• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Reliable could do with more features @ this Price

    • Written by from Ilford

    Works, is reliable and connects over WiFi to two Airport Express to give extended WiFi coverage. Replaced an RT-N66U which had not only more features but also more issues. What I like about the Airport Extreme is the ease of setup, the very easy bridging via WiFi. The Windows version of the software is a waste of time. In all I use its as a glorified AP, why only AP? Well it lacks dual WAN, unable to put a 3G dongle on it and I'm not going to hook up my USB disk to such a slow USB 2.0 (I believe were in 2014 AD, not BC). At this price it should have QoS at the very least and USB 3.0 not to forget more ports (both USB 3.0 and LAN). Incidentally it handles old g very well so if you have some legacy kit then you can consider it.
    Overall satisfied but not overwhelmed who I imagined more leading edge,

    2 of 5 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

  • 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    surprisingly no USB 3.0

    • Written by from Long Island City

    I am disappointed by the USB port being 2.0 and not 3.0 - at this price point! I connect an extra HDD as a network-shared drive and USB 3.0 would be of great advantage. Otherwise I'd be very happy. I also have a TC for backups as part of the wi-fi network.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Rock solid reliability but signal strength in my house is horrible.

    • Written by from Hacienda Heights

    I can't believe I need 2 Airport Extremes (connected via ethernet) to get full coverage in my 1300sq ft house. They are not near any other electronics.

    I had the previous gen and thought the new one would have greater range (We'll see when the next iphone gets AC I hope), tried using the old one as a wireless repeater (didn't work too well, would always lose connection at one side of the house) then finally figured you can hook up ethernet cable to 2 airport extremes so they both transmit.

    I read that a work around for poor wifi coverage on the iphone 5 was switching from WPA2 to WEP. While it did improve signal reliability. What a BS work around. Maybe my 1960 house has lead walls, but if the signal has to pass through a closet or 2 walls. Your signal will drop and your phone will say ''You are not connected to the internet''. I had to use LTE in my master bedroom and bathroom (the newest APExtreme was 25' away behind 2 walls. before I hooked up the older extreme via ethernet as a second router.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple AirPort Extreme

    • Written by from Amherst

    I love the design and look of this product. The only problem that i have is that most of my things that i am using even though they are made from apple aren't always connecting to it because it can't find the ip address, thats the only problem everything else is great

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    My airport extreme has short distance

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    What is the problem with my airport extreme? I live a small apartment and my airport extreme is in the living room and I lose signal in the kitchen. (15-20 foot) (all my device) I had a linksys before. The net was slow but I had signal everywhere. I have very fest net In the bedroom and living room. What is the problem?

    2 of 3 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.

    7 of 10 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

  • 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 :(

    8 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Range is only alright, box is terribly designed

    • Written by from Holland Patent

    Careful when you open this thing, I nearly dropped it. It really is an awful packaging design. The range really isn't that great. I upgraded from my dual band netgear 802.11n router and the range seems a little bit worse to be honest. I don't have 802.11ac devices yet though, waiting for the refreshed retina macbooks. I am still disappointed with the range, especially since the new iphones dont even have 802.11ac. can't use my phone in my bedroom and i definitely could with my old router. i regret this purchase.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Range not improved from last gen

    • Written by from Lubbock

    I bought this one to replace a last generation model because there were 2 spots in my house (I don't have a big house - average size at best) where coverage was sporadic and unreliable. I thought that the claimed "better range" of this one would help since I just needed maybe 10 more feet to work perfectly. Well, after installing it in the same exact spot, coverage is exactly the same, or at best maybe 5% better, but not enough for me. So, I ended up using the old Extreme as an extender, which works great, but I was planning on selling it... Oh well... Also, I followed the menus to migrate the settings from the old one to the new, and the setup quit at the end with an unknown error, and I had to reset the new Extreme and do it the regular way. Another problem, the new one does not allow you to use the 5ghz channels for the wifi "n" only, which I used on the old one and it helped me segregate wifi between the old ipads and the new ipads/iphones. Not an option anymore.

    Pros: Looks great, easy to set up
    Cons: Settings migration did not not work, range is not better, missing wifi channels options

    6 of 7 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great wireless range, but falls short in other ways - rats!

    • Written by from Toronto

    I really wanted to love this router. Its wireless range is the best I've experienced, but its features fall short in a couple of other respects (confirmed with Apple Support):

    - no support for dynamic DNS
    - no support for external drives formatted as NTFS - so an external drive that a Mac can read/write when connected directly via USB won't be recognized at all when connected to the Airport Extreme's USB port. Even a cheapie Western Digital N750 router will recognize external drives whether formatted for Mac OS or Windows. And the N750 has 2 USB ports vs just the one on the Airport Extreme.

    45 of 59 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but Missing Key Options

    • Written by from Naples

    Just set up this router for a friend. Very nice product, great distance and strength, excellent profile but missing the following:
    - USB port should be 3.0. not old 2.0;
    - need optional log info to monitor access (my Netgear sends me an e-mail with log entries when scan attacks are made against my router);
    - there is no setup option to restrict devices by MAC addresses.

    I may consider this Extreme as a future purchase if the above upgrades are part of a new version.

    102 of 128 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Missing features previous models had..

    • Written by from Saline

    I replaced a second generation Airport Extreme (which worked very well, was just time for an upgrade) with this as this model. I have been running this unit since the first day it was in stores and have NOT had any reliability issues so far such as: dropped connections, freezing up, having to renew ISP IP address. -Time will tell how it fairs. A huge plus is the power supply is internal; no wall warts! Though the previous generation was external, it still wasn't a wall transformer design.

    As a personal preference, I do prefer the look of the previous generation Airports. -This is opinion and not counted towards my review rating what so ever.

    However, it is missing features and tools that previous generation Airports had:

    There is no way to see wired clients that are connected; only the wireless connections. Could do so with a previous version of Airport utility on the second generation Airport.

    Cannot limit access by Mac address on wired connections.

    Cannot limit timed access on wired connections.

    Cannot use 802.1x for guest authentication.

    Cannot adjust wireless transmit power.

    Previous models with guest networking could select whether or not guest clients could see each other’s computers on the guest network.

    No logs or stats kept.

    No Kensington lock port.

    ...These are just some of the features this new model is lacking that the previous generation had. There’s more, but due to review length limits, I haven't listed them.

    I understand that this model has the new 802.11AC standard; but with the increased price I would still expect all the previous generation's features to be available.

    This seems to be unfortunate evidence that with Steve’s passing; products are being built to a price. –Why are so many features gone? Did not enough people use them often enough?

    167 of 207 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with older Airport Express

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    After 45 mins on phone w/ customer support I learned the new airport setup utility will not talk to older (2008) AEx, so it's impossible to stream music to the AEx with a brand new Airport Extreme. My 2 year old Netgear dual-band router did it flawlessly.

    It seems Apple simply decided drop support for the old AEx's, forcing users to buy new products.

    As a router the new Extreme was a snap to set up and seems to operate well. Just beware if you plan on streaming music to an older Airport Express.

    181 of 221 people found this useful