• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply fantastic!

    • Written by from Flower Mound

    I have owned MANY WiFi routers over the years and this Airport Extreme is by far the best. Super easy to configure yet has the key configuration options you need such as port forwarding and WPS printer setup. It was really easy to extend my network from an Airport Time Capsule with the Airport Utility, just a few clicks and I have excellent coverage in all parts of a large one story home. Pay no attention to those one-star reviewers who obviously have other issues with their networks.

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great!

    • Written by from Hollywood

    I love it - setup is easy, of course, and I plugged in a USB drive to use as a network disk and it works super. File transfers over WiFi are also much faster with this unit!

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent router!! A definite BUY!!

    • Written by from Sherman Oaks

    I have a single story 2500 sq foot house with a separate detached living area (built off the garage), so there's a wide area of coverage needed with older thick walls. We area an apple family - with a dozen clients (iMacs, Mac Books, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, PS3, etc.) needing wifi coverage. (I was also using a new Airport Express to extend my network into the detached loft).

    I had upgraded to Time Warner's Ultimate Internet service (50 Mbps), but I was only getting the high speed on an iMac that was physically connected to my old Airport router via ethernet. I was having to reboot my router more than once a day to get the speeds to pick up from horrible to simply passable - Netflix movies would stop streaming - kids were screaming - it wasn't pretty.

    I researched all the new high end AC1900 routers (Netgear Nighthawk R7000, Asus RT-AC68U), and I have to admit I was tempted to finally drop my long term reliance on Apple Airport products. Then I remembered that the Apple Airport had always been so easy to use and I don't need to break into my router to configure it in any non-standard way, so after reading some decent reviews - I went back to my Apple roots and bought the new Airport Extreme (w/AC).

    I don't have any AC clients yet, but I can say this: I was able to swap out the router and have a new network up and running in less than 60 seconds flat. I used the old network name and every device automatically reconnected to the network without having to do anything.

    I am now getting 50 Mbps on my Mac Book Pro (n) - when previously I had only been getting 5 Mbps! The increased range is incredible too - reaching full strength everywhere now where it hadn't before.

    Conclusion - if you're a multiple Apple user like me and have an existing airport that's causing your internet to become sluggish - and your family's patience at it's limits - stop reading about all those other routers and buy this one.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A PIECE OF JUNK

    • Written by from GLOUCESTER

    I will NEVER buy another Apple Router... EVER!! After everything is hooked up and running, and after 24 hours, the router starts dumping computers!! My iPhone cannot connect to the router, Nor can my iPad! When I disconnect and restart everything, it IS the SAME problem!!

    39 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad power supply on 3 different routers

    • Written by from Murphy

    The router is great except for one major issue. It can power off completely once every few days. I have bought/returned 2 of these already and now the 3rd one did the same and I will be returning for another brand. My power outlet does not seem to be the problem, tried multiple power strips and plugged directly into the wall...same result as the router keeps turning itself off. Plus, I have other devices using the same power strip/outlet and those work fine. It is a pain to continuously unplug and restart the router every time this happens. Apple does not know what the issue is, but obviously this is a major problem, so beware.

    26 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't deal with walls

    • Written by from Redondo Beach

    I was astounded, and not in a good way, by the performance of the Airport Extreme. With all the technology - dual-band, six antennas, beamforming (*especially* beamforming) etc., I was confident it would connect to iOS devices in my WiFi dead zones, but it did not. For three different install locations, the Extreme was outperformed by an ancient Westell DSL modem. In some dead zones, the Westell speed did degrade, but the Extreme failed to connect at all. For other zones in which the Westell worked just fine, the Extreme wouldn't connect. The Extreme didn't appear to be defective: short-range, it was fine, but through multiple walls, unsatisfactory. I returned it. I obtained adequate performance by moving the Westell to an inconvenient location.

