• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic little piece of tech

    Bought to replace an aging 2nd generation time capsule. I was immediately impressed by the ease of set up via my ipad mini and the high through output from the wireless router - I have a NBN 100/40 internet connection and are able to obtain between 85 to 95 % of maximum speed on a consistent basis despite having 10+ other wireless routers within sensing proximity at anyone time. Additionally the much stronger radio signal allows the router signal to be maximised in more places in the apartment.

    Another quality Apple product :).

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good-Bye Dead Zones

    After three days with this router I've yet to get an AirPlay dropout on any of my four AirPort Express-connected speakers or while watching my AppleTVs. This is in a 4400 square-foot house that has had several WiFi dead zones. I've struggled with many products to get reliable WiFi throughout, and admittedly I stress the network pretty hard by streaming content and then routing it to other devices. For instance, I'll stream TWiT on my AppleTV and route the audio from the AppleTV to the AirPort Express-connected ceiling speakers. No dropouts, no dead zones. Love this thing!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I just bought two of the new AirPort Extreme AC routers. One is my primary and the other extends my network to the other end of our house. The two routers communicate with each other wirelessly, and that connection speed is consistently greater than 550Mbps. Wow!

    These routers replaced two previous generation Airport Extreme routers, and the speed and coverage/range improvements are immediately visible. Nice work, Apple.

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  • 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.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Dumbed down features but worth it for 802.11ac

    For $20 more than the last generation, you get 802.11ac (Awesome!) but lose SNMP and advanced control over things like radio mode, power and channel width. No longer supported with AirPort Utility 5.6. Still worth it for the speed though.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple AirPort Extreme me918am/a

    Super fast and easy set up - even faster performance ! Just moved up from the 5th gen to this newest model . Using late 2011 macbook , with a couple apple tv2 , ipad2 , iphone 5 and iphone 4 . Everything that worked very well previously is moving even faster ! Looking forward to 802.11 Macbook air laptop soon ! Excellent range and power - even working backwards on b/g/n - probably 25-30 percent faster and same in increased range . Happy i made this decision ! Well made and looks great , prefer the aesthetic of this new router over the 5th gen . No longer using 5th gen extreme , and airport express -- the new device puts them both into retirement ! or for sale ! lol

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bullet Proof

    This was very easy to install and my computer is working like a rocket. I am pleased I upgraded from the first generation extreme.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless Range Not So Great!

    I bought this router hoping that the 6 internal antennas would provide unparalleled coverage in my home. To my disappointment, the router performs quite worse than competing 802.11AC routers, such as the highly recommended Asus RT-AC66R.

    In addition to the less than favorable performance in aerial coverage, the design of this router is awkward and sticks out like a sore thumb when placed anywhere in view.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast and Powerful

    I bought this to replace my Airport Extreme 2nd Generation (which is still working just wanted to upgrade). The wireless router is located on the 2nd floor of my house and in my downstairs living room I was only getting 4-5 mbps. I have 30mbps service so I used an Airport Express (wired) to extend the range.

    I hooked this router up and without any range extender I was getting 25-28mbps everywhere in my house. I used the old router now (since everything I have is N) as the range extender and consistently get 30+mbps in my living. I really didn't need too since the speed with just the new router was excellent but I figured since I have it, I might as well use it. I also hooked up my TV receiver and PS3 with a wire to the old Airport extreme since they do not support N. Now I can stream HD movies very fast.

    The Airport express is now just used for AirPlay on my back deck.

    Great product so far!!!

    66 of 69 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Missing features previous models had..

    I replaced a second generation Airport Extreme (which worked very well, was just time for an upgrade) with this as this model. I have been running this unit since the first day it was in stores and have NOT had any reliability issues so far such as: dropped connections, freezing up, having to renew ISP IP address. -Time will tell how it fairs. A huge plus is the power supply is internal; no wall warts! Though the previous generation was external, it still wasn't a wall transformer design.

    As a personal preference, I do prefer the look of the previous generation Airports. -This is opinion and not counted towards my review rating what so ever.

    However, it is missing features and tools that previous generation Airports had:

    There is no way to see wired clients that are connected; only the wireless connections. Could do so with a previous version of Airport utility on the second generation Airport.

    Cannot limit access by Mac address on wired connections.

    Cannot limit timed access on wired connections.

    Cannot use 802.1x for guest authentication.

    Cannot adjust wireless transmit power.

    Previous models with guest networking could select whether or not guest clients could see each other’s computers on the guest network.

    No logs or stats kept.

    No Kensington lock port.

    ...These are just some of the features this new model is lacking that the previous generation had. There’s more, but due to review length limits, I haven't listed them.

    I understand that this model has the new 802.11AC standard; but with the increased price I would still expect all the previous generation's features to be available.

    This seems to be unfortunate evidence that with Steve’s passing; products are being built to a price. –Why are so many features gone? Did not enough people use them often enough?

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router! Great Range!

    I previously had a D-Link Router which thru out the years lost its range power, therefore i decided to purchase this item in hopes i could have enough range to use Wi-fi thru out my house. Thankfully this router has a much better range and signal, and now i no longer have Wi-fi signal issues. This router is definitely a great buy and worth every penny.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A great product with great range!

