Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
513 Questions from the Community
Do I need a modem with the airport extreme?
- Asked by Carrie A from Waynesburg
- 02 23, 14
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Yes you do. The modem connects with the incoming signal from your provider and the router (AP Extreme) routes the signal wirelessly to your devices. The router is the connector between the modem and your devices.
- Answered by Daniel T from Redlands
- 02 24, 14
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The modem provided by my internet provider also serves as a wireless router. How will the AirPort Extreme work in this situation? Is it redundant?
I do not understand how the Airport Extreme works when I already have a wi-fi network. What is the difference between the AirPort Express and the Airport Extreme?Best Answer:
Your modem/router combo device is probably a sub-par router. I have a similar device from Comcast and the built-in wireless router is just awful. The best analogy here is Jack of all trades, Master of none. So yes, buying and installing an AirPort Extreme will mean you'll have two network access points, but the AirPort should provide far superior wireless functionality when compared to most ISP-provided modem/router combo devices. And I'd be willing to bet that their device is only 802.11n while the AirPort Extreme pushes 802.11ac (which is better but not yet supported by all devices).
Regarding the difference between the Extreme and the Express, there are 3 key things to consider. First, the Express only serves 802.11n. Second, the Express has no Ethernet ports for hardwiring equipment directly to the router, it's wireless only. Third and last, the Extreme's form factor is larger (taller) and has some advanced antenna technology (along with a reportedly very quiet fan) that should help it outperform the Express even if you're only using 802.11n.
Does the Airport Extreme no longer function as an AirPlay device? AirPlay is one of the main reasons I use Apple routers instead of other ones.
- Asked by Margaret T from Seattle
- 06 11, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Does the Airport Extreme no longer function as an AirPlay device? AirPlay is one of the main reasons I use Apple routers instead of other ones.)
Airport Extreme never functioned as an Airplay device, only the Express.
Is the AirPort Extreme Compatable with a Comcast Modem/Router
Please Hang with me here, I am NOT an Apple User as of "YET", and not really great at Computer Language. That said, here goes.
1). I own a 2 year old DELL Laptop, (Don't Like It at all)! its Slow, has 4 Gigs of RAM and a 2.16 Gighrtz Processor. I am Looking to go with an Apple Laptop.
2). We have Comcast Internet Service Wireless Router Modem that is 150MB Download and 12MB Upload. It is there Latest Modem and was replaced 2 weeks ago. I use my Laptop Hardwired to the Modem with an Ethernet Cable, My Wife has a Dell Desktop that is Hard Wired also, if I switch to wireless "IE" Unplug the Ethernet Cable, I can go to Starbucks and get a cup of coffee and come back and the Page "MIGHT BE" Loaded. Wired, it aint much faster!
So, I have talked to some friends that have apple Computer Laptops and swear by them. What I don't know is, are they Wireless "ONLY"? How do I use my Printer that has a USB Cable attached (Not Wireless)?
3). If I buy an Apple Laptop Computer, And, want to use it at its FASTEST / BEST Speeds and Capabilities, can I purchase the AirPort Extreme, and use it with or Attached to the Comcast Modem to get better Distance and more reliable Internet service? We Stream Netflix, VuDu, Pandora, and such regularly. Our TV Is an older Plasma Unit from 2003 and we have DIRECT TV with the Wireless GENIE'S, Can someone Explain to me in Layman's Terms if this will work without me having to call Comcast In the Philippines and getting all Upset, And, just what I have to do if I go to the Expense of Switching over to APPLE and an AirPort Extreme Router. Sorry if I have forgotten anything, but I am not sure how much longer I can deal with DELL. My wife has No Intention of switching anything with her system until it Fails, and does not want to go away from the Hard Wired Set up. Any Help is Appreciated. Thank You So Much. Ken Davis. By The Way, my Family all has I Phones and I Pads...
- Asked by Ken D from San Jose
- 03 4, 16
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Yes you can use an Airport Extreme with a Comcast router and it is quite simple.
I have an iMac (mid-2011) running El Capitan, a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, a few iPads and iPhones in my home. It is a condo and the router is in a closet. We subscribe to Comcast Xfinity.
We had no end of issues with wireless on the iMac with Comcast. Everything you mention happened to us as well - pages hanging up, having to reboot the router repeatedly, slow wireless, etc. etc. Finally, after many sessions at the Genius Bar and with Apple Support (and after Comcast washed its hands off the whole thing) I put in an Airport Extreme on the output side of the Comcast router. Just hooked it up with an Ethernet cable to the Comcast modem/router and plugged it in. It started working seamlessly and it was a real breeze to set it up on my iMac as my default wireless network .
My wireless problems seem to be over. My old Panasonic plasma TV works great with Apple TV as well.
I would highly recommend it. Only regret is that I bought an Airport Extreme instead of a Time Capsule. I need backup capacity and now I have to buy a separate drive or buy a Time Capsule and use the Extreme as a spare.
Re; Mac computers, they all have wireless and wired connections - Ethernet ports, USB, Thunderbolt and Firewire. So you can connect via hardwire and wireless.
When I moved from Windows (HP, Dell) to Apple the thing that was the biggest surprise was how easy it was to set it all up. What took me hours with HP took minutes with Apple. I am a convert - I would recommend it strongly.
- Answered by Chandra S from Chicago
- 03 30, 16
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can you backup an iphone to a time capsule?
- Asked by Allan M from Tucson
- 07 14, 14
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I use a free app called File Explorer. You can use this app to copy, add, remove files to and from any device it is installed with your Time Capsule. You just set it up in the app with the IP address of your Time Capsule as a Network Access Storage (NAS). This app also allows you to access and store files on your device local storage, and it can be secured per device by password. Hopefully Apple will jump on this need of its customers and develop something like Seagate's Media application.
