• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Second Airport Extreme and absolutely love it!!

    • Written by from Phoenix

    I replaced an older version of the Airport Extreme, a 2009 version, with a new version today - November 20th, 2014. I have a huge home all on one level so I have a couple of Airport Expresses around the house as well - newer versions that do not plug directly into the wall. It took me about 10 minutes to go from old to new with great signals throughout the house. The newer version seems to be much faster than the older one. Love these guys and would recommend them to everyone that needs to upgrade a home wireless network system no matter if you have Apple products or not. I have an old Windows PC and it also operates faster on the internet with the newer device. Worth the money in my opinion. By the way, the older version may have dropped off the internet once or twice in 5 years?? Been so long since it happened I do not remember. LOL!!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Product - will not connect to internet

    • Written by from CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP

    This was a total disaster of a product. We have a house full of apple products, 2 mac book airs, 2 iphones, 2 ipads and an apple TV. figured this would be a great new router. This device will not connect to our less than 1 year old cable modem. We had reset the cable modem multiple times as well as left it unplugged for a good 15 minutes before plugging it back in. at one point i was able to get access to the internet through the device, but only on my macbook air. the iphones said they were connect to the network, but they had no internet access. Seriously Apple, this is unacceptable.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from Roseville

    Ive used a lot of different routers over the past 12 years and just recently after a 5 year router that we updated was still running slow and replaced by two. One mid rage price and one near the top line price still had the same problems but now with disconnecting every day from the router having to reconnect. One day we say the airport extreme and i was like every product i own is a apple product and i said why not lets give it a try. After watching the reviews i get great connection never once did it drop a bar and pixelate I'm so happy with this product. Keep it up apple that just made me enjoy using my internet again.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme Extremely dissapointing!!!!!!

    • Written by from Wandsworth

    Brought this to replace an ancient Cisco router , read the reviews and thought great will get a better signal upstairs. What a dissapointment where my old Cisco gave outstanding performance , airport does not even manage to give me a signal. Only place I get full signal is in the room it is located and in the room above, I now now have more dead spots then I ever encountered with the cheapest of routers . Yes airport is extreme , extremely dissapointing will be investigating returning for a full refund. Would give zero stars if I could .

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Get One

    • Written by from Kenmore

    The performance baseline for this review are the numbers obtained with my pathetic Windows laptop connected to my Verizon FiOS router via ethernet cable. My service is 50 Mbps up and down. Numerous speed tests, using multiple test sites, in this configuration, resulted in speeds of between 58 and 62 Mbps. Using wireless N my iPad Air closely matched those numbers via WiFi using the Verizon WiFi router. The laptop however, also using wireless N, could barely muster 38 to 42 Mbps while sitting right next to the Verizon WiFi router. After installing the AirPort Extreme I ran multiple tests over time at varied distances from the unit. The already blistering fast iPad Air gained a couple megabits but what really improved was the performance at distance. My laptop gained over 10 to 15 Mbps over the Verizon routers performance also with increased range. I should also note that my Apple TV no longer displays those pesky error messages when connecting to iTunes and authorization and loading times are much shorter. I do not presently have any wireless ac devices but my next MAC that replaces the Windows laptop certainly will as will the next generation Apple TV. The performance increase alone makes the AirPort Extreme worth every penny. The AirPort also looks typically Apple, that is, sleek and modern sitting on my desk with a minimum footprint as opposed to routers that look like space ships from a 50's scifi movie with ugly antennas sticking up all over. Another plus is the AirPort Utility application which allows fast and easy access to the router's settings and information. I monitor the surrounding WiFi environment and my next door neighbor just had wireless installed. I like being able to gain quick access to the channel settings and set up what works best for "me".

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade for older Apple router

    • Written by from Baltimore

    I bought the Extreme to replace a much older Time Capsule. Unbelievable improvement in wireless throughput. We're in a row house and I can see 40 wireless routers (using WiFi Explorer from the Mac App Store). Surprisingly, all were in the 2.4 GHz band. So we were seeing much better wired performance than over the air, in part because of interference and collisions.

    I guess most people don't upgrade their routers as a matter of course. Now we have the 5 GHz band to ourselves. Wireless data rate increased tenfold. I think the more sophisticated antenna design in the new Extreme may be just as important as the absence of competition on the 5 GHz band. Wired and wireless connections now run at just about the same speed, even two floors away from the new router.

    Setup was easy, even though I had (stupidly)) shut off the old router before seeing that the new Airport offers a "migration" feature to pick up existing configs from a router being replaced. Also, I was happy to see that the new Extreme still talks over wired ethernet to an old Airport Express we have on the top floor. We'd been using the old Express to extend our network. But, with the improvements in the new Extreme, I'm not sure that's necessary anymore.

