AirPort Extreme

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  • Overview

    The intelligent, easy-to-use AirPort Extreme Base Station with simultaneous dual-band support is the perfect wireless access point for home, school, or office. It offers next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology and delivers high-performance wireless access for Mac computers, PCs, and Wi-Fi devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. Learn more about AirPort Extreme

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

    Tech Specs

      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

    Wireless

    IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac1

    Beamforming antenna array

    Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

    Number of Users

    50

    System Requirements

    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

  • Apple TV Models

  • 4.0 Average
    4 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Fast and Furious...

      I usually do not write reviews on apple.com but had to on this new device. Frankly, I have often been under whelmed with new and improved products. That would I usually do not write reviews on apple.com but had to on this new device. Frankly, I have often been under whelmed with new and improved products. That would be the case for the previous gen Airport Extreme. It seemed a little better than previous gen but no earth shattering progress. Not true with this new iteration of the Airport Extreme. 1. setup. Simply begin by plugging it in. Then pull up the setup menu via utilities and Airport. It will tell you to unplug the cables from your old Extreme and plug into the new. Once you do that it just takes over and transfers all your connection info. It took about 10 minutes because after it had copied my settings over it downloaded a firmware update. 2. speed. I have a 60mbs hard wired connection. My house is around 3,000 square feet all on one level. My office is located in one corner. The opposite corner diagonally from this room is where we have a media room. In that room my speed tests using macbook air, Kindle hd, cell phones, etc... showed a consistent 15mbs. I also would have times when using either my apple tv or roku box.......and then using a wireless tablet etc..... where the speed would slow down to the point where the connection would be lost. This is history. I now get a constant 30-40mbs using internet speed test in the same room. A BIG jump. Very happy

      • Written by Daniel A from Oklahoma City

      223 of 231 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fast and Furious...

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic

      Picked up the first one in Manchester Arndale this morning, I'd been waiting for this 802.11ac upgrade for a while. Excellent range, superb speeds, quick and e Picked up the first one in Manchester Arndale this morning, I'd been waiting for this 802.11ac upgrade for a while. Excellent range, superb speeds, quick and easy set up, looks great. Supports local loopback feature which I really needed, the old standard package router I used to use has nothing on this new AirPort Extreme. Looking forward to using 802.11ac devices with it. Highly recommended, overall a great buy.

      • Written by Norman L from Manchester

      225 of 264 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fantastic

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Delighted so far

      Ordered immediately after WWDC 2013 to replace an venerable Linksys WRT54G whose fading antenna power was failing. Delighted so far, setup was straightforw Ordered immediately after WWDC 2013 to replace an venerable Linksys WRT54G whose fading antenna power was failing. Delighted so far, setup was straightforward, done in less than 10 minutes from opening the box. Gigabit ethernet is delivering the full bandwidth from my cable modem for the first time and the wireless coverage is uniformly excellent in my thick walled and three storey Victorian terrace, noticeably quicker for my n capable devices. I don't have any ac devices yet to test those even higher speeds. Wireless sharing of a Kodak printer also working as hoped. Happy to recommend - nice job Apple.

      • Written by Dave C from BIRMINGHAM

      165 of 189 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Delighted so far

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Does what it says

      I picked this up as I couldn't run ethernet to the AppleTV which was only downloading 10mbps over Wifi n. There was also lag with other devices averaging 30mbp I picked this up as I couldn't run ethernet to the AppleTV which was only downloading 10mbps over Wifi n. There was also lag with other devices averaging 30mbps. Installed this with a few clicks, and was humming along at 76mbps, which is the SAME speed when using ethernet! AppleTV improved to 65mbps. Issue resolved.

      • Written by Christopher C

      Is this review useful?Does what it says

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Easy set up and fast

      Recently switched my service and they gave me a new modem (TC8715D) and my old router didn't work. Since we have a 4k TV I decided to buy this as the other rout Recently switched my service and they gave me a new modem (TC8715D) and my old router didn't work. Since we have a 4k TV I decided to buy this as the other routers seemed to be around the same price and were not beam forming. I picked this up after a recommendation from a friend and I couldn't have been happier. We get full bars and fast across our place. TV loads faster than ever and no buffer!

      • Written by Andrew P from Santa barbara

      4 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Easy set up and fast

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Apple AirPort Extreme Model A 1521 Bast Station

      Whilst this may work well in an all Apple environment this device is NOT compatible with Telstra WIFI modems if used as a range extender. It was sold to me by m Whilst this may work well in an all Apple environment this device is NOT compatible with Telstra WIFI modems if used as a range extender. It was sold to me by my local JB HIFI store and I was told it would work. They were wrong, it does not work. I wasted 4 hours of my life trying to get it to work and then on the phone with Apple. Apple have gone out of their way to make it difficult for non Apple users. The device is useless. The Apple tech I dealt with even admitted Apple make it super hard for people in an attempt to move them across to an all app Apple environment. That's reprehensible!

      • Written by Christopher O from Caulfield South

      0 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Apple AirPort Extreme Model A 1521 Bast Station

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