• 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.

    8 of 8 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.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Greatest Router...

    I have been trouble shooting my slow internet (AT&T UVERSE) wireless for almost two months now. They switched out the model/router combo twice, added a wifi booster, and still nothing. Until one AT&T technician told me about the AIRPORT EXTREME - Possibly The Greatest Router I have ever purchased. Apparently AT&T can not guarantee their wifi signals strength to customers using APPLE PRODUCTS...So if you are experiencing SLOW WIFI while using APPLE products, do yourself a favor and purchase an Airport. I went with the Extreme because I did not want to have this problem in the future... With super fast shipping from the Apple Store, easy installation and setup, my wifi sign is like no other. It is TEN times stronger and has a great range (in my back yard ~ 130ft away). Best Router EVER...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Pleased

    After reading all the reviews i was a little leary of this prchase ,My older one was working great
    after a simple swap and install, it is running and great with a huge differance in wifi reception and speed upstairs down stairs and basement .
    VERY PLEASED!!!!!!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great wifi performance

    I set one of these up as a wireless access point at work (10,000 sq ft building) and all of our wireless problems went away. Works great with our Double Robot running an iPad air and all other devices windows or PC. Wireless N and AC performance are great in any part of the building with at least 10 users.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router I have ever seen after about 1 year of USE still impressed

    All my Computers are Dell but after listing to the Tech-Guy on the radio I stepped up to the Apple Airport Extreme and am very pleased.
    I have 4 iphones, Ipad and 7 Dell PCs as well as my wifi TVs, PS3, Xbox and all of those gizmos do better than ever using WIFI from this Router
    This is a 1/2 acre property and I have access to my network from any part of my yard in this single story house.
    This router has the capacity to connect all my devices at the same time without choking.
    I have used other routers, Netgear, Linksys, and Cisco but they all died. some after weeks while others after years.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The nicest and most user friendly router out there.

    I've had the 'luxury' of an AC router for quite some time now. Sadly, the router was a pain. It constantly cut out, speeds were unreliable, and setup was the biggest pain in the world.

    This past week I began eyeing the Airport Extreme, and rightfully so. Today I proudly purchased it at my local Best Buy. After hooking it up and loading up Airport Utility on my Mac, I was stunned at how amazingly easy it was to set up. Honestly, it was breath taking to see router setup this simple (And I've dealt with my fair share of routers in the past).

    After connecting to the device on my iPhone, iPad, PS3, PC, etc. I was happy to find that it worked smoothly on all of them.

    By far, the best router I have ever purchased.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme Base Station: another out-the-park home run

    It was time to get serious and call Mother Apple for the latest and greatest AirPort Extreme Base Station when my D-link WBR-2310 RangeBooster G Wireless Router went off the reservation. The emblematically elegant Airport Extreme micro-tower was delivered in two days and ten minutes later she was vigorously pumping a flood of energy to all points in my single story sprawling 4,400 square foot home. The Base Station immediately prompted for a seamless firmware update on initial connection and subsequent configuration with Apple's complementary Airport Utility iPhone app was incredibly simple and intuitive. Simplicity of installation, price point, form & functionality, performance, support, and Apple's "no questions asked" money back guarantee made this device a game breaker for me. And kudos to my Apple sales person, Adrian, for clearly and accurately presenting the multiple advantages and ease of installation of the Airport Extreme device, as well as to Apple Inc. for adeptly removing the pain from router installation and management.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy .

    After reading all reviews on the negative side I was a bit hesitant. My old extreme died on me and a new router was needed.
    Since my household is mainly Macs, 3 of them and various iPads and iPhones and my android phone I decided to give it a try.
    Setup on my iMac was done in minute and everything connected without a hitch. Even my Naim Unity in the other end of my house enjoys a strong signal. It also runs cool where my old extreme was kind of hot. It also looks good compared to competitors.

    9 of 11 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

    Huge performance increase over 3rd Gen Extreme!

