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Several models suddenly 'dies' after 12-24 months

Seems like a worldwide problem with the Airpot Express (after doing some browsing on it) that it suddenly cease to work. Usually this happens 12 - 24 months after purchase which is a bit funny as the warranty is 1 year....:( Seems to be a problem with the condenser in the power unit. If you experience the problem, report it here and see if Apple ever takes this serious enough:

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Re: Several models suddenly 'dies' after 12-24 months

Sorry to tell you, but if you look on the apple wed site, you will discover that there has been many problems like this have occured. These are some reviews left on the apple web site: Junk. I like Apple products but this one never completely worked. Ive tried the firmware updates and they dont work either. JUNK I used my Express as a range extender to my Airport Extreme and to play ITunes through my home sound system. It worked like a charm for two years and then just died one day. Well, peppelino, i suggest you ditch it and buy a new wireless access point, like a belkin router or 3com access point. Hope this helps

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