• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I should have bought an Airport Extreme a long time ago!

    Installation took no more than 5 minutes, literally. And finally no more signal dropping. Signal is reaching every corner of the house (basement + 2 storeys), even outside on my driveway. Connection speed is at 300 Mbps on my 802.11n devices/laptops. I have at least 10 devices connected to it. I'm eager to check the speed it on 802.11ac devices.

    Got rid of signal dropping? yes. Delighted? yes. Paid a bit more? Yes. Recommend it to a friend? absolutely.

    If you do not need to create VLAN's and do crazy stuff, then this router is a no-brainer for home use -should you be willing to spend the extra bucks. For me, it's worth it. I highly recommend it.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply works

    Were an audio video integrator we don't do very complex networks due to us leaving wifi as a last resort for anything other than mobile devices. Installed a Ubiquiti system with no one but myself connected and i was getting an average of 12-15 m down .. took out the "Fancy router and AP .. plugged one of these guys in and 100+ down which is what the client was paying for. just a week ago a client had some dlinks as APs performed poorly.. took them out placed 5 Extremes (Big house) in the same location as the not so old equipment and boom .. from 8 to 50+ now which is what they are paying for .. These things work. plain and simple easy to set up .. easy to use and open ports.... unless you really need to create vlans and get crazy (which is 90% of the time not the case) this is the best product to get .. period

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixed my problem!

    I was having a lot of wi-fi internet problems. My network would stop working, sometimes I couldn't connect to it, sometimes the speed would decrease considerably for no intelligible reason. I got a new modem and a new router but the problems persisted.

    A friend recommended this to me but I was reluctant due to the high cost compared to its competitors. As with all Apple products, you get what you pay for. I haven't explored many of the advanced features but it has completely solved my network issues. And it's super fast. I can consistently get over 50 Mbps (with my last set-up I maxed out at about 20).

    Bottom line: it's expensive but you get what you pay for.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great router & NAS works!

    Network setup: modem - netgear wireless router (connected 8 port switch & airport extreme)

    Hardware connected to airport extreme AE is a 3TB WD NAS & an iMac

    The wifi coverage provided by AE within the house is amazingly fast. BTW, I have 3 story house including the basement. The good thing is I can now access all my files stored in WD NAS from PS3 (wired thru 8 port switch) and all my idevices (iphones, ipad mini) and MAC computer (MBP & iMac). With this network setup my Apple TV works perfect as well.

    Overall, I'm a satisfied owner now of Airport Extreme.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very pleased, good range, easy setup

    Problem that needed a solution: Needed to share Internet and network between two buildings, one frame and one masonry, about 300 yards apart. Some trees and a busy highway separate the buildings. Early solutions had stopped working due to trees and installation of energy-efficient windows.

    Pair of Airport Extreme Base Stations (802.11b/g/n/ac) replaced two non-Apple 802.11g routers and outdoor antenna. In building 1, ran Ethernet patch cable from phone company modem/router to Airport Extreme #1. Created new WiFi network on #1 with Airport Utility. Used Utility to configure #2 to join #1's new network. Carried Airport Extreme #2 to building 2, powered it up, and began using the network. Setup time about 10-15 minutes.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    very reliable and super fast

    My house is fairly large with two floors and a basement. Our old router would cut out every few days and we dealt with it for four years. After we bought a new PC desktop and laptop for the house, we decided to upgrade our router.

    Before buying this, I read a ton of reviews ans there were lots of people having problems from not being able to use it in an existing network, to the range being awful, to not being able to connect an external hard drive or printer. However, we decided to buy it and try it out and ran into ALL of these problems. Literally took forever to get it set up (it was easy for my mac pro and our iPhones, but not the PCs).

    HOWEVER, after simple google searches we were able to solve everything. The signal is so strong and fast that I've stayed connected and used my wifi from 2 houses away! yes it took some work to set it up right, but I'm not going to blame the Airport extreme for my personal ignorance, which I feel like many people who give negative reviews do. Wr have a 1 TB external hard drive attached and our printer. Everyone in my house uses netflix/hbogo all the time and my brother and I are PC gamers. The signal has never dropped for 9 months now.

