• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Improvement over Airport Extreme 2nd edition

    I purchased my original Airport Extreme (v2 - big flat thing) many years ago, and it worked like a champ since day one. So good in fact that I never found a reason to upgrade. After hearing rumors that Apple may not continue to manufacture the Airport and new models, I looked at the reviews for this much newer, tower-like model. I was interested in possible performance increase. Went to the store and picked it up. Set-up was plug and play, automatically transferred over my network settings using airport utility. I have a 100 mbps Comcast internet connection, and was pulling ~50 mbps on average over wifi from my older Airport. After plugging this in I was blow away by the speed test, coming in at over 150 mbps over WiFi. Incredible. Also, 4500 sq ft. house, including basement. I pull over 60 mbps in the underground basement, with the Extreme located in upstairs bedroom. My prior airport barely reached the basement, and connectivity was iffy, ~5-10 mbps. Overall, well worth the investment if you're running an older version, and if you have a large house, are in a congested wi-fi area, or have fast internet, but LAN wiring throughout the house isn't an option. Couldn't be more happy with this, don't listen to negative reviews...

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixes all wifi issues

    I love this device. We have been Apple fans for so long, I can't believe we overlooked this product. We have had constant wifi issues with nearly 20 clients on our third party access point/router. I have been told by reputable authorities that too many clients can be difficult for a consumer wifi access point. Using the same router, turning off it's wifi, and using the Apple Extreme has solved all problems. I can now get great wifi in parts of the house which were previously dead. And speeds have improved everywhere else. This product is the most overlooked product on Apple's whole product line. IT IS AWESOME!

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    worth the extra $

    After some concern about the high price I bought this unit to replace my Linksys EA4500. The ea4500 was considered a great router but we never got good coverage and the speeds were not great. I must have spent 10 hours over the last while playing with settings and turing things on and off trying to get this thing to work as advertised. As usual, you get what you pay for! The Extreme was up and running in 5 minutes, coverage was spectacular and we were finally getting the speeds we pay for (Cogeco). Our family has 4 iphones, 3 macbooks and a few ipads. File sharing is now a (simple) reality with this great little device. Buy this if you want a router that works as advertised, especially if you are a mac household.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very DISAPPOINTING!

    I've had the AirPort Extreme for only 3 days and the so-called increased download speed improvement is just not was it is advertised as. I am very disappointed to pay so much (I have the iPad retina display, iPhone6, and an iMac that's only 1 year old) and not get what was advertised. Unlike some of the other folks who have commented, I have no intention of buying a 2nd one...in fact I want a refund! The download speed is the same and I have experienced nothing different except in my bank account. This puts a new light on Apple products for me. Don't waste your money for this product.

    28 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router ever

    This router was super easy to set up. Just watched one youtube video and I was able to set it up in less then 10 minutes. I know nothing about networking and things like that.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Performance

    Replaced a 5th Gen that still worked fine but wanted to add the additional band available with this unit. I run 4 extenders via 4 Airport Express and the transition to the new AirPort Extreme was flawless. I have used all sorts of routers in the past but once I moved to Apple AirPort Extreme life was grand!

    I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants great coverage and stability. These devices are built by Broadcom to Apple specs and quality standards.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Samesinkinboat

    Looks like I should've read the reviews first! Bought this a little while back, (I'm sure out of warranty now!), and while it worked as hoped for a year or so, I am now in the same sunken ship as the rest of you. I cannot go a day without having to re-boot the whole system, and for a while, it was several frustrating times a day. I replaced my modem thinking that was the problem, but after removing the router from the system and seeing that it worked without having to unplug and re-plug it in, I'm realizing that this is the problem. $200.00 down the drain, @#$%%$#!

    I'll be going back to the drawing board and buying a new one, but of a different manufacturer of course.

    23 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Blazing fast!!

    I have been using Comcast as my ISP and was using router provided by it until now. However despite a good internet package I was never able to get stable and decent internet speeds. After fair amount of research I decided to invest in AirPort Extreme. There are many routers I considered before going for Extreme and the primary reasons were ease of setup, security, speed and of course the looks. I have to agree AirPort Extreme has all the qualities as mentioned on the company's website but the quality which stands out the most is the stable and blazing fast connection it provides. The only hiccup I had while setting it up was related to the Comcast router where I had to call the customer support to disable the wifi on the existing router, otherwise the setup was a breeze. Many would argue that there are better routers which provide more functions and customization but how many of us actually need those functions. I wanted a hassle free router and that's exactly what AirPort Extreme is all about.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Another 5 star review. Mine is a refurbished unit and worked great. It appeared new as any product, with the plastic cling wrap and typical packaging. This replaced my previously rented B/G wireless router from Verizon, which worked fine but lacked N and AC speeds. My new ISP (Charter) would provide a wireless access point but they charge $5 a month, so I was using the Verizon unit. The Airport Extreme connected to the Charter provided router and worked perfect out of the box. Mine does not have the hard drive (don't think I need it) so I can't comment there. I run a Roku 4, an iPad Air, iPhone 6, and my PC is on wireless as well and all connect and run at provided speeds - about 65 Mb/s down and 5 up. The furthest point I use the equipment is roughly 50 feet and the signal is strong through a standard wood frame single story. The $5 I save per month pays the refurbished unit off in about 2 years and I think is well worth it vs the rented unit. The refurb is a excellent value and offers the same warranty as a new one, so if you have the opportunity to get one, it's a good deal.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great until it died - second one to die around 1.5 yrs of use

