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Airport Express… typical Apple

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I picked up one of the new Apple Airport Express… what would you call it… base station thingers.
My quick review:

  • It’s visually awesome (not surprising), nice size, packaging, unobtrusive, cool bright green light when all is well with the 802.11g world
  • Setup is basically completely painless via OSX, it fetched all the settings from my Airport Extreme base station upstairs and configured itself as a repeater
  • iTunes integration is very clean… using our old Powerbook G3 Pismo w/ 802.11b card there were occasional stutters in the playback, but I was futzing around upstairs with iTunes on my PC, so it may have been partially my fault. I haven’t experienced any glitches with my Powerbook 15 Aluminum.
  • I’m looking forward to taking it with me when I travel. The ability to extend the hotel’s ethernet broadband without carrying the original Airport UFO will be pretty slick. It will also be nice to provide an ethernet jack anywhere there’s an outlet in my house for any visitors without wi-fi (I’m not CAT-5 wired downstairs, nor do I ever intend to be).
  • I think the review I read over at Arstechnica summed it up. If you’re only looking for one of the Airport Express featues there are cheaper solutions (tho probably not cleaner ones), but if you use any two of the featues, this is the way to go!

    Written by jthurber

    July 23rd, 2004 at 11:04 am

    Posted in General