    I should add that I work in technology and have built several PCs myself and I still had trouble so those "support" people you call can't really help you if you won't even admit your own ignorance and blame them.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    Maybe it's because of the home network we had before this...
    I thought we had a good setup. I had an expensive router on one band, I had an expensive router on the other band. Most of the house had a signal, and most of it was decent. Of course, there were a couple rooms that didn't get a good signal, so we used a powerline adapter for that room. Over time we added more and more switches all over the place to extend wired reliability to our wireless network. But things were good. Well, actually, they were as good as I thought they could be. We'd get dropped connections from time to time. Occasional slow downs even though the modem was still claiming the internet hadn't slowed. The wifi printer would have bouts of instability.

    So, eventually, we got this. This wonderful, amazing, intelligent (and might I add, good looking) piece of equipment. I did the manual labor, and the Extreme did everything else. It reaches further, faster, stronger. No more dual routers, no more powerline adapter, no more switches all over the place, no more "printer offline" messages, no more deception about what a 'good' network is.

    Thank you, Apple Airport Extreme!

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible, does more than advertised actually

    I have an airport extreme only 5 months only (5th generation), but when I picked up this new Airport Extreme with the redesigned antenna geometry, and the Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi; I KNEW I'd get better bi-di communication on my brand new 2013 macbook air, which I do, but what turned out a real shocker is Im getting around 30% faster www cruising on my Ipad 4th gen and my Ipad mini! Why didn't apple Inc. advertise "Hey, not ONLY will you get blazing better speeds with the new Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi,...but ALSO you'll notice faster speeds on your Ipads and other devices"

    My wifi on my 2012 Macbook Pro is about 20% or more faster on downloads and MUCH faster refresh on known sites.

    I was planning on getting faster speeds on ONLY my new Macbook Air, and FURTHER stronger signal strength. But additionally a HUGE PLUS is my now-faster Ipad communications and home networking speeds.

    Was it worth the $200 considering I had a basically a new (older model) airport extreme? Absolutely YES. WORTH IT!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    still only 3 ethernet outputs

    Airports have always been good, solid routers. But in this age of multiple devices and internet security systems and so forth, some of us need more than 3 ethernet ports. There is no reason a top-of-the line router can't have 5 ports. Apple has a tendency to push wireless for everything (MacBooks have lost most of their ports). I don't like it, and will have to look elsewhere. Will still give 4 stars for quality.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixes all wifi issues

    I love this device. We have been Apple fans for so long, I can't believe we overlooked this product. We have had constant wifi issues with nearly 20 clients on our third party access point/router. I have been told by reputable authorities that too many clients can be difficult for a consumer wifi access point. Using the same router, turning off it's wifi, and using the Apple Extreme has solved all problems. I can now get great wifi in parts of the house which were previously dead. And speeds have improved everywhere else. This product is the most overlooked product on Apple's whole product line. IT IS AWESOME!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    worth the extra $

    After some concern about the high price I bought this unit to replace my Linksys EA4500. The ea4500 was considederd a great router but we never got good coverage and the speeds were not great. I must have spent 10 hours over the last while playing with settings and turing things on and off trying to get this thing to work as advertised. As usual, you get what you pay for! The Extreme was up and running in 5 minutes, coverage was spectacular and we were finally getting the speeds we pay for (Cogeco). Our family has 4 iphones, 3 macbooks and a few ipads. File sharing is now a (simple) reality with this great little device. Buy this if you want a router that works as advertised, especially if you are a mac household.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this wireless device!

    I was dreading replacing our old router, but the setup process for the AirPort Extreme couldn't have been any easier. We keep our modem and router on the top floor of our 4 story house and the signal is really strong on all 4 levels, even in the basement. The internet connection is super fast too. Another great product from Apple!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    surprisingly no USB 3.0

    I am disappointed by the USB port being 2.0 and not 3.0 - at this price point! I connect an extra HDD as a network-shared drive and USB 3.0 would be of great advantage. Otherwise I'd be very happy. I also have a TC for backups as part of the wi-fi network.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So Far So Good!!!!

    Just installed my new Airport Extreme and it is much stronger then 5th Gen. I tested both routers at same time in the worst part of my house.

    Results:
    5th Gen: 18MB down/3.98MB up
    6th Gen: 38MB down/4MB up

    Will retest 6th gen again later tonight when people get home and our node is stressed. Stay tuned.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not do most things

    I have a Brother printer that's not wireless. I can print through Airport Extreme. But I can no longer scan because it does not talk back to my computer. ok, then I manually connect the USB back to my computer to scan, but then other printers do not print through Airport Extreme. If I connect my USB from my computer back to Airport Extreme, My computer does not print. I tried using a splitter, that does not help. I have to restart the router and wait!

