AirPort Extreme

  • 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 cord

    Tech Specs

      Size and Weight

    • Height: 6.6 inches (168 mm)
    • Width: 3.85 inches (98 mm)
    • Depth: 3.85 inches (98 mm)
    • Weight: 2.08 pounds (945 g)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

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  • 4.0 Average
    4 out of 5 stars
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      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 a breeze took less than 5 minu 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

      2803 of 3025 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Very nice Router!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      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 migration as well.

      • Written by Chris D from Kirkland

      2113 of 2298 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great Range Increase

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      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 faster. Range wise, I haven't foun 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

      1240 of 1503 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great Product so far

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Great product, but . . .

      Like most Apple products, the AE routers are designed to perform very well, look great, and be very easy to configure and use. These routers can be trouble fr Like most Apple products, the AE routers are designed to perform very well, look great, and be very easy to configure and use. These routers can be trouble free for years. We are on our third generation AE router now, and the simplicity and reliability has kept us coming back. That's the good news. The bad news, is there are a lot of setting options and complexities to AE routers that are not well documented by Apple, at least not that I can find. Check out this Apple Support Forum to see what I mean: Airport Extreme and Cox Internet IPv6. This forum has been very active for many months, with no contributions from Apple engineers, which is what is really needed. Many users on this forum had to change router settings from the default settings to maintain stable internet connections on their Airport networks after their ISP implemented IPv6 support. It turns out there are undocumented complexities about AE networks, and Apple's approach to the IPv6 transition, that many have stumbled upon. Once you've strayed from default settings, it can be difficult to find your way back, as there is no Apple documentation I can find about some of these settings. The more devices you have in your network, the more complicated things can become. Third party blogs have been very active in discussion of these settings, but it would be nice to hear from the source more often. Also, be warned, if you need multiple AE routers to cover a large area, things get more complex, and the Apple documentation for the current generation of AE routers can be hard to find.

      • Written by John S from Glastonbury

      7 of 8 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great product, but . . .

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Yea Not Impressed

      Speed is very good, but I have a very solid plan with my provider. I bought this because while sitting on the front or back porch of my 2k sq ft home I was havi Speed is very good, but I have a very solid plan with my provider. I bought this because while sitting on the front or back porch of my 2k sq ft home I was having difficulty connecting, it was spotty at best. No improvement at all with this device. Works great inside the house, not well outside. I was expecting so much more from Apple.

      • Written by Robert Y from Cambridge

      1 of 9 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Yea Not Impressed

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works great. 2tb is fine but get 3tb if you can afford it

      I got this Airport Extreme to get to the newest generation of WiFi and for backup. I had older, smaller versions and they always worked fine so I expected the s I got this Airport Extreme to get to the newest generation of WiFi and for backup. I had older, smaller versions and they always worked fine so I expected the same. Well it did work perfectly until one update but that was figured out quickly and easily. I just found out that if I copy all of my iTunes to a portable drive, I can connect it to the AP Extreme and access them there. I have 40k tracks so I need the space on my MacBook Pro. I have been an Apple geek for sometime now and plan to stay there. I use the newest MacBook Pro, 9" iPad Pro, iPhone 6, Airport Extreme 2tb, and will keep expanding.

      • Written by Timothy S from Irvine

      3 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works great. 2tb is fine but get 3tb if you can afford it

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