• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent job for design

    • Written by from SEATTLE

    I never thought Apple will adapt such design, though the design has been used by others such as DLink. I am really satisfied with the product since I test it under the school network compared to my time capsule of previous generation. The download speed is almost equal since I only have macbook pro equipped with 802.11n not 802.11ac. However, there is big difference for the upload speed. The AC version is about 30% faster than the N version, which pretty amazed me. I am looking forward to seeing the truly AC speed when I upgrade my macbook pro some time later.

    The reason for one star off is the incompatibility with my USB 3.0 portal external hard drive. It is formatted as Mac disk format and compatible with my old time capsule. The new airport extreme should be equipped with same compatibility though it has USB 2.0 interface stead of 3.0. So I guess I have to wait for Apple update the firmware to fix the bug.

    By the way, I bought one from a guy for $125, which I feel so lucky to have such a deal.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Major Speed+Range Bump, Easy Replacement

    • Written by from Victoria

    After using two previous-generation AirPort Extremes in the house to try and get usable speeds at other end of house, we went from almost NO signal about 60 ft. away to hitting our broadband provider's speed cap from same location.

    Second-generation iPads at far end of house sometimes would get NO signal at all, now they're easily hitting high 30mbps and MacBook Pro getting full max of provider's 48mbps from that location.

    Was skeptical about the one-click "upgrade all settings from existing AirPort Extreme", having done a lot of configuration to our existing unit that I was reluctant to have to sit down and replicate, but it got everything, including our attached-drive permissions, etc.

    Thanks for this AirPort Extreme upgrade, Apple. Helped keep my marriage happy.

    2 of 2 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.

    61 of 79 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited Configuration Options

    • Written by from Lawrence

    Everyone should note that you can't change the last digit of the IP address of the router. The router will only let its IP be 192.168.x.1 10.0.x.1 or 172.16.x.1. If you have an existing network with static clients using something like 192.168.1.254 as the router you will have to manually touch all clients to make this change. Big design flaw by Apple.

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Feedback on Airport Extreme

    • Written by from Marlton

    Fantastic product! I literally installed the extreme in 5 minutes and we have total coverage for a large house and property!

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty but not very useful

    • Written by from Monroe

    Pros: Great range and compatible with AC devices.

    Cons: No way to tell the ip addresses of hard wired devices. No way that I can find to use a dynamic DNS service. In a high end 200 dollar router this is unacceptable. I think mine will be going back to apple.

    46 of 67 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup, better range, faster WiFi

    • Written by from Jaffrey

    I bought this to replace an aging Time Capsule. Coverage around our house was spotty in some areas and as our family has grown, I've needed WiFi in the far reaches of the house. I bought the new AirPort Extreme hoping it would provide coverage without the need for two base stations.

    This unit covers every corner of the house with a strong signal and was very easy to set up.

    I don't have any ac wireless devices, but all our devices (iPhone, iPad and laptops) seem to have much faster internet access and file sharing.

    I also like the guest network feature. We often have visitors and this makes it very easy for them to join (with or without a password).

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worthy upgrade from the Gen 5 Extreme

    • Written by from Toronto

    I would recommend upgrading to the Gen. 6 from any other generation of Apple Extreme, including the Gen. 5. Page load speed on Safari appears to be noticeably faster and the download time on an iTunes movie is dramatically shorter. Set-up, of course, is an absolute breeze. My Macbook Pro w. Retina rapidly found the plugged-in station and launched Airport Utility (use latest version) with its extremely simple set-up protocol. If you have an existing wireless network, perhaps with a printer (as in my case) or other wireless peripheral, simply assign the current network name to the new Extreme base station and the peripheral(s) should all connect. A firmware upgrade was immediately signalled on the Extreme icon in the Airport Utility, (a red circle with the #1 in it), so ensure that you update the firmware. I hope this feedback helps.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Day 1- Best Router Ever

    • Written by from Frederick

    Coming from the 5th Gen AirPort Extreme, I was a bit skeptical. But after reading positive reviews on here, I took a chance. IT BLOWS THE 5TH GEN OUT OF THE WATER. I'm talking I have 56 Mbps download speeds from Comcast and the older model was sluggish. This one is like having 4G LTE in my house. Little to no hesitation. Lightning fast. Epic success.

    1 of 1 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

    89 of 113 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome product

    • Written by from Jenkintown

    I had a bad signal about 40-50 feet away and this completely solved the issue, and added the benefit of faster internet.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MORE POWAAAA!!!!