    This is not all. Dell computer loses WiFi connection completely as soon as it goes to sleep. So that the connection has to be deactivated and then reconnected each time you want to use internet.

    Not what I expected to do when I got this. Linksys for $60 does a better job.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A worthy update.

    Looks/Construction: Solidly built, typical minimalist design & packaging. The dimensions make it much more voluminous than the outgoing model, so its physical presence will be a bit more obvious.

    Connectivity: The new AirPort Extreme router uses Broadcom's 2nd generation 802.11ac chipset, so it is already at an advantage over similar products from other vendors. Only 3 LAN ports might be an issue for some. I've occupied them all and I'm sure many others will too. USB 2.0 port vs USB 3.0 port even though it is supported by the Broadcom SoC (system on a chip.) I assume USB 3.0 was disabled to create separation between the AEBS and the Time Capsule.

    Software: Apple's AirPort Utility 6.x has taken a step back in advanced set-up and monitoring. The older utility cannot be used to set-up or maintain this AEBS. This means that unless you have a Mac with OS X 10.7+ or an iDevice, you will not be able to configure the new AEBS. Other than that, set-up was a breeze. My iPhone recognized the new unit and asked me to configure it. It then asked if I wanted to transfer settings from my existing AEBS. The process was quite painless.

    Performance: I bought two of these. The second is used primarily as a wireless ethernet bridge down the hall from the primary AEBS. The distance between the two is roughly 30ft with a couple walls in between. Sustained transfer rates are right at 45MBps (360Mbps.) Compared to my previous set-up of two 802.11n AEBS, it's a 2-3x increase in throughput. The old set-up struggled sometimes to saturate my Comcast broadband connection.

    Price: Steep, but in line with other 802.11ac routers + a small Apple premium.

    Thoughts: It works, quite well actually. My only major hang-up is the software, which I can't ding the physical product too much for. I might add that this is only rev.1 of the new look router because there will surely be several silent updates. Did you know there were five revisions of the previous model, all with notable differences? Now is as good a time as any to jump in though...802.11ac is that big of an upgrade. I'd also like to see "AirPort Extreme" branding dropped at some point. It should really just be called AirPort AC or something like that.

    Score: 4.5 stars rounded up to 5.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawless and fast!

    Simply stated, this is a genuinely fast upgrade to the previous generation AE, which I replaced with this model two days ago. Much faster home Wi-Fi in all areas of my house. Signal now strong enough to stream outside by the pool where before I barely got any signal at all. Great Apple design and virtually foolproof setup. Took me 7 minutes to be up and running from box opening to surfing the web. Highly recommended.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Performance

    Installed this recently and have yet to be disappointed. the range is incredible, i have a 9 room house and a 2 acre yard and i walked around the perimeter watching a youtube video and never once did the video hiccup, stutter, or buffer even at the farthest point away from the unit.
    my only regret is not buying one sooner .

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great until it died - second one to die around 1.5 yrs of use

    I am NOT a computer expert, compared to many of the reviewers, but I found the router and time capsule to be easy to setup and was very happy with the data streaming rate. In fact, the product worked great - until it died. After about 18 months, our first Airport Extreme died, so with Apple Care, we received a new one. Unfortunately, that one died as well around 18 months.

    In the first instance, we had a power outage that somewhat trashed the Airport, even though it was on a protected power strip. The second time it was simply unplugged and then never recovered. It hums, like the first, but it unable to switch on (light is dead).

    I'm sure there was some method by which I was supposed to unplug it (lock the drive, etc.), but that it cannot even communicate with our Mac via ethernet nor will start back up seems pretty extreme.

    We just switched to using our UVerse router with a NetGear extender, and a very affordable WD backup HDD.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    THE PERFECT DEVICE

    We bought an Airport 5 years ago and it worked flawlessly for five years. Now time to upgrade for more power in a big house with solid walls, and the upgrade took exactly 30 seconds. For those who can't figure out how to do it, just select it from the Airport Utility under Other Wifi Devices. Once installed the boost in speed is huge. Congratulations Apple another amazing device and now I look forward to another 5 trouble-free years.

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