• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent router!! A definite BUY!!

    • Written by from Sherman Oaks

    I have a single story 2500 sq foot house with a separate detached living area (built off the garage), so there's a wide area of coverage needed with older thick walls. We area an apple family - with a dozen clients (iMacs, Mac Books, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, PS3, etc.) needing wifi coverage. (I was also using a new Airport Express to extend my network into the detached loft).

    I had upgraded to Time Warner's Ultimate Internet service (50 Mbps), but I was only getting the high speed on an iMac that was physically connected to my old Airport router via ethernet. I was having to reboot my router more than once a day to get the speeds to pick up from horrible to simply passable - Netflix movies would stop streaming - kids were screaming - it wasn't pretty.

    I researched all the new high end AC1900 routers (Netgear Nighthawk R7000, Asus RT-AC68U), and I have to admit I was tempted to finally drop my long term reliance on Apple Airport products. Then I remembered that the Apple Airport had always been so easy to use and I don't need to break into my router to configure it in any non-standard way, so after reading some decent reviews - I went back to my Apple roots and bought the new Airport Extreme (w/AC).

    I don't have any AC clients yet, but I can say this: I was able to swap out the router and have a new network up and running in less than 60 seconds flat. I used the old network name and every device automatically reconnected to the network without having to do anything.

    I am now getting 50 Mbps on my Mac Book Pro (n) - when previously I had only been getting 5 Mbps! The increased range is incredible too - reaching full strength everywhere now where it hadn't before.

    Conclusion - if you're a multiple Apple user like me and have an existing airport that's causing your internet to become sluggish - and your family's patience at it's limits - stop reading about all those other routers and buy this one.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 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!!

    38 of 60 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Dumbed down features but worth it for 802.11ac

    • Written by from Reston

    For $20 more than the last generation, you get 802.11ac (Awesome!) but lose SNMP and advanced control over things like radio mode, power and channel width. No longer supported with AirPort Utility 5.6. Still worth it for the speed though.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!

    • Written by from Norwalk

    I must admit… This is the first time I ever wrote a review on any item of which I purchased. The Airport Extreme certainly deserves a review! This router has literally transformed my house into a fully internet accessible home connecting every single wireless device; and there are a bunch! I pad’s, I phone’s laptops, DVD players and a bunch more. It even reaches places that I never thought would reach! For instance my porch area on the other side of the house. The range of this beats in incredible! I walked well over one hundred feet into my neighbor’s yard and I still had 3-4 reception bars. Amazing! I highly recommend this item to anyone who wants the very best internet access. It’s a little pricy but well worth it. The set-up is a piece of cake. Literally took me a few minutes!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My Prayers Have Been Answered!

    • Written by from oakland

    I live in a townhouse and my computer and router are in my office located on the top floor. My audio-visual equipment is on the bottom floor. There's always been an issue with wireless signal strength but that issue has been resolved with the latest Airport Extreme.
    I actually watched a movie without getting a buffering notification.

    Sold!

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best wireless router to date!

    • Written by from Fort Dix

    I have nothing, but positive things to say about the AirPort Extreme. Quick story why I took a chance and purchased this product. I am a FIOS customer and running their Quantum 50/25 Mbps. For those who are familiar with their initial issue wireless router know that it is pretty pathetic running on G band. I live in 1800 sqft condo and the router is located in the living room. I was lucky to get a signal up the stairs if at all. So, I decided to buy their N band wireless router which improved the range, but not by much. I was getting roughly 20/10 Mbps throughout the house. After going through and reading a lot of the positive reviews on here I decided to shell out the $184 and purchase it. Best decision ever! I bridged the AirPort Extreme through the FIOS router and now getting 58/38 Mbps throughout the house. Its pretty insane of the difference it makes.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme December 2013 Review

    • Written by from Earlville

    After a great amount of internet review searches on the new AirPort Extreme; I decided to buy one and find out if it lived up to expectations. I already have an AirPort Express for all of my international travels and am pleased with its performance.

