• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice Router!

    • Written by from Moyock

    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..

    1727 of 1860 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Range Increase

    • Written by from Kirkland

    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.

    1338 of 1456 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product so far

    • Written by from COOGEE

    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.

    872 of 1051 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    • Written by from Friendswood

    I've used (tried) several different routers over the last 4 yrs including linksys EA3500, ASUS RT-AC 66U, and the Netgear N750. I tried all of these routers because I was unhappy with my original Apple Extreme. The original Extreme just wouldn't reach the far corners of my single story home.
    I did finally settle on the second generation of the Apple Extreme after Apple bumped up the wattage (strength) on it, and have been using it ever since. I wasn't completely happy with it, but it did a reasonably good job.
    I was completely surprised to see the release of this newest Apple Extreme, and decided to give it a try since it really touted increased speed and most importantly range.
    I have to say that my personal search is now over. This thing has excellent signal strength throughout my entire house, and is performing really nicely.
    Easy to setup as well.
    Apple definitely has a winner with this one!

    199 of 209 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with older Airport Express

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    After 45 mins on phone w/ customer support I learned the new airport setup utility will not talk to older (2008) AEx, so it's impossible to stream music to the AEx with a brand new Airport Extreme. My 2 year old Netgear dual-band router did it flawlessly.

    It seems Apple simply decided drop support for the old AEx's, forcing users to buy new products.

    As a router the new Extreme was a snap to set up and seems to operate well. Just beware if you plan on streaming music to an older Airport Express.

    174 of 213 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast and Furious...

    • Written by from Oklahoma City

    I usually do not write reviews on apple.com but had to on this new device. Frankly, I have often been under whelmed with new and improved products. That would be the case for the previous gen Airport Extreme. It seemed a little better than previous gen but no earth shattering progress.

    Not true with this new iteration of the Airport Extreme.
    1. setup. Simply begin by plugging it in. Then pull up the setup menu via utilities and Airport. It will tell you to unplug the cables from your old Extreme and plug into the new.
    Once you do that it just takes over and transfers all your connection info. It took about 10 minutes because after it had copied my settings over it downloaded a firmware update.
    2. speed. I have a 60mbs hard wired connection. My house is around 3,000 square feet all on one level. My office is located in one corner. The opposite corner diagonally from this room is where we have a media room. In that room my speed tests using macbook air, Kindle hd, cell phones, etc... showed a consistent 15mbs. I also would have times when using either my apple tv or roku box.......and then using a wireless tablet etc..... where the speed would slow down to the point where the connection would be lost. This is history. I now get a constant 30-40mbs using internet speed test in the same room. A BIG jump.
    Very happy

    136 of 143 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Missing features previous models had..

    • Written by from Saline

    I replaced a second generation Airport Extreme (which worked very well, was just time for an upgrade) with this as this model. I have been running this unit since the first day it was in stores and have NOT had any reliability issues so far such as: dropped connections, freezing up, having to renew ISP IP address. -Time will tell how it fairs. A huge plus is the power supply is internal; no wall warts! Though the previous generation was external, it still wasn't a wall transformer design.

    As a personal preference, I do prefer the look of the previous generation Airports. -This is opinion and not counted towards my review rating what so ever.

    However, it is missing features and tools that previous generation Airports had:

    There is no way to see wired clients that are connected; only the wireless connections. Could do so with a previous version of Airport utility on the second generation Airport.

    Cannot limit access by Mac address on wired connections.

    Cannot limit timed access on wired connections.

    Cannot use 802.1x for guest authentication.

    Cannot adjust wireless transmit power.

    Previous models with guest networking could select whether or not guest clients could see each other’s computers on the guest network.

    No logs or stats kept.

    No Kensington lock port.

    ...These are just some of the features this new model is lacking that the previous generation had. There’s more, but due to review length limits, I haven't listed them.

    I understand that this model has the new 802.11AC standard; but with the increased price I would still expect all the previous generation's features to be available.

