Learn more about AirPort Extreme
Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Extreme gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.1 And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.
Designed with performance in mind.
With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Extreme now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them — three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.
Easy setup for iOS and OS X.
Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Extreme and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you’re using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.
Share your hard drive or printer.
AirPort Extreme can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos, and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.
Compatibility and security.
Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Extreme. That’s because it’s compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac specifications. And since AirPort Extreme features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.
What's in the Box?
- AirPort Extreme
- Printed documentation
- Power lead
Size and Weight
- Height: 168 mm (6.6 inches)
- Width: 98 mm (3.85 inches)
- Depth: 98 mm (3.85 inches)
- Weight: 945 g (2.08 pounds)2
Connections and Expansion
- Gigabit Ethernet WAN port
- Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
- USB 2.0
- Built-in power supply
- IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac1
- Beamforming antenna array
- Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Number of Users
Setup and Administration
- Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3
- iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3
Wireless Device Access
- Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification
Shared Printing with a USB Printer
- Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later
- PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8
Shared USB Hard Drive
- Mac with OS X v10.4.8 or later
- PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8
Ratings & Reviews
Very nice Router!
I live in a large house with my office on the top floor and i can stream 1080 hi def video without a glitch, as always setup was I live in a large house with my office on the top floor and i can stream 1080 hi def video without a glitch, as always setup was a breeze took less than 5 minutes.
If you want a easy set up and great range and speed spend the extra few dollars
you will be glad you did.. …
- Written by Thomas C from Moyock
2594 of 2803 people found this useful
Great Range Increase
Replaced a 5th generation and got between 4 and 10 times better N signal in various parts of our house that used to suffer. Easy m Replaced a 5th generation and got between 4 and 10 times better N signal in various parts of our house that used to suffer. Easy migration as well. …
- Written by Chris D from Kirkland
1961 of 2136 people found this useful
Great Product so far
Couldn't try out "ac" as I don't have any thing compatible. Just replaced my AP Extreme (Gen 5) and compared to that its much fast Couldn't try out "ac" as I don't have any thing compatible. Just replaced my AP Extreme (Gen 5) and compared to that its much faster. Range wise, I haven't found much of an improvement, but then again it could be my house. I still have to use another AP EXPRESS to extend my network in my house. Simple to set it up and looks good too. …
- Written by DERIC PHILIP J from COOGEE
1226 of 1487 people found this useful
Amazing Wireless Router
I rarely write reviews but I just had to write a review for the Airport Extreme. I've had so many different brands of wireless rou I rarely write reviews but I just had to write a review for the Airport Extreme. I've had so many different brands of wireless routers (Asus, Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, etc) and they all begin to fail around the 9 month time frame. On many of them I was resetting them once or twice a week by the time they'd reached a year. I've now had my Airport Extreme over a year and a half and I've only ever reset it once (outside of a couple power-outages). This device is incredible, even without any AC devices connected to it. I usually have 10-15 devices connected at a time and never once experienced bad performance/signal. Always keeps up with everything going on and gives me the full 60mbps I pay for from Comcast, even wirelessly. Never going back to any of those cheap brands again! Apple delivers again! …
- Written by Jared M from Marietta
I have recently purchased an Airport Extreme. I live in a medium sized brick and tile house and have often experienced extensive b I have recently purchased an Airport Extreme. I live in a medium sized brick and tile house and have often experienced extensive buffering whilst steaming HD movies over the Wi-Fi. I was initially apprehensive largely due the initial cost outlay but I now regret not buying one much earlier. It has made such big improvement to the home Wi-Fi speed particularly when streaming movies via LeLe and apple TVs. The modem/router I'm using is a Netgear DGN2000. I had always thought that the 802.11n Wi-Fi performance was OK but using the extreme just blows it away. The extreme is positioned a good 30 feet away (in a separate room with brick walls and corridor/doorway) from the apple TV but the performance increase is truly remarkable. I would definitely recommend the investment if you are considering upgrading your Wi-Fi performance. There is also a new 2015 MacBook pro in the house and the 802.11ac connection is very strong and fast. The set up was also very easy (5 mins). The Netgear DGN2000 is now just acting as modem feeding into the Airport Extreme. I'm very happy with the purchase. Regards …
- Written by Rodderick C from Mount Lawley
Not for serious users
Hands down, bar none, the worst networking device I've ever used. External drives become corrupted for no good reason after a few Hands down, bar none, the worst networking device I've ever used. External drives become corrupted for no good reason after a few days. Printers will not stay connected for more than a few hours at a time (requiring hard resets of the entire system). It changes IP address assignments and random and constantly assigns the same address to several devices, causing collisions and general network disarray. I could go on and on. The bottom line is that it just doesn't work. Oh by the way, did I also mention that it's priced about 10 times higher than comparable equipment (that does work)? …
- Written by Les H from Dickson
0 of 4 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What's the difference between the AirPort Extreme and the AirPort Time Capsule?
- Asked by Price F from Abingdon
The AirPort Extreme is a wireless router. The Time Capsule is a wireless router with a built-in hard The AirPort Extreme is a wireless router. The Time Capsule is a wireless router with a built-in hard disk drive for backup purposes. …
- Answered by Ryan C from Berea
What's the Life Expectancy of an AirPort Extreme router
- Asked by Juan A. A from San Antonio
they last a very long time, i still have my 1st gen Airport router, there is more of a risk of it be they last a very long time, i still have my 1st gen Airport router, there is more of a risk of it being outdated in a few years rather than it dying …
- Answered by Richard R
can you daisy chain more than one together?
- Asked by Susan M from Batley
yes you can and it is easy to do with the airport routers.
- Answered by Christopher R from Sierra Vista