• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best wireless router to date!

    • Written by from Fort Dix

    I have nothing, but positive things to say about the AirPort Extreme. Quick story why I took a chance and purchased this product. I am a FIOS customer and running their Quantum 50/25 Mbps. For those who are familiar with their initial issue wireless router know that it is pretty pathetic running on G band. I live in 1800 sqft condo and the router is located in the living room. I was lucky to get a signal up the stairs if at all. So, I decided to buy their N band wireless router which improved the range, but not by much. I was getting roughly 20/10 Mbps throughout the house. After going through and reading a lot of the positive reviews on here I decided to shell out the $184 and purchase it. Best decision ever! I bridged the AirPort Extreme through the FIOS router and now getting 58/38 Mbps throughout the house. Its pretty insane of the difference it makes.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great technology, badly implemented

    • Written by from Glendale

    Had issues with my old Airport network setup (~2010ish), upgraded everything (!) (internet service, attached storage and of course this new Airport Extreme, from my local Apple store) Some smaller issues as discussed in most reviews, incl. the new Airport Utility, but most importantly:

    Initially, not too shabby, even saw some speed improvements using my older MacBook(s) when it works. However, the same old issues returned almost immediately: unstable filesharing resulting in frequent hangs, to the point of not restarting remotely, having to literally pull the plug since there's still no on/off switch. If the old Airport is anything to go by, after a couple of months it will be so worn down that it will get easier...

    This is aggravated by the Finder, which despite a supposed multi-thread rewrite completely hangs as well if even only one drive hangs (like the above, even after disconnecting) . Sometimes to the point where it can't be relaunched and then blocks the Mac from restarting too, requiring a hard shutdown just like the Airport Extreme itself.

    The Guest Network feature is still borderline pointless: it is tied to the same Access Control than the main network, leaving you with 2 choices:
    - Having to add every . single . guest to the list even if they just want to pop on the internet for a few minutes, going through the hassle of having them find their MAC address etc., which defeats the purpose of a G-U-E-S-T network
    - Or turning off Access Control completely, making the main network substantially less secure, defeating the purpose of that feature...

    The technology is nice, but badly implemented; if it won't affect you, great. But if you have a usage case similar to mine, and you will run into these issues several times a day, it becomes tiresome quickly. Hopefully this will help you to avoid it.

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Greatly improved range and reliability

    • Written by from MOUNT KISCO

    I live in a large house and was previously using a linksys ea6500 router and netgear range extender to get whole house coverage. This set-up proved extremely unreliable as different devices would regularly lose contact, things would need to be rebooted, repowered and reconnected, generally a nightmare. Enter the new AirPort Extreme, on it's own it covers the entire house and a decent radius outside so we can work wirelessly on our deck and in our backyard. The speed even at the farthest point in our house from the router is excellent. The set-up took two minutes. I had purchased an AirPort Express along with the AirPort Extreme thinking I would need to extend the coverage but the extreme is so powerful I have returned the express. Excellent all around.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great router & NAS works!

    • Written by from Cumming

    Network setup: modem - netgear wireless router (connected 8 port switch & airport extreme)

    Hardware connected to airport extreme AE is a 3TB WD NAS & an iMac

    The wifi coverage provided by AE within the house is amazingly fast. BTW, I have 3 story house including the basement. The good thing is I can now access all my files stored in WD NAS from PS3 (wired thru 8 port switch) and all my idevices (iphones, ipad mini) and MAC computer (MBP & iMac). With this network setup my Apple TV works perfect as well.

    Overall, I'm a satisfied owner now of Airport Extreme.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very pleased, good range, easy setup

    • Written by from Chesterfield

    Problem that needed a solution: Needed to share Internet and network between two buildings, one frame and one masonry, about 300 yards apart. Some trees and a busy highway separate the buildings. Early solutions had stopped working due to trees and installation of energy-efficient windows.

    Pair of Airport Extreme Base Stations (802.11b/g/n/ac) replaced two non-Apple 802.11g routers and outdoor antenna. In building 1, ran Ethernet patch cable from phone company modem/router to Airport Extreme #1. Created new WiFi network on #1 with Airport Utility. Used Utility to configure #2 to join #1's new network. Carried Airport Extreme #2 to building 2, powered it up, and began using the network. Setup time about 10-15 minutes.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    very reliable and super fast

    • Written by from pingree grove

    My house is fairly large with two floors and a basement. Our old router would cut out every few days and we dealt with it for four years. After we bought a new PC desktop and laptop for the house, we decided to upgrade our router.

    Before buying this, I read a ton of reviews ans there were lots of people having problems from not being able to use it in an existing network, to the range being awful, to not being able to connect an external hard drive or printer. However, we decided to buy it and try it out and ran into ALL of these problems. Literally took forever to get it set up (it was easy for my mac pro and our iPhones, but not the PCs).

