• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly weak Guest Network security

    The Airport Extreme is a high-performance WiFi router, but it has a surprising weakness in the Guest Network: ZERO support for any form of client Wireless/AP isolation mode. For any public setting, like a library, coffee shop, retail store, this means that any wireless device that connects to the Guest Network can see all the other devices on the Guest Network, including the manufacturer of the device, address, and other features.

    The lack of client Wireless/AP isolation mode is a surprising security weakness in an Apple product -- especially because many competitors support "Wireless Client Isolation" in product that cost less than half the price of the Airport Extreme.

    I bought an Airport Extreme for use in a public art gallery, but it's being returned to Apple due to this surprising and disappointing security weakness.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful

    I have recently purchased an Airport Extreme. I live in a medium sized brick and tile house and have often experienced extensive buffering whilst steaming HD movies over the Wi-Fi. I was initially apprehensive largely due the initial cost outlay but I now regret not buying one much earlier. It has made such big improvement to the home Wi-Fi speed particularly when streaming movies via LeLe and apple TVs. The modem/router I'm using is a Netgear DGN2000. I had always thought that the 802.11n Wi-Fi performance was OK but using the extreme just blows it away. The extreme is positioned a good 30 feet away (in a separate room with brick walls and corridor/doorway) from the apple TV but the performance increase is truly remarkable. I would definitely recommend the investment if you are considering upgrading your Wi-Fi performance. There is also a new 2015 MacBook pro in the house and the 802.11ac connection is very strong and fast. The set up was also very easy (5 mins). The Netgear DGN2000 is now just acting as modem feeding into the Airport Extreme. I'm very happy with the purchase. Regards

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Disappointed

    I was excited about replacing my old router with this AirPort Extreme. The reviews were from one extreme to the other and with me being an optimistic individual, I chose to give the AirPort a chance. Man was I wrong!!! This router continually drops connection, streaming movies or shows are very jumpy. I could understand if I was running all of my apple devices at one time but it is absolutely sad that I can only run one device at a time and the connection is still horrible. My recommendation is to go with another brand or wait until Apple does better job in the router technology.

    27 of 39 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too many bugs

    Looks like Apple start having the problem with quality control. All latest products are super buggy. This router is not an exclusion. The most annoying part is you need to restart it every day if you want to have the maximum speed (Driver restart). This problem is present in many cheap routers.

    How to do the diagnostic fast:

    1. You need to have an Iphone.
    2. Download cloudcheck and speedtest from app store.
    3. Check the wifi speed with cloudcheck. Iphone 4 should show 30-40 mbps (2.4G) and Iphone 5 should show around 40 Mbps (2.4G) and 90 Mbps (5G).
    4. Check the broadband speed with speedcheck. The speed should be around the speed you pay for or maximum speed of your wifi.

    In my case the wifi speed is usually good, but the broadband speed shows 4 Mbps instead of 50 Mbps . This is the time when I need to restart the router. After the restart the speed is back to 50 Mbps.

    Apple please, please, please, please, please fix it.

    23 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked well for 17 months, then died.

    I liked the AirPort Extreme for 17 months. It covered most of our house with a single device and it was very reliable. Around 17 months it started to power down. I suspect an issue with the power supply, Apple has a long history of wonky power supply problems.

    I wouldn't be surprised if there's eventually a recall program. I purchased it with an AMEX card, so I'll now see how good their extended warranty program is.

    In the meanwhile, sadly, I've ordered ANOTHER Airport Extreme. (Sigh.) I really couldn't find a better option -- Eero is very expensive and unproven from a startup that may die. Google's hardware is outsourced and of uncertain quality.

    The Airport Express has been very reliable. If you can make do with the Express I'd recommend it over the Extreme. If you need the coverage and buy the Extreme be sure to have an extended warranty credit cards (I think some countries have 2 years, that's enough) or pay extra for Apple Care.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router Ever!

    We have a fairly large house, and our Wi-Fi signal was spotty with an old netgear router. We have a game room upstairs which used to get no signal at all. We purchased a Apple Airport Extreme and an Apple Airport Express, expecting to put the Express in that room to give it signal. We did in fact not need the express, and it is sitting plugged into that room upstairs, giving us even better signal. Amazing Router, recommend for people with big houses.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It Was Work Fine..

    Bought this about 6 months ago, the first 2 months works flawlessly, but then..!:

    1. After 2 months using it I have to restart about 1 to 2 times a day in order to have all my gears (1 iMac, 2 MacBook Pros, 3 iPad, 3 iPhone & 1 AppleTV) connected to it.
    2. Some times those gears are connected to the Airport"Not-So"Extreme, but they are not connected to the internet.
    3. Guess Network never work in any which way!.

    Very disappointing!.

    22 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a good product

    I have to restart this device at least once every week. I had no problems with my previous AirPort Extreme running for many years without any restart required. Very disappointed.

