• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slightly better signal than my old router with 5 dbi pole

    This is the most expensive router i've ever bought. After reading a lot reviews, I decided to buy this to expand my network area range. But it's just a little better than my current router and some areas are worse.

    It's very fast when you can get the signal above 50%. But it's not a good choice for whoever want to expand wifi range at all...

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Big waste of money

    There is absolutely no difference between this and my modems router. We only purchased it in hope to get better speeds in the living room which is only 10 meters way but it miserably failed us. After a few Google reviews, it's evident that this is a common problem with many users. There is nothing interfering with the signal and everything was setup correctly.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't run it from 12 volts

    Unlike my previous 4th Gen Airport Extreme (RIP), this new model has a built in power supply.

    Great for most people I guess but if you want to battery back it directly from a 12 volt battery backup system (we have unreliable mains power which regularly goes out), it can only be done via an inverter which is inefficient and a pain.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    BEWARE OF PACKAGING

    There is a serious issue with the packaging the Aairport Extreme come in- pls consider if you buy! Here is my case (which will also be going on YouTube). I just purchased a new Airport Extreme. Got home, and unboxed while standing in my kitchen. There is only one logical way to open the box, which is to hold top and bottom and pull apart. When I did this, the Airport Extreme flew out the box and dropped 4 feet onto tile floor, with a huge thud and its bottom cover broken off. Just astonishing to say the least, and not what you want to see with your new $200+ purchase.

    In the box, the unit sits on the bottom segment of the packaging, with about a 1 cm of elevated packaging surrounding it. Also, pulling the top section of the packaging while holding the bottom section created a vacuum, which seemed to help launch into mid air (no pun intended)

    So I now need to consider returning it before using it, as it may or not work or have the lifecylce it should. I read up on this and noticed many people had the same issue. A huge hassle and incredibly stressful for me.

    Why has Apple developed such incredibly bad packaging? I am a dedicated Apple user, I bought this to replace an old Airport Extreme. But this experience is just mind-numbing. This packaging is so badly thought-out and can create a horrible user experience - it is astonishing Apple let this out the door. I havent even used it, but have no choice but to give it one star at this point. Complete waste of time dealing with this product thus far. (on a Sunday to boot)

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac only no windows support

    It does its job as a router. In our household we have Macs as well as Windows machines. Apple customer care does not support the product for windows and sent me a link to an article which did not rectify the isse. Apple get with the real world and offer support for both formats. Cannot access the 2TB drive or attached external HD to it After hours of frustration the Airport Extreme will be relagated to a wi fi repeater...an expensive excercise.

    As a router its style over substance, love the look but performance is nothing startling.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Shocked

    This is the first Apple product that I've purchased and felt utterly let down by it.

    I purchased it to replace my Virgin Media Superhub running on 2.4GHz. I thought with dual band and 6 antennas on the Airport Extreme Wi-Fi speeds would be much better or even at least a little better than the standard hub I had. However on tests using my iPhone 5s, iPad Air, Mac Mini and laptop speeds attained were no better, and in some cases worse than the Virgin Media Super Hub.

    So although it looks and all the blurb makes it sound amazing I'm afraid real life use is far from good :(

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    First of all, if you do not live in the USA you may get a surprise when you try to plug an ADSL line into this unit because it is NOT modem. It is a router and you will need a modem to convert the ADSL signal before connecting the modem to the Airport Extreme. Apple does not make this clear.

    Second, the signal strength is not great. My $80 HP wireless printer is just as good so I have to continue using my Netgear extender to boost the signal around the house and that is not compatible with Apple TV. So I either have to buy an Airport Express to boost the signal or return the Airport Extreme. I think the latter. Worse product I have bought from Apple, ever.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme? Disappointed...

    Bought the new Apple AirPort Extreme yesterday. I bought this device because the reviews were excellent, thought that the majority of people liked the new router. The previous router installed was Linksys EA 4500 which to this point has worked great. Reason to change was to experience the "ac" and really enjoy the longer coverage and faster speed. I installed the new router but was only able to connect 2 devices (iPad 2 and iPhone 5S), the remaining devices (iPhone, Mac mini etc...) never connected to the router.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you use VPN, choose something else.

    Even though it says it supports PPTP passthrough - it's impossible to get it to actually work, since it seems to conflict with the "Back to my mac" feature. Instead of honouring the instruction to forward port 1723 to the VPN server, it just drops the packets.

    A fundamental flaw in an otherwise decent product.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Drops the ball.....

    Very disappointed with my new airport extreme for the following reasons:

    1. Slower than previous model, I used to enjoy 95mbs plus internet speed on my previous router, I'm lucky to get 70mbs.

    2. Range is worse, marginal reception in areas that were once quite good.

    3. Aesthetics, Jonny was clearly on holidays when this was developed. All Apples desktops are silver and black, what were you thinking making this white? A miniature version of the new mac pro would have been more logical and aesthetically pleasing or silver.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad

    I have 1 of these a it is very slow my router that I have now Is way faster then this

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Still no airplay

    The ball = dropped.

    I have been waiting years to replace my aging wifi router with an extreme. Holding out for the new version which would surely introduce airplay.

    Would it have been so hard to include it... even as an option...

    But no. Its just another router in a (admittedly nice) white box.

    *sigh*

    106 of 334 people found this useful