• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great technology, badly implemented

    • Written by from Glendale

    Had issues with my old Airport network setup (~2010ish), upgraded everything (!) (internet service, attached storage and of course this new Airport Extreme, from my local Apple store) Some smaller issues as discussed in most reviews, incl. the new Airport Utility, but most importantly:

    Initially, not too shabby, even saw some speed improvements using my older MacBook(s) when it works. However, the same old issues returned almost immediately: unstable filesharing resulting in frequent hangs, to the point of not restarting remotely, having to literally pull the plug since there's still no on/off switch. If the old Airport is anything to go by, after a couple of months it will be so worn down that it will get easier...

    This is aggravated by the Finder, which despite a supposed multi-thread rewrite completely hangs as well if even only one drive hangs (like the above, even after disconnecting) . Sometimes to the point where it can't be relaunched and then blocks the Mac from restarting too, requiring a hard shutdown just like the Airport Extreme itself.

    The Guest Network feature is still borderline pointless: it is tied to the same Access Control than the main network, leaving you with 2 choices:
    - Having to add every . single . guest to the list even if they just want to pop on the internet for a few minutes, going through the hassle of having them find their MAC address etc., which defeats the purpose of a G-U-E-S-T network
    - Or turning off Access Control completely, making the main network substantially less secure, defeating the purpose of that feature...

    The technology is nice, but badly implemented; if it won't affect you, great. But if you have a usage case similar to mine, and you will run into these issues several times a day, it becomes tiresome quickly. Hopefully this will help you to avoid it.

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely easy!

    • Written by from Roseville

    I didn't really need a new router but after making the switch from PC to a Mac and having the change go so seamless, I had to get it.

    The router is:

    Easy set-up
    Capable of configuring if you want
    Secure

    Best of all, I don't need to go down stairs to reset the router once a week.

    When you become complacent with your equipment you don't know what you're missing, well this router has it.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, Fast, Easy!

    • Written by from Calgary

    A friend purchased this new Airport Extreme to replace the router side of the ISP provided router/cable modem. I set it up for him. I have setup Linksys, D-Link, Netgear routers numerous times. This is the easiest most intuitive setup I've ever experienced. I was so impressed I went out and got myself one and did the same thing. I'm getting amazing speeds (on a 100Mbps service). All of my devices are faster and the range is increbile. Highly recommended!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Another amazing Apple product!

    • Written by from Wasaga beach

    Apples done it again! They solved every one of my home networking problems that i'v ever had over the years with one simple easy to use product. This is the first Airport Extreme I have owned and just like all Apple products it works fantastic. I had it all setup and working within 5 minutes of getting it out of the box and the rest of my devices connected (Mac Book pro, iMac, 2 Apple TV's, iPhone 5, and 2 windows computers) Thanks to this amazing router I am now able to stream 1080p movies to both Apple TV's simultaneously without losing my internet on my Mac Book where before I would lose my internet streaming one movie to one Apple TV... Keep the products coming Apple!!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup BIG jump for me

    • Written by from middle village

    Haven't upgrade my router for like 6 years (Netgear G), so I pay$45/month for 30/mb down and 2/mb up and I'm only able to get those speed on my MBP connected with ethernet. All my wifi enabled device only getting 10 down and .5 up, after I swap the Airport Extreme my wifi speed tripled to 30 down and 2 up which what I should get.

    APE is expensive than other N router on the market that can give you the same speed but there is no doubt that APE is the easiest router to setup and configure.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Blazing Fast and Amazing Range

    • Written by from Hillsboro

    Replaced a generation 3 Extreme with this. Wow! No buffering issues between Tivo's. Signal reaches a block away from my house. Tivo stream works with this router and doesn't require a wired network. The time machine backup is quick and works like a charm.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme

    • Written by from Mission Viejo

    Very Happy with the new AirPort Extreme! I've had a Belkin Router and after less than a year it has been giving me problems. I recently purchased the AirPort Extreme and I am very amazed at how easy it was to install and how powerful it was! I recommend every one to purchase this item.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AExBS

    • Written by from Pinckney

    Just purchashed the new Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station to replace my 1st gen Airport Express. I'm totally amazed by the increased speed and range of the new AExBS. The form factor is excellent. I setup my old Airport Express in the garage to extend my wireless signal. That was a breeze to setup with the Airport Utility. All in all very pleased with my purchase.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A PIECE OF JUNK

    • Written by from GLOUCESTER

    I will NEVER buy another Apple Router... EVER!! After everything is hooked up and running, and after 24 hours, the router starts dumping computers!! My iPhone cannot connect to the router, Nor can my iPad! When I disconnect and restart everything, it IS the SAME problem!!

    39 of 62 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to set up from old extreme

    • Written by from Sebastian

    Read the setup instructions, but used the info here to set up, i.e. plugged the unit in ,clicked on, when found by utility followed instructions for connecting cable and replacing existing extreme. And Wahlah success. Now getting more than double the speed from cable provider.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    less range and performance than old airport extreme

    • Written by from Bellaire

    I have a large property with two close by buildings -tried to extend the network with old airport extreme and with an airport express. Signal is not stronger and is not faster. Spend too much time rebooting. Going back to the original airport extreme and throwing this new $200 unit into the graveyard with all my windows products. This is the first apple product to go into my window graveyard.

