apple is REALLY winning me over with the quality and absolute simplicity of their products. They truly do make computing fun again!
"Great Product!"on by derekdg
Pros Compact, print server, streams music great
Cons no web-based configuration tool
Summary This is a great product. It was my first Apple product. I have my music collection on my laptop and this works great to stream music to so it plays through my stereo. The setup directions aren't that great, but I found some on the Internet that worked great. Hopefully they will help someone else as much as they helped me:
1. Before you go wireless, physically connect your AirPort to your router with an Ethernet cable. Plug in the AirPort, and wait until the LED turns solid green.
2. Start the AirPort Admin Utility for Windows. You now want to configure the AirPort to join your existing network "wirelessly". You should see the AirPort Base Station appear with its IP address in the Base Station Chooser.
3. In the lower right-hand corner, click on Configure... Click on the AirPort tab. In the "AirPort Network" section, Use base station to: "Join an Existing Wireless Network". Underneath that, type in your existing wireless "Network Name". You will be asked to change the password as well.
4. Click "Update" in the lower right-hand corner of the Configure window. Your AirPort will be restarted, and the LED should turn solid green again.
5. Finally, disconnect the AirPort from your router, and remove the connecting cable. You should NOW be able to plug in your AirPort anywhere to join your existing network.