Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
510 Questions from the Community
Do any Apple products currently support the 802.11ac draft?
(besides the Airport stations)
- Asked by Jay M from Keller
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Yes, the 2013 Macbook Air.
- Answered by Ioan S from Tokyo
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Does Airport Extreme work with the Nintendo Wii
- Asked by Scott C from Summerville
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Yes it will.
- Answered by Eron S
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Does the AirPort Extreme have to be connect to a modem to give off wifi.
- Asked by Fedjanhy F from Brooklyn
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No - you will still be able to connect to the wifi network radiated by the Airport, but you won't be able to do anything like browse web pages without it being connected to a modem / router. So for practical purposes, Yes.
- Answered by Graham M
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Yes if only to connect to ISP at those speeds. No if you have home network of computers and perhaps network attached storage. In those cases you would see huge improvement in speed. For example John Doe has movie H.264 2GB HD movie that he wants to transfer to his network disk (or another computer). It would be very fast (1-2 minute)... wirelessly.
- Answered by Maciej S from Wallington
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Connecting AP Extreme to gen 3 Time Capsule
Currently have a gen 3 2TB TC connected to my cable modem. TC currently does routing, DHCP, wifi and backup. Wireless on the TC is poor, very poor, having to reboot the TC every few days to keep wifi optimal. I want to add an AP Extreme to the network to do wifi. I would keep the TC connected to the cable modem and it would do DHCP and backup letting the AP Extreme handle wifi. Furthermore the TC is in the basement, the AP would be on the main floor connected via Ethernet to the TC. Anyone see any issues with this? As for connecting the AP to the TC, can I run from one of the GB enet ports on the TC to the WAN port on the AP Extreme or do I have to build a crossover cable to go from gigabit enet to gigabit enet? Thanks!
- Asked by Mark L from Cumming
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Will the AirPort Extreme work with a gateway
- Asked by Jose H. Q from Rock Hill
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does the mini with retna support 802.11ac
- Asked by Mark B from East Northport
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Can the Airport Extreme be used to extend my Wi-Fi signal, from my Netgear Extender?
I'm getting a new iMac to replace my old one. I've been using a Netgear Extender to strengthen my wi-fi connection, but the NBN modem is downstairs whereas my iMac / game consoles / etc are upstairs. The strength is terrible on most days, and cuts out often: I only use one device at a time, and I don't even dare to live-stream games or anything like that. The current wi-fi strength is that problematic.
With the Airport Extreme, can it extend or bridge the Netgear Extender: or can I replace the Netgear entirely with the Airport?
Assuming that I can do either, will the initial set-up need an ethernet cable: and once set-up is complete, can I then disconnect the ethernet and use Airport as a wireless router?
- Asked by Nadine M from Parap
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Can one Airport Extreme (802.11ac) improve the performance of a new iMac (802.11ac) in a small Airport network?
I’m swapping out my 5 year old iMac for a new 27” iMac, which supports 802.11ac. If I purchase just one Apple Airport Extreme (which supports 802.11ac) will it improve the new iMac’s performance, given the network configuration in my house? Here are the details.
My ISP is Comcast and I have an xfinity modem. I have an older Apple Airport Extreme as my network “hub”. It is cabled to the Comcast modem. Both are located in upstairs bedroom.
Also upstairs, in the office (down the hall from the bedroom) I have an Apple Airport Express, the old iMac and my wireless printer. The new iMac will replace the old iMac in the office.
Downstairs is a second Apple Airport Express, cabled directly to WiFi stereo speakers. Also downstairs, but in a different room, is an Apple TV connected to an HDTV.
1. If I purchase a new Extreme, but use it to replace the Express that sits adjacent to the iMac, am I correct to presume that I won’t see any improvement in the new iMac's performance over the performance I'd get with my existing Airport equipment? (In this scenareo the “hub” of my network would remain the old Extreme located in the bedroom.) The new Extreme (802.11ac) and new iMac (both located in the office) would have a fast 802.11ac link between them, but slower links would exist between the Extreme and everything else. Correct?
2. If I use a new Extreme to replace the old “hub” Extreme in the bedroom (that connects directly to my Comcast modem) it will be about 45 ft from the new iMac with many walls in between (some of which are tiled).
- Am I correct to assume that it is too far away to reliably support the iMac in the office?
- If I continue to use the old Express in the office, with a new Extreme in the bedroom, I would maintain the same signal reliability that I have now, but would have no increase in throughput speed performance. Correct?
- Would a second Extreme be needed in the office, in clear range of the new iMac?
- Asked by Dennis H from Santa Cruz
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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
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Can I administer my AirPort Extreme remotely?
I just purchased an AirPort Extreme tower for a second home. I set it up and it is working fine. Now I'd like to adjust some of the settings remotely. Is there a way to do this using the AirPort Utility?
- Asked by Jason P from Park City
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Yes. I did not know previously that the u-verse modem would suffice to connect all my devices wirelessly to the internet, but I have the airport extreme connected to the u-verse modem to provide an alternative wireless which has features that the AT&T modem does not have.
- Answered by Bradley S from Manhattan
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how to set up a port forwarding with a dvr ?
- Asked by Petet T from Vancuver
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Can we connect blackberry devices
- Asked by Dan M from Kitchener
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Can The AirPort Extreme be an wifi xtender?
- Asked by Vicente V from Manila
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I use my Extreme as a wireless router that is connected to my modem. Yes, it is powerful enough to provide sufficient wifi signals to the rest of my house. I also use the Express as an extension of the Extreme so as to stream music from my iPad/iPhone to my amplifier. The Express can be used alone or as an extension of the Extreme although it's wifi range is not as good compared to the Extreme.
- Answered by Daniel T from Redlands
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Does AirPort Extreme work with ip camera?
I am using ip camera at home, can I set up the ip camera with the AirPort Extreme?
- Asked by Wing Yan Katie H
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Simple answer YES i have 4 connected
- Answered by Rick L from Bragg Creek
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Is there any affect on performance if the AE is laid on its side?
For example, will doing this affect the antenna orientation in such a way that speed will drop? My AE is currently up high, hidden on top of a bookcase, and I'd be worried about having to stand this up and have it potentially fall off the bookcase, not to mention that it's much easier to see being so tall.
- Asked by Steven S from San Jose
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can you bring it with you on vacation, like for an example india and you need wifi?
- Asked by Niamat M from Feasterville
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Can I use the time capsule as a harddrive instead of back up
- Asked by Mike M from Perth
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Can this replace my current cisco router?
- Asked by Clayton M from Houston
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