• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easiest most awesomely fast network ever!

    I bought the Airport Extreme today after my old (not apple) router keeled over. In five minutes, I plugged my cable modem, printer, and one wired computer in, plugged in the extreme, it walked me through setup, and in 2 minutes flat I was up and running on all 10 devices in the house. My speed is topping out at 60mps download, only because my older cable modem is limiting me. Time for a new modem!

    Being in IT, I know the hardest thing still even in the middle of all our wonderful tech options is the communications/networking piece. Usually, after turning the air blue and working for hours, I can finally bring up a network. Well, as usual, Apple streamlined everything, put it in a pretty package, and made it simple simple simple. I can't say enough good things!

    If you are hesitating because it seems hard to set up a network, go straight to apple for this little beauty. Merci beaucoup Apple!

    ps I am in no way affiliated with Apple. Just a very satisfied multiple times customer

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing speed increase from older model

    After experiencing increasingly pokey download speeds with my prior (5+ year old) AirPort Extreme, I bit the bullet and bought the current version. It was a breeze to install and get up/running, and the speed increase is dramatic, going from 8-10Mpbs to 216 (!!) Very glad I upgraded.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT IMPRESSED

    My new Airport Extreme does not have as good of a range as my old Airport Extreme did. In my kitchen i used to have 4 bars now I get 1 or 2 bars. It works great wired but so did the old one. I'm trying out a higher, less hidden location, but it doesn't help. I upgraded (ha) thinking with my lust for new and shiny things. feeling burned

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great technology, badly implemented

    Had issues with my old Airport network setup (~2010ish), upgraded everything (!) (internet service, attached storage and of course this new Airport Extreme, from my local Apple store) Some smaller issues as discussed in most reviews, incl. the new Airport Utility, but most importantly:

    Initially, not too shabby, even saw some speed improvements using my older MacBook(s) when it works. However, the same old issues returned almost immediately: unstable filesharing resulting in frequent hangs, to the point of not restarting remotely, having to literally pull the plug since there's still no on/off switch. If the old Airport is anything to go by, after a couple of months it will be so worn down that it will get easier...

    This is aggravated by the Finder, which despite a supposed multi-thread rewrite completely hangs as well if even only one drive hangs (like the above, even after disconnecting) . Sometimes to the point where it can't be relaunched and then blocks the Mac from restarting too, requiring a hard shutdown just like the Airport Extreme itself.

    The Guest Network feature is still borderline pointless: it is tied to the same Access Control than the main network, leaving you with 2 choices:
    - Having to add every . single . guest to the list even if they just want to pop on the internet for a few minutes, going through the hassle of having them find their MAC address etc., which defeats the purpose of a G-U-E-S-T network
    - Or turning off Access Control completely, making the main network substantially less secure, defeating the purpose of that feature...

    The technology is nice, but badly implemented; if it won't affect you, great. But if you have a usage case similar to mine, and you will run into these issues several times a day, it becomes tiresome quickly. Hopefully this will help you to avoid it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Greatly improved range and reliability

    I live in a large house and was previously using a linksys ea6500 router and netgear range extender to get whole house coverage. This set-up proved extremely unreliable as different devices would regularly lose contact, things would need to be rebooted, repowered and reconnected, generally a nightmare. Enter the new AirPort Extreme, on it's own it covers the entire house and a decent radius outside so we can work wirelessly on our deck and in our backyard. The speed even at the farthest point in our house from the router is excellent. The set-up took two minutes. I had purchased an AirPort Express along with the AirPort Extreme thinking I would need to extend the coverage but the extreme is so powerful I have returned the express. Excellent all around.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unhappy with the longevity

    I've had two of this model. The first one lasted a year before the WAN port died. The replacement lasted two years before the same port died. Both times the Apple Geniuses tried to blame a lightning strike, but I'm not convinced. I have an older AE model that's been in constant use for six years, and an old Netgear router that's been constantly in use for ten years. Both these routers have survived everything nature has thrown at them. When the Genius offered me only a 25% discount on a new AE I decided to cut my losses and buy a different brand. That really hurts when you're a lifelong Apple user and fan.

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  • 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.

    9 of 9 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!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent performance!

    Setup takes less than 5 min! Range is excellent. Beam tech actually works!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like a champ!

    I bought one of these in addition to having a Comcast modem/router. The Comcast router was ALWAYS dropping the connection and my MacBook and iPad wouldn't stay connected. I was constantly having to use my iPhone as a hotspot for my MacBook and iPad. Since I've set up the Airport Extreme, life has been wonderful. The range is much better and I haven't dropped the connection once. Also, the set up literally made me laugh out loud because it could not be any easier. It was so fast and simple. And it was just as simple to get my wireless printer to link up with the Airport Extreme. Just a note, the router does not include a CAT5 cable. If you have a bigger house, look into getting more than one of these routers to give yourself complete coverage.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Router!!

    I was previously a diehard NetGear router fan. After three High end very expensive NetGear routers failed on me... A friend of mine has had the 5th and now 6th Generation routers. He swore by them. So I decided to give the Airport Extreme a chance! Very happy with the speeds and range of signal I receive in our 1,600 square ft townhouse. Every floor and inch has great signal! Apple, you've done it again! Very pleased!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I should have bought an Airport Extreme a long time ago!

    Installation took no more than 5 minutes, literally. And finally no more signal dropping. Signal is reaching every corner of the house (basement + 2 storeys), even outside on my driveway. Connection speed is at 300 Mbps on my 802.11n devices/laptops. I have at least 10 devices connected to it. I'm eager to check the speed it on 802.11ac devices.

    Got rid of signal dropping? yes. Delighted? yes. Paid a bit more? Yes. Recommend it to a friend? absolutely.

