• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Product great, packaging not so much

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    The router is great, setup easy, made my connection much faster. My beef is with the packaging. Used to be that opening Apple products was a key part of the entire experience. However, when I finally got the outside of the box to slide off of the inside, the router popped off the base and crashed to the floor. Really, Apple? Did you test this packaging? I was lucky not to have broken the item.

    7 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for people who aren't nerds!

    • Written by from Topeka

    If you want a router that takes little to no configuration that will manage interconnecting a bunch of Apple hardware, this is your device. If you are setting something up for other people, family, or friends, who don't know how to use routers, and have Apple hardware, this is your device. Why? Because if you do it right, you wont need to ever help them with router problems again!

    No, it isn't for advanced users, it isn't meant to be. If you want to tweak a lot of stuff, or other custom things look at routers that do that. Don't fault the device just because you didn't buy something that does what you want.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Rock solid now...

    • Written by from Casselberry

    My grandson bought me this and took my older Airport Extreme with him. I had serious issues getting it set up. The first issue was an ISP/user problem and not the fault of the Airport Extreme. The second issue was that it would first give me all greens and then say the ethernet cable was disconnected. This lasted for about 30 minutes, made me seriously crazy and then it just cleared up. It has worked perfectly ever since. A couple reviewers have put bogus information up and I just wanted to correct their errors. First, I have an ATT Microcell connected to this router and to the previous one. The Microcell can be sensitive to its location and general environment but it works perfectly with the Airport Extreme. I also have a 2TB WD MyBook Studio drive connected to my system. It worked fine with the original Airport Extreme and it works fine with this one. I use it for storage and to wirelessly support Time Machine for a MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro 15".

    Please don't project your problems onto the Airport Extreme, it works fine with both of these devices

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy Speed Doubler

    • Written by from St. Albert

    Easiest WiFi setup ever.
    Doubled download speeds from 17MB/s to 35MB/s at 30ft from the router.
    Easiest Firmware updates ever.
    AirPort Utility simple and easy to use with a consistent experience across all Apple networking devices.

    Only complaints are:
    DHCP reservation requires manual lookup of MAC address or DHCP client ID
    Status only displays MAC address and not device names

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works is great. But when it doesn't is a pain

    • Written by from Aalborg

    Now, I am a big fan of apple.... and it brakes my heart to say bad things about the brand I love. The extreme works great, it connects to my iMac with 1300Mb/s, and sees all of my devices everywhere in the house, except my little apple TV. Well, almost, it sees the TV, but it does not like the colour or something, because every time I try to connect the Apple Tv (3 gen) to it, I fail. First it says that the network is recognised but Date and Time cannot be acquired from the router, and it fails to connect to iTunes. I tried all the possible solutions to the problem, non of them work. I had to buy a second router, connect it to the extreme, and wirelessly connect the apple tv to it. The inexpensive branded router did the job flawlessly. So, Apple, please, if you are aware of the problem, give us a fix.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Xmas woes

    • Written by from Enfield

    I was given Apple TV for Xmas and successfully hooked it up. But, having done that it pretty much brought down my wifi, what with being a family with an iMac, 2 iPads, 2 mini iPads, 3 iPods an Xbox and Sky Catch up. I then bought Airport Extreme and whilst we haven't noticed a massive improvement in speed, we can now all access wifi with no problem. Well worth the money!

    3 of 5 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great replacement for my old Time capsule but slow HD throughput.

    • Written by from FLUSHING

    I Bought the new Airport Extreme to replace my old Time Capsule/router. The coverage area in the house is much greater and the speed enhanced, so I'm happy for that. However, Apple hasn't improved the Time Machine backup throughput for the attached USB2 Hard drive. I did one total backup of my system with an HD attached to the USB2 port of the iMac 24 and then a system backup to the HD attached to the Airport Extreme. The backup through the Airport Extreme took twice as long. I consider that a failure on Apple's part, that's why I only gave it a four star.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome router

    • Written by from westfield

    Replaced my piece of &*#% Linksys router with this one. what a difference. I haven't had a device drop a connection since. I'm getting better download and upload speeds. the range has also increased significantly. the only thing I didn't like about it was the fact that it wouldn't recognize my NTFS NAS. I probably should have done a little more research, but that's life. I'd recommend this router to anyone. I also couldn't get a regular printer that didn't have AirPrint on it to work through the router.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly

    • Written by from Toronto

    This router works flawlessly with our 150Mbps connection. Breeze to set up. The only thing missing is the audio out from the Express. Not a deal breaker. We have both and love them.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Product description incomplete re USB port

    • Written by from Key West

    The web router works very well.

