AirPort Express 802.11n (1st Generation) - Technical Specifications

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Size and weight

  • Dimensions: 3.7 inches (94.01 mm) x 2.95 inches (75.00 mm) x 1.12 inches (28.5 mm)
  • Weight: 6.7 ounces (188 grams)1

Wireless protocols

  • Draft 802.11n2
  • 802.11a/b/g


  • Interoperable with Wi-Fi Certified 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g and 802.11n draft 2.0 Mac computers, Windows-based PCs, and other Wi-Fi devices
  • NAT, DHCP, PPPoE, VPN Passthrough (IPSec, PPTP, and L2TP), DNS Proxy, SNMP, IPv6 (6to4 and manual tunnels)


  • Wi-Fi Protected Access™ (WPA/WPA2) 3
  • Wireless security (WEP) configurable for 40-bit and 128-bit encryption
  • MAC address filtering
  • NAT firewall
  • Support for RADIUS authentication
  • Time-based access control

Included software and accessories

  • AirPort Utility for Mac and Windows
  • 802.11n Enabler for Mac
  • Bonjour for Windows
  • Printed and electronic documentation


  • 802.11n wireless
  • One 10/100 Ethernet port for connecting a DSL, cable modem or Ethernet network
  • USB port for connecting a USB printer 5
  • 3.5mm audio minijack for analog or optical digital sound 4
  • Built-in power supply

Electrical and environmental requirements

  • 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz; input current: 0.2 amps
  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -13° to 140° F ( -25° to 60° C)
  • Relative humidity (operating): 20% to 90%, noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet

Frequency bands

  • 2.4GHz or 5GHz

Radio output power

  • 20 dBm (nominal)

Agency approvals

  • FCC Part 15 Class B, Canada RSS-210, EN 300-328, EN 301-489, EN 301 893, ARIB STD-T66, RCR STD-T33, AS/NZS 4268: 2003, UL 60950, CSA-C22.2 No. 60950


  • Channels 1-11, 36-48, and 149-165 approved for use in the United States and Canada
  • Channels 1-14 and 36-64 approved for use in Japan
  • Channels 1-13 and 36-140 approved for use in Europe
  • Channels 1-13, 36-64 and 149-165 approved for use in Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand


System Requirements

For wireless client access

Mac with AirPort or AirPort Extreme wireless capability PC with 802.11a/b/g or 802.11n draft 2.0 card

For shared printing with a USB printer

USB printer, Mac with Mac OS X v10.2.7 or later USB printer, PC with Windows XP (SP2) or Windows Vista; Bonjour for Windows (included on AirPort Express CD)


Users with Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later can:
  • Access an AirPort Express wireless network
  • Set up an AirPort Express Base Station
  • Use AirTunes to play music
  • Share a USB printer
  • Use Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2)
  • Windows XP or Windows Vista
  • WPA support requires a Wi-Fi Certified PC solution


Extended Service and Support
The AppleCare Protection Plan for your computer covers the AirPort Express Base Station.

  1. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. The AirPort Express Base Station is based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification and is compatible with IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, and IEEE 802.11g.
  3. Support for WPA requires Mac OS X v10.3 or later. Use of Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) reduces the maximum number of network users. When joining an existing wireless network, AirPort Express only supports WPA-Personal. WPA2 requires a Mac computer with an AirPort Extreme Card and Mac OS X v10.3 or later.
  4. Requires compatible stereo system or powered speakers.
  5. Wireless printing over USB requires a compatible printer and Mac OS X v10.2.7 or later or Windows XP, or Windows Vista.

Wireless Internet access requires a wireless-enabled computer, a base station or other access point, and Internet access (fees may apply). Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort Express.

Product specifications are subject to change without notice.

Published Date: Apr 6, 2016