• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing speed increase from older model

    • Written by from New York

    After experiencing increasingly pokey download speeds with my prior (5+ year old) AirPort Extreme, I bit the bullet and bought the current version. It was a breeze to install and get up/running, and the speed increase is dramatic, going from 8-10Mpbs to 216 (!!) Very glad I upgraded.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Product great, packaging not so much

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    The router is great, setup easy, made my connection much faster. My beef is with the packaging. Used to be that opening Apple products was a key part of the entire experience. However, when I finally got the outside of the box to slide off of the inside, the router popped off the base and crashed to the floor. Really, Apple? Did you test this packaging? I was lucky not to have broken the item.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, lots of range

    • Written by from Brampton

    Bought this to replace my old d link n extreme router which had an unreliable connection (random disconnections). The airport extreme has more range, always stays connected and is very easy to set up.

    Easy to set up
    lots of range
    reliable
    no problems

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Router

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I have 100mb connection at home and this is the only router that didn't drop any speed when using WiFi. After all, what would be the use of paying for 100mb connection if you can't take advantage of it. The range of the router is also fantastic.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for people who aren't nerds!

    • Written by from Topeka

    If you want a router that takes little to no configuration that will manage interconnecting a bunch of Apple hardware, this is your device. If you are setting something up for other people, family, or friends, who don't know how to use routers, and have Apple hardware, this is your device. Why? Because if you do it right, you wont need to ever help them with router problems again!

    No, it isn't for advanced users, it isn't meant to be. If you want to tweak a lot of stuff, or other custom things look at routers that do that. Don't fault the device just because you didn't buy something that does what you want.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Desappointing!

    • Written by from Saint-Fabien

    Very disappointing for the price! Still connection problems. Wrost connection to an USB hard drive. Can not reset. We used it professionally for a ticketing system, we must change!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade over previous extreme, which was good!

    • Written by from Castleford

    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!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A solid, simple and easy to use Router

    • Written by from Calgary

    I almost didn't by this router due to all the poor reviews of the product. I felt i owed it to people to try and write a straight and honest review of this router. I have the Airport Extreme and i also installed and have a family member using the Airport Time Capsule as well.

    This routers biggest strength is it ease of setup. It takes more time to unwrap it than it does to get it working. You do have to get used to using an app to manage a router rather than a browser but this is part of what makes it easy.

    Coverage: I had an ASUS N56U router before this and its coverage of my house is the same as the apple airport. The nice thing is you can add airport expresses to extend coverage if you need. My router sits in between the floor and the ceiling of the upstairs and down stairs and covers all corners of our 1400 sq foot house well with only 1 bar drop on the outer most corners of the floor plan.

    Reliability: A lot of people complain about this router not working or being flakey. I have had no problems with the router in the 4 weeks have been running it. In fact our internet went down and i automatically assumed it was the router that was the problem but it was actually our ISP.

    Time Machine: I did plug a Western Digital USB hard drive into my router and my time Machine backups are working fine. The first backup did take a while to complete. 340 Gbyte of data took over night to complete. Also accessing the time machine is a tiny bit slower than when it is connected to the macbook but i also have a very old Macbook.

    Value for money: While the price of this router is expensive compared to what you get with other routers i will say this. I have not had to reboot the router yet. More importantly Home Sharing and my 3 apple TV's, 2 Apple iPads, and 2 iPhones in the house all work flawless. My old ASUS was always having problems with home sharing requiring constant reboots to get it working. For me this has made this router worth the expense. I will agree with those reviewers that say you can't do as much custom stuff with this router. It is very simple in feature functionality and it is disappointing it doesn't support QOS for things like gaming and voip. That would be my one criticism of the router and its price. Having QOS and a way to VPN into my home network for a router this price point would be ideal.

    If your idea of value for money is simple setup and solid reliability than this is a good router. Better than my past Dlink, Asus, and Netgear routers.

    If your idea of value for money is high end data network router features this is not the router for you. One thing it does do though is act as a bridge so you could plug it into your high end routers and still get all the perks of the Airport Extreme.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally Wifi

    • Written by from SURPRISE

    I am in a location where the only Wifi locations are locked. Recently, I needed to add a router for my solar panels so they could be monitored. The AirPort Extreme is so easy to use and I was finally able to sync my iPhone 5S to my Mac, needed Wifi to do that. Everything is working great and there is no reduction in speed.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like it should

    • Written by from Commerce Township

    The installation of this router really was a non-event. Follow the instruction. I attached it to my Cable Modem, hooked it up to my switch, Vonage device, etc and turned it on. Shortly thereafter it was working. Very easy to configure using Airport Utility, add a guest network, etc. Very good range. I broadcast my SSID but have it secured, My only complaint? it costs more than some of its competitors but it is easy to bridge the network and extend the range, Very happy with it

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Throwing In The Towel

    • Written by from Maricopa

    Prior to buying this new extreme, I owned 4 Airport Express and 2 Airport Extreme Routers (4th & 5th gen). They worked flawlessly and were easy to configure to match my needs for PC laptops and a bunch of Apple devices. I can count the number of times I had to restart both of my Extremes on the fingers of one hand so when the 6th gen Extreme came out, I could not wait to get my hands on one. AC speed, extended range, dual transmitters and it’s an Apple...what’s not to love?!

