More Airport Express details

July 22, 2004

The good folks at Ars Technica have up an in-depth review of the Airport Express.  They’ve given it an 8 out of 10, mostly downgrading it for lack of stereo cables, a music remote, and no ability to shut off the wireless if you’re using it via ethernet just to stream music.

Hmmm… The music streaming stuff is nice, but it’s just frosting for me; apparently other folks see that as much more the main purpose.  They did manage to get it to extend a hacked Linksys router, so I’m guessing that means that it’s not liable to bridge to my off-the-shelf DLink.

Which is a pity, but not a deal breaker…

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One Response to “More Airport Express details”

  1. Welkinsny on August 21st, 2005 5:52 pm

    Real has been particularly inept at addressing the customer desire to stream music through the Airport Express from their Rhapsody service. I’ve spoken with Real support, but they barely speak English and do not seem to understand what “streaming” is.

    Seems like a big missed opportunity given the number of Airport networks out there and Rhapsody’s potential ability to poach customers away from the iTunes purchase-by-track business model.

    Fortunately for Real, somebody figured this out for them. The workaround is not elegant, and it involves downloading two free applications. But it does not cost anything and it does work. Follow the instructions at the link below, and you should be able to stream Rhapsody through iTunes to your Airport Express until Real figures out how to build this basic functionality into their client software.

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