- Answered by Jeremy H from Norman
- 12 5, 14
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how many wireless camera can use for this router?
- Asked by Quyen C from San Jose
- 06 30, 15
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I may need a extension for the AP Extreme due to the size of the house and the walls (brick walls). Which one would you recommend?
Today I use net gear with ac extension but the signal is very much unstable...
- Asked by Mauricio A from Morristown
- 03 7, 14
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I have an 8,000 square foot, 3 story house. I placed the main Apl Extreme in the basement due to the location of the structured wiring panel. I extended the wif thru out the house with 3 Apl Express all wired back to the extreme and the wifi is excellent! And it is very easy to set up!
- Answered by Jaime G from Laguna Niguel
- 03 10, 14
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I see I can attach a hard drive via USB. Does it support *portable* external hard drives?
The downloaded user manual seems to imply (pictures) that it works with portable hard drives, but it does not explicitly state so. However, my experience with routers with USB ports (not Apple) is only powered hard drives work as there is not enough power in the router's USB port for a portable hardrive.
- Asked by Ion B from East Elmhurst
- 10 4, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (I see I can attach a hard drive via USB. Does it support *portable* external hard drives?)
Yes. I have a WD portable drive as a 'cloud' drive and it works just fine. I'm hoping to hook it up with a hub and a second portable drive to allow a backup of the original.
- Answered by Nirav C from Albuquerque
- 10 31, 14
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can i connect an external drive to the airport express for backup?
I want to do wireless backup to a disk, so i connected it to the airport express. The time machine sees it, but does not allow me to backup
- Asked by Ariel A from San Juan
- 10 22, 13
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No, not with the Airport Express.
You can do it with the latest version of the Airport Extreme though.
Having had two failed Time Capsule hard drives, I'd strong recommend getting an Airport Extreme and an external hard drive, so that you don't need to throw away the Time Capsule as a router if the hard drives fails.
- Answered by Andrew M
- 05 8, 16
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What is the MBPS for the Airport Extreme?
- Asked by Connor M from Mississauga
- 04 10, 15
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Absolutely. I have a MyCloud NAS from Western Digital connected to one of the gigabit ethernet ports on my Airport Extreme. Big improvement over my older Airport router which was only 10/100 Mb. Access to the drives is almost as fast as my onboard hard drives, and fast enough to play video.
- Answered by Steve G from Calgary
- 06 3, 15
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Does the beamforming of the new AP Extreme also apply to 802.11n bands?
I am trying to determine if there is any benefit to be had by adding this device to my network that only uses 802.11n devices. If there is a faster transmission, a wider range, or beamforming I would be inclined to buy this product to enhance my home network and to improve my AppleTV response time and my Time Capsule backups.
- Asked by Christopher R from Charleston
- 06 12, 13
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No, beaming is is limited to only 802.11AC devices. But you will likely notice improved performance over your current router.
- Answered by Michael T from Plano
- 06 13, 13
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After I buy this for my iMac, iPad, and iPhone will there be a monthly cost?
I want wifi, but have never had it. I have nothing set up and use Data for everything. I want to know if when I buy this is it just this I need to get and if after I buy it I will have wifi for as long as I have this free with no monthly fee.
- Asked by Hunter A from Kelso
- 07 27, 13
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This devices does NOT provide Internet service. It takes your current Internet signal and makes it wireless, so many devices can use the signal. There is no recurring cost. If you don't have an ISP (Internet service provider) already, this will do nothing.
- Answered by Will T from Russellville
- 09 9, 13
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It can officially support up to three devices with a powered USB Hub.
- Answered by Josh B from Findlay
- 06 11, 13
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Do the current AirPort Extremes support power over Ethernet?
- Asked by Adam J from Woodworth
- 06 24, 14
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No - you'll need a separate adapter
- Answered by Ryan C from Hudson
- 09 4, 14
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Can the new Airport Extreme be used as a universal repeater or a network extender?
My current modem/router - Cisco DPC3925 - provides a very limited WiFi range. The current router resides on the ground floor, I want the wireless coverage to extend up to the second and third floor.
Would I be able to use the Airport Extreme as a repeater for my main router and extend my wireless coverage?
If yes, does the Airport Extreme provides a good wireless coverage?
- Asked by Sze Kiat N
- 06 22, 13
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Does the Airport Extreme have a setting that allows me to "turn it off" at night for a certain period of time? (To restrict teenage night-owls!)Best Answer:
Yes it does. In fact you can set different time limits for different devices. For example, my daughter's iPad, iPhone and iPod can't connect between certain hours (all slightly different to keep her guessing) whilst other devices in the house have unfettered access.
According to the specs sheet, it does. Supports 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz; input current: 1.5 amp.
- Answered by Mike M
- 05 26, 14
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how many devices does it support?
Like how many devices does it allow to use the wifi at once?
- Asked by Stephen Z from Brookfield
- 12 3, 13
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Per the Tech Specs its 50.
- Answered by Graciano A from Artesia
- 12 19, 13
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do you need to pay monthly for an airport extreme
I usually pay monthly for version but if i get airport extreme do i still pay monthly?
- Asked by Sabahet A from Staten Island
- 12 12, 13
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You don't have to pay to use the AP Extreme, you own it. However, you still have to pay monthly for your wireless service e.g Fios, TiimeWarner, etc.
- Answered by Daniel T from Redlands
- 12 13, 13
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