• 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.

    67 of 74 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    EASY

    • Written by from Chula Vista

    Very nice router. Easy to set-up. My network was ready to go in less than 10 minutes. WiFi coverage is excellent! Gave it 4 stars for 2.0 USB port.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome—except for one thing

    • Written by from Seattle

    LOADS faster than the last AirPort Extreme—my faster Internet connection seemed to make no difference until today, when I installed the new AirPort extreme. My digital media player shows a particularly huge improvement—up to almost 34 Mbps where 14 or 15 Mbps was as good as it got.

    I'm glad I didn't get the Time Machine flavor, though—because the packaging is not well thought out. My AirPort Express ended up falling out of the box, hitting my coffee table—*breaking* a serving tray in the process—and crashing to the floor. A hard drive contained within would have been toast.

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly Great Wifi Router - Looses One Star for Difficulty Getting to Work

    • Written by from San Diego

    Very nice update - looks great, better range and strength than previous generation. Only problem is difficulty getting to work out-of-the-box. I'm tech savvy, but required a call the Apple Care to resolve issues getting to work. Overall, great device, once you can get it to work.

    11 of 31 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.

    1058 of 1275 people found this useful