Airport Express music streaming performance question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Quu, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Quu
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    Quu

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    I apologize if this in the wrong section but I couldn't decide where to put this thread.

    I've been using an 802.11g Airport Express since 2004 and surprisingly it still works but it can be a bit slow when first syncing up with my iTunes library to begin streaming music. In-fact there is a brief pause of about 5-10 seconds before it begins playing music and a dialogue box opens with a connection load bar.

    So my question is: Are the latest Airport Expresses instant at beginning to play music from iTunes?

    I'm thinking it may be worth my while to upgrade.
     
  2. wzz
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    5-10seconds?
    to me that's quite long.

    i own one, use one, and dont appear to have your problem.

    i'd suggest before u buy a new one, bring ur existing express to a friend's place with a better wifi network and see if u still suffer that same issue.
    [and try to narrow down if it's ur wifi network that is causing this issue]
     
  3. Quu
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    Quu

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    Thanks for the reply but I know it isn't my WiFi network as even over ethernet directly to the Airport Express it does this. Just keep in mind I got this thing in 2004. It is literally 9 years old. It is 802.11g not even n.

    I'm thinking it is just very very outdated compared to the latest ones so I'm just curious if anyone who has a latest one can weigh in on its performance.
     
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    I have the 1st Gen 802.11n Express. I just tested it out and there is no noticeable delay at the speakers once the music starts in iTunes.
     
  5. macrumors 68020

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    i have an express (old style, N version), a Denon receiver with airplay, an IW2 from ihome, and a B&W a7.

    i airplay to all of them, and will get the same pop up bar you do.

    it takes a while to get the connection started, and then it has to buffer some.
    you might see a second or 2 dropped off the connection time, but probably not.
     

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