• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Let's make a secure home network FUN!

    • Written by from Barrington

    I've wrestled with a Linksys wireless router over the years and left security settings off to avoid access problems for my big family. I shelled out the money for the AirPort Extreme thinking it is more expensive than some of the competition but not by much and if it's an Apple product that's intuitive to use, the money will be well-spent. I was right.

    I plugged in the router and followed the very simple directions. By the time it powered up, I had a setup window waiting for me on my MacBook Pro ready to name the network and set a password. It's fast as far as I can tell, it's much more powerful than my last router - no dead spots in my old house / approximately 1,600 square feet, 2 floors, a detached cottage in the back yard - they are all connected with a good signal strength!

    I also downloaded the iPhone app which allows you to manage your device and monitor users connected. I don't really need to use it but I think it's pretty darn cool!

    I have a few computers running with it, phones and mobile tablets, a usb connected printer (to the AirPort Extreme) and it's all working great! I would highly recommend this product for anyone like me that isn't an IT genius but wants top notch performance and security.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!

    • Written by from Carmel

    Pretty much works straight out of the box. Great range and solid, stable performance.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HORRIBLE

    • Written by from Portland

    HORRIBLE FOR THE PRICE! Expensive router that is NOT worth the MONEY! Router is NOT reliable at all. Like many other routers your internet will decrease dramatically in speed for no reason other than it needs to be reset. Not huge but when you're paying $200 for a router, it would be nice to not have to reset it every other day. Thanks for nothing.

    10 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy Speed Doubler

    • Written by from St. Albert

    Easiest WiFi setup ever.
    Doubled download speeds from 17MB/s to 35MB/s at 30ft from the router.
    Easiest Firmware updates ever.
    AirPort Utility simple and easy to use with a consistent experience across all Apple networking devices.

    Only complaints are:
    DHCP reservation requires manual lookup of MAC address or DHCP client ID
    Status only displays MAC address and not device names

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Spend $199 for a $39 router

    • Written by from fremont

    What you won't be able to do with this router:
    1. Use a AT&T microcell. It just won't work.
    2. Use dyndns to match your domain name to your IP
    3. MAP ports to local IP addresses
    4. use guest WiFi in bridge mode because you bought another router and just using this airport-extreme-piece-of-sh for wifi only.

    11 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, get this one

    • Written by from Lake Oswego

    OK I have had an Airport Extreme before and it wasn't very good. I tried this one after reading some of these reviews. My problem was that that I had very poor to none Wi-Fi in the family room(modem in the other end on the house). It's not a big house but there are lots of corners and rooms. Well let me say that this little devil works perfectly in the family room, I now have 2 bars of Wi-Fi. I then plugged in my 3 year old Airport Express in there and bingo I have Full bars in the family room. Now talk about easy, I plugged in the Airport Extreme to the modem and within 2 minutes Airport Utility recognized it and asked if I wanted it to replace my Network and keep the same password. Just re-entered the password. Then I plugged in the Airport Express and by the time I got back to the computer it too was up and running.
    If you are dissatisfied with your current wireless router, get this one

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    unable to set up properly

    • Written by from Le Grand

    i'm having no luck with the Air Port Utility in the set up process. making changes to settings is not easy. My old Belkin was easier for me to understand. so until i can figure out how to extend my network on my airport extreme with my airport express both purchases are worthless.

    9 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    very fast good range

    • Written by from Paradise Valley

    I have a house with very think walls. I installed two of these to cover the whole house (replacing an older airport extreme and an express). The speed bump is truly remarkable and the range is great. Nice product!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DOES NOT PRINT FROM IPAD

    • Written by from Castro Valley

    Don't waste your money. Does not print from iPad. But will print from PC with Bonjour program installed. So it is just another router. Also can't access portable hard drives. Apple advertising is very deceptive to say how this is such a great thing but not specify clearly that the features don't work on the iPad. I wasted $200. Save yours.

    16 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Improvement over Previous Generation

    • Written by from Birmingham

    I have a cable modem in one room and do most of my work in another. I extended my network with previous generation airport extremes and really took a hit on internet speed over wifi. I replaced both airport extreme's with the current version (in the store) and the internet speed improvement was huge. So if you're on the fringe, just upgrade, it's worth it. These are VERY nice routers and worth the upgrade.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    GREAT PRODUCT

    • Written by from Parksville

    Had different routers nothing but trouble, not once with this machine.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    speed OK but cannot connect external hard drive for wireless backup

    • Written by from Houston

    I purchased the AE to enhance coverage throughout the house and to backup my MacAir wirelessly. I have a modern Seagate external hard drive (HD) with USB 2.0 that I've been using directly on the Mac via Time Capsule. I even reformatted it again when it wasn't recognized by Time Capsule via the AE. I used the "Mac Os Extended (Journaled)" option and confirmed all data being backed up was consistent with this choice via Disk Utility. No luck regardless of resets of everything. Disappointing since the tiny manual for the AE indicates an external HD can be connected for this very purpose.

