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
1831 of 1969 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
1418 of 1544 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
923 of 1110 people found this useful
Great for people who aren't nerds!
If you want a router that takes little to no configuration that will manage interconnecting a bunch of Apple hardware, this is you 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. …
- Written by Alexander A from Topeka
Very disappointing for the price! Still connection problems. Wrost connection to an USB hard drive. Can not reset. We used it prof 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! …
- Written by Alexandre S from Saint-Fabien
A solid, simple and easy to use Router
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 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. …
- Written by Eric H from Calgary
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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
If i get this do i just set it up and it works as wifi for my whole home? or do i have to work through direct tv still?
- Asked by Abigayle W from Plainview
- Jul 9, 2014
Yes, you need to have an internet signal coming into your house from an internet service provider, b Yes, you need to have an internet signal coming into your house from an internet service provider, be it direct tv, comcast, verizon, etc. You then connect the airport extreme to the modem you get from the ISP with an ethernet cable. The Airport Extreme then serves as a router, creating a wireless network and distributing the signal to your computer or other devices, either wirelessly, or by ethernet cable for, say, a computer that is close enough to the Airport Extreme to run an ethernet cable. Can also put a printer on your network for sharing among multiple computers. In my opinion, the Airport Extreme works better than most any other router you can buy and mine has lasted longer than any other router I have owned by a long shot. …
- Answered by David H from Chevy Chase
- Jul 27, 2014
I have a U-verse router/WiFi providing Internet access and WiFi. If I add an AirPort Extreme to this setup, will it connect wirelessly to my modem?
- Asked by Philippe P from Berkeley
- Jun 18, 2014
I have u-verse as we'll, you simply go into the u-verse modems settings, turn off the wifi. Plug you I have u-verse as we'll, you simply go into the u-verse modems settings, turn off the wifi. Plug your AirPort Extreme LAN port into the u-verse modem.
The AirPort Extreme will automatically configure the settings and all you need to do is name your network and set your password. It literally took less then 5 minutes to set up.
NOTE: You do want to go into your u-verse settings wired with an Ethernet cable as once you turnoff the wifi you will no longer be connected to Internet. You also need to connect an Ethernet cable from the computer to the AirPort Extreme during setup. …
- Answered by Steven J from San Rafael
- Aug 10, 2014
Does anyone know if this has been updated from the 802.11 AC draft to the fully ratified AC standard?
- Asked by Matthew P from Richmond
- Jul 5, 2014
Can I use Airport Express to simultaneoulsy streatm music and extend my wi-fi network?
- Asked by Dustin H from Bethesda
- Aug 13, 2014
- Asked about: AirPort Express
Yes. The Airport Express will stream music whilst extending your wi-fi network.
- Answered by William B
- Aug 16, 2014
Does the new Airport Extreme have a fan that makes noise?
- Asked by Nathan L from Saint Louis
- Jul 21, 2014
They do have cooling fans, but you can't even hear them. I have the new Time Capsule and I can only They do have cooling fans, but you can't even hear them. I have the new Time Capsule and I can only hear the fan when I'm real close to the unit. …
- Answered by Jesse H from Clarence Center
- Jul 24, 2014