• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Compatibility

    • Written by from Belvidere

    Overall this is a great product, almost doubled my wireless throughput, have not found a dead spot in the house, will try outside when it is warmer. The BIG ISSUE I have is with USB compatibility. It was one of the considerations I had in spending the extra $$ for this device as I am also adding an external drive for backup purposes, just as the Apple website identifies, connect a printer or external drive. As I am still on a PC at home I could not use the Time Capsule and chose a WDC My Book. The problem is the USB port on the Extreme will not work with this. The apple utility recognizes it on my PC but that is it. After talking to support I found that it would only work if I reformatted to FAT32 which is not happening. Have not seen this limitation in any literature or for that matter in the ops manual or any support topic.

    3 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid and reliable but hard to manage

    • Written by from Arlington

    I have several generations of Airport Extreme and at three of each of the last three generations of APE and Time Capsules. They are solid performers, standards conformant, and secure. The early time capsules all failed due to overheating issues, but the current batch are great. The biggest problem I have with them is that unless use Airport Utility for Windows, it is very frustrating to manage them. Apple has severely limited their management app for iOS and OS/X. This is enough for me to switch to DD-WRT based hardware.

    The OS/X airport utility up until version 5.6 was very good, but when Apple released the very limited iOS management app, they mirrored the new OS/X utility with the same limited feature set. Just as an example - under Windows you can show the DHCP address assignment table, but under OS/X or iOS you cannot. However with the Windows utility you can use the highly useful Back-to-My-Mac remote access feature for remote management.

    So if you just want something to set up and forget, the APE is great, if you want to do anything else and you aren't using Windows, look elsewhere.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2.0?

    • Written by from Park City

    Comon USB 3.0 has been around for how long now? Will be just fine for a printer but I recommend a NAS storage device of using a USB attached here. And let's get support for the USB Superdrive over Airport? That'd be great for those of us in a post death of the Superdrive multi-mac home. Also would not argue with more ethernet ports. Ethernet is faster and more reliable than wifi.

    Other than that great very fast router, simple to configure.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A solid, simple and easy to use Router

    • Written by from Calgary

    I almost didn't by this router due to all the poor reviews of the product. I felt i owed it to people to try and write a straight and honest review of this router. I have the Airport Extreme and i also installed and have a family member using the Airport Time Capsule as well.

    This routers biggest strength is it ease of setup. It takes more time to unwrap it than it does to get it working. You do have to get used to using an app to manage a router rather than a browser but this is part of what makes it easy.

    Coverage: I had an ASUS N56U router before this and its coverage of my house is the same as the apple airport. The nice thing is you can add airport expresses to extend coverage if you need. My router sits in between the floor and the ceiling of the upstairs and down stairs and covers all corners of our 1400 sq foot house well with only 1 bar drop on the outer most corners of the floor plan.

    Reliability: A lot of people complain about this router not working or being flakey. I have had no problems with the router in the 4 weeks have been running it. In fact our internet went down and i automatically assumed it was the router that was the problem but it was actually our ISP.

    Time Machine: I did plug a Western Digital USB hard drive into my router and my time Machine backups are working fine. The first backup did take a while to complete. 340 Gbyte of data took over night to complete. Also accessing the time machine is a tiny bit slower than when it is connected to the macbook but i also have a very old Macbook.

    Value for money: While the price of this router is expensive compared to what you get with other routers i will say this. I have not had to reboot the router yet. More importantly Home Sharing and my 3 apple TV's, 2 Apple iPads, and 2 iPhones in the house all work flawless. My old ASUS was always having problems with home sharing requiring constant reboots to get it working. For me this has made this router worth the expense. I will agree with those reviewers that say you can't do as much custom stuff with this router. It is very simple in feature functionality and it is disappointing it doesn't support QOS for things like gaming and voip. That would be my one criticism of the router and its price. Having QOS and a way to VPN into my home network for a router this price point would be ideal.

    If your idea of value for money is simple setup and solid reliability than this is a good router. Better than my past Dlink, Asus, and Netgear routers.

    If your idea of value for money is high end data network router features this is not the router for you. One thing it does do though is act as a bridge so you could plug it into your high end routers and still get all the perks of the Airport Extreme.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Reliable could do with more features @ this Price

    • Written by from Ilford

    Works, is reliable and connects over WiFi to two Airport Express to give extended WiFi coverage. Replaced an RT-N66U which had not only more features but also more issues. What I like about the Airport Extreme is the ease of setup, the very easy bridging via WiFi. The Windows version of the software is a waste of time. In all I use its as a glorified AP, why only AP? Well it lacks dual WAN, unable to put a 3G dongle on it and I'm not going to hook up my USB disk to such a slow USB 2.0 (I believe were in 2014 AD, not BC). At this price it should have QoS at the very least and USB 3.0 not to forget more ports (both USB 3.0 and LAN). Incidentally it handles old g very well so if you have some legacy kit then you can consider it.
    Overall satisfied but not overwhelmed who I imagined more leading edge,

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    If you need SNMP, Don't buy this router!

    • Written by from Baytown

    I just wanted to tell everyone something Apple fails to mention anywhere. The new AirPort Extreme and TimeCapsules no longer support SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). This is an industry standard supported by even the cheapest Chinese manufacturers. Every AirPort Extreme before this model has supported SNMP, so I was surprised when I got mine hooked up and my bandwidth monitoring software no longer worked. I use it to make sure I don't exceed my ISP's monthly data cap. Other than that, it's a good, solid router, but Apple bewilders me when they pull a numbskull move like this.

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's ok, i'll leave it at that.

