• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    speed OK but cannot connect external hard drive for wireless backup

    • Written by from Houston

    I purchased the AE to enhance coverage throughout the house and to backup my MacAir wirelessly. I have a modern Seagate external hard drive (HD) with USB 2.0 that I've been using directly on the Mac via Time Capsule. I even reformatted it again when it wasn't recognized by Time Capsule via the AE. I used the "Mac Os Extended (Journaled)" option and confirmed all data being backed up was consistent with this choice via Disk Utility. No luck regardless of resets of everything. Disappointing since the tiny manual for the AE indicates an external HD can be connected for this very purpose.

    Read up before you buy folks...too many with the same issue. I'd have purchased the Airport Time Capsule if the reviews were better...

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed in range

    • Written by from Orlando

    I replaced an Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n router with the current 802.11ac router and have discovered the range of the ac router to be less than the n router. And I'm not talking long distances here or through dense barriers--maybe 25 feet and through drywall. The speed is somewhat better when at close range (like a foot or two) but that is hardly worth it after giving up range since I normally used a wired connection at close range.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great bit of kit for any home.

    • Written by from DUDLEY

    After many issues with my Virgin (not so) Superhub and getting to the stage where I needed to reset it every day to get a decent connection I decided to upgrade to an Airport Extreme as almost everything I own is from Apple. Out of the box its a smart looking item and after setting my Virgin Superhub to modem mode and following the simple instructions during the Airport Extreme set up process I was connected within a few minutes. Once I had worked my way round the house (3 storey solid brick construction) updating the connection on all my devices (2 imacs, macbook pro, 2 Apple TVs, 1 work laptop, ipad, iphone, B&W A7 airplay speaker, epson wireless printer etc) everything worked perfectly and download speeds increased by around 30%. I was well please with my purchase. The only issue I had was the Bowers and Wilkins A7 airplay system constantly cut out and disconnected from the network meaning I had to go through the A7 set up process many times over the first few days. Very frustrating! However this was resolved by just turning the Airport Extreme off and on. Problem solved and since then I haven't had a single drop out.
    I have now had the Airport Extreme for a week and I have had no other issues. Very please so thought I would post an honest review and highlight all the kit it works perfectly with and the kind of home the Airport works well in as many reviews don't mention this information and this info really helps when researching something like a router. It's no more expensive then a good none Apple router so for me it was money well spent. Finally the signal in the garden has always been almost no existent but now I have a decent connection there to, maybe I will add an airpot express to the set up just to beef this up a little to.

  • 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.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy .

    • Written by from Miami Lakes

    After reading all reviews on the negative side I was a bit hesitant. My old extreme died on me and a new router was needed.
    Since my household is mainly Macs, 3 of them and various iPads and iPhones and my android phone I decided to give it a try.
    Setup on my iMac was done in minute and everything connected without a hitch. Even my Naim Unity in the other end of my house enjoys a strong signal. It also runs cool where my old extreme was kind of hot. It also looks good compared to competitors.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works is great. But when it doesn't is a pain

    • Written by from Aalborg

    Now, I am a big fan of apple.... and it brakes my heart to say bad things about the brand I love. The extreme works great, it connects to my iMac with 1300Mb/s, and sees all of my devices everywhere in the house, except my little apple TV. Well, almost, it sees the TV, but it does not like the colour or something, because every time I try to connect the Apple Tv (3 gen) to it, I fail. First it says that the network is recognised but Date and Time cannot be acquired from the router, and it fails to connect to iTunes. I tried all the possible solutions to the problem, non of them work. I had to buy a second router, connect it to the extreme, and wirelessly connect the apple tv to it. The inexpensive branded router did the job flawlessly. So, Apple, please, if you are aware of the problem, give us a fix.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    • Written by from Columbus

    Maybe it's because of the home network we had before this...
    I thought we had a good setup. I had an expensive router on one band, I had an expensive router on the other band. Most of the house had a signal, and most of it was decent. Of course, there were a couple rooms that didn't get a good signal, so we used a powerline adapter for that room. Over time we added more and more switches all over the place to extend wired reliability to our wireless network. But things were good. Well, actually, they were as good as I thought they could be. We'd get dropped connections from time to time. Occasional slow downs even though the modem was still claiming the internet hadn't slowed. The wifi printer would have bouts of instability.

    So, eventually, we got this. This wonderful, amazing, intelligent (and might I add, good looking) piece of equipment. I did the manual labor, and the Extreme did everything else. It reaches further, faster, stronger. No more dual routers, no more powerline adapter, no more switches all over the place, no more "printer offline" messages, no more deception about what a 'good' network is.

    Thank you, Apple Airport Extreme!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Will Not Accept Old Configuration

    • Written by from Snoqualmie

    I run a small hosting business from my home and have been using a very old but still functional Airport Extreme for many years. Recently, "old faithful" would no longer power on. I thought the fix would be simple-- purchase a new Airport Extreme, make all the physical connections, restore my saved configuration and restart all of my devices. Not so fast...

    Unfortunately, the new Airport Extreme finds my saved configuration invalid and will not allow it to be saved on the new router. It makes some very invalid assumptions about IP ranges that are being set and constantly complained about the router address being incompatible with the WAN address. After spending many hours trying to tweak my configuration to get this to work, I called Apple support. Although very friendly and helpful, we reached the conclusion that for my current configuration, the new Airport Extreme could not be used. The new version of the Airport Setup Utility is crippled. Old versions of the setup utility warn that your settings will likely not work since the hardware and software are not compatible. You can no longer manually configure this router using the latest setup utility. It should still have a "trust me, I know what I'm doing" configuration mode.