    I am NOT a computer expert, compared to many of the reviewers, but I found the router and time capsule to be easy to setup and was very happy with the data streaming rate. In fact, the product worked great - until it died. After about 18 months, our first Airport Extreme died, so with Apple Care, we received a new one. Unfortunately, that one died as well around 18 months.

    In the first instance, we had a power outage that somewhat trashed the Airport, even though it was on a protected power strip. The second time it was simply unplugged and then never recovered. It hums, like the first, but it unable to switch on (light is dead).

    I'm sure there was some method by which I was supposed to unplug it (lock the drive, etc.), but that it cannot even communicate with our Mac via ethernet nor will start back up seems pretty extreme.

    We just switched to using our UVerse router with a NetGear extender, and a very affordable WD backup HDD.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works just fine

    I bought an Airport extreme for the studio where I had poor reception for my old Airport. Plugged it in and was up and running in just a couple of minutes. It's speedy, reliable and easy to set up.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Impressive gain over previous generation

    I updated to this version of Airport Extreme from the previous generation. It solved a lot of connectivity issues. My Apple TV and Tivo units are downstairs and on the opposite side of the house from the wifi transmitter. The speed bump and stability of connection improved so dramatically with this new unit that I can see movies, etc... instantly and flawlessly in HD. Areas that previously could not connect now connect and signal strength is better. Nice job!

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far it's excellent

    The router is way faster then my 5th generation Airport extreme by a milestone. This is a remarkable design and improvement over the previous gen and I just love it.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great choice!!

    It a great router, work perfect and it's very easy to configure, i configured my home wireless network very easy. Also the option to connect a printer its a great solution and also very easy to do.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router, great range

    This is my first Apple router, I usually would buy the other brands like netgear because I found them to be fast and have a greater range, I was excited that apple had finally released a new Router, I went and purchased this router right away, setup was SUPER easy, took 2 minutes literally, I love how consistent the connection is, never a drop in speeds, I do wish it had an setting where u can increase the power to increase or decrease the range so the whole neighborhood does not see it. But overall I love this router 5 STARS!!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router I have ever owned

    I upgraded from a decent Netgear dual-band N router, and the AirPort Extreme blows it away! Every aspect including speed, range, software, ease of use, and aesthetics. And I don't even have any AC compatible devices yet. I had tried a new Belkin AC router to increase range and was disappointed to find the Belkin had worse performance than the Netgear. The AirPort Extreme blows them both out of the water, though! This is my first Apple router and I am extremely impressed. Well done, Apple!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    3x faster download speeds compared to Airport Express....

    I had an an old Airport Express that I purchased about 6 years ago. It was working normally, however, I noticed that my webpages were taking longer to load and the streaming video from my Apple TV were sputtering and buffering. I wasn't sure what kind of improvement I could expect by upgrading to an Airport Extreme, but in one word: BLAZING FAST! My download speeds are now almost tripled. Shortly after setting up the system, I had to run the speed test several times just to make sure it was really true. My webpages on my Macbook Pro and iPhone load almost instantaneously. Streaming video from my Apple TV is now sputter free....

    Setup was ridiculously easy using the Airport setup utility. I timed it: I plugged it in at 5.46pm and by 5.57pm I was enjoying super fast speeds. Highly recommended. All my settings from my old Airport Express were seamlessly transferred to my new Airport Extreme.

    It would be a shame if Apple discontinued manufacturing these routers because there is no comparable product that offers such a painless and pleasurable user experience.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extending network

    While our house is not that big, the primary Airport Extreme signal was intermitant at the other end and up stairs. The signal was not consistant because of a 24" stone wall in the middle of the house.
    Got a second Extreme since I figured it would be most compatible and easier to hook up.
    Very good idea.....to get the network set up and the two talking......took less than a minute.......max strength signal now upstairs!!

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME! Best yet!!!

    This is the best wireless yet from Apple. Very glad they finally offer AC. It looks much larger in the pictures then it really is. Thanks Apple!

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Performance

    Before I bought this product, I was using the Time Capsule as my router. In the 4-5 hours that I have been using this, I have seen a great increase in speed and performance on my Retina MBP, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, and iPad mini. So far this is a great router. It was easy to set up out of the box, and the new design has also increased my WiFi distance.

    Pros: Lightweight, easy to set up, huge increase in performance and speed.

    Cons: Cost.


    Although the cost is higher, you will see much better performance out of this than many other non apple routers. Well worth the $200.00

    7 of 8 people found this useful