I bought this because the reviews suggested the range was good. In fact, the range is slightly lower than my BT Hub 3. I connect this to my BT Hub 3 and then have a Range Extender so that I can receive a reasonable wifi signal in my garden office.
I've then plugged an external 2TB hard drive into the Airport for shared data storage across my various iMacs, MacBooks and iOS devices.
I can't get the iOS devices to work with it, but to be fair I haven't spent much time working it out. The OSX devices (Mavericks) work fine most of the time.
First point to note is that the signal strength (without the extender) is about the same as it was on the BT Hub 3, but less reliable. It fluctuates all the time where at least the Hub 3 was stable. The 5Ghz connection drops all the time.
From in the house, everything works fine. It's only when the Wifi extender is used that I get issues.
Time Machine backups from my iMac and 2 MacBooks happen without me realising now.
Back to Mac (for remote access when not on the new local LAN) works but is incredibly slow and often I can see the Airport, click on the external HD but then nothing happens... Research on the forums suggest that as Airport doesn't support updp it will be slow... Haven't found a resolution yet...
Using the external drive for shared storage is working well but is a little slow. I'm thinking of investing in a better external HD as the Hitachi I have is quite old and slow (there's a slight delay when every I try to connect whilst the HD fires itself into life). Also, if the wifi signal isn't great, accessing the files is very slow.
I often have to reboot the Airport as sometimes I can see it from my Mac but when I click on the external HD no files are displayed. Power off, 10 second wait, power back on seems to make it re-appear.
I've now decided to try and bypass the extended wifi network and will run Cat5 from the Airport, out the house wall and along the garden fence to my office. I'll then put a local wifi router in the office and see if that helps overcome some of the niggles.
Summary - great product, works out of the box, but there are some niggles which I think may be down to my physical wifi setup. I'll update once I've tried with the Cat5.
Great power and range - just be careful when opening the box !
Written by Stephen C from Sheffield
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Bought this to replace an ageing router that kept losing signal and range and to get a backup solution and am not disappointed ! It was so easy to set up and get going via an iMac - literally 5 minutes out of the box and I had a much stronger signal that all my Apple devices found immediately (and also an old desktop PC!). Range is good in a stone built three story house. Backup is also simplicity itself - it just works ! Beware when opening the packaging though - when you do finally get the box apart, the device wobbles and falls out - I caught mine luckily, but a lot of these will hit the floor on opening (surprised no-one tested the packaging?!). Open the box in an upright position over a table top or risk damage - seriously !!