  • 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.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't deal with walls

    • Written by from Redondo Beach

    I was astounded, and not in a good way, by the performance of the Airport Extreme. With all the technology - dual-band, six antennas, beamforming (*especially* beamforming) etc., I was confident it would connect to iOS devices in my WiFi dead zones, but it did not. For three different install locations, the Extreme was outperformed by an ancient Westell DSL modem. In some dead zones, the Westell speed did degrade, but the Extreme failed to connect at all. For other zones in which the Westell worked just fine, the Extreme wouldn't connect. The Extreme didn't appear to be defective: short-range, it was fine, but through multiple walls, unsatisfactory. I returned it. I obtained adequate performance by moving the Westell to an inconvenient location.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy set up & works great

    • Written by from Hiawatha

    I needed to replace a CISCO router that was several years old. I read many of the reviews on the AirPort Extreme prior to making my purchase. I must say that my experience so far with this base station as been very satisfactory. I am experiencing much improved speed. The set up could not have been simpler. I simply downloaded the AirPort Utility app to my IPAD (would also down load to my IPHONE 5S), plugged in my AirPort Extreme and that is about all I had to do, except name my network, put in a password and tap next. I continue to be impressed with Apple products.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gives Early '09 iMac New Life

    • Written by from Highland Park

    My home router connects through my ISP modem and ran into an initial installation glitch, probably my fault, called the free (for 90 days) support line and was talked through the setup process (including using my old Airport as a 'router extender') by an extremely competent and patient support guru. The new Airport Extreme worked like a charm within 90 minutes of being out of the box. My Early '09 iMac operates noticeably faster and crisper, so much so I think I will defer plans to replace it with a newer model. One minor complaint is the extremely tiny size of the instruction booklet font, virtually unreadable in the absence of microscopic eyes, had to use a magnifying glass, and the same is true of deciphering the serial number etched into the bottom of the device. In terms of living up to its advertised promises, however, I couldn't be happier with current Airport Extreme.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Problematic

    • Written by from Toronto

    Works well most of the time but will drop the wireless signal and needs a reboot. This has become extremely annoying. I have been forced to take it out of my system. I have tried all suggestions and the problem still persists. I will be taking it to the Apple store for help.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Express is an excellent router.

    • Written by from Roswell

    I have a cable modem and it took me longer to unpack the Airport Express than it did to install it. The trick is to follow all the prompts exactly. I was up and running in under 10 minutes and that amount of time would have been sooner except I was running wires behind the desk.
    In one review it says that it absolutely will not work with an ATT Micro-Cell. I find that curious because it works just fine with mine. Any trouble I've had with the Micro-Cell has been traced to the device itself, not the Airport Express.
    I've ordered another Airport Express to use as an extender. It isn't that I want to be able to pick up my network 10 blocks away, it is because I live in a stucco house and the wire mesh can act as a Faraday cage. We are changing to monitored systems such as the Nest Thermostat and the Nest Protect, so I want to make sure there aren't any "dead zones" inside the house.
    Yes, it's expensive, but you get what you pay for.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best router

    • Written by from Sofia

    I've had many routers for last 5 years, but When I change all with Apple Airport how everything works fine. I have one Airport Extreme in The living room and one Airport Express in the bedroom. The internet connection is super and the speed of Home Network is the best. I have many devices at home - Mac Mini, MacBook pro, MacBook Air of my wife, 2 iPhones, 1 iPad, one WD My Cloud wifi hard drive and 2 Smart TV which I use to play movies and music from Internet and from My WD My Cloud wifi hard drive. This is the best configuration ever, and I've never thought to change AirPort with something else.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow

    • Written by from bradley beach

    I run 2 apple Tvs an iMac, iPad and Iphone can't beleve what a difference in speed. So glad I purchased this product. Super easy to set up.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a good router

    • Written by from The Woodlands

    I don't know what the problem is with this router, but thankfully I waited before selling my previous generation Airport Extreme. This router is slooowwww. It can take up to 30 seconds to move from screen to screen, regardless of time of day or night - I'm in a small house and old router worked just fine. Buyer beware.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extreme Performance & Minimum Fuss

    • Written by from Pasadena

    Ever since I installed this router it has performed flawlessly. This A1408 model AirPort Extreme covers our entire home with a signal pattern that has no obvious dark areas. It has never required a reboot and is compatible with all of our devices.

    This was my first experience with the Apple Airport Utility. It seemed weird not to use a web page for configuration. At first I missed the “control” of the traditional router interface until I realized that the configuration utility had our home network up and functioning faster than any web page ever had. I set up a guest network with a separate password without using the manual.

    The 5th generation Airport Extreme is a great WiFi router.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    • Written by from Highlands Ranch

    Best Router Ever. Would 100% recommend this product to anyone

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lousy, will try to return

    • Written by from Golden Valley

    Purchased this router less than 2 weeks ago. DSL modem has been placed in bridging and this is handling all of the routing. Wireless signal is good. Worked OK for a couple of days. Then increasingly this thing seems to be rebooting and locking up irregardless of what I do. Unuseable. I reinstalled my old cheapy Netgear N dual signal and configured it the same way. In 24 hours I have not had a single issue. I worked at isolating the issue by power cycles of various devices. I have iPhones, macbook pro, iPad, printer, apple TV, ROKU. They all drop out. I also completed a reset to factory defaults and the thing is rebooting regularly. This is strictly an airport issue and the product is no good.

    As I attempted to isolate the issue I was very disappointed in the Airport utility as the only means of pursuing trouble. The utility is extremely limited and is of almost no troubleshooting help. You can configure and check signal strength on devices. Beyond that the utility completely void. I do not recommend this product.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad power supply on 3 different routers

    • Written by from Murphy

    The router is great except for one major issue. It can power off completely once every few days. I have bought/returned 2 of these already and now the 3rd one did the same and I will be returning for another brand. My power outlet does not seem to be the problem, tried multiple power strips and plugged directly into the wall...same result as the router keeps turning itself off. Plus, I have other devices using the same power strip/outlet and those work fine. It is a pain to continuously unplug and restart the router every time this happens. Apple does not know what the issue is, but obviously this is a major problem, so beware.

    21 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow

    • Written by from antioch

    My macbook pro and atv always asking for connection with airport extreme compare to netgear. apple product now saaacks..

    15 of 53 people found this useful