    41 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best money you will ever spend!

    • Written by from Canton

    My townhome is 3 floors so my internet wasn't so hot even though I pay Time Warner Cable big bucks for their fastest internet. Since I have all Apple computers and Apple tv I bought two of these. I put one on the 3rd floor and one on the first floor. My internet is now CRAAAAAAAZZZZZZZYYYYYY FAST. HIGHLY HIGHLY suggest any one with the same situation to get at least one of these. You will thank me.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent - except documentation

    • Written by from Redding

    Bought to replace aging Airport. Wow, what a speed and range difference! Easy setup. Named it same as the old one and everything connected. 5 stars for performance.

    But it gives some options, such as guest network, a 5ghz network name, etc., and doesn't explain or even mention them in documentation. Why not? Help us out, here, Apple.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stable, Speedy, Strong and Super easy to setup.

    • Written by from RALEIGH

    I just replaced my edimax router ac1200 since it died in a week. Airport extreme supports uPnP and the VPN. In addition, you can set it up wireless - edimax one needs wire connection for setup.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router I've owned

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    I have tried every high end router from Linksys, Belkin, and Netgear and could never get Internet speeds above 20-28Mbps and with the AirPort Extreme I'm getting Internet speeds of 55-75Mbps a lot better than every other router out there. It's the same speeds I get as if I'm wired directly to the router. I love this router!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    new airport express

    • Written by from CHERRYVILLE

    Like some others who have written reviews here, I live in an older 2 story home with thick walls. For years I have been frustrated with TWC's inability to solve my reception issues. I have every Apple product ever made (or so my wife says) so why have I never tried Airport Extreme? Well, yesterday I purchased one, set it up (took one call to Apple Support to assist me and one call to TWC to disconnect the old wireless) and now I have incredibly better reception - from no reception upstairs in my bedroom to 4 bars! Amazing. I plan to buy one for my office. If you have had problems like me, this may be your answer.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Speed, Space, Style.

    • Written by from West Des Moines

    This router is a top-notch router that gives plenty of horsepower. It sets-up in seconds and connects with other base stations to make one impressive network. The new addition of Wireless AC bandwidth is going to provide plenty of throughput for some time to come. Very impressed with all aspects of this easy to use Airport Extreme.

    It doesn't go without some wanted additional aspects. I would like to see additional ethernet ports as it only has 3 to hard connect devices. This isn't as big of a deal as it used to be due to the mainstream of wireless devices. You're not able to mount this to a wall, which in some spaces is rather nice.

    All in all I have to give this stellar router a 5 out of 5. The price point seemed reasonable to me given the new AC bandwidth and smaller footprint. Their are other brands out there that have similar specs, but for the value and dependability I'm sticking with a product that has always come through for me.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A real review:

    • Written by from SAINT PAUL

    The concept of this router is great, you do lose some features that the older version, yes it's faster with devices supporting the 801.11a/c... however my biggest complaint while spending a higher cost associated with an Apple product, is that Apple has constantly limited the ports on this item.
    It has PLENTY of space to allow more ports. You only get 3. Any other A/C router will give you more and cost less.

    Apple PLEASE have 5 rj45 connectors for future units!
    The only reason I bought this is because I needed more ports.

    Explanation of my 3 ports:
    1. Airport Express to extend signal range upstairs for my iPhone and iPad.
    2. My NAS that stores my iTunes library.
    3. My Philips Hue automated LED lights in my home.

    That leaves me with a wirelessly connected laptop, and a wirelessly connected printer, and a wirelessly connected Apple TV.

    I have no problems having a wirelessly connected printer or Apple TV, but would prefer to keep the laptop plugged for faster connection.

    This is such a huge drawback with Apples routers.
    Utilize your plugs wisely!

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great range increase

    • Written by from White Lake

    The AE became my base with a 4th gen my extended, and from my deck the average range increased 16% on the 2.4 band and 6-7% on the 5 band. I have a Linksys EA 4500 as the DNS router/server connected to the cable modem because it has UPnP, and the new AE averages 5% better than it on the 2.4 band and incredibly 21% better on the 5 band. I can't wait to get a Mac with ac wifi to test the speeds.

    As far as not having 4 ethernet ports, does that really matter anymore? Sure it would be nice to have had a USB 3.0 but for a printer that's not necessary either. Maybe the complainers should look at the ratings for the latest Linksys EA routers with ac... 3-3.5 out of 5 stars, with almost as many 1s as 5s!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad I bought it

    • Written by from DURANGO

    While I do not use the new networking protocol, so I can't comment on that part, the strength of signal increase in my two story home is stunning. I get solid bars everywhere now, I used to get 1-2 bars in some parts of the yard and in some rooms. Streaming video from iPads and iMacs to the Appletv is solid. And... Totally easy to set up. I recommend it highly.

    I have clients who went with other brands, saved some money, and are spending way more in tech support to fix network issues and drop outs. Plus they suffer and struggle with it constantly. Go with Apple. Pay for quality and excellent design and software. Then just use it. It works. Your peace of mind is worth it.