• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme

    Having coped with numerous and frustrating problems with BT Home Hub 3 for years I decided to give Airport a try; initially AirPort Express which worked well, but lacked the coverage I was hoping for in a compact, 3 bedroom house. Both Apple Store Covent Garden and Regent Street assured me that I could exchange the router if performance was inadequate in any way, so I exchanged Express for Extreme. Simplicity itself to setup with AirPort Utility App on iPad - ten minutes at most - and so far performance is excellent. After a few non-Apple glitches to add a Range Extender (TP-LINK WA901ND wireless access point) required to get a good signal in my garden study - 25 meters remote from the AirPort - I now have a fast network that seems trouble free across the whole property. A single iMac on Yosemite, oldish laptop on Snow Leopard plus two iPads, iPhone 6 & 4S and occasional HP laptop on Windows 7 all perform perfectly. Wonderful. I only wish I had done it before and saved myself many hours of trouble shooting and frustrating calls with BT!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A whole new level of WiFi range, speed and reliability. Mind blown.

    Forget everything you think you know about home wifi. Airport extreme well exceeded my expectations, I never dreamed that a home wifi network could be this wide and fast with a single access point. I have full wifi reception throughout my house and can stream 1080p to 3 apple tv's simultaneously without buffering. It doesn't even make sense how much of an improvement I have experienced upgrading from a high end netgear dual band n series router. Can not recommend this product enough. Life changing.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    I replaced my BT Homehub 4 with the AirPort Extreme and could not be happier. I wanted to improve the range in my home as there was a bit of a black spot and dropout point in my study for my iPhone. I now have good coverage all over the house (minimum 2bars) and the speed has also improved on early evidence. Setup ridiculously easy. Turned everything off, unplugged homehub, plugged cable from Openreach modem into Airport, turned everything on and followed procedure on Mac. Less than 5 minutes. Note, you will need a seperate modem with this product.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the entire package

    Thank you Apple for providing a device without the necessary cables to actually make it work out of the box. I really enjoy having to go out of my way to purchase cables in order to make your simple devices work, it really adds to the overall Apple experience. Also, your shipping tracking in the UK is terrible, making it impossible to know which day to expect delivery and to be present to receive.
    I just hope the device fulfils its purpose once it finally gets connected.

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  • 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    its really the best

    I have tried this product and its extremely the WIFI device i ever seen

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!

    bought this product to replace 5th Gen Extreme. With My 2013 Macbook Air, the speed is faster when using Time Machine to backup my MBA.
    love the new design.. would recommend to everyone with AC devices

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade over previous extreme, which was good!

    Purchased to prepare for when i get new Mac and as I needed better coverage in very large house.

    Worked straight from the box and gave immediate improved speed and coverage even on existing 802.11n which is all my old MacBook has. Streams HD from BBC iPlayer where before often struggled to get standard def.

    But!!!! Be careful opening the box! I thought the reviews mentioning this must be being picky but I did take note - please do open it over a table or something soft. It does not come out of the box how you expect, or how Apple hoped it would either! If you are standing up and holding each part of the box in each hand as you open it YOU WILL DROP IT! - unless you have three hands and so can catch it as it falls!

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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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    PPOE works great

    I decided to connect the Extreme to our Netgear ADSL Modem/Router. We had been troubled by IP address conflicts with the Netgear unit, and we also wanted to improve wifi reception.

    Using the standard set up recommended in the Extreme manual still allowed the Netgear modem to assign IP addresses. This was not what I wanted to happen, as I wanted the new Apple product to do as much of the work as possible in managing the wifi network.

    It took some reading on web, both to turn off the router function on the Netgear unit ( not just turn off the wifi) and set up the PPOE function on the Apple.

    Having done this the result is excellent. The Apple logs into the ADSL through the modem, and assigns IP addresses on our network. There are no more IP conflicts and better reception.

  • 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great bit of kit for any home.

    After many issues with my Virgin (not so) Superhub and getting to the stage where I needed to reset it every day to get a decent connection I decided to upgrade to an Airport Extreme as almost everything I own is from Apple. Out of the box its a smart looking item and after setting my Virgin Superhub to modem mode and following the simple instructions during the Airport Extreme set up process I was connected within a few minutes. Once I had worked my way round the house (3 storey solid brick construction) updating the connection on all my devices (2 imacs, macbook pro, 2 Apple TVs, 1 work laptop, ipad, iphone, B&W A7 airplay speaker, epson wireless printer etc) everything worked perfectly and download speeds increased by around 30%. I was well please with my purchase. The only issue I had was the Bowers and Wilkins A7 airplay system constantly cut out and disconnected from the network meaning I had to go through the A7 set up process many times over the first few days. Very frustrating! However this was resolved by just turning the Airport Extreme off and on. Problem solved and since then I haven't had a single drop out.
    I have now had the Airport Extreme for a week and I have had no other issues. Very please so thought I would post an honest review and highlight all the kit it works perfectly with and the kind of home the Airport works well in as many reviews don't mention this information and this info really helps when researching something like a router. It's no more expensive then a good none Apple router so for me it was money well spent. Finally the signal in the garden has always been almost no existent but now I have a decent connection there to, maybe I will add an airpot express to the set up just to beef this up a little to.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router!!

    Upgraded my old router to this Airport Extreme and been using it for about a year. I have to say it's been the easiest router I have every set up. Great coverage and range with multiple products both Apple and other brands connected to it. Currently on a fibre Internet connection at 100/40 Mbps, so far so good keeps up the speeds that my ISP offers. The LED indication light is great as I can tell if my Internet has dropped out and if it does it automatically reconnects. Also provides good speeds and reliability for online multiplayer gaming.
    Very happy and would high recommend.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    larger but better.

    Better than the old version. Got stronger signal and work flawlessly.

  • 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Get one now

    Easy to set up. Speeds up internet speed. Loads of options to build a secure network. Looks great.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous

    Fabulous piece of kit.
    Replace my BT Hub 3 with this. The set up was a doddle. Two pieces of information Network name, password and the job was done.

    Couldn't believe it, had to check to see if security was set up and it was.

    I run a iMac and three iPads and a HP printer all wireless on BT infinity 1 and my speed is 30 down and 6 up and solid.

    Couldn't be more happier.

    Shaun

    9 of 12 people found this useful