    HOWEVER, after simple google searches we were able to solve everything. The signal is so strong and fast that I've stayed connected and used my wifi from 2 houses away! yes it took some work to set it up right, but I'm not going to blame the Airport extreme for my personal ignorance, which I feel like many people who give negative reviews do. Wr have a 1 TB external hard drive attached and our printer. Everyone in my house uses netflix/hbogo all the time and my brother and I are PC gamers. The signal has never dropped for 9 months now.

    I should add that I work in technology and have built several PCs myself and I still had trouble so those "support" people you call can't really help you if you won't even admit your own ignorance and blame them.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    • Written by from Columbus

    Maybe it's because of the home network we had before this...
    I thought we had a good setup. I had an expensive router on one band, I had an expensive router on the other band. Most of the house had a signal, and most of it was decent. Of course, there were a couple rooms that didn't get a good signal, so we used a powerline adapter for that room. Over time we added more and more switches all over the place to extend wired reliability to our wireless network. But things were good. Well, actually, they were as good as I thought they could be. We'd get dropped connections from time to time. Occasional slow downs even though the modem was still claiming the internet hadn't slowed. The wifi printer would have bouts of instability.

    So, eventually, we got this. This wonderful, amazing, intelligent (and might I add, good looking) piece of equipment. I did the manual labor, and the Extreme did everything else. It reaches further, faster, stronger. No more dual routers, no more powerline adapter, no more switches all over the place, no more "printer offline" messages, no more deception about what a 'good' network is.

    Thank you, Apple Airport Extreme!

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT IMPRESSED

    • Written by from STONE MOUNTAIN

    My new Airport Extreme does not have as good of a range as my old Airport Extreme did. In my kitchen i used to have 4 bars now I get 1 or 2 bars. It works great wired but so did the old one. I'm trying out a higher, less hidden location, but it doesn't help. I upgraded (ha) thinking with my lust for new and shiny things. feeling burned

    18 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible, does more than advertised actually

    • Written by from lexington

    I have an airport extreme only 5 months only (5th generation), but when I picked up this new Airport Extreme with the redesigned antenna geometry, and the Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi; I KNEW I'd get better bi-di communication on my brand new 2013 macbook air, which I do, but what turned out a real shocker is Im getting around 30% faster www cruising on my Ipad 4th gen and my Ipad mini! Why didn't apple Inc. advertise "Hey, not ONLY will you get blazing better speeds with the new Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi,...but ALSO you'll notice faster speeds on your Ipads and other devices"

    My wifi on my 2012 Macbook Pro is about 20% or more faster on downloads and MUCH faster refresh on known sites.

    I was planning on getting faster speeds on ONLY my new Macbook Air, and FURTHER stronger signal strength. But additionally a HUGE PLUS is my now-faster Ipad communications and home networking speeds.

    Was it worth the $200 considering I had a basically a new (older model) airport extreme? Absolutely YES. WORTH IT!

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Problematic

    • Written by from Toronto

    Works well most of the time but will drop the wireless signal and needs a reboot. This has become extremely annoying. I have been forced to take it out of my system. I have tried all suggestions and the problem still persists. I will be taking it to the Apple store for help.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    surprisingly no USB 3.0

    • Written by from Long Island City

    I am disappointed by the USB port being 2.0 and not 3.0 - at this price point! I connect an extra HDD as a network-shared drive and USB 3.0 would be of great advantage. Otherwise I'd be very happy. I also have a TC for backups as part of the wi-fi network.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a good product

    • Written by from Praha 2

    I have to restart this device at least once every week. I had no problems with my previous AirPort Extreme running for many years without any restart required. Very disappointed.

    28 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So Far So Good!!!!

    • Written by from Pasadena

    Just installed my new Airport Extreme and it is much stronger then 5th Gen. I tested both routers at same time in the worst part of my house.

    Results:
    5th Gen: 18MB down/3.98MB up
    6th Gen: 38MB down/4MB up

    Will retest 6th gen again later tonight when people get home and our node is stressed. Stay tuned.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A worthy update.

    • Written by from Hillsborough

    Looks/Construction: Solidly built, typical minimalist design & packaging. The dimensions make it much more voluminous than the outgoing model, so its physical presence will be a bit more obvious.

    Connectivity: The new AirPort Extreme router uses Broadcom's 2nd generation 802.11ac chipset, so it is already at an advantage over similar products from other vendors. Only 3 LAN ports might be an issue for some. I've occupied them all and I'm sure many others will too. USB 2.0 port vs USB 3.0 port even though it is supported by the Broadcom SoC (system on a chip.) I assume USB 3.0 was disabled to create separation between the AEBS and the Time Capsule.

    Software: Apple's AirPort Utility 6.x has taken a step back in advanced set-up and monitoring. The older utility cannot be used to set-up or maintain this AEBS. This means that unless you have a Mac with OS X 10.7+ or an iDevice, you will not be able to configure the new AEBS. Other than that, set-up was a breeze. My iPhone recognized the new unit and asked me to configure it. It then asked if I wanted to transfer settings from my existing AEBS. The process was quite painless.