    I live in a 3,000 square foot home built in the late 1800s on a small horse ranch and required a signal from the AirPort Extreme out to the stables for IP camera use. I also wanted to use my small Airport Express as a range extender to cover any blind spots in the stables.

    The AirPort Extreme has covered my entire home and up to 100 Yards (300-feet) with stellar performance and full signal. It did however begin to have the signal fall off in various areas of the stables. This is where I found my small Airport Express as a great range extender and covered all those areas with a weaker signal.

    In closing - the AirPort Extreme is a robust wifi router with one of the strongest signal strengths I have ever used. When utilized with the Airport Utility software found as an iTunes app or the Windows version available on line; the setup and monitoring thereafter are outstanding and delivers as promised. I gave the AirPort Extreme 4-stars as opposed to the full 5-stars; due to the few added complexities associated with utilizing any other manufactures hardware with an Apple product. Similar to other router manufactures.

    By the way; all the IP cameras in the stables maintain a consistent communication with the Airport Extremes signal and work with stellar performance!
    Note:- some other reviews claimed that use of the Airport Express as a range extender for the AirPort Extreme would cause a 50% speed decrees. While I did see a slight decrease, due to added link in wifi chain; a 50% loss is not even close to accurate and like all other information on the internet - read a lot and take an average of opinions for your decision.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding upgrade but packaging a huge failure.

    • Written by from Pollocksville

    Hello, I'm not the first to make such comments regarding the box in which the router is packaged in. I opened the cellophane and the bottom dropped out from the box and onto the floor, rendering my hard drive inoperative. I take responsibility but on the other hand realize the imperfect design that enables such an easy mistake to happen. The box sets you up for failure in its attempt for form over function. Now I have a router that I paid 300 for that was supposed to have a 2TB hard drive that doesn't work. However, the wireless still works and is noticeably faster on my N devices. I look forward to seeing the performance improvement when I get my new Mac Air with AC. Now, I wonder if Apple will exchange for a working one as a good will gesture? I'm not the last person this will happen to I can guarantee that.
    Thank you, Adam

    27 of 43 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not impressed

    • Written by from Pinckneyville

    Better that previous in some ways but slow USB no firewire. Missing features of previous version. Fix the oversights and it would be good. You would expect more form the larger size.

    29 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Greatly improved range and reliability

    • Written by from MOUNT KISCO

    I live in a large house and was previously using a linksys ea6500 router and netgear range extender to get whole house coverage. This set-up proved extremely unreliable as different devices would regularly lose contact, things would need to be rebooted, repowered and reconnected, generally a nightmare. Enter the new AirPort Extreme, on it's own it covers the entire house and a decent radius outside so we can work wirelessly on our deck and in our backyard. The speed even at the farthest point in our house from the router is excellent. The set-up took two minutes. I had purchased an AirPort Express along with the AirPort Extreme thinking I would need to extend the coverage but the extreme is so powerful I have returned the express. Excellent all around.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too many bugs

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    Looks like Apple start having the problem with quality control. All latest products are super buggy. This router is not an exclusion. The most annoying part is you need to restart it every day if you want to have the maximum speed (Driver restart). This problem is present in many cheap routers.

    How to do the diagnostic fast:

    1. You need to have an Iphone.
    2. Download cloudcheck and speedtest from app store.
    3. Check the wifi speed with cloudcheck. Iphone 4 should show 30-40 mbps (2.4G) and Iphone 5 should show around 40 Mbps (2.4G) and 90 Mbps (5G).
    4. Check the broadband speed with speedcheck. The speed should be around the speed you pay for or maximum speed of your wifi.

    In my case the wifi speed is usually good, but the broadband speed shows 4 Mbps instead of 50 Mbps . This is the time when I need to restart the router. After the restart the speed is back to 50 Mbps.

    Apple please, please, please, please, please fix it.

    15 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT IMPRESSED

    • Written by from STONE MOUNTAIN

    My new Airport Extreme does not have as good of a range as my old Airport Extreme did. In my kitchen i used to have 4 bars now I get 1 or 2 bars. It works great wired but so did the old one. I'm trying out a higher, less hidden location, but it doesn't help. I upgraded (ha) thinking with my lust for new and shiny things. feeling burned

    15 of 21 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.

