• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing router

    • Written by from Phelan

    I just bought this AirPort Extreme today took me less than 10 minutes to set up, it replaced an AirPort Extreme 4th gen. and a airport express also old my house is 3000 sq ft and before I was having issues on the far side of the house now it's a solid reception everywhere, did I mention my macs are old one is a 10 year old iMac the other is a 24 inch mac and one note book they all hooked without any problems, at first I was getting a message that my airport software was old but I ignore the note and my old mac began to configure the new router without any problems. This machines are amazing.

    5 of 5 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.

    8 of 11 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.

    9 of 13 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

    The best router ..

    • Written by from Toronto

    After struggling with umpteen Bell and Rogers modems/routers which provided limited coverage we tried DLink. The Dlink router was intermittent so we returned that product. One of my colleagues suggested the AirPort Extreme. So easy to set up and now we finally have coverage everywhere.
    Apple … your products deserve all the accolades.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny

    • Written by from Jacksonville

    I've tried several brands of routers and had difficulty with streaming HDTV content and signal strength in remote parts of the house. All those problems are gone now. I added a gigabit switch to plug in several devices including Sonos, VOIP, etc. It all works great.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from SAN DIEGO

    I was struggling with poor wiifi in my home.
    I purchased this product.
    Easy to use.
    Wifi now works well.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great replacement for my old Time capsule but slow HD throughput.

    • Written by from FLUSHING

    I Bought the new Airport Extreme to replace my old Time Capsule/router. The coverage area in the house is much greater and the speed enhanced, so I'm happy for that. However, Apple hasn't improved the Time Machine backup throughput for the attached USB2 Hard drive. I did one total backup of my system with an HD attached to the USB2 port of the iMac 24 and then a system backup to the HD attached to the Airport Extreme. The backup through the Airport Extreme took twice as long. I consider that a failure on Apple's part, that's why I only gave it a four star.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy if you are a gamer

    • Written by from San Jose

    After using this wireless router for over a month I finally gave up on 11/16/2013. The range on this router is terrible and my multiple devices on my network including iOS laptop, ipad, iphone, Roku, and other devices all periodically lose their connectivity no matter how close in proximity I am to the router. Also, if you are a big gamer you will notice quite a bit of lag/latency in the connection while playing first person shooters. Sadly, my xfinity/comcast wireless router performs better (greater range and consistent connectivity) than this $200 product from Apple. I would recommend buying a router from Cisco, Linksys or another manufacturer that specializes in making routers/switches. Sorry Apple, but you failed with this product. Hope this helps other people avoid buying this device.

    69 of 95 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome router

    • Written by from westfield

    Replaced my piece of &*#% Linksys router with this one. what a difference. I haven't had a device drop a connection since. I'm getting better download and upload speeds. the range has also increased significantly. the only thing I didn't like about it was the fact that it wouldn't recognize my NTFS NAS. I probably should have done a little more research, but that's life. I'd recommend this router to anyone. I also couldn't get a regular printer that didn't have AirPrint on it to work through the router.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not For Power Users

    • Written by from Crystal river

    This is a great router if all you need is access to Facebook. HOWEVER, if you're a power user of any sort this router simply won't cut it. Unbelievably it lacks support for SNMP and the latest AirPort Utility is stripped of all the useful features. You won't be customizing or doing anything interesting with this router. I returned within the 14 day no-questions-asked period.

    For this product line (without SNMP) Apple has officially given up on small business and power users.

    61 of 81 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Be Advised!

    • Written by from Dallas

    Be advised! This 3X increase in speed only applies to the 802.11 ac network. Unfortunately, the 802.11 ac network is only available on MacBooks, Imac, and MacBook Air. I almost made a buying mistake thinking that I would get additional speed with my Ipad and this router. Wrong!

    49 of 117 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly

    • Written by from Toronto

    This router works flawlessly with our 150Mbps connection. Breeze to set up. The only thing missing is the audio out from the Express. Not a deal breaker. We have both and love them.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Product description incomplete re USB port

    • Written by from Key West

    The web router works very well.

    However, the USB port does not. (1) it requires an external hard drive with its own power source - NOT SPECIFIED. (2) it requires an external hard drive formatted in a particular way - NOT SPECIFIED.

    The WEB SITE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION SHOULD BE CHANGED !!!

    Apple is working with me to overcome these problems.

    They sent me a 4-hub device that doesn't do what they said it would.

    Now they are sending me an external hard drive so I can re-format my data without having to wipe out all files on my current external hard drive.

    Lots of trouble & time for me, plus expense to Apple.

    6 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good at what it does...

    • Written by from Buffalo

    But what it does is not worth doing...

    Two stars for ac wifi and gigabit ethernet but,

    No USB 3.0
    No Thunderbolt

    C'mon Man!

    10 of 21 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 :(

    9 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SNMP function No longer there

    • Written by from Bruxelles

    Apple stop support for SNMP function. If you want to monitor new AirPort Extreme Base Station by SNMP, you are out of luck.

    and Apple, Please mention this fact on your product Information.

    59 of 76 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best of the best

    • Written by from danbury

    Apple released this very well in time when my Linksys E4200 died on me, i thought that was the best router, this is my first apple router and its easy to setup, wide range, better speed and airport utility app compliment everything, if you are serious about your home of work network then don give any second thought, quality never comes cheap.

    4 of 4 people found this useful