    Performance: I bought two of these. The second is used primarily as a wireless ethernet bridge down the hall from the primary AEBS. The distance between the two is roughly 30ft with a couple walls in between. Sustained transfer rates are right at 45MBps (360Mbps.) Compared to my previous set-up of two 802.11n AEBS, it's a 2-3x increase in throughput. The old set-up struggled sometimes to saturate my Comcast broadband connection.

    Price: Steep, but in line with other 802.11ac routers + a small Apple premium.

    Thoughts: It works, quite well actually. My only major hang-up is the software, which I can't ding the physical product too much for. I might add that this is only rev.1 of the new look router because there will surely be several silent updates. Did you know there were five revisions of the previous model, all with notable differences? Now is as good a time as any to jump in though...802.11ac is that big of an upgrade. I'd also like to see "AirPort Extreme" branding dropped at some point. It should really just be called AirPort AC or something like that.

    Score: 4.5 stars rounded up to 5.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawless and fast!

    • Written by from La Plata

    Simply stated, this is a genuinely fast upgrade to the previous generation AE, which I replaced with this model two days ago. Much faster home Wi-Fi in all areas of my house. Signal now strong enough to stream outside by the pool where before I barely got any signal at all. Great Apple design and virtually foolproof setup. Took me 7 minutes to be up and running from box opening to surfing the web. Highly recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixed my problem!

    • Written by from Norfolk

    I was having a lot of wi-fi internet problems. My network would stop working, sometimes I couldn't connect to it, sometimes the speed would decrease considerably for no intelligible reason. I got a new modem and a new router but the problems persisted.

    A friend recommended this to me but I was reluctant due to the high cost compared to its competitors. As with all Apple products, you get what you pay for. I haven't explored many of the advanced features but it has completely solved my network issues. And it's super fast. I can consistently get over 50 Mbps (with my last set-up I maxed out at about 20).

    Bottom line: it's expensive but you get what you pay for.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router I have ever seen after about 1 year of USE still impressed

    • Written by from Riverside

    All my Computers are Dell but after listing to the Tech-Guy on the radio I stepped up to the Apple Airport Extreme and am very pleased.
    I have 4 iphones, Ipad and 7 Dell PCs as well as my wifi TVs, PS3, Xbox and all of those gizmos do better than ever using WIFI from this Router
    This is a 1/2 acre property and I have access to my network from any part of my yard in this single story house.
    This router has the capacity to connect all my devices at the same time without choking.
    I have used other routers, Netgear, Linksys, and Cisco but they all died. some after weeks while others after years.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The nicest and most user friendly router out there.

    • Written by from Summerville

    I've had the 'luxury' of an AC router for quite some time now. Sadly, the router was a pain. It constantly cut out, speeds were unreliable, and setup was the biggest pain in the world.

    This past week I began eyeing the Airport Extreme, and rightfully so. Today I proudly purchased it at my local Best Buy. After hooking it up and loading up Airport Utility on my Mac, I was stunned at how amazingly easy it was to set up. Honestly, it was breath taking to see router setup this simple (And I've dealt with my fair share of routers in the past).

    After connecting to the device on my iPhone, iPad, PS3, PC, etc. I was happy to find that it worked smoothly on all of them.

    By far, the best router I have ever purchased.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme Base Station: another out-the-park home run

    • Written by from Kenner

    It was time to get serious and call Mother Apple for the latest and greatest AirPort Extreme Base Station when my D-link WBR-2310 RangeBooster G Wireless Router went off the reservation. The emblematically elegant Airport Extreme micro-tower was delivered in two days and ten minutes later she was vigorously pumping a flood of energy to all points in my single story sprawling 4,400 square foot home. The Base Station immediately prompted for a seamless firmware update on initial connection and subsequent configuration with Apple's complementary Airport Utility iPhone app was incredibly simple and intuitive. Simplicity of installation, price point, form & functionality, performance, support, and Apple's "no questions asked" money back guarantee made this device a game breaker for me. And kudos to my Apple sales person, Adrian, for clearly and accurately presenting the multiple advantages and ease of installation of the Airport Extreme device, as well as to Apple Inc. for adeptly removing the pain from router installation and management.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy .

    • Written by from Miami Lakes

    After reading all reviews on the negative side I was a bit hesitant. My old extreme died on me and a new router was needed.
    Since my household is mainly Macs, 3 of them and various iPads and iPhones and my android phone I decided to give it a try.
    Setup on my iMac was done in minute and everything connected without a hitch. Even my Naim Unity in the other end of my house enjoys a strong signal. It also runs cool where my old extreme was kind of hot. It also looks good compared to competitors.

    9 of 11 people found this useful