    This seems to be unfortunate evidence that with Steve’s passing; products are being built to a price. –Why are so many features gone? Did not enough people use them often enough?

    161 of 197 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what 3 Airport Express stations could not do!

    • Written by from San Mateo

    I was struggling with a large estate that has thick walls and no option to run ethernet cables. No matter what I did the coverage and speed was very intermitted. Dramatic fluctuations of coverage with in the same room!
    Replaced all 3 (new model) Airport Express stations with one new Airport Extreme. All problems solved!

    Going to install some more this friday in an other location.

    94 of 99 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a lemon

    • Written by from Kenmore

    Many of these have a connection glitch and performance is spotty. A technician bought my trustworthy 5th gen extreme and warned me about the new 6th gen. He was buying my fifth gen to install in a customers mansion. He was replacing five 6th gen extremes in the mansion because of the issues I mention at the beginning of my review. I went ahead and bought the new 6th gen extreme and sure enough I have the same issues. Apple technicians don't have a solution for the connection issues. My old extreme could handle several devices at once flawlessly, year round. This new 6th gen extreme drops devices all the time, constantly. And the performance is either really fast or really slow.
    You can Google the issues I'm talking about. It's common. And the sore truth is, after two weeks you're stuck with Apple's $199 plus tax lemon of an Airport Extreme.
    It's not worth spending this kind of money for poor performance. Putting an Apple logo on it doesn't make it a good device.

    121 of 162 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but Missing Key Options

    • Written by from Naples

    Just set up this router for a friend. Very nice product, great distance and strength, excellent profile but missing the following:
    - USB port should be 3.0. not old 2.0;
    - need optional log info to monitor access (my Netgear sends me an e-mail with log entries when scan attacks are made against my router);
    - there is no setup option to restrict devices by MAC addresses.

    I may consider this Extreme as a future purchase if the above upgrades are part of a new version.

    99 of 125 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceptionally fast

    • Written by from SAINT JOHNS

    Extended my new Time Capsule with new Airport Extreme. Wow! Paying for 25 megabit per sec download speed from ComCast and have never seen that on speedtest.net, but now I'm getting 27 mbit/sec download speed consistently with new MacBook Pro Retina display. Set up with Airport Utility software was extremely easy. Steve said in the wake of the iPhone 4 antenna issue they had labs at Apple to test wireless signals. I'm glad he left us such a great lab and engineers to produce marvels like this. This base station has been a huge boost to our wireless speed and reliability. Still looks nice on the sofa table in the main room, too.

    79 of 89 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally........

    • Written by from Burlington

    I've tried several routers over the years, and have not had much luck. Finally went with this, despite the cost. It's worth every penny. Easy to set up, very easy to use, great signal range throughout my large ranch house (about 1700 sq. feet). Very happy with the purchase, would highly recommend. I'm a recent Apple convert and have had excellent support any time I have needed it, and all of my purchases have been top notch.

    59 of 63 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great wifi router, flawed product packaging

    • Written by from RICHMOND

    This is a very well-designed Wi-Fi router that is extremely easy to set up and to configure both on Macs and Windows. Via the included app, it basically sets itself up automatically after you input your desired Wi-Fi network name and password. There are of course also advanced options which you may set manually if you desire to.

    This AirPort Extreme performs better than the prior version, even without 801.11ac devices in the network. With 802.11ac devices, it will be even faster.

    This contains more antennas inside the device than prior versions and also incorporates beamforming for faster wifi. The antennas sit higher and off the table top in the device which aids performance as well. When using my wifi network, things are noticeably more speedy than before.

    The design and foot print is also an improvement. It takes up less space on your desk or shelf since it has a smaller footprint, even though it's taller. And, I like the look of it better than prior versions as well.

    A note about the product box: be careful opening the box, if you have it at an angle while pulling the lid off, the device will fall out and could be damaged. Also, after unboxing it, you cannot replace the base of the box because it will get stuck inside the box and be very difficult to remove after that. I recommend you put the base in sideways if you want to store the box. You will see what I mean after you get this item.