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 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.

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible, does more than advertised actually

    • Written by from lexington

    I have an airport extreme only 5 months only (5th generation), but when I picked up this new Airport Extreme with the redesigned antenna geometry, and the Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi; I KNEW I'd get better bi-di communication on my brand new 2013 macbook air, which I do, but what turned out a real shocker is Im getting around 30% faster www cruising on my Ipad 4th gen and my Ipad mini! Why didn't apple Inc. advertise "Hey, not ONLY will you get blazing better speeds with the new Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi,...but ALSO you'll notice faster speeds on your Ipads and other devices"

    My wifi on my 2012 Macbook Pro is about 20% or more faster on downloads and MUCH faster refresh on known sites.

    I was planning on getting faster speeds on ONLY my new Macbook Air, and FURTHER stronger signal strength. But additionally a HUGE PLUS is my now-faster Ipad communications and home networking speeds.

    Was it worth the $200 considering I had a basically a new (older model) airport extreme? Absolutely YES. WORTH IT!

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme Base Station: another out-the-park home run

    • Written by from Kenner

    It was time to get serious and call Mother Apple for the latest and greatest AirPort Extreme Base Station when my D-link WBR-2310 RangeBooster G Wireless Router went off the reservation. The emblematically elegant Airport Extreme micro-tower was delivered in two days and ten minutes later she was vigorously pumping a flood of energy to all points in my single story sprawling 4,400 square foot home. The Base Station immediately prompted for a seamless firmware update on initial connection and subsequent configuration with Apple's complementary Airport Utility iPhone app was incredibly simple and intuitive. Simplicity of installation, price point, form & functionality, performance, support, and Apple's "no questions asked" money back guarantee made this device a game breaker for me. And kudos to my Apple sales person, Adrian, for clearly and accurately presenting the multiple advantages and ease of installation of the Airport Extreme device, as well as to Apple Inc. for adeptly removing the pain from router installation and management.

    8 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!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So Far So Good!!!!

    • Written by from Pasadena

    Just installed my new Airport Extreme and it is much stronger then 5th Gen. I tested both routers at same time in the worst part of my house.

    Results:
    5th Gen: 18MB down/3.98MB up
    6th Gen: 38MB down/4MB up

    Will retest 6th gen again later tonight when people get home and our node is stressed. Stay tuned.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Huge performance increase over 3rd Gen Extreme!

    • Written by from San Antonio

    I was reluctant to purchase the latest version of Airport Extreme. Upon finally getting one, I was very pleasantly surprised! Big range increase and a very noticeable difference in throughput! With no other adjustments but replacing my 3rd Gen MIMO Extreme with the latest, my transmit rate went from 108 to 270. That's more than double! On Time Warner Cable's Extreme 50MBs, I felt a huge power burst in performance. I feel validated in my purchase. If you've been on the fence or struggling with some questionable performance, give this one a try! I think Apple finally got it perfected.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreal Range...if you need it

    • Written by from Champlin

    I live in a 3500 sq. foot town home with metal studs. My internet comes into the walkout basement area. Wireless range has been an issues since we moved in. I had a Netgear N900 WNDR4500 router and it blew out when they had an ISP issue. I compared this to the top of the line ASUS and Netgear AC class routers. the others have a bit more ports and ability to customize, but this thing blows them away for range. With the others I was still having issues getting a signal on the top floor. The ASUS would cut in and out and the 2 Netgear routers would do 1-2 bars and still drop occasionally. This thing gives me full bars upstairs. Heck I can get 3 bars at the end of the block. The hardest part about it was figuring out where to download the PC utility. My company IPad sill not be here for several more weeks. There are no PC instructions in the box, I I knew there was a utility somewhere. I found it easier with a Google search than looking on Apple's site. The connection is quick and flawless, the signal is unwavering and the wireless throughput is stellar on the G/N and one AC device I have tested so far. I highly recommend this unit.

    8 of 8 people found this useful