    34 of 55 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding upgrade but packaging a huge failure.

    Hello, I'm not the first to make such comments regarding the box in which the router is packaged in. I opened the cellophane and the bottom dropped out from the box and onto the floor, rendering my hard drive inoperative. I take responsibility but on the other hand realize the imperfect design that enables such an easy mistake to happen. The box sets you up for failure in its attempt for form over function. Now I have a router that I paid 300 for that was supposed to have a 2TB hard drive that doesn't work. However, the wireless still works and is noticeably faster on my N devices. I look forward to seeing the performance improvement when I get my new Mac Air with AC. Now, I wonder if Apple will exchange for a working one as a good will gesture? I'm not the last person this will happen to I can guarantee that.
    Thank you, Adam

    30 of 47 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.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Performance

    Installed this recently and have yet to be disappointed. the range is incredible, i have a 9 room house and a 2 acre yard and i walked around the perimeter watching a youtube video and never once did the video hiccup, stutter, or buffer even at the farthest point away from the unit.
    my only regret is not buying one sooner .

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Range Extension

    We moved to a larger house. Older 6 Gen Apple Extreme on first floor and iMac in opposite side of house in finished basement. First floor reception near old router was good at 160 Mbps download, but iMac in basement was only about 6 Mbps download. Thought we'd have to put in a WiFi extender to get signal on that side of house. Instead, got this new Airport Extreme. That made a big difference. Basement iMac went from 6 to 120 Mbps download with new router. That was the only change. No WiFi extender needed. Great range increase and coverage. Great Router!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Extreme - Limited Range

    I replaced a Time Capsule (5 years old) that worked pretty good but thought I go for a more up to date product. The range on this is not good and much worse than a Time Capsule. From Home Office to Family Room (50 feet) it is very slow. Laptop wi-fi poor and hardly streams a movie. I had to move to the Family Room...problem solved. I'm very disappointed.

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I echo everything said here.

    I was so excited to add AirPort Extreme as a new router and use my older Airport Express as an extender. I was able to get the New AE connected properly once. As I tried to add the older Airport Express to extend the connection AND have access to AirPlay which the Extreme does not support I lost the connection and it never worked again. talked to Xfinity and read multiple articles. It will not talk to the modem. I invested close to five hours on this. Will move on and search a different option. It's going back to Apple next week.

    20 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Far The Best!

    I live in a house with a very long floor plan. I have struggled for years paying for the latest and greatest routers to cover entire home with no luck or at best intermittent coverage. After I bought apple TV I decided to open up the wallet and get one of these AirPort Extremes. I am glad I did! Simple to install if you follow the directions... Once up and running I have EXCELLENT wireless connection throughout the entire house! Highly recommend this product.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Product - will not connect to internet

    This was a total disaster of a product. We have a house full of apple products, 2 mac book airs, 2 iphones, 2 ipads and an apple TV. figured this would be a great new router. This device will not connect to our less than 1 year old cable modem. We had reset the cable modem multiple times as well as left it unplugged for a good 15 minutes before plugging it back in. at one point i was able to get access to the internet through the device, but only on my macbook air. the iphones said they were connect to the network, but they had no internet access. Seriously Apple, this is unacceptable.

    39 of 66 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Problematic

    Works well most of the time but will drop the wireless signal and needs a reboot. This has become extremely annoying. I have been forced to take it out of my system. I have tried all suggestions and the problem still persists. I will be taking it to the Apple store for help.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!

    I must admit… This is the first time I ever wrote a review on any item of which I purchased. The Airport Extreme certainly deserves a review! This router has literally transformed my house into a fully internet accessible home connecting every single wireless device; and there are a bunch! I pad’s, I phone’s laptops, DVD players and a bunch more. It even reaches places that I never thought would reach! For instance my porch area on the other side of the house. The range of this beats in incredible! I walked well over one hundred feet into my neighbor’s yard and I still had 3-4 reception bars. Amazing! I highly recommend this item to anyone who wants the very best internet access. It’s a little pricy but well worth it. The set-up is a piece of cake. Literally took me a few minutes!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My Prayers Have Been Answered!

    I live in a townhouse and my computer and router are in my office located on the top floor. My audio-visual equipment is on the bottom floor. There's always been an issue with wireless signal strength but that issue has been resolved with the latest Airport Extreme.
    I actually watched a movie without getting a buffering notification.

    Sold!

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme is Great--when it works

    I am now (you might say stupidly) on my third AirPort device. I have chosen them because everything else in the house is Apple (MacBooks, TV, iPads, iPhones, etc), and it eases the setup and compatibility. The Extreme is wonderful when it is working --- the signal is fast, powerful, and far-reaching. However, I have yet to have one last more than about 18 months. Can't believe that Apple is building such expensive devices that have such poor longevity.
    Great product as long as it is working, but short-lived.
    Will move to a different brand when this one crashes.

    11 of 11 people found this useful