    Read up before you buy folks...too many with the same issue. I'd have purchased the Airport Time Capsule if the reviews were better...

    18 of 38 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed in range

    • Written by from Orlando

    I replaced an Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n router with the current 802.11ac router and have discovered the range of the ac router to be less than the n router. And I'm not talking long distances here or through dense barriers--maybe 25 feet and through drywall. The speed is somewhat better when at close range (like a foot or two) but that is hardly worth it after giving up range since I normally used a wired connection at close range.

    5 of 10 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.

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy .

    • Written by from Miami Lakes

    After reading all reviews on the negative side I was a bit hesitant. My old extreme died on me and a new router was needed.
    Since my household is mainly Macs, 3 of them and various iPads and iPhones and my android phone I decided to give it a try.
    Setup on my iMac was done in minute and everything connected without a hitch. Even my Naim Unity in the other end of my house enjoys a strong signal. It also runs cool where my old extreme was kind of hot. It also looks good compared to competitors.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works is great. But when it doesn't is a pain

    • Written by from Aalborg

    Now, I am a big fan of apple.... and it brakes my heart to say bad things about the brand I love. The extreme works great, it connects to my iMac with 1300Mb/s, and sees all of my devices everywhere in the house, except my little apple TV. Well, almost, it sees the TV, but it does not like the colour or something, because every time I try to connect the Apple Tv (3 gen) to it, I fail. First it says that the network is recognised but Date and Time cannot be acquired from the router, and it fails to connect to iTunes. I tried all the possible solutions to the problem, non of them work. I had to buy a second router, connect it to the extreme, and wirelessly connect the apple tv to it. The inexpensive branded router did the job flawlessly. So, Apple, please, if you are aware of the problem, give us a fix.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    • Written by from Columbus

    Maybe it's because of the home network we had before this...
    I thought we had a good setup. I had an expensive router on one band, I had an expensive router on the other band. Most of the house had a signal, and most of it was decent. Of course, there were a couple rooms that didn't get a good signal, so we used a powerline adapter for that room. Over time we added more and more switches all over the place to extend wired reliability to our wireless network. But things were good. Well, actually, they were as good as I thought they could be. We'd get dropped connections from time to time. Occasional slow downs even though the modem was still claiming the internet hadn't slowed. The wifi printer would have bouts of instability.

    So, eventually, we got this. This wonderful, amazing, intelligent (and might I add, good looking) piece of equipment. I did the manual labor, and the Extreme did everything else. It reaches further, faster, stronger. No more dual routers, no more powerline adapter, no more switches all over the place, no more "printer offline" messages, no more deception about what a 'good' network is.

    Thank you, Apple Airport Extreme!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Will Not Accept Old Configuration

    • Written by from Snoqualmie

    I run a small hosting business from my home and have been using a very old but still functional Airport Extreme for many years. Recently, "old faithful" would no longer power on. I thought the fix would be simple-- purchase a new Airport Extreme, make all the physical connections, restore my saved configuration and restart all of my devices. Not so fast...

    Unfortunately, the new Airport Extreme finds my saved configuration invalid and will not allow it to be saved on the new router. It makes some very invalid assumptions about IP ranges that are being set and constantly complained about the router address being incompatible with the WAN address. After spending many hours trying to tweak my configuration to get this to work, I called Apple support. Although very friendly and helpful, we reached the conclusion that for my current configuration, the new Airport Extreme could not be used. The new version of the Airport Setup Utility is crippled. Old versions of the setup utility warn that your settings will likely not work since the hardware and software are not compatible. You can no longer manually configure this router using the latest setup utility. It should still have a "trust me, I know what I'm doing" configuration mode.

    I have since purchased a competing router and manually loaded THE configuration that the Airport Extreme said is invalid. Installed, configured and tested within 60 minutes. It works like a champ.

    I can't recommend the new Airport Extreme to anyone.

    33 of 49 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.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Replaced my 1st Generation Time Capsule

    • Written by from Warminster

    My 1st generation Time Capsule was nearly 6/7 years old and was starting to show its age as far as sharing out my broadband so I decided to replace it with this and retire my Time Capsule to just back up duties.

    So far the speed increase is unbelievable, if this one lasts as long as the one it replaced I will be very happy.

    5 of 6 people found this useful