• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Throwing In The Towel

    • Written by from Maricopa

    Prior to buying this new extreme, I owned 4 Airport Express and 2 Airport Extreme Routers (4th & 5th gen). They worked flawlessly and were easy to configure to match my needs for PC laptops and a bunch of Apple devices. I can count the number of times I had to restart both of my Extremes on the fingers of one hand so when the 6th gen Extreme came out, I could not wait to get my hands on one. AC speed, extended range, dual transmitters and it’s an Apple...what’s not to love?!

    My first hint was the configuration interface. Like a few previous reviews say, it is awful. Yes, it is easy but if I wanted easy, I would have downgraded to a Linksys router with their one touch setup gimmick. I took a chance and tried the Airport Utility (AU) software and it found the new router. I was able to configure the 6th gen with it and I got the compatibility warning but I was able to configure security, port forwarding, MAC filtering and the new router seemed stable.

    It took a few weeks but I began to notice a drop in speed. After a few calls to my ISP, they admitted to a problem in my area and I got into the habit of rebooting the router whenever I would reboot my cable modem. The way my legacy Airport devices took a long time, sometimes hours, to rejoin the network after a router reboot was my second hint.

    Tonight, I got fed up with my slow internet speeds and was setting myself up for tech support’s standard can you connect directly to the modem question. I ran a speed test before the call and my speeds shot up. I put my 6th gen back in the mix and my speeds dropped by 2/3! I rebooted the router and was still slow. I connected through an Ethernet port and my speeds shot up again. I put my 5th gen in place and my speeds are back to normal and so are my other Airport devices.

    I have to face reality; the problem is the 6th gen Extreme and my denial of the signs. I can't say that I experienced my devices dropping off my network that others struggle with...just my internet speeds slowing down to a trickle and the legacy Airport devices not reconnecting in a timely manner. I was sure that I’d never go to another router brand but if I want to take advantage of AC speeds, the new Extreme is not the right choice for me.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Router- Fast, Stable and Reliable

    • Written by from Toronto

    I've previously owned routers from D-link, linksys and asus, all of which gave me troubles that required me to restart the router on a daily basis.

    Two months ago, I decided to give the apple airport extreme a chance and I was surprised by how much my wireless speed improved.

    The most important factor (aside from speed) when it comes to routers is stability and reliability; out of the 2 months I've had it so far, I've experienced zero, yes 0 disconnections.

    I also connected a 2TB western digital hard drive to the airport extreme and set up wireless time machine backup on 5 of my Macs, also works flawlessly.

    This router may be a little more expensive than other brands, but as with many apple products, it is well-built and reliable.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply the best router

    • Written by from Toronto

    This is simply the best router ever.

    Setting up the Apple AirPort Extreme took me all but 10 minutes. It was so easy I was surprised, I kept thinking was that all, and it was. My internet is working much better and performing optimally now. No more slow downs from too many connected devices. I currently have 14 devices connected wirelessly to the Airport Extreme and it doesn't even flinch. It truly is a powerful machine in a small compact size.

    Prior to getting the Apple Airport Extreme, I had two routers covering our home which is approximately 2500 sq ft. The AirPort does such a wonderful job that we even get good coverage outside the home now, including the edge of the driveway and edge of the backyard. It amazing to see one router do all this.

    Finally, I have noticed improvements in streaming content from Netflix and Crackle, simultaneously on 2 TVs. With our previous router, streaming content simultaneously would sometimes cause the router to overheat and restart. We no longer have this problem, in fact we have streamed content on 4 devices simultaneously without issue.

    I'm really happy with this purchase, especially because how reliable and powerful it is. I would strongly recommend this everyone looking for a top quality router, you cant go wrong with the Apple AirPort Extreme.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router I ever had.

    • Written by from Chambly

    This is certainly the best router I ever had so far. For people who don't want to waste time configuring or do complicated tasks with their router, this is the one. And on top of that, the range is just amazing.

    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

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Reliable could do with more features @ this Price

    • Written by from Ilford

    Works, is reliable and connects over WiFi to two Airport Express to give extended WiFi coverage. Replaced an RT-N66U which had not only more features but also more issues. What I like about the Airport Extreme is the ease of setup, the very easy bridging via WiFi. The Windows version of the software is a waste of time. In all I use its as a glorified AP, why only AP? Well it lacks dual WAN, unable to put a 3G dongle on it and I'm not going to hook up my USB disk to such a slow USB 2.0 (I believe were in 2014 AD, not BC). At this price it should have QoS at the very least and USB 3.0 not to forget more ports (both USB 3.0 and LAN). Incidentally it handles old g very well so if you have some legacy kit then you can consider it.
    Overall satisfied but not overwhelmed who I imagined more leading edge,

    4 of 9 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

    Easy Setup, consistent connection, fast!!