    I replaced the latest gen 2TB Time Capsule and latest gen AirPort Express with two new Airport Extremes and the difference in speed and range are well worth it. We have higher speeds and better range in parts of the house that we didn't have before and the range extends well into our backyard and almost across the street. I am almost certain that our neighbors can easily see our routers now. Apple did a great job with the new Extreme. We are very happy with the results!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Faster and wider!

    New AirPort Extreme(AE) is really great so far. Especially download speed of wired and also wireless internet has been improved. Same faster speed in both wired and wireless. So I disconnected my ethernet cable from my laptop and I made it free.

    I used Netgear WNDR3300 (5-6years) before. It has a short range of WiFi and I always doubted it's not working fully in enough speed with my internet provider's modem. AirPort Extreme solved these issues at once. Full strength bar even there are many walls and it's faster. It seems it works in full performance with other Apple products.

    Also I used another AirPort Express to extend range of my WiFi but it doesn't need anymore. New AE covers whole area even outside with better speed.

    --- USB 2 ---

    One thing I don't like is it has USB 2.0. I guess most routers recently released has USB 3.0. I didn't test yet for this but I think it might be slow if I try to use it as NAS with external HDD for video editing or something needs heavy traffic between computer and AE even it's wired. I don't know why Apple chose USB 2 for this such a futuristic product. I want to believe there is big reason.

    I have no serious benchmark data for this so I don't know how bad is, but I will give 4 of 5 overall just because of USB 2.0. Other than it's SUPER.

    --- No NTFS ---

    Also as you can imagine, it doesn't support Windows' NTFS formatted HDDs. It made me to make a decision how I need to use this as NAS and which HDD I need to format in Mac format since I have so many big NTFS HDDs and I'm still using NTFS HDD as a media hub.

    I'm happy with this and I don't regret with this purchase but if you are planning to use this router as NAS, you need to think more seriously. As I know, most of users really felt in love with it because of internet speed, easy hookup and wide range but not about USB 2 and no NTFS.


    One more thing,

    I never used to put my router on my desk or somewhere visitors can see easily because usually it was ugly. But it's not same story for AE. My new AE is on my desk now. Very good contrast with other black products. :)

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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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable Improvement

    Much faster than my old extreme. I now feel fully connected from about 70 feet through several walls. Thaaaank you!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely pleased!

    My old AirPort Extreme got wiped out in an electrical storm the day this new one came out. I had to wait for a new one to be shipped from China but I am glad I waited. This new one can power 5 bars in areas that used to only see 1 or 2 with the previous model. Thanks Apple! I love it and I'm actually glad the old one got fried or I would never have upgraded.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what 3 Airport Express stations could not do!

    I was struggling with a large estate that has thick walls and no option to run ethernet cables. No matter what I did the coverage and speed was very intermitted. Dramatic fluctuations of coverage with in the same room!
    Replaced all 3 (new model) Airport Express stations with one new Airport Extreme. All problems solved!

    Going to install some more this friday in an other location.

    133 of 140 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great wifi router, flawed product packaging

    This is a very well-designed Wi-Fi router that is extremely easy to set up and to configure both on Macs and Windows. Via the included app, it basically sets itself up automatically after you input your desired Wi-Fi network name and password. There are of course also advanced options which you may set manually if you desire to.

    This AirPort Extreme performs better than the prior version, even without 801.11ac devices in the network. With 802.11ac devices, it will be even faster.

    This contains more antennas inside the device than prior versions and also incorporates beamforming for faster wifi. The antennas sit higher and off the table top in the device which aids performance as well. When using my wifi network, things are noticeably more speedy than before.

    The design and foot print is also an improvement. It takes up less space on your desk or shelf since it has a smaller footprint, even though it's taller. And, I like the look of it better than prior versions as well.

    A note about the product box: be careful opening the box, if you have it at an angle while pulling the lid off, the device will fall out and could be damaged. Also, after unboxing it, you cannot replace the base of the box because it will get stuck inside the box and be very difficult to remove after that. I recommend you put the base in sideways if you want to store the box. You will see what I mean after you get this item.

    In summary, Apple has another winner in this latest version of the AirPort Extreme! This is a worthy upgrade from prior versions, even if you don't yet have any 802.11ac devices since it also works with 802.11a/b/g and n devices, and you will be ready for any future 802.11ac device that you may get, which is the new standard.

    Highly recommended Wi-Fi router.

    74 of 81 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible speed

    I purchased 2 of these puppies to replace my 2 Gen5 Extremes. I upgraded my TWC to 50 Mbps and now I can get 50 Mbps EVERYWHERE in my house when previously I was getting 50Mbps only close to the router and 20 Mbps everywhere else. These puppies are FAST! setup was a charm as it allowed me to automatically copy the configuration of my old extremes, and cleaned up afterwards ready to sell them on amazon.

    I now get 50 Mbps on all my devices, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, 3 iPads, and 2 iPhone 5s, no matter where I am.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    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.

    8 of 9 people found this useful