• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extreme Performance & Minimum Fuss

    • Written by from Pasadena

    Ever since I installed this router it has performed flawlessly. This A1408 model AirPort Extreme covers our entire home with a signal pattern that has no obvious dark areas. It has never required a reboot and is compatible with all of our devices.

    This was my first experience with the Apple Airport Utility. It seemed weird not to use a web page for configuration. At first I missed the “control” of the traditional router interface until I realized that the configuration utility had our home network up and functioning faster than any web page ever had. I set up a guest network with a separate password without using the manual.

    The 5th generation Airport Extreme is a great WiFi router.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the entire package

    • Written by from bradford

    Thank you Apple for providing a device without the necessary cables to actually make it work out of the box. I really enjoy having to go out of my way to purchase cables in order to make your simple devices work, it really adds to the overall Apple experience. Also, your shipping tracking in the UK is terrible, making it impossible to know which day to expect delivery and to be present to receive.
    I just hope the device fulfils its purpose once it finally gets connected.

    0 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    • Written by from Highlands Ranch

    Best Router Ever. Would 100% recommend this product to anyone

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    High price that may not be justified.

    • Written by from East Molesey

    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.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Time Machine, Not So Great For WIFI

    • Written by from Beverley

    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!!

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lousy, will try to return

    • Written by from Golden Valley

    Purchased this router less than 2 weeks ago. DSL modem has been placed in bridging and this is handling all of the routing. Wireless signal is good. Worked OK for a couple of days. Then increasingly this thing seems to be rebooting and locking up irregardless of what I do. Unuseable. I reinstalled my old cheapy Netgear N dual signal and configured it the same way. In 24 hours I have not had a single issue. I worked at isolating the issue by power cycles of various devices. I have iPhones, macbook pro, iPad, printer, apple TV, ROKU. They all drop out. I also completed a reset to factory defaults and the thing is rebooting regularly. This is strictly an airport issue and the product is no good.

    As I attempted to isolate the issue I was very disappointed in the Airport utility as the only means of pursuing trouble. The utility is extremely limited and is of almost no troubleshooting help. You can configure and check signal strength on devices. Beyond that the utility completely void. I do not recommend this product.

    14 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad power supply on 3 different routers

    • Written by from Murphy

    The router is great except for one major issue. It can power off completely once every few days. I have bought/returned 2 of these already and now the 3rd one did the same and I will be returning for another brand. My power outlet does not seem to be the problem, tried multiple power strips and plugged directly into the wall...same result as the router keeps turning itself off. Plus, I have other devices using the same power strip/outlet and those work fine. It is a pain to continuously unplug and restart the router every time this happens. Apple does not know what the issue is, but obviously this is a major problem, so beware.

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slightly better signal than my old router with 5 dbi pole

    • Written by from Wang Burapha Phirom

    This is the most expensive router i've ever bought. After reading a lot reviews, I decided to buy this to expand my network area range. But it's just a little better than my current router and some areas are worse.

    It's very fast when you can get the signal above 50%. But it's not a good choice for whoever want to expand wifi range at all...

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow

    • Written by from antioch

    My macbook pro and atv always asking for connection with airport extreme compare to netgear. apple product now saaacks..

    9 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple, Easy, and Reliable

    • Written by from Balitmore

    I was looking to replace my n-standard router which was giving me connectivity issues on multiple devices. I have been happy with my switch to the Airport Extreme and look forward to its continued use at home. Setup was a breeze, and while other brands have more customizable features when it comes to management, the available changes are more than adequate for anybody's home network. I have had zero issues with connectivity, the network range has increased without using a repeater, and I feel comfortable saying it is definitely worth the price despite only having it for a few days.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great router & NAS works!

    • Written by from Cumming

    Network setup: modem - netgear wireless router (connected 8 port switch & airport extreme)

    Hardware connected to airport extreme AE is a 3TB WD NAS & an iMac

    The wifi coverage provided by AE within the house is amazingly fast. BTW, I have 3 story house including the basement. The good thing is I can now access all my files stored in WD NAS from PS3 (wired thru 8 port switch) and all my idevices (iphones, ipad mini) and MAC computer (MBP & iMac). With this network setup my Apple TV works perfect as well.

    Overall, I'm a satisfied owner now of Airport Extreme.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 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.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 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.

    7 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!

    • Written by from Pyrmont

    bought this product to replace 5th Gen Extreme. With My 2013 Macbook Air, the speed is faster when using Time Machine to backup my MBA.
    love the new design.. would recommend to everyone with AC devices

  • 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

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 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.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 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.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 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!

    6 of 35 people found this useful

  • 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!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 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.

    15 of 17 people found this useful