AirPort Extreme

AirPort Extreme

$199.00

4.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 231 reviews

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Product Information

The intelligent, easy-to-use AirPort Extreme Base Station with simultaneous dual-band support is the perfect wireless access point for home, school, or office. It offers next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology and delivers high-performance wireless access for Mac computers, PCs, and Wi-Fi devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV.
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
  • Tech Specs

    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

    Wireless

    • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac1
    • Beamforming antenna array
    • Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

    Number of Users

    • 50
  • System Requirements

    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

Rating Breakdown (4.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Very nice Router!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Moyock

    1477 of 1586 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Very nice Router!
  • Great Range Increase

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Kirkland

    1156 of 1256 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great Range Increase
  • Great Product so far

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from COOGEE

    757 of 915 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great Product so far
  • speed OK but cannot connect external hard drive for wireless backup

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I purchased the AE to enhance coverage throughout the house and to backup my MacAir wirelessly. I have a modern Seagate external I purchased the AE to enhance coverage throughout the house and to backup my MacAir wirelessly. I have a modern Seagate external hard drive (HD) with USB 2.0 that I've been using directly on the Mac via Time Capsule. I even reformatted it again when it wasn't recognized by Time Capsule via the AE. I used the "Mac Os Extended (Journaled)" option and confirmed all data being backed up was consistent with this choice via Disk Utility. No luck regardless of resets of everything. Disappointing since the tiny manual for the AE indicates an external HD can be connected for this very purpose.

    Read up before you buy folks...too many with the same issue. I'd have purchased the Airport Time Capsule if the reviews were better...

    • Written by from Houston

    1 of 4 people found this useful

    Was this useful? speed OK but cannot connect external hard drive for wireless backup
  • Disappointed in range

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    I replaced an Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n router with the current 802.11ac router and have discovered the range of the ac router I replaced an Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n router with the current 802.11ac router and have discovered the range of the ac router to be less than the n router. And I'm not talking long distances here or through dense barriers--maybe 25 feet and through drywall. The speed is somewhat better when at close range (like a foot or two) but that is hardly worth it after giving up range since I normally used a wired connection at close range.

    • Written by from Orlando

    0 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Disappointed in range
  • If you need SNMP, Don't buy this router!

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    I just wanted to tell everyone something Apple fails to mention anywhere. The new AirPort Extreme and TimeCapsules no longer suppo I just wanted to tell everyone something Apple fails to mention anywhere. The new AirPort Extreme and TimeCapsules no longer support SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). This is an industry standard supported by even the cheapest Chinese manufacturers. Every AirPort Extreme before this model has supported SNMP, so I was surprised when I got mine hooked up and my bandwidth monitoring software no longer worked. I use it to make sure I don't exceed my ISP's monthly data cap. Other than that, it's a good, solid router, but Apple bewilders me when they pull a numbskull move like this.

    • Written by from Baytown

    1 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? If you need SNMP, Don't buy this router!

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