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lousy, will try to return

    • Written by from Golden Valley

    Purchased this router less than 2 weeks ago. DSL modem has been placed in bridging and this is handling all of the routing. Wireless signal is good. Worked OK for a couple of days. Then increasingly this thing seems to be rebooting and locking up irregardless of what I do. Unuseable. I reinstalled my old cheapy Netgear N dual signal and configured it the same way. In 24 hours I have not had a single issue. I worked at isolating the issue by power cycles of various devices. I have iPhones, macbook pro, iPad, printer, apple TV, ROKU. They all drop out. I also completed a reset to factory defaults and the thing is rebooting regularly. This is strictly an airport issue and the product is no good.

    As I attempted to isolate the issue I was very disappointed in the Airport utility as the only means of pursuing trouble. The utility is extremely limited and is of almost no troubleshooting help. You can configure and check signal strength on devices. Beyond that the utility completely void. I do not recommend this product.

    28 of 42 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding upgrade but packaging a huge failure.

    • Written by from Pollocksville

    Hello, I'm not the first to make such comments regarding the box in which the router is packaged in. I opened the cellophane and the bottom dropped out from the box and onto the floor, rendering my hard drive inoperative. I take responsibility but on the other hand realize the imperfect design that enables such an easy mistake to happen. The box sets you up for failure in its attempt for form over function. Now I have a router that I paid 300 for that was supposed to have a 2TB hard drive that doesn't work. However, the wireless still works and is noticeably faster on my N devices. I look forward to seeing the performance improvement when I get my new Mac Air with AC. Now, I wonder if Apple will exchange for a working one as a good will gesture? I'm not the last person this will happen to I can guarantee that.
    Thank you, Adam

    30 of 47 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Dumbed down features but worth it for 802.11ac

    • Written by from Reston

    For $20 more than the last generation, you get 802.11ac (Awesome!) but lose SNMP and advanced control over things like radio mode, power and channel width. No longer supported with AirPort Utility 5.6. Still worth it for the speed though.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too many bugs

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    Looks like Apple start having the problem with quality control. All latest products are super buggy. This router is not an exclusion. The most annoying part is you need to restart it every day if you want to have the maximum speed (Driver restart). This problem is present in many cheap routers.

    How to do the diagnostic fast:

    1. You need to have an Iphone.
    2. Download cloudcheck and speedtest from app store.
    3. Check the wifi speed with cloudcheck. Iphone 4 should show 30-40 mbps (2.4G) and Iphone 5 should show around 40 Mbps (2.4G) and 90 Mbps (5G).
    4. Check the broadband speed with speedcheck. The speed should be around the speed you pay for or maximum speed of your wifi.

    In my case the wifi speed is usually good, but the broadband speed shows 4 Mbps instead of 50 Mbps . This is the time when I need to restart the router. After the restart the speed is back to 50 Mbps.

    Apple please, please, please, please, please fix it.

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!

    • Written by from Norwalk

    I must admit… This is the first time I ever wrote a review on any item of which I purchased. The Airport Extreme certainly deserves a review! This router has literally transformed my house into a fully internet accessible home connecting every single wireless device; and there are a bunch! I pad’s, I phone’s laptops, DVD players and a bunch more. It even reaches places that I never thought would reach! For instance my porch area on the other side of the house. The range of this beats in incredible! I walked well over one hundred feet into my neighbor’s yard and I still had 3-4 reception bars. Amazing! I highly recommend this item to anyone who wants the very best internet access. It’s a little pricy but well worth it. The set-up is a piece of cake. Literally took me a few minutes!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My Prayers Have Been Answered!

    • Written by from oakland

    I live in a townhouse and my computer and router are in my office located on the top floor. My audio-visual equipment is on the bottom floor. There's always been an issue with wireless signal strength but that issue has been resolved with the latest Airport Extreme.
    I actually watched a movie without getting a buffering notification.

    Sold!

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stay away!

