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
201 of 237 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
173 of 203 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
144 of 166 people found this useful
Fixed all problems with BT Home Hub 5
Like many others here I bought this to replace a BT HomeHub that was performing terribly and would drop wireless to the Apple TV i Like many others here I bought this to replace a BT HomeHub that was performing terribly and would drop wireless to the Apple TV if someone even just looked at their phone.
Set up was done in about 5 minutes. Just plug the WAN of the Airport into one of the LAN ports on the Home Hub (you will need a CAT 5 ethernet cable, not included). Open wifi settings on your iPhone and there will be an option to set it up from there. No admin login or BT username / password required.
Every device on the network now performs perfectly with no loss of signal or random moments of slow download speeds. Inc: iPhone 6, iPhone 4S, iPad Air, Sony Vaio Windows 7, MacBook Pro, some crummy Android phone (not mine I swear!), an Apple TV and a Sony PS4. All connected at once sometimes and nothing goes wrong.
Yes it's expensive, but it's well worth it. Stop looking at it and wondering wether to buy it or not and just get one. …
- Written by Michael L from London
Apple Airport Extreme
Actually although I only have N devices, I recently bought from Apple, the new iPad Air 2 9X7" (in Gold) and this runs on AC Wi-Fi Actually although I only have N devices, I recently bought from Apple, the new iPad Air 2 9X7" (in Gold) and this runs on AC Wi-Fi, a fact that Apple doesn't make clear to British Users - so now you have no excuses to get up to 465mbps on Apple's Airport Extreme! …
- Written by hugo S from Ashington
Tries to be a router but doesn't support static routes.
For quite an expensive bit of kit that forces itself to be the primary router in your home network, you'd expect it to support som For quite an expensive bit of kit that forces itself to be the primary router in your home network, you'd expect it to support something as simple as static routes.
I've got a VPN router that connects me to my work network and as the AirPort extreme doesn't support VPN either it;s essential I can still use this other box, but as the Airport Extreme doesn't support static routes and doesn't allow you to override the default gateway it pushes out through DHCP I have to turn off the router support in the Airport Extreme which cripples the features.
Even the most basic of routers I've seen support static routes, it's amazing that Apple have neglected such a fundamental feature. …
- Written by Neil F from Bromham
6 of 9 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
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 have verizon fios with a router they provide. should i detach that and use airport extreme in place of it ? or does AE attach to the fios router?
- Asked by Christine B from Vienna
I have Verizon Fios and I connect the AE to their modem; I don't have their wireless router. Apple' I have Verizon Fios and I connect the AE to their modem; I don't have their wireless router. Apple's AE works just fine connected to their modem. …
- Answered by Daniel T from Redlands
If I replace my old Airport Extreme with the new model, will I have to reinitialize all of my Belkin WeMo Switches, or will the change be transparent?
- Asked by Kurt S from Greenland Beach
How do you use the Airport Extreme but retain the ability to stream music? I have an Airport Express but want to upgrade for better speed to Extreme.
- Asked by Christopher A from Phoenix
Can I replace my Verizon FiOS router with it?
- Asked by Eric W from New York