Learn more about AirPort Extreme
Ultrafast 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 cord
Size and Weight
- Height: 6.6 inches (168 mm)
- Width: 3.85 inches (98 mm)
- Depth: 3.85 inches (98 mm)
- Weight: 2.08 pounds (945 g)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
Very nice Router!
I live in a large house with my office on the top floor and i can stream 1080 hi def video without a glitch, as always setup was I live in a large house with my office on the top floor and i can stream 1080 hi def video without a glitch, as always setup was a breeze took less than 5 minutes.
If you want a easy set up and great range and speed spend the extra few dollars
you will be glad you did.. …
- Written by Thomas C from Moyock
2063 of 2223 people found this useful
Great Range Increase
Replaced a 5th generation and got between 4 and 10 times better N signal in various parts of our house that used to suffer. Easy m Replaced a 5th generation and got between 4 and 10 times better N signal in various parts of our house that used to suffer. Easy migration as well. …
- Written by Chris D from Kirkland
1588 of 1729 people found this useful
Great Product so far
Couldn't try out "ac" as I don't have any thing compatible. Just replaced my AP Extreme (Gen 5) and compared to that its much fast Couldn't try out "ac" as I don't have any thing compatible. Just replaced my AP Extreme (Gen 5) and compared to that its much faster. Range wise, I haven't found much of an improvement, but then again it could be my house. I still have to use another AP EXPRESS to extend my network in my house. Simple to set it up and looks good too. …
- Written by DERIC PHILIP J from COOGEE
1022 of 1231 people found this useful
Second Airport Extreme and absolutely love it!!
I replaced an older version of the Airport Extreme, a 2009 version, with a new version today - November 20th, 2014. I have a huge I replaced an older version of the Airport Extreme, a 2009 version, with a new version today - November 20th, 2014. I have a huge home all on one level so I have a couple of Airport Expresses around the house as well - newer versions that do not plug directly into the wall. It took me about 10 minutes to go from old to new with great signals throughout the house. The newer version seems to be much faster than the older one. Love these guys and would recommend them to everyone that needs to upgrade a home wireless network system no matter if you have Apple products or not. I have an old Windows PC and it also operates faster on the internet with the newer device. Worth the money in my opinion. By the way, the older version may have dropped off the internet once or twice in 5 years?? Been so long since it happened I do not remember. LOL!! …
- Written by William N from Phoenix
0 of 1 people found this useful
Horrible Product - will not connect to internet
This was a total disaster of a product. We have a house full of apple products, 2 mac book airs, 2 iphones, 2 ipads and an apple This was a total disaster of a product. We have a house full of apple products, 2 mac book airs, 2 iphones, 2 ipads and an apple TV. figured this would be a great new router. This device will not connect to our less than 1 year old cable modem. We had reset the cable modem multiple times as well as left it unplugged for a good 15 minutes before plugging it back in. at one point i was able to get access to the internet through the device, but only on my macbook air. the iphones said they were connect to the network, but they had no internet access. Seriously Apple, this is unacceptable. …
- Written by Kevin G from CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP
0 of 8 people found this useful
Ive used a lot of different routers over the past 12 years and just recently after a 5 year router that we updated was still runni Ive used a lot of different routers over the past 12 years and just recently after a 5 year router that we updated was still running slow and replaced by two. One mid rage price and one near the top line price still had the same problems but now with disconnecting every day from the router having to reconnect. One day we say the airport extreme and i was like every product i own is a apple product and i said why not lets give it a try. After watching the reviews i get great connection never once did it drop a bar and pixelate I'm so happy with this product. Keep it up apple that just made me enjoy using my internet again. …
- Written by Nickolas L from Roseville
2 of 2 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
- Oct 7, 2013
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
- Oct 13, 2013
Can iPhone be backed up to an airport extreme?
- Asked by Jeff S from Fort Wayne
- Oct 23, 2014
iOS devices can back up 2 ways, to a computer via iTunes or to iCloud via an internet connection. Yo iOS devices can back up 2 ways, to a computer via iTunes or to iCloud via an internet connection. You could use an airport extreme to access either of these methods, but you are not backing up to the extreme itself, it is simply a bridge to either the internet for iCloud backup or to your local network to wirelessly backup to a local network computer. You can also back up to your computer using a USB cable. …
- Answered by Jeffrey K from Frisco
- Oct 27, 2014
can an external drive be connected to airport extreme just to use as another drive on the network?
- Asked by Raymond S from Parrish
- Oct 5, 2014
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
- Oct 11, 2014
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
- Oct 16, 2014
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
- Oct 19, 2014
Is the new Extreme totally Windows 8 compatible? My current extreme keeps dropping my wifi signal on an HP Windows 8 machine...?
- Asked by Monte S from Chicago
- Jun 13, 2013