    My first hint was the configuration interface. Like a few previous reviews say, it is awful. Yes, it is easy but if I wanted easy, I would have downgraded to a Linksys router with their one touch setup gimmick. I took a chance and tried the Airport Utility (AU) software and it found the new router. I was able to configure the 6th gen with it and I got the compatibility warning but I was able to configure security, port forwarding, MAC filtering and the new router seemed stable.

    It took a few weeks but I began to notice a drop in speed. After a few calls to my ISP, they admitted to a problem in my area and I got into the habit of rebooting the router whenever I would reboot my cable modem. The way my legacy Airport devices took a long time, sometimes hours, to rejoin the network after a router reboot was my second hint.

    Tonight, I got fed up with my slow internet speeds and was setting myself up for tech support’s standard can you connect directly to the modem question. I ran a speed test before the call and my speeds shot up. I put my 6th gen back in the mix and my speeds dropped by 2/3! I rebooted the router and was still slow. I connected through an Ethernet port and my speeds shot up again. I put my 5th gen in place and my speeds are back to normal and so are my other Airport devices.

    I have to face reality; the problem is the 6th gen Extreme and my denial of the signs. I can't say that I experienced my devices dropping off my network that others struggle with...just my internet speeds slowing down to a trickle and the legacy Airport devices not reconnecting in a timely manner. I was sure that I’d never go to another router brand but if I want to take advantage of AC speeds, the new Extreme is not the right choice for me.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Router- Fast, Stable and Reliable

    • Written by from Toronto

    I've previously owned routers from D-link, linksys and asus, all of which gave me troubles that required me to restart the router on a daily basis.

    Two months ago, I decided to give the apple airport extreme a chance and I was surprised by how much my wireless speed improved.

    The most important factor (aside from speed) when it comes to routers is stability and reliability; out of the 2 months I've had it so far, I've experienced zero, yes 0 disconnections.

    I also connected a 2TB western digital hard drive to the airport extreme and set up wireless time machine backup on 5 of my Macs, also works flawlessly.

    This router may be a little more expensive than other brands, but as with many apple products, it is well-built and reliable.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply the best router

    • Written by from Toronto

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router I ever had.

    • Written by from Chambly

    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.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AEBS 6th gen useless

    • Written by from Aghabullogue,

    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

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Rock solid now...

    • Written by from Casselberry

    My grandson bought me this and took my older Airport Extreme with him. I had serious issues getting it set up. The first issue was an ISP/user problem and not the fault of the Airport Extreme. The second issue was that it would first give me all greens and then say the ethernet cable was disconnected. This lasted for about 30 minutes, made me seriously crazy and then it just cleared up. It has worked perfectly ever since. A couple reviewers have put bogus information up and I just wanted to correct their errors. First, I have an ATT Microcell connected to this router and to the previous one. The Microcell can be sensitive to its location and general environment but it works perfectly with the Airport Extreme. I also have a 2TB WD MyBook Studio drive connected to my system. It worked fine with the original Airport Extreme and it works fine with this one. I use it for storage and to wirelessly support Time Machine for a MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro 15".

    Please don't project your problems onto the Airport Extreme, it works fine with both of these devices

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  • 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,

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router I have ever seen after about 1 year of USE still impressed

    • Written by from Riverside

    All my Computers are Dell but after listing to the Tech-Guy on the radio I stepped up to the Apple Airport Extreme and am very pleased.
    I have 4 iphones, Ipad and 7 Dell PCs as well as my wifi TVs, PS3, Xbox and all of those gizmos do better than ever using WIFI from this Router
    This is a 1/2 acre property and I have access to my network from any part of my yard in this single story house.
    This router has the capacity to connect all my devices at the same time without choking.
    I have used other routers, Netgear, Linksys, and Cisco but they all died. some after weeks while others after years.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy Setup, consistent connection, fast!!

    • Written by from Ypsilanti

    Bought an AirPort Extreme a after dealing with ATT's atrocious gateways dropping wireless signals and constantly bottlenecking a 25mbps connection while watching a 3min 1080p video. The AirPort Extreme set up quickly in DHCP mode and easily retrieved an IP address to work for flawlessly behind the gateway acting as a modem (bridge mode). Have had absolutely zero issues so far, connection is strong and speeds are consistent. Definitely recommend this to anyone needed a high end AC router for it's dependability and ease of use.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very pleased, good range, easy setup

    • Written by from Chesterfield

    Problem that needed a solution: Needed to share Internet and network between two buildings, one frame and one masonry, about 300 yards apart. Some trees and a busy highway separate the buildings. Early solutions had stopped working due to trees and installation of energy-efficient windows.

    Pair of Airport Extreme Base Stations (802.11b/g/n/ac) replaced two non-Apple 802.11g routers and outdoor antenna. In building 1, ran Ethernet patch cable from phone company modem/router to Airport Extreme #1. Created new WiFi network on #1 with Airport Utility. Used Utility to configure #2 to join #1's new network. Carried Airport Extreme #2 to building 2, powered it up, and began using the network. Setup time about 10-15 minutes.

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