    • Written by from Patterson

    I purchased my unit from Apple Online in January 2014. Worked great for 4 weeks, until it started shutting down for no reason. Returned it to the Apple store in mid February, and they gave me a new one. Now, it is November, and the unit keeps dropping the internet connection. Wifi signal is great on both 5 and 2.4GHz channels, but NO connectivity. Airplay became useless. Pulled it out, and put back my old 4th gen AirPort Extreme. Yeah, signal strength is a bit less, but everything works so much better. Oh, and the Bonjour Share name problem with OS X Yosemite? ...it stopped!!! Everybody futzing around with their Macs, troubleshooting problems? More than likely it is their 6th gen AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule. I am going to try and return my unit. I do not have high expectations of any satisfaction, but hey... I have to try.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme December 2013 Review

    • Written by from Earlville

    After a great amount of internet review searches on the new AirPort Extreme; I decided to buy one and find out if it lived up to expectations. I already have an AirPort Express for all of my international travels and am pleased with its performance.

    I live in a 3,000 square foot home built in the late 1800s on a small horse ranch and required a signal from the AirPort Extreme out to the stables for IP camera use. I also wanted to use my small Airport Express as a range extender to cover any blind spots in the stables.

    The AirPort Extreme has covered my entire home and up to 100 Yards (300-feet) with stellar performance and full signal. It did however begin to have the signal fall off in various areas of the stables. This is where I found my small Airport Express as a great range extender and covered all those areas with a weaker signal.

    In closing - the AirPort Extreme is a robust wifi router with one of the strongest signal strengths I have ever used. When utilized with the Airport Utility software found as an iTunes app or the Windows version available on line; the setup and monitoring thereafter are outstanding and delivers as promised. I gave the AirPort Extreme 4-stars as opposed to the full 5-stars; due to the few added complexities associated with utilizing any other manufactures hardware with an Apple product. Similar to other router manufactures.

    By the way; all the IP cameras in the stables maintain a consistent communication with the Airport Extremes signal and work with stellar performance!
    Note:- some other reviews claimed that use of the Airport Express as a range extender for the AirPort Extreme would cause a 50% speed decrees. While I did see a slight decrease, due to added link in wifi chain; a 50% loss is not even close to accurate and like all other information on the internet - read a lot and take an average of opinions for your decision.

    12 of 13 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not impressed

    • Written by from Pinckneyville

    Better that previous in some ways but slow USB no firewire. Missing features of previous version. Fix the oversights and it would be good. You would expect more form the larger size.

    31 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Router

    • Written by from Scituate

    This is a very solid router. I hooked it up to my Comcast service and set it up in about 10 minutes. It works seamlessly. I noticed a strong speed increase across all of my devices - iPhones, iPads, and laptops - and the range was greatly improved. I have coverage on my back deck that I didn't have before with a strong signal. I highly recommend.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme Extremely dissapointing!!!!!!

    • Written by from Wandsworth

    Brought this to replace an ancient Cisco router , read the reviews and thought great will get a better signal upstairs. What a dissapointment where my old Cisco gave outstanding performance , airport does not even manage to give me a signal. Only place I get full signal is in the room it is located and in the room above, I now now have more dead spots then I ever encountered with the cheapest of routers . Yes airport is extreme , extremely dissapointing will be investigating returning for a full refund. Would give zero stars if I could .

    20 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing speed increase from older model

    • Written by from New York

    After experiencing increasingly pokey download speeds with my prior (5+ year old) AirPort Extreme, I bit the bullet and bought the current version. It was a breeze to install and get up/running, and the speed increase is dramatic, going from 8-10Mpbs to 216 (!!) Very glad I upgraded.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    If you need SNMP, Don't buy this router!

    • Written by from Baytown

    I just wanted to tell everyone something Apple fails to mention anywhere. The new AirPort Extreme and TimeCapsules no longer support SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). This is an industry standard supported by even the cheapest Chinese manufacturers. Every AirPort Extreme before this model has supported SNMP, so I was surprised when I got mine hooked up and my bandwidth monitoring software no longer worked. I use it to make sure I don't exceed my ISP's monthly data cap. Other than that, it's a good, solid router, but Apple bewilders me when they pull a numbskull move like this.

    17 of 24 people found this useful