    If you do not need to create VLAN's and do crazy stuff, then this router is a no-brainer for home use -should you be willing to spend the extra bucks. For me, it's worth it. I highly recommend it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply works

    Were an audio video integrator we don't do very complex networks due to us leaving wifi as a last resort for anything other than mobile devices. Installed a Ubiquiti system with no one but myself connected and i was getting an average of 12-15 m down .. took out the "Fancy router and AP .. plugged one of these guys in and 100+ down which is what the client was paying for. just a week ago a client had some dlinks as APs performed poorly.. took them out placed 5 Extremes (Big house) in the same location as the not so old equipment and boom .. from 8 to 50+ now which is what they are paying for .. These things work. plain and simple easy to set up .. easy to use and open ports.... unless you really need to create vlans and get crazy (which is 90% of the time not the case) this is the best product to get .. period

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixed my problem!

    I was having a lot of wi-fi internet problems. My network would stop working, sometimes I couldn't connect to it, sometimes the speed would decrease considerably for no intelligible reason. I got a new modem and a new router but the problems persisted.

    A friend recommended this to me but I was reluctant due to the high cost compared to its competitors. As with all Apple products, you get what you pay for. I haven't explored many of the advanced features but it has completely solved my network issues. And it's super fast. I can consistently get over 50 Mbps (with my last set-up I maxed out at about 20).

    Bottom line: it's expensive but you get what you pay for.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great router & NAS works!

    Network setup: modem - netgear wireless router (connected 8 port switch & airport extreme)

    Hardware connected to airport extreme AE is a 3TB WD NAS & an iMac

    The wifi coverage provided by AE within the house is amazingly fast. BTW, I have 3 story house including the basement. The good thing is I can now access all my files stored in WD NAS from PS3 (wired thru 8 port switch) and all my idevices (iphones, ipad mini) and MAC computer (MBP & iMac). With this network setup my Apple TV works perfect as well.

    Overall, I'm a satisfied owner now of Airport Extreme.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very pleased, good range, easy setup

    Problem that needed a solution: Needed to share Internet and network between two buildings, one frame and one masonry, about 300 yards apart. Some trees and a busy highway separate the buildings. Early solutions had stopped working due to trees and installation of energy-efficient windows.

    Pair of Airport Extreme Base Stations (802.11b/g/n/ac) replaced two non-Apple 802.11g routers and outdoor antenna. In building 1, ran Ethernet patch cable from phone company modem/router to Airport Extreme #1. Created new WiFi network on #1 with Airport Utility. Used Utility to configure #2 to join #1's new network. Carried Airport Extreme #2 to building 2, powered it up, and began using the network. Setup time about 10-15 minutes.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    very reliable and super fast

    My house is fairly large with two floors and a basement. Our old router would cut out every few days and we dealt with it for four years. After we bought a new PC desktop and laptop for the house, we decided to upgrade our router.

    Before buying this, I read a ton of reviews ans there were lots of people having problems from not being able to use it in an existing network, to the range being awful, to not being able to connect an external hard drive or printer. However, we decided to buy it and try it out and ran into ALL of these problems. Literally took forever to get it set up (it was easy for my mac pro and our iPhones, but not the PCs).

    HOWEVER, after simple google searches we were able to solve everything. The signal is so strong and fast that I've stayed connected and used my wifi from 2 houses away! yes it took some work to set it up right, but I'm not going to blame the Airport extreme for my personal ignorance, which I feel like many people who give negative reviews do. Wr have a 1 TB external hard drive attached and our printer. Everyone in my house uses netflix/hbogo all the time and my brother and I are PC gamers. The signal has never dropped for 9 months now.

    I should add that I work in technology and have built several PCs myself and I still had trouble so those "support" people you call can't really help you if you won't even admit your own ignorance and blame them.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    Maybe it's because of the home network we had before this...
    I thought we had a good setup. I had an expensive router on one band, I had an expensive router on the other band. Most of the house had a signal, and most of it was decent. Of course, there were a couple rooms that didn't get a good signal, so we used a powerline adapter for that room. Over time we added more and more switches all over the place to extend wired reliability to our wireless network. But things were good. Well, actually, they were as good as I thought they could be. We'd get dropped connections from time to time. Occasional slow downs even though the modem was still claiming the internet hadn't slowed. The wifi printer would have bouts of instability.

    So, eventually, we got this. This wonderful, amazing, intelligent (and might I add, good looking) piece of equipment. I did the manual labor, and the Extreme did everything else. It reaches further, faster, stronger. No more dual routers, no more powerline adapter, no more switches all over the place, no more "printer offline" messages, no more deception about what a 'good' network is.

    Thank you, Apple Airport Extreme!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible, does more than advertised actually

    I have an airport extreme only 5 months only (5th generation), but when I picked up this new Airport Extreme with the redesigned antenna geometry, and the Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi; I KNEW I'd get better bi-di communication on my brand new 2013 macbook air, which I do, but what turned out a real shocker is Im getting around 30% faster www cruising on my Ipad 4th gen and my Ipad mini! Why didn't apple Inc. advertise "Hey, not ONLY will you get blazing better speeds with the new Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi,...but ALSO you'll notice faster speeds on your Ipads and other devices"

    My wifi on my 2012 Macbook Pro is about 20% or more faster on downloads and MUCH faster refresh on known sites.

    I was planning on getting faster speeds on ONLY my new Macbook Air, and FURTHER stronger signal strength. But additionally a HUGE PLUS is my now-faster Ipad communications and home networking speeds.

    Was it worth the $200 considering I had a basically a new (older model) airport extreme? Absolutely YES. WORTH IT!

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  • 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.

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