Learn more about AirPort Extreme
Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Extreme gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.1 And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.
Designed with performance in mind.
With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Extreme now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them — three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.
Easy setup for iOS and OS X.
Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Extreme and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you’re using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.
Share your hard drive or printer.
AirPort Extreme can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos, and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.
Compatibility and security.
Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Extreme. That’s because it’s compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac specifications. And since AirPort Extreme features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.
What's in the Box?
- AirPort Extreme
- Printed documentation
- Power cord
Size and Weight
- Height: 6.6 inches (168 mm)
- Width: 3.85 inches (98 mm)
- Depth: 3.85 inches (98 mm)
- Weight: 2.08 pounds (945 g)2
Connections and Expansion
- Gigabit Ethernet WAN port
- Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
- USB 2.0
- Built-in power supply
- IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac1
- Beamforming antenna array
- Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Number of Users
Setup and Administration
- Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3
- iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3
Wireless Device Access
- Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification
Shared Printing with a USB Printer
- Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later
- PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8
Shared USB Hard Drive
- Mac with OS X v10.4.8 or later
- PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8
Ratings & Reviews
Very nice Router!
I live in a large house with my office on the top floor and i can stream 1080 hi def video without a glitch, as always setup was I live in a large house with my office on the top floor and i can stream 1080 hi def video without a glitch, as always setup was a breeze took less than 5 minutes.
If you want a easy set up and great range and speed spend the extra few dollars
you will be glad you did.. …
- Written by Thomas C from Moyock
1936 of 2083 people found this useful
Great Range Increase
Replaced a 5th generation and got between 4 and 10 times better N signal in various parts of our house that used to suffer. Easy m Replaced a 5th generation and got between 4 and 10 times better N signal in various parts of our house that used to suffer. Easy migration as well. …
- Written by Chris D from Kirkland
1488 of 1621 people found this useful
Great Product so far
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 fast 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. …
- Written by DERIC PHILIP J from COOGEE
965 of 1158 people found this useful
Lousy, will try to return
Purchased this router less than 2 weeks ago. DSL modem has been placed in bridging and this is handling all of the routing. Wire 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. …
- Written by David M from Golden Valley
4 of 5 people found this useful
Bad power supply on 3 different routers
The router is great except for one major issue. It can power off completely once every few days. I have bought/returned 2 of the 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. …
- Written by Jeff D from Murphy
4 of 4 people found this useful
My macbook pro and atv always asking for connection with airport extreme compare to netgear. apple product now saaacks..
- Written by jun P from antioch
4 of 25 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What's the difference between the AirPort Extreme and the AirPort Time Capsule?
- Asked by Price F from Abingdon
- Oct 7, 2013
The AirPort Extreme is a wireless router. The Time Capsule is a wireless router with a built-in hard The AirPort Extreme is a wireless router. The Time Capsule is a wireless router with a built-in hard disk drive for backup purposes. …
- Answered by Ryan C from Berea
- Oct 13, 2013
I am asking for a friend who has no internet at home. If she buys AirPort Extreme will she be able to get on the internet with an iPad?
- Asked by Susan S from Rensselaer
- Sep 24, 2014
No. She needs internet connection through a network provider.
- Answered by Umair A from Moorestown
- Sep 27, 2014
Is this a good router for Netflix?
- Asked by Timothy C from Fort Erie
- Sep 3, 2014
It's great for Netflix, but you should be aware that the limiting factor for most people is the spee It's great for Netflix, but you should be aware that the limiting factor for most people is the speed of their internet service, not the router capacity. You'll be happiest if you have a connection with an upload speed of 25 mbps or higher. I have a 50 mbps connection, the new Airport extreme, and Netflix is smooth even with UHD content such as House of Cards.
Note, though, that most TVs and AppleTV aren't set up to use 802.11ac yet, so most likely you'll be using the slower n-band, which is still plenty fast enough for most material, including HD and UHD (as long as you don't have 6 roommates using the system at the same time!). I've resorted to connecting my TV via ethernet to take advantage of the fiber connection I have. When Apple comes out with a new AppleTV with 802.11ac, I'll switch back to wi-fi for Netflix. …
- Answered by Brian W from Lincoln
- Sep 11, 2014
Can The AirPort Extreme be an wifi xtender?
- Asked by Vicente V from Manila
- Sep 28, 2014
Can one Airport Extreme (802.11ac) improve the performance of a new iMac (802.11ac) in a small Airport network?
- Asked by Dennis H from Santa Cruz
- Dec 2, 2013
If both ends of the connection are not the same speed, the connection will be no faster than the slo If both ends of the connection are not the same speed, the connection will be no faster than the slower end of the connection. So, if your 802.11ac wireless devices must connect to the Express instead of the Extreme, your connection speed will be 802.11n. …
- Answered by C.p. S from Dayton
- Sep 7, 2014