Learn more about AirPort Extreme
Ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Extreme gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.1 And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.
Designed with performance in mind.
With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Extreme now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them — three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.
Easy setup for iOS and OS X.
Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Extreme and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. If you’re using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.
Share your hard drive or printer.
AirPort Extreme can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.
Compatibility and security.
Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Extreme. That’s because it’s compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac specifications. And since AirPort Extreme features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.
What's in the Box?
- AirPort Extreme
- Printed documentation
- Power lead
Size and Weight
- Height: 168 mm (6.6 inches)
- Width: 98 mm (3.85 inches)
- Depth: 98 mm (3.85 inches)
- Weight: 945 g (2.08 pounds)2
Connections and Expansion
- Gigabit Ethernet WAN port
- Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
- USB 2.0
- Built-in power supply
- IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac1
- Beamforming antenna array
- Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Number of Users
Setup and Administration
- Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3
- iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3
Wireless Device Access
- Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification
Shared Printing with a USB Printer
- Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later
- PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8
Shared USB Hard Drive
- Mac with OS X v10.4.8 or later
- PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8
Ratings & Reviews
Picked up the first one in Manchester Arndale this morning, I'd been waiting for this 802.11ac upgrade for a while.
Excellent ran Picked up the first one in Manchester Arndale this morning, I'd been waiting for this 802.11ac upgrade for a while.
Excellent range, superb speeds, quick and easy set up, looks great.
Supports local loopback feature which I really needed, the old standard package router I used to use has nothing on this new AirPort Extreme.
Looking forward to using 802.11ac devices with it.
Highly recommended, overall a great buy. …
- Written by Norman L from Manchester
177 of 205 people found this useful
double speed over older airport extreme
My laptop (and all my computers) is only 802.11/n but it has much better speed than before. I was only able to get about 81 to 108 My laptop (and all my computers) is only 802.11/n but it has much better speed than before. I was only able to get about 81 to 108 mbits/second from my corner of the house, but now it's 162 to 216. Meanwhile, in the room itself, computers there are getting 450 mbits/sec instead of 300.
So even if you have old hardware there are benefits to speed and distance, as hoped and expected, but you never know. …
- Written by Jonathan P from London
139 of 165 people found this useful
Delighted so far
Ordered immediately after WWDC 2013 to replace an venerable Linksys WRT54G whose fading antenna power was failing.
Delighted Ordered immediately after WWDC 2013 to replace an venerable Linksys WRT54G whose fading antenna power was failing.
Delighted so far, setup was straightforward, done in less than 10 minutes from opening the box. Gigabit ethernet is delivering the full bandwidth from my cable modem for the first time and the wireless coverage is uniformly excellent in my thick walled and three storey Victorian terrace, noticeably quicker for my n capable devices. I don't have any ac devices yet to test those even higher speeds.
Wireless sharing of a Kodak printer also working as hoped.
Happy to recommend - nice job Apple. …
- Written by Dave C from BIRMINGHAM
126 of 145 people found this useful
High price that may not be justified.
You would think that at the premium price for the router, that it would offer all of the Apple wireless services - AirPlay & AirPr You would think that at the premium price for the router, that it would offer all of the Apple wireless services - AirPlay & AirPrint, but it has neither. Your Mac or PC can print to a printer over your wireless network, but your iPad will still require an AirPrint-enabled printer to be used. And the smaller base station offers Airplay, again this is missing from their top-of-the-range router.
It's a good router, and I liked the way that as I was updating an older Airport Extreme on the network, the new 'tower' model was able to import all of the network settings incredibly quickly, and started to work as soon as I had reset my ISP's modem. The range is good, and the design of the router is certainly more convenient for my crowded home office.
However, it is priced at a premium, lacks some of the features that you might expect Apple to include at this level of cost & there are cheaper routers available that offer similar performance. It is down to you to decide whether the extra cost justifies the lack of features in return for the greater convenience. …
- Written by Jonathan R from East Molesey
Great for Time Machine, Not So Great For WIFI
Bought this earlier in the year as I needed a drive to run Time Machine. Although its expensive I thought it worth the money as, Bought this earlier in the year as I needed a drive to run Time Machine. Although its expensive I thought it worth the money as, being Apple, the WIFI is bound to be good. I am on a fibre optic deal and the coverage from the Airport Extreme is poor. We have the iMac upstairs in a study and the Airport Extreme downstairs, and the signal is terrible. Gone back to Netgear now. Works great with Time Machine though, just a very expensive way to back up your Mac!! …
- Written by Simon A from Beverley
Great Upgrade over previous extreme, which was good!
Purchased to prepare for when i get new Mac and as I needed better coverage in very large house.
Worked straight from the box Purchased to prepare for when i get new Mac and as I needed better coverage in very large house.
Worked straight from the box and gave immediate improved speed and coverage even on existing 802.11n which is all my old MacBook has. Streams HD from BBC iPlayer where before often struggled to get standard def.
But!!!! Be careful opening the box! I thought the reviews mentioning this must be being picky but I did take note - please do open it over a table or something soft. It does not come out of the box how you expect, or how Apple hoped it would either! If you are standing up and holding each part of the box in each hand as you open it YOU WILL DROP IT! - unless you have three hands and so can catch it as it falls! …
- Written by Charles W from Castleford
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Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What's the difference between the AirPort Extreme and the AirPort Time Capsule?
- Asked by Price F from Abingdon
The AirPort Extreme is a wireless router. The Time Capsule is a wireless router with a built-in hard The AirPort Extreme is a wireless router. The Time Capsule is a wireless router with a built-in hard disk drive for backup purposes. …
- Answered by Ryan C from Berea
I am asking for a friend who has no internet at home. If she buys AirPort Extreme will she be able to get on the internet with an iPad?
- Asked by Susan S from Rensselaer
No. She needs internet connection through a network provider.
- Answered by Umair A from Moorestown
Is this a good router for Netflix?
- Asked by Timothy C from Fort Erie
It's great for Netflix, but you should be aware that the limiting factor for most people is the spee It's great for Netflix, but you should be aware that the limiting factor for most people is the speed of their internet service, not the router capacity. You'll be happiest if you have a connection with an upload speed of 25 mbps or higher. I have a 50 mbps connection, the new Airport extreme, and Netflix is smooth even with UHD content such as House of Cards.
Note, though, that most TVs and AppleTV aren't set up to use 802.11ac yet, so most likely you'll be using the slower n-band, which is still plenty fast enough for most material, including HD and UHD (as long as you don't have 6 roommates using the system at the same time!). I've resorted to connecting my TV via ethernet to take advantage of the fiber connection I have. When Apple comes out with a new AppleTV with 802.11ac, I'll switch back to wi-fi for Netflix. …
- Answered by Brian W from Lincoln
Can The AirPort Extreme be an wifi xtender?
- Asked by Vicente V from Manila
Can one Airport Extreme (802.11ac) improve the performance of a new iMac (802.11ac) in a small Airport network?
- Asked by Dennis H from Santa Cruz
If both ends of the connection are not the same speed, the connection will be no faster than the slo If both ends of the connection are not the same speed, the connection will be no faster than the slower end of the connection. So, if your 802.11ac wireless devices must connect to the Express instead of the Extreme, your connection speed will be 802.11n. …
- Answered by C.p. S from Dayton