    • Written by from union city

    Wow! This thing is the real deal. I upgraded my wifi network with the new AirPort Extreme. Tested the speed with my iPhone sitting in the farthest section of my house from the router. Look at this speed! 27MB/s download and 10MB/s upload.

    Old setup:
    Previous generation AirPort Extreme
    2 Airport Expresses extending network

    New setup:
    New AirPort Extreme
    Previous Gen Extreme extending network

    Unfortunately I didn't test the speed of the previous setup, but the speed is like night and day. AND none of my devices are wirelss AC compatible. All are just wireless N. My PS3 was wired to one of the Expresses and showed 2MB/s download. Now it's wired to the extending Extreme and it shows 13.3 MB/s download. That's a BIG jump in speed. A lot of the increase is probably due to getting rid of the inferior Expresses, and using the old extreme as the extender. But whatever.... Huge seat of the pants difference. if you already own a previous generation Extreme, its time for an upgrade. MORE POWAAAA!!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router I've ever used

    • Written by from London

    Let me say first that I'm an IT professional and I have worked in the field for 10 years. We had a number of aging Cisco enterprise routers at our office that needed replacement. At first I was hesitant to purchase Apple networking equipment because Cisco is the norm in the enterprise and anything less is usually a set up for failure. As a test I decided to take the plunge and purchase a 2013 Extreme for our Guest Network which usually has around 20 clients connected daily. The setup was easily done on my ipad mini. I've had the extreme online for over a month now with no issues at all (No restarts). Users tell me the range and speed are much better than the Cisco router. I am very impressed by this little unit! It was a little challenging installing it in the ceiling but a little creativity and I had it installed in 15 min. The bosses are so pleased that we will probably replace our main corporate wifi with a new extreme unit very soon. Nice work Airport team!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easiest setup

    • Written by from Singapore

    With my 20 years of computer experience. This is the most easiest router that I ever setup. And it was setup with my iOS devices. No computer is needed. Great job apple.
    Highly recommend for first timer.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm Extreme(ly) Impressed

    • Written by from San Tan Valley

    Prior to AirPort Extreme I was averaging an inconsistent 15-22Mbps on my internet speed tests with a NG 802.11n router. Now, with AirPort Extreme, my speed is averaging a very consistent 62-64Mbps. Have two Macs and an iPad on the network. Grandson is jealous.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great performance and setup is easy

    • Written by from Reston

    I can simply add to previous comments that this new version of Airport Extreme seems to be a huge upgrade. Not yet having any 802.ac devices, I can only rate the 802.n network performance. I'm not positive the range is significantly better than my last generation AE (it may be somewhat better) but the connection speed is definitely faster.

    My 2013 iMac was getting about 25-30 Mbps on speedtest.net before; with the new AE it's now averaging 50 Mbps or more (Verizon FIOS connection).

    I used my old AE to extend my wireless network and the process of transferring settings from old to new, and then using the old one to extend the network, couldn't possibly be easier. I've worked with numerous Netgear and Linksys routers in the past and nothing compares to ease Apple's process.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Boosted internet speed 10x

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    A few months ago I upgraded my internet to Fios. The free router that came with it, placed one room away, gave me 6 mbps download speeds and a choppy connection. So I decided to get an Airport Extreme.

    I installed the Airport Extreme in minutes after hooking it up. In fact, my Macbook immediately opened the Airport Utility tool without me prompting it to. It was surprisingly seamless, but this is what you should expect from a collection of Apple devices!

    My download speed is now 70mbps. (Note: this beauty is sitting right on my desk).

    Now I'm thinking of returning it to get a Time Capsule for automatic backups...

    Conclusion: If you're undecided, BUY ONE. Just to try it out; you can always return it. But I guarantee you won't want to.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Airport Apple has made to date

    • Written by from San Francisco

    We replaced last generations airport extreme with the new one and what an improvement. We have Comcast with 50mbs download and with the new Airport Extreme we can get that download speed throughout the house and not just in the office where the Airport Extreme is located. Before the new Airport Extreme we were dropping our speeds down to as little as 5mbs in parts of the house. If you like to stream videos and who doesn’t, this is a great upgrade.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    very fast. update my modem and i got more speed.

    • Written by from LINDEN

    just amazing. dont forget to update modem also to really feel the speed.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not comparable with lynksys

    • Written by from Umatilla

    I purchased airport extreme to replace my old lynksys router and now find I cant get the wifi I had with my Lynksys which I could go anywhere in and around my house with no problems, now I am stuck in my living room, bedroom or back porch. Not near the distance coverage of my old lynksys for twice the money.

    37 of 51 people found this useful