    In summary, Apple has another winner in this latest version of the AirPort Extreme! This is a worthy upgrade from prior versions, even if you don't yet have any 802.11ac devices since it also works with 802.11a/b/g and n devices, and you will be ready for any future 802.11ac device that you may get, which is the new standard.

    Highly recommended Wi-Fi router.

    58 of 64 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazingly Easy to Replace an Airport Extreme

    • Written by from Geneva

    I plugged in the new Airport Extreme and connected with my iPhone 5 (running a developer preview of iOS7). The new Airport Extreme asked if I was replacing my old Airport Extreme and if it should duplicate all the settings. I said yes. It then told me to move all the cables over. I did and it booted up using the same network name/password - everything! Just needed to reboot my cable modem and update the firmware on the AE to 7.7.1 and BAM it was good to go. I love Apple products! Great signal strength too.

    54 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast and Powerful

    • Written by from Watkinsville

    I bought this to replace my Airport Extreme 2nd Generation (which is still working just wanted to upgrade). The wireless router is located on the 2nd floor of my house and in my downstairs living room I was only getting 4-5 mbps. I have 30mbps service so I used an Airport Express (wired) to extend the range.

    I hooked this router up and without any range extender I was getting 25-28mbps everywhere in my house. I used the old router now (since everything I have is N) as the range extender and consistently get 30+mbps in my living. I really didn't need too since the speed with just the new router was excellent but I figured since I have it, I might as well use it. I also hooked up my TV receiver and PS3 with a wire to the old Airport extreme since they do not support N. Now I can stream HD movies very fast.

    The Airport express is now just used for AirPlay on my back deck.

    Great product so far!!!

    48 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    First Apple product I've ever returned

    • Written by from Vancouver

    Dropped connections. Having to power recycle many times a day. Hanging.
    After an Apple history daring back to the Apple ][ I returned my first product for a refund and reverted to my Apple AirPort Extreme G1

    58 of 74 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router EVER!!!

    • Written by from Jamaica

    Went from using an Airport Extreme extended by an Airport Express and now this new router replaces both of them. It is extremely fast and its coverage is superb. I now get a signal in the bedroom where as all routers that I ever owned before (Linksys, Belkin & Apple) have failed. I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.

    52 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not For Power Users

    • Written by from Crystal river

    This is a great router if all you need is access to Facebook. HOWEVER, if you're a power user of any sort this router simply won't cut it. Unbelievably it lacks support for SNMP and the latest AirPort Utility is stripped of all the useful features. You won't be customizing or doing anything interesting with this router. I returned within the 14 day no-questions-asked period.

    For this product line (without SNMP) Apple has officially given up on small business and power users.

    59 of 77 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SNMP function No longer there

    • Written by from Bruxelles

    Apple stop support for SNMP function. If you want to monitor new AirPort Extreme Base Station by SNMP, you are out of luck.

    and Apple, Please mention this fact on your product Information.

    55 of 70 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems with timed access control

    • Written by from abbotsford

    I bought two of these 802.11ac/2013 units. I use the Timed Access Control (TAC) to limit access according to MAC addresses. I swapped my old extremes for these new ones and TAC does not work reliably. There is a glitch where if you have a long list of MAC addresses, say more than 10, then the unit has a random address recognition failure. If the problem MAC addresses are moved further up the list there is less of a problem, if they are toward the end of the list there is more of a chance of a problem. This results in computers which should have authority to use the wireless being denied access. I have spent about 6 hours on this problem, Apple senior tech support can't get to the bottom of it. I have put my old Airports back in. I am aware that other people are having similar problems. I am a long time Apple fan but these units are poor. I can replicate the problem with Mac Book Pros, Mac Book Pro Retinas, and iPads. Don't waste your money.

    54 of 68 people found this useful