    • Written by from Ypsilanti

    Bought an AirPort Extreme a after dealing with ATT's atrocious gateways dropping wireless signals and constantly bottlenecking a 25mbps connection while watching a 3min 1080p video. The AirPort Extreme set up quickly in DHCP mode and easily retrieved an IP address to work for flawlessly behind the gateway acting as a modem (bridge mode). Have had absolutely zero issues so far, connection is strong and speeds are consistent. Definitely recommend this to anyone needed a high end AC router for it's dependability and ease of use.

    2 of 3 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.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme...where have you been all of my life!?!?!

    • Written by from Morada

    Just did the easy install.
    Have Comcast internet and am using the Comcast triple-play modem.
    Had to get comcast to put the wireless gateway into full bridge mode.
    You can chat with them online or call them. easy....

    The APE doubled the wireless speeds throughout the house.
    Where we were getting 12 mbps we now get at least 25.
    Where we were getting 25 we are now getting close to 45.

    So far...very happy!
    Where have you been all of my life, APE?!?!

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it! Replaced an old AirPort Extreme, 3rd gen

    • Written by from Montreal

    My old AE 3rd gen wasn't able to cover all the places in the backyard. So I decided to upgrade to the latest hardware and in a word I'm very happy and satisfied with it. Setup was a breeze with AirPort Utility where I was guided to just do a replace operation of the older device. The whole thing with a firmware update took less than 10 minutes.

    Coverage is now great every where and the speed increased also for MacBook Air 2013 (they use 802.11ac) and on my iPad air too. I decided to put an harddisk on it to act as a "el cheapo" NAS...

    So, another happy customer.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Guest Network is MAC-filtered like the primary network

    • Written by from LONDON

    If I set up a guest network it's because i want my guests to be able to connect easily. How stupid is it that the primary and guest networks share the same MAC address access list??? It means that in order to connect, guests have to be registered into my AirPort! Imagine the length of the list!
    A decent product all in all, but really such a ridiculous oversight on the part of Apple for the most expensive wireless router out there is not acceptable. You can get £15 wireless routers that manage to get this one right!

    21 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Deception

    • Written by from Bayamon

    Very poor performance on video streaming, frequently showing network.error or network unavailable. My old router works a lot better. Also, it don't have mac filtering..

    14 of 63 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Tripled my internet speed!! Buy one!

    • Written by from San Jose

    I replaced 3 older airports in my house with this 1 AirPort Extreme. Best purchase I made for my internet. It tripled my internet speed. I would highly recommend this. It has amazing range too!

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs the audio out!

    • Written by from Wilmington

    Why no audio out? I bought the Express because it had it. I wanted the range of the Extreme but I love the Airport feature for the direct connection to my stereo receiver. I will up grade when they add this feature.

    4 of 12 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a fan

    • Written by from Minnetonka

    I "upgraded" to this device only to find out that it lacks the ability to monitor usage. Competing products offer an ability to monitor traffic and thus usage of your WIFI/internet connections but this device does not.

    In addition, the updated Apple Airport configuration utility (which is used to configure the device) is extremely limited and the user interface is simply awful... one of the worst applications I've ever seen from out of Apple.

    So, if you're looking for the best WIFI router with the best features, my recommendation as the owner of one of these is to look elsewhere. (I wish I had).

    27 of 69 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

    Love the AirPort Extreme

    • Written by from Kalamazoo

    Got this router the other day and it is the best router I have ever used. I have all Apple devices (with the exception of my smart tv....cough cough) and had a heck of a time with other routers and this is a god send! I dont know why i didn't buy this sooner.

    It connects my MacBook Pro, iPhone 5, iPad Air, Smart TV, and printer without even breaking a sweat. Set up was super easy on my iPhone. It also allows for guest networks which I love. Thank you Apple for continuing to make amazing products!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ease of use ~ fantastic

    • Written by from Concord

    I purchased this router because I am becoming an apple enthusiast. It basically set itself up, easiest router setup with security installed i have ever experienced. it is faster than my old router, and has better range, but my old router was old. I am sure there are comparable routers and even routers with better reviews, but I am very happy.

    2 of 3 people found this useful