    I have since purchased a competing router and manually loaded THE configuration that the Airport Extreme said is invalid. Installed, configured and tested within 60 minutes. It works like a champ.

    I can't recommend the new Airport Extreme to anyone.

    6 of 10 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.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product - not that impressive range

    • Written by from Svenstrup

    Got this as a substitute for Netgear WNDR3700. And I really love that router..
    The range has not improved. It's more or less the same.

    With iPhone, iPad and Mac Airport tool setup is a breeze.. and maintanence is also easy. However... every single little change requires reboot... Come on Apple?!

    I have used if for about a week now and no problems what so ever - it's stabile! I don't see the problem some users describe, where they have to reboot to maintain speed. I run about 10 clients on them, streaming a lot of Netflix etc. No problem with speed changing.

    Expensive but pretty and stabile.. :-)

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Replaced my 1st Generation Time Capsule

    • Written by from Warminster

    My 1st generation Time Capsule was nearly 6/7 years old and was starting to show its age as far as sharing out my broadband so I decided to replace it with this and retire my Time Capsule to just back up duties.

    So far the speed increase is unbelievable, if this one lasts as long as the one it replaced I will be very happy.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced access point. Great access point poor router...

    • Written by from Binghamton

    How can you say this is a router when it doesn't support QoS? With VOIP being more common these days and it requiring QoS especially when gaming is on the same network, how can you have both without QoS? You can't! This is a huge mistake on Apple's part and I want to be a convert but can't for this reason. However what saved this product from being returned is this... If you buy a real router with QoS and put it between your modem and the AirPort Extreme and make the AirPort Extreme Bridge Only (Access point) you get great coverage. That is all this product is good for (i.e. as an access point) if you are using the latest technologies on your network, that is, gaming and VOIP which are most people. Hello Apple wake up! You got billions in the bank spend it on getting your products up-to-date.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router!!

    • Written by from Lyndhurst

    Upgraded my old router to this Airport Extreme and been using it for about a year. I have to say it's been the easiest router I have every set up. Great coverage and range with multiple products both Apple and other brands connected to it. Currently on a fibre Internet connection at 100/40 Mbps, so far so good keeps up the speeds that my ISP offers. The LED indication light is great as I can tell if my Internet has dropped out and if it does it automatically reconnects. Also provides good speeds and reliability for online multiplayer gaming.
    Very happy and would high recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

    • Written by from Edmonds

    After spending years suffering through PC challenges, I bought my high schoolers two Mac Pros and changed from Net Gear to my AirPort Extreme. I was worried it wouldn't go smoothly, but those were unfounded. It was easy, simple, and the speeds are smokin fast now. Connected my printer to my AE, and both laptops picked it up and printed with no problem. I love Apple products and will buy nothing else. Another note...the UNiversity Village Apple store was terrific as well, in their help and customer service. Well done Apple....

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sufficient but to simple.

    • Written by from Milwaukie

    Easy to set up and get going but for a router at this price point it is woefully lacking in administrative features. I don't see how it benefits Apple to hide or remove extremely basic options like MAC authentication and parental controls that I have with my freebie rented router from my ISP. Good coverage and if all you want to do is plug something in and go this is adequate. If you want to anything else at all this will not meet your needs.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive but not worth

    • Written by from Springfield

    I was in need for multiple long range routers for my 60 units hotel. Sales person at the local store told me that this router is the longest range and one of the would cover the entire store (open space of course), so I though that if I buy three of those, it would at least work in all the 60 units(next to each other, only obstacle is NON sound proof guest room walls). Well it did not, three router did not even cover half the hotel when I put them in drop down ceiling. I returned all three after few days.

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable

    • Written by from West Covina

    I was so excited that my mom bought a new router. Only thing about setting up the router is that you need an apple device in order to set it up. Unfortunately, our home computer is still a PC and the other electronic devices we have are apple. But overall the set up was easy. First day with the new router we had no problems. The days after that were a disaster!!!! Internet kept dropping throughout the day and was never to have a stable internet connection. A weird thing was that the internet was only working on our iphones and ipad and not on our macbook or PC. Because of this, the connection with our printer is also disabled. We would always have to reset it once the internet came back on and when the internet didn't come back on and we needed to print something that becomes a problem! My family consists of two college students so the internet is always needed to do assignments! Overall, do not buy this product!!!

    5 of 15 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.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointment

    • Written by from King City

    Router has difficulty in extending to other rooms in the house. I only regret that I waited too long before bringing it back to the Apple Store.

    4 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    love this product

    • Written by from New York

    Once you go mac you never go back.I have had different routers and I may say since I had been using apple routers I would never buy anything else. Well built very strong signal easy to use and you can set up from you're I phone or any cell phone . You can change any set up on the router with you're cell and take charge. Find the router that is best for you but make sure it's an apple router. You will not be disappointed. Save some money now and this will be the only router you will need. Buy more than one apple router to reach those areas that are weak or no signal and they will connect automatically and find all the apple router in you're home and give you great signal coverage.

    6 of 8 people found this useful