Learn more about AirPort Extreme
Ultrafast 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
Very nice Router!
I live in a large house with my office on the top floor and i can stream 1080 hi def video without a glitch, as always setup was I live in a large house with my office on the top floor and i can stream 1080 hi def video without a glitch, as always setup was a breeze took less than 5 minutes.
If you want a easy set up and great range and speed spend the extra few dollars
you will be glad you did.. …
- Written by Thomas C from Moyock
1791 of 1925 people found this useful
Great Range Increase
Replaced a 5th generation and got between 4 and 10 times better N signal in various parts of our house that used to suffer. Easy m Replaced a 5th generation and got between 4 and 10 times better N signal in various parts of our house that used to suffer. Easy migration as well. …
- Written by Chris D from Kirkland
1386 of 1507 people found this useful
Great Product so far
Couldn't try out "ac" as I don't have any thing compatible. Just replaced my AP Extreme (Gen 5) and compared to that its much fast Couldn't try out "ac" as I don't have any thing compatible. Just replaced my AP Extreme (Gen 5) and compared to that its much faster. Range wise, I haven't found much of an improvement, but then again it could be my house. I still have to use another AP EXPRESS to extend my network in my house. Simple to set it up and looks good too. …
- Written by DERIC PHILIP J from COOGEE
898 of 1082 people found this useful
Simply the best router
This is simply the best router ever.
Setting up the Apple AirPort Extreme took me all but 10 minutes. It was so easy I was surp This is simply the best router ever.
Setting up the Apple AirPort Extreme took me all but 10 minutes. It was so easy I was surprised, I kept thinking was that all, and it was. My internet is working much better and performing optimally now. No more slow downs from too many connected devices. I currently have 14 devices connected wirelessly to the Airport Extreme and it doesn't even flinch. It truly is a powerful machine in a small compact size.
Prior to getting the Apple Airport Extreme, I had two routers covering our home which is approximately 2500 sq ft. The AirPort does such a wonderful job that we even get good coverage outside the home now, including the edge of the driveway and edge of the backyard. It amazing to see one router do all this.
Finally, I have noticed improvements in streaming content from Netflix and Crackle, simultaneously on 2 TVs. With our previous router, streaming content simultaneously would sometimes cause the router to overheat and restart. We no longer have this problem, in fact we have streamed content on 4 devices simultaneously without issue.
I'm really happy with this purchase, especially because how reliable and powerful it is. I would strongly recommend this everyone looking for a top quality router, you cant go wrong with the Apple AirPort Extreme. …
- Written by Kris A from Toronto
1 of 1 people found this useful
Best router I ever had.
This is certainly the best router I ever had so far. For people who don't want to waste time configuring or do complicated tasks w This is certainly the best router I ever had so far. For people who don't want to waste time configuring or do complicated tasks with their router, this is the one. And on top of that, the range is just amazing. …
- Written by Mikael H from Chambly
4 of 4 people found this useful
AEBS 6th gen useless
I have purchased the new Airport Extreme 6th gen. 4 weeks ago and had quite a lot of problems;
It randomly drops the PPPoE connec I have purchased the new Airport Extreme 6th gen. 4 weeks ago and had quite a lot of problems;
It randomly drops the PPPoE connection, randomly fails to distribute ip addresses to my wireless clients ( MBP,MBA,iMac,iPhone,iPad Air and iPad 2 as well as Apple TV and Sky), large files can not be copied onto attached NAS, randomly slows down to nearly dial-up speed, the network can not be extended with an 4th gen. Airport express because of ip issues etc.
All in all deeply disappointing and needless to say no support from Apple.
I certainly can not recommend it …
- Written by Felix R from Aghabullogue,
2 of 2 people found this useful
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
- Oct 7, 2013
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
- Oct 13, 2013
If i get this do i just set it up and it works as wifi for my whole home? or do i have to work through direct tv still?
- Asked by Abigayle W from Plainview
- Jul 10, 2014
Yes, you need to have an internet signal coming into your house from an internet service provider, b Yes, you need to have an internet signal coming into your house from an internet service provider, be it direct tv, comcast, verizon, etc. You then connect the airport extreme to the modem you get from the ISP with an ethernet cable. The Airport Extreme then serves as a router, creating a wireless network and distributing the signal to your computer or other devices, either wirelessly, or by ethernet cable for, say, a computer that is close enough to the Airport Extreme to run an ethernet cable. Can also put a printer on your network for sharing among multiple computers. In my opinion, the Airport Extreme works better than most any other router you can buy and mine has lasted longer than any other router I have owned by a long shot. …
- Answered by David H from Chevy Chase
- Jul 28, 2014
Does the new Airport Extreme have a fan that makes noise?
- Asked by Nathan L from Saint Louis
- Jul 21, 2014
They do have cooling fans, but you can't even hear them. I have the new Time Capsule and I can only They do have cooling fans, but you can't even hear them. I have the new Time Capsule and I can only hear the fan when I'm real close to the unit. …
- Answered by Jesse H from Clarence Center
- Jul 25, 2014
Does the Airport Extreme no longer function as an AirPlay device? AirPlay is one of the main reasons I use Apple routers instead of other ones.
- Asked by Margaret T from Seattle
- Jun 11, 2013
Airport Extreme never functioned as an Airplay device, only the Express.
- Answered by Jeff W from Denver
- Jun 11, 2013
Will it work with AT&T's U-verse router/modem tower?
- Asked by Robert A from Atlanta
- Jun 12, 2013
AT&T Uverse uses a 2Wire Gateway (modem + wireless router) which is required for an Not really...
AT&T Uverse uses a 2Wire Gateway (modem + wireless router) which is required for any aspect of their Uverse service. It must provide the routing for your network. Now, you can set up the Airport Extreme (AE) to be in "bridged mode" which means you don't have the AE doing any routing at all and it's more or less just a wireless access point, but that means you're still managing your network via the 2Wire.
Moreover, it worked just fine in bridge mode over my hardwired gigabit network at full bandwidth, however it cut down from 35mbps to 1mbps consistently when connected wirelessly no matter how close or far you are from the AE and regardless of what device you use (laptop, iOS, etc).
Finally, I went out and bought an Airport Express to rule out a bad wifi chip...same results.
So yes, it works wired but wifi, not so much. I ended up cancelling Uverse internet (kept TV) and grabbed Comcast for the internet all so I can have my Airport Extreme be the ruler of my network. …
- Answered by Jesse R from Kalamazoo
- Jul 24, 2013
Can I use a USB 3.0 HD with Airport Extreme?
- Asked by Joe S from Omaha
- Apr 28, 2014