    • Written by from PATERSON

    This thing sure isn't what i was hoping for, it a nice router and all but don't count on it giving you anymore range than it's predecessor. I was under the impression that it's big awkward size was due to a improve antenna, it isn't. I can't recommend to anyone to upgrade their old router to this.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    surprisingly no USB 3.0

    • Written by from Long Island City

    I am disappointed by the USB port being 2.0 and not 3.0 - at this price point! I connect an extra HDD as a network-shared drive and USB 3.0 would be of great advantage. Otherwise I'd be very happy. I also have a TC for backups as part of the wi-fi network.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Rock solid reliability but signal strength in my house is horrible.

    • Written by from Hacienda Heights

    I can't believe I need 2 Airport Extremes (connected via ethernet) to get full coverage in my 1300sq ft house. They are not near any other electronics.

    I had the previous gen and thought the new one would have greater range (We'll see when the next iphone gets AC I hope), tried using the old one as a wireless repeater (didn't work too well, would always lose connection at one side of the house) then finally figured you can hook up ethernet cable to 2 airport extremes so they both transmit.

    I read that a work around for poor wifi coverage on the iphone 5 was switching from WPA2 to WEP. While it did improve signal reliability. What a BS work around. Maybe my 1960 house has lead walls, but if the signal has to pass through a closet or 2 walls. Your signal will drop and your phone will say ''You are not connected to the internet''. I had to use LTE in my master bedroom and bathroom (the newest APExtreme was 25' away behind 2 walls. before I hooked up the older extreme via ethernet as a second router.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple AirPort Extreme

    • Written by from Amherst

    I love the design and look of this product. The only problem that i have is that most of my things that i am using even though they are made from apple aren't always connecting to it because it can't find the ip address, thats the only problem everything else is great

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    My airport extreme has short distance

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    What is the problem with my airport extreme? I live a small apartment and my airport extreme is in the living room and I lose signal in the kitchen. (15-20 foot) (all my device) I had a linksys before. The net was slow but I had signal everywhere. I have very fest net In the bedroom and living room. What is the problem?

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    More ethernet ports

    • Written by from Redwood City

    Why oh why can't Apple put another couple of ports in this thing? There are only 3 usable ports in here after the WAN port. I have a NAS plus two VoIP phone lines, which leaves no room to connect my iMac up with hardline! I think this device, at $199, should have at least 7 usual ports after the WAN port. Look up the price of gigabit routers and other devices in this price range have at least 8 ports. 3 stars until it gets more ports, then 5.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for data, cuts out streaming music to airplay speakers

    • Written by from Jersey City

    Yes, this works for data and backups. No, it does not support streaming music over airplay to airplay enabled speakers - luckily the previous gen works great with airplay.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great but...

    • Written by from VIRGINIA BEACH

    Pretty fast it has stronger connection than the airport extreme (N) but i don't know how long mine will last because of the the packaging i dropped mine on the floor so that may have shortened the life of this $200 marvel. I don't know what genius thought of this packing but all i have to say is we miss you STEVE JOBS :(

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Range is only alright, box is terribly designed

    • Written by from Holland Patent

    Careful when you open this thing, I nearly dropped it. It really is an awful packaging design. The range really isn't that great. I upgraded from my dual band netgear 802.11n router and the range seems a little bit worse to be honest. I don't have 802.11ac devices yet though, waiting for the refreshed retina macbooks. I am still disappointed with the range, especially since the new iphones dont even have 802.11ac. can't use my phone in my bedroom and i definitely could with my old router. i regret this purchase.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Range not improved from last gen

    • Written by from Lubbock

    I bought this one to replace a last generation model because there were 2 spots in my house (I don't have a big house - average size at best) where coverage was sporadic and unreliable. I thought that the claimed "better range" of this one would help since I just needed maybe 10 more feet to work perfectly. Well, after installing it in the same exact spot, coverage is exactly the same, or at best maybe 5% better, but not enough for me. So, I ended up using the old Extreme as an extender, which works great, but I was planning on selling it... Oh well... Also, I followed the menus to migrate the settings from the old one to the new, and the setup quit at the end with an unknown error, and I had to reset the new Extreme and do it the regular way. Another problem, the new one does not allow you to use the 5ghz channels for the wifi "n" only, which I used on the old one and it helped me segregate wifi between the old ipads and the new ipads/iphones. Not an option anymore.

    Pros: Looks great, easy to set up
    Cons: Settings migration did not not work, range is not better, missing wifi channels options

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited Configuration Options

    • Written by from Lawrence

    Everyone should note that you can't change the last digit of the IP address of the router. The router will only let its IP be 192.168.x.1 10.0.x.1 or 172.16.x.1. If you have an existing network with static clients using something like 192.168.1.254 as the router you will have to manually touch all clients to make this change. Big design flaw by Apple.

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    airport extreme

    • Written by from SOUTHSEA

    Nice looking bit of kit, easy to set up etc but once again was disappointed with the wifi range

    24 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great wireless range, but falls short in other ways - rats!

    • Written by from Toronto

    I really wanted to love this router. Its wireless range is the best I've experienced, but its features fall short in a couple of other respects (confirmed with Apple Support):

    - no support for dynamic DNS
    - no support for external drives formatted as NTFS - so an external drive that a Mac can read/write when connected directly via USB won't be recognized at all when connected to the Airport Extreme's USB port. Even a cheapie Western Digital N750 router will recognize external drives whether formatted for Mac OS or Windows. And the N750 has 2 USB ports vs just the one on the Airport Extreme.

    48 of 62 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Think twice!

    • Written by from Ferny hills

    Product is ok. Range is no better than Netgear router it replaced. Unable to obtain MAC address of wired devices from Airport Utility and the best that Apple Support can do is tell me to ring the printer manufacturer.

    1 of 1 people found this useful