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
179 of 208 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
141 of 167 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
127 of 146 people found this useful
Not the entire package
Thank you Apple for providing a device without the necessary cables to actually make it work out of the box. I really enjoy having 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. …
- Written by brad H from bradford
0 of 3 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
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
The iPad uses Wi-Fi so yes, the Aitport Extreme base station will supply a wi-fi signal.
In order The iPad uses Wi-Fi so yes, the Aitport Extreme base station will supply a wi-fi signal.
In order to have full internet, you need to sign up for a monthly internet plan from any of the many Internet Service Providers (ISP). Some folks just stick with their cable or TV company to add high-speed internet, or you can often find many other ISPs to choose from.
Pricing for ISPs varies greatly.
If you just want wi-fi only, and don't need the high end features of this excellent router, you might also consider the Airport Express - it has a port for your ISP internet connection, and it then provides wireless (Wi-FI) for iPad, and other devices you wish to use.
Note that some ISPs do include a wi-fi capability with their routers, so check that first to see if you need either the Airport Extreme or Airport Express. …
- Answered by Harold D from Toronto
If i have an 802.11g device, will that slow down my 802.11N or 802.11AC devices when using this router?
- Asked by Tristan T from Richmond
No it's independent of other devices on the net. The router will negotiate with the device available No it's independent of other devices on the net. The router will negotiate with the device available protocol independently of other devices, that means the slow one will use a slower speed while using a faster speed with the faster devices. Mind you that there will be a limit of number of devices connected (I believe it's 50 users for this router) and how fast it will be able to handle everyone on that network. …
- Answered by Jean-claude D from Peabody
Can the AirPort Extreme be used as an extender? I've got U-verse equipment now. How do I do this with a PC?
- Asked by Rex H R from Houston
can an external drive be connected to airport extreme just to use as another drive on the network?
- Asked by Raymond S from Parrish
No problems,just plug it into the USB and voila! I have a Seagate 2TB plugged and it works fine.
- Answered by Mal H from Hornsby