    I was reluctant to purchase the latest version of Airport Extreme. Upon finally getting one, I was very pleasantly surprised! Big range increase and a very noticeable difference in throughput! With no other adjustments but replacing my 3rd Gen MIMO Extreme with the latest, my transmit rate went from 108 to 270. That's more than double! On Time Warner Cable's Extreme 50MBs, I felt a huge power burst in performance. I feel validated in my purchase. If you've been on the fence or struggling with some questionable performance, give this one a try! I think Apple finally got it perfected.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreal Range...if you need it

    I live in a 3500 sq. foot town home with metal studs. My internet comes into the walkout basement area. Wireless range has been an issues since we moved in. I had a Netgear N900 WNDR4500 router and it blew out when they had an ISP issue. I compared this to the top of the line ASUS and Netgear AC class routers. the others have a bit more ports and ability to customize, but this thing blows them away for range. With the others I was still having issues getting a signal on the top floor. The ASUS would cut in and out and the 2 Netgear routers would do 1-2 bars and still drop occasionally. This thing gives me full bars upstairs. Heck I can get 3 bars at the end of the block. The hardest part about it was figuring out where to download the PC utility. My company IPad sill not be here for several more weeks. There are no PC instructions in the box, I I knew there was a utility somewhere. I found it easier with a Google search than looking on Apple's site. The connection is quick and flawless, the signal is unwavering and the wireless throughput is stellar on the G/N and one AC device I have tested so far. I highly recommend this unit.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Blazing speed!!

    I just picked the Extreme up yesterday and I'm amazed on how much faster this is from my old 4th generation Extreme. I also had dead spots out on my deck before and now I am getting full signal. I can't wait to walk my dog this morning and see how far up the street it will work.

    Quality is Beautiful and Looks fantastic on my shelve. It took about 5 minutes to set up through airport utility and it would have been three,but there was a update to install.

    Apple did it again! Spend the extra money it's well worth it!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is built for speed!!!!

    We have Verizon FIOS and paying for 75 mbps but
    could not get more than 25-35 on wifi and 45-60 on ethernet on PC and iMac.

    Now we are getting 75-85 on ethernet PLUS our wifi, thanks to your new Airport Extreme and the AC band, even though the N protocol is on everything else in our home wifi network.

    Thanks Apple for this great product.

    Tom In Plano, Texas

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    EASY

    Very nice router. Easy to set-up. My network was ready to go in less than 10 minutes. WiFi coverage is excellent! Gave it 4 stars for 2.0 USB port.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally a product that works

    I have a big house, around 4000 s.f. and i can't get a good signal at all in second floor or in back yard prior to this amazing product. I did try the previous model with no success and i give this new extreme a shot. It works. I have a full bar signal on second floor and in back yard. I love it. worth the money. i can stream netflix on second floor, super fast internet on all of my ios devices and i have all of them. 2 ipads, 1 ipad mini, 2 iphones and 1 i touch. Love it!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far it's excellent

    The router is way faster then my 5th generation Airport extreme by a milestone. This is a remarkable design and improvement over the previous gen and I just love it.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly weak Guest Network security

    The Airport Extreme is a high-performance WiFi router, but it has a surprising weakness in the Guest Network: ZERO support for any form of client Wireless/AP isolation mode. For any public setting, like a library, coffee shop, retail store, this means that any wireless device that connects to the Guest Network can see all the other devices on the Guest Network, including the manufacturer of the device, address, and other features.

    The lack of client Wireless/AP isolation mode is a surprising security weakness in an Apple product -- especially because many competitors support "Wireless Client Isolation" in product that cost less than half the price of the Airport Extreme.

    I bought an Airport Extreme for use in a public art gallery, but it's being returned to Apple due to this surprising and disappointing security weakness.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Blazing fast!!

    I have been using Comcast as my ISP and was using router provided by it until now. However despite a good internet package I was never able to get stable and decent internet speeds. After fair amount of research I decided to invest in AirPort Extreme. There are many routers I considered before going for Extreme and the primary reasons were ease of setup, security, speed and of course the looks. I have to agree AirPort Extreme has all the qualities as mentioned on the company's website but the quality which stands out the most is the stable and blazing fast connection it provides. The only hiccup I had while setting it up was related to the Comcast router where I had to call the customer support to disable the wifi on the existing router, otherwise the setup was a breeze. Many would argue that there are better routers which provide more functions and customization but how many of us actually need those functions. I wanted a hassle free router and that's exactly what AirPort Extreme is all about.

    6 of 6 people found this useful