AirPort Express (2012)

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AirPort Express (802.11n)

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AirPort Card

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AirPort Extreme

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Price
Pros
  • AirTunes audio streaming
  • Compact for travel
  • Excellent value
  • Configuration profiles
  • Full-featured 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point in a portable package
  • Can share a USB printer over a network
  • Can operate as a dedicated wireless-to-wired bridge
  • AirTunes functionality
  • Permits computer-to-computer networking without Base Station
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to install
  • Supremely easy to set up
  • Fast performance on its 5GHz network
  • Supports USB hard drives for Time Machine backups and other uses
Cons
  • Lower throughput than Extreme and Time Capsule
  • No gigabit ethernet ports
  • Wireless-to-wireless performance below that of AirPort Extreme
  • Ethernet jack only 100base-T
  • USB port doesn’t support AirDisk
  • AirTunes must be controlled from your Mac
  • Reestablishing broken connections can be difficult
  • Unimpressive performance
  • Very slow performance on its 2.4GHz network
  • Only one USB port to support either a printer or a hard drive
  • No FTP file server or DLNA media server
At A Glance

The AirPort Extreme is a natural fit for Mac users, but some competing routers deliver higher performance and more features.