I bought a Airport Express Base Station from Apple to replace my old Linksys wireless router yesterday. This is not the first time I use Airport Express to setup my wireless network. It’s actually the first wireless router I purchased (but it’s cracked accidentally) to migrate from cable to Wi-Fi. So, why consider Airport Express again after Linksys?
For those of you who do not know about Airport Express, it is a 802.11n wireless router from Apple. It’s lightweight, small in size and all-in-one (no external power adapter) wireless router. The performance of Air Express may not be the best of class among other 802.11n base stations, according to PC Magazine’s review. It, however, offers a distinct feature that differentiates itself from the crowd. Think about that, you have tons of songs on iTunes but sometimes you don’t want to sit in front of your computer and listen to music. You want to enjoy the music with your high-end stereo speaker sitting in living room. Airport Express offers a simple way to stream your favourite music from iTunes to your stereo speaker wirelessly. That’s truly amazing! I can now stream my music from my reading room (my iMac is there) to living room without connecting any wire or cable (of course, except the audio cable to my music system) and listen to all favourite songs.
One limitation of Airport Express is you cannot change song while you’re sitting on sofa in living room. You still need to control music playback using iTunes in front of your computer. Something is missing here… Yes, it’s a “Remote”! But, now with iPhone and the “Remote” application from App Store, iPhone becomes the remote control. You can completely control your iTunes music remotely. Now, you know, the reason I purchase Airport Express again. I highly recommend this wireless configuration. Lie on the sofa and enjoy the music!