    However, the USB port does not. (1) it requires an external hard drive with its own power source - NOT SPECIFIED. (2) it requires an external hard drive formatted in a particular way - NOT SPECIFIED.

    The WEB SITE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION SHOULD BE CHANGED !!!

    Apple is working with me to overcome these problems.

    They sent me a 4-hub device that doesn't do what they said it would.

    Now they are sending me an external hard drive so I can re-format my data without having to wipe out all files on my current external hard drive.

    Lots of trouble & time for me, plus expense to Apple.

    6 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from Kingsport

    we bought this product at our local best buy and set up same day,it's ten times better than old model we had before it was reset to factory settings

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent - except documentation

    • Written by from Redding

    Bought to replace aging Airport. Wow, what a speed and range difference! Easy setup. Named it same as the old one and everything connected. 5 stars for performance.

    But it gives some options, such as guest network, a 5ghz network name, etc., and doesn't explain or even mention them in documentation. Why not? Help us out, here, Apple.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A real review:

    • Written by from SAINT PAUL

    The concept of this router is great, you do lose some features that the older version, yes it's faster with devices supporting the 801.11a/c... however my biggest complaint while spending a higher cost associated with an Apple product, is that Apple has constantly limited the ports on this item.
    It has PLENTY of space to allow more ports. You only get 3. Any other A/C router will give you more and cost less.

    Apple PLEASE have 5 rj45 connectors for future units!
    The only reason I bought this is because I needed more ports.

    Explanation of my 3 ports:
    1. Airport Express to extend signal range upstairs for my iPhone and iPad.
    2. My NAS that stores my iTunes library.
    3. My Philips Hue automated LED lights in my home.

    That leaves me with a wirelessly connected laptop, and a wirelessly connected printer, and a wirelessly connected Apple TV.

    I have no problems having a wirelessly connected printer or Apple TV, but would prefer to keep the laptop plugged for faster connection.

    This is such a huge drawback with Apples routers.
    Utilize your plugs wisely!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Upgraded from 1st Generation

    • Written by from Lewisville

    I have not tried the 802.11ac only n and g, but this new AirPort Extreme out performs by old first gen in every aspect: better signal strength for all devices in the house, improved performance. I am sure the dual band is much to credit. I like the smaller foot print (height was not an issue where I have it located). I have FIOS and stream movies from vudu, amazon, netflix; very happy so far.

    Holding back one star because of $50 price increase and no usb 3.0. Also, agree with others that complained about packaging; I caught it falling from the box when I opened it.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 3.0 missing

    • Written by from West Hills

    Too bad the USB port was not updated to 3.0. Otherwise it works fine.

    9 of 16 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Faster and wider!

    • Written by from Ridgewood

    New AirPort Extreme(AE) is really great so far. Especially download speed of wired and also wireless internet has been improved. Same faster speed in both wired and wireless. So I disconnected my ethernet cable from my laptop and I made it free.

    I used Netgear WNDR3300 (5-6years) before. It has a short range of WiFi and I always doubted it's not working fully in enough speed with my internet provider's modem. AirPort Extreme solved these issues at once. Full strength bar even there are many walls and it's faster. It seems it works in full performance with other Apple products.

    Also I used another AirPort Express to extend range of my WiFi but it doesn't need anymore. New AE covers whole area even outside with better speed.

    --- USB 2 ---

    One thing I don't like is it has USB 2.0. I guess most routers recently released has USB 3.0. I didn't test yet for this but I think it might be slow if I try to use it as NAS with external HDD for video editing or something needs heavy traffic between computer and AE even it's wired. I don't know why Apple chose USB 2 for this such a futuristic product. I want to believe there is big reason.

    I have no serious benchmark data for this so I don't know how bad is, but I will give 4 of 5 overall just because of USB 2.0. Other than it's SUPER.

    --- No NTFS ---

    Also as you can imagine, it doesn't support Windows' NTFS formatted HDDs. It made me to make a decision how I need to use this as NAS and which HDD I need to format in Mac format since I have so many big NTFS HDDs and I'm still using NTFS HDD as a media hub.

    I'm happy with this and I don't regret with this purchase but if you are planning to use this router as NAS, you need to think more seriously. As I know, most of users really felt in love with it because of internet speed, easy hookup and wide range but not about USB 2 and no NTFS.

    -----

    One more thing,

    I never used to put my router on my desk or somewhere visitors can see easily because usually it was ugly. But it's not same story for AE. My new AE is on my desk now. Very good contrast with other black products. :)

    31 of 33 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.

    62 of 69 people found this useful