• 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.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the idea, but not the product

    I bought this shortly after it was released because it uses ac wifi and I found earlier AirPort Extremes to be easy to set up and manage. In general it works really well for my wired devices. However, I typically lose wifi connectivity at least three times per week.

    Though I have found a solution on the community boards that lets me reset the wifi without having to unplug the router, I still find it frustrating to lose wifi so frequently.

    On a computer I go into AirPort Utility > Edit > Wireless > Wireless Options then I change the Wireless Channels. This solution was presented as a way to make sure you are not using the same wireless channels as any nearby wireless routers. I went through the more detailed process of assessing nearby wifi channels in use and was hopeful this would be a long-term solution. However, I still lose wifi several times each week so I don't bother checking the nearby router channels anymore and just assign new channels. I would really like to get a more permanent solution though.

    Other than that (very frustrating) item, I really like this router. It is easy to set up and manage. I have it connected to a switch for my wired devices and they never have a connection issue.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router I've used

    I own quite a few Apple products so far (Apple TV, MacBooks, iMac, IPhones) and this is one of the best apple products. I was having trouble with my modem and router from Time Warner. It kept disconnecting ever time my iMac went to sleep and would disconnect from my Apple TV. I finally bought this and a different modem. The set up was easy, less than 5 minutes. My computer hasn't disconnected and it's been faster than ever. Worth the investment!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Product

    I had been renting a NetGear router/modem combo from Comcast for the last few years and it was seriously struggling to reach all the corners of my house. I had to use my phone's 4G network in my room because it was so weak. On top of that, airplay was problematic with my apple tv's and I would need to reset my whole system almost every week. I bought this product, plugged it in to the wall, connected it to the modem with an ethernet cable, set it up in about 2 minutes, and all of my wifi problems were SOLVED! My internet speeds are literally three times faster and I the range has extended from about 30 feet to easily over 60 feet. Airplay always works perfectly now and I haven't had to reset my media server or anything in several weeks. I am so incredibly happy with this product.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router ever...

    Similar to many this router is the best I have ever used. Very easy to set-up (about 5 minutes). Internet with this router is 25x faster than our old router! Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great router, definitely worth the money.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    With AirPlay speaker in every room (6), 2 Apple TVs, 4 iPhones, 3 Macs, Xbox, Roku, Wink and misc other devices hitting the network, this AirPort Extreme handles it all. No more dropped packets, connections are maintained, bandwidth is amazing and everything "just works". Setup was 20 min, Comcast as ISP, used older extremes to extend network and a couple airport expresses to run speakers outside. Couldn't be happier. If you're thinking of upgrading "just do it" you will not be disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic line of routers.

    I had the last gen version of the Airport Extreme (the Mac Mini shaped one) and loved it. It recently stopped functioning--I believe because of a recent brown out in our house--and I decided to replace it with this new model. Color me impressed. My old one did a really great job giving us a good solid wireless N signal two floors away, but this one is even faster and more solid.

    Speaking generally though--these are the most solid routers I've ever owned. They never need to be restarted and they last forever. I highly recommend them. Power users or network admins may not find them to be the most versatile as far as options, but for the standard user, they're amazing.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best One

    I bought the airport extreme like 2 weeks ago and it work great. I have a 3,200 square foot house and every where i go i have full bars on my iPhone to my macbook, even out side. It is way better then the netgear that century link has. LOVE IT !!!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Made all the difference, really like it

    I was skeptical that this router would fix some of the range and throughput issues that I was having. I took a chance and was glad that I did. It extended the range over my previous router that Time Warner provided significantly. Throughput is great and the added bonus of wi-fi support for 802.11ac is fantastic. My iPhone 6 and Macbook Pro fly now and other legacy wi-fi enabled devices are working a lot better including two Roku 3s, Samsung tablet, Xbox One and other devices.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Got speed?

    Wow!!! Just hooked up my new APE...took about 3 minutes to set up... Recognized my network right the way.. I have a 105 mb/s connection... My first speed test peaked at 132mb/s on all my devices Even on my iPhone... Very happy.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So Easy

    Set this up using my Macbook. Was the easiest router I have ever set up. Easier to set up than apples wireless keyboard and trackpad even, and those were really easy.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very solid. Uptime for wireless is excellent

    I bought the airport extreme to replace my badly behaving d-link (their top of the line model). The old one required me to power cycle it several times a day, so I knew its days were limited. The airport extreme has been a solid performer for me. I think setup was just about the easiest ever for me in a router. I used the airport utility on my iPhone and I was up and running in under 15 minutes. It just works!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Second Airport Extreme and absolutely love it!!

    I replaced an older version of the Airport Extreme, a 2009 version, with a new version today - November 20th, 2014. I have a huge home all on one level so I have a couple of Airport Expresses around the house as well - newer versions that do not plug directly into the wall. It took me about 10 minutes to go from old to new with great signals throughout the house. The newer version seems to be much faster than the older one. Love these guys and would recommend them to everyone that needs to upgrade a home wireless network system no matter if you have Apple products or not. I have an old Windows PC and it also operates faster on the internet with the newer device. Worth the money in my opinion. By the way, the older version may have dropped off the internet once or twice in 5 years?? Been so long since it happened I do not remember. LOL!!

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2.0?

    Comon USB 3.0 has been around for how long now? Will be just fine for a printer but I recommend a NAS storage device of using a USB attached here. And let's get support for the USB Superdrive over Airport? That'd be great for those of us in a post death of the Superdrive multi-mac home. Also would not argue with more ethernet ports. Ethernet is faster and more reliable than wifi.

    Other than that great very fast router, simple to configure.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a good router

    I don't know what the problem is with this router, but thankfully I waited before selling my previous generation Airport Extreme. This router is slooowwww. It can take up to 30 seconds to move from screen to screen, regardless of time of day or night - I'm in a small house and old router worked just fine. Buyer beware.

    27 of 49 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, lots of range

    Bought this to replace my old d link n extreme router which had an unreliable connection (random disconnections). The airport extreme has more range, always stays connected and is very easy to set up.

    Easy to set up
    lots of range
    reliable
    no problems

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for people who aren't nerds!

    If you want a router that takes little to no configuration that will manage interconnecting a bunch of Apple hardware, this is your device. If you are setting something up for other people, family, or friends, who don't know how to use routers, and have Apple hardware, this is your device. Why? Because if you do it right, you wont need to ever help them with router problems again!

    No, it isn't for advanced users, it isn't meant to be. If you want to tweak a lot of stuff, or other custom things look at routers that do that. Don't fault the device just because you didn't buy something that does what you want.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Tripled my internet speed!! Buy one!

    I replaced 3 older airports in my house with this 1 AirPort Extreme. Best purchase I made for my internet. It tripled my internet speed. I would highly recommend this. It has amazing range too!

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's ok, i'll leave it at that.

    This thing sure isn't what i was hoping for, it a nice router and all but don't count on it giving you anymore range than it's predecessor. I was under the impression that it's big awkward size was due to a improve antenna, it isn't. I can't recommend to anyone to upgrade their old router to this.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Excruciating

    10 to 20 seconds it's WiFi: On, the next 10 to 20 seconds it's WiFi: Looking for Networks.

    No steady connection lasting more than 30 seconds.

    Can't reliably access printers, other computers, or internet. This is very damaging to us.

    34 of 63 people found this useful