• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't deal with walls

    • Written by from Redondo Beach

    I was astounded, and not in a good way, by the performance of the Airport Extreme. With all the technology - dual-band, six antennas, beamforming (*especially* beamforming) etc., I was confident it would connect to iOS devices in my WiFi dead zones, but it did not. For three different install locations, the Extreme was outperformed by an ancient Westell DSL modem. In some dead zones, the Westell speed did degrade, but the Extreme failed to connect at all. For other zones in which the Westell worked just fine, the Extreme wouldn't connect. The Extreme didn't appear to be defective: short-range, it was fine, but through multiple walls, unsatisfactory. I returned it. I obtained adequate performance by moving the Westell to an inconvenient location.

    29 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    frustrated on iPhone 4S

    • Written by from Mill Valley

    The new Extreme works pretty normal with all my Apple devices (MACs, iPads, iPods) but cannot deliver a good wifi speed on the iPhone 4S (mine and my wife's). When we measure the speed of all the other devices we can have a 10Mb/s and when we do the same process on the iPhone 4S we can have about 0.1 or 0.2 Mb/s
    Conclusion: I'm back to my old Airport Extreme that works perfect with all Apple Devices.

    37 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not comparable with lynksys

    • Written by from Umatilla

    I purchased airport extreme to replace my old lynksys router and now find I cant get the wifi I had with my Lynksys which I could go anywhere in and around my house with no problems, now I am stuck in my living room, bedroom or back porch. Not near the distance coverage of my old lynksys for twice the money.

    37 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme Extremely dissapointing!!!!!!

    • Written by from Wandsworth

    Brought this to replace an ancient Cisco router , read the reviews and thought great will get a better signal upstairs. What a dissapointment where my old Cisco gave outstanding performance , airport does not even manage to give me a signal. Only place I get full signal is in the room it is located and in the room above, I now now have more dead spots then I ever encountered with the cheapest of routers . Yes airport is extreme , extremely dissapointing will be investigating returning for a full refund. Would give zero stars if I could .

    37 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad power supply on 3 different routers

    • Written by from Murphy

    The router is great except for one major issue. It can power off completely once every few days. I have bought/returned 2 of these already and now the 3rd one did the same and I will be returning for another brand. My power outlet does not seem to be the problem, tried multiple power strips and plugged directly into the wall...same result as the router keeps turning itself off. Plus, I have other devices using the same power strip/outlet and those work fine. It is a pain to continuously unplug and restart the router every time this happens. Apple does not know what the issue is, but obviously this is a major problem, so beware.

    34 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lots of trouble

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    I have been an Apple fan for many years now, I bought this as a replacement to the Airport extreme that went belly up. This thing has been a constant source of trouble, it need constant rebooting and reconfiguring, I am sooooo sorry I bought this this. IMHO not worth the money.

    29 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What's all the fuss !!??

    • Written by from Church Hill

    There's pros and cons to everything in life, period. Ordered my Extreme on 8/5/15 and was on my doorstep 8/7/15. Opened the box, plugged in power and signal, followed the setup on my Mac (2011 OS X 10.7.5), and was surfing in 5 min. Have Charter internet, self tested at 59.11 Mbps. Hope this helps in your decision.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Wireless Router

    • Written by from Marietta

    I rarely write reviews but I just had to write a review for the Airport Extreme. I've had so many different brands of wireless routers (Asus, Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, etc) and they all begin to fail around the 9 month time frame. On many of them I was resetting them once or twice a week by the time they'd reached a year. I've now had my Airport Extreme over a year and a half and I've only ever reset it once (outside of a couple power-outages). This device is incredible, even without any AC devices connected to it. I usually have 10-15 devices connected at a time and never once experienced bad performance/signal. Always keeps up with everything going on and gives me the full 60mbps I pay for from Comcast, even wirelessly. Never going back to any of those cheap brands again! Apple delivers again!

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply fantastic!

    • Written by from Flower Mound

    I have owned MANY WiFi routers over the years and this Airport Extreme is by far the best. Super easy to configure yet has the key configuration options you need such as port forwarding and WPS printer setup. It was really easy to extend my network from an Airport Time Capsule with the Airport Utility, just a few clicks and I have excellent coverage in all parts of a large one story home. Pay no attention to those one-star reviewers who obviously have other issues with their networks.

    25 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great!

    • Written by from Hollywood

    I love it - setup is easy, of course, and I plugged in a USB drive to use as a network disk and it works super. File transfers over WiFi are also much faster with this unit!

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy this!

    • Written by from Grand Rapids

    Spent the money on this the beginning of April, 2015 and by mid May we started to notice first one printer stopped working then shortly after another printer then one of our computers (we have three different printers and five different computers for business). We reset the Air Extreme several times when the first printer stopped working which only helped for a day or two. When the second printer stopped working resetting didn't help at all. Now our main computer for our business says it is connected but won't go on line. This is so frustrating for only having this thing for 2 months. A total waste of money.

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    First Apple product that has frustrated me so much that I returned..

    • Written by from Seattle

    it in a day.

    For all the fancy features it claims to have, it simply does not work. If the ethernet LAN connections work then the wireless network does not work while the yellow light on the Airport Extreme(AE) keeps blinking. If I manage to get the green light on AE then there is no internet connection. After shifting through a swath of user forums - interestingly enough Apple support does not even bring up this issue - that discusses this problem at length, I am giving up. I followed the same steps to connect the old AE - turn everything off (modem, AE and laptop), hard reset AE, turn on modem, wait for 10-15 minutes, turn on AE and wait for it to turn green and then turn laptop/PC on - and the old AE worked as usual without any problems.

    In coming up with fancy design and big feature set, Apple seemed to have forgotten Steve Jobs mantra "It simply works" while designing the new Airport Extreme. That is a shame.

    35 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent router!! A definite BUY!!

    • Written by from Sherman Oaks

    I have a single story 2500 sq foot house with a separate detached living area (built off the garage), so there's a wide area of coverage needed with older thick walls. We area an apple family - with a dozen clients (iMacs, Mac Books, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, PS3, etc.) needing wifi coverage. (I was also using a new Airport Express to extend my network into the detached loft).

    I had upgraded to Time Warner's Ultimate Internet service (50 Mbps), but I was only getting the high speed on an iMac that was physically connected to my old Airport router via ethernet. I was having to reboot my router more than once a day to get the speeds to pick up from horrible to simply passable - Netflix movies would stop streaming - kids were screaming - it wasn't pretty.

    I researched all the new high end AC1900 routers (Netgear Nighthawk R7000, Asus RT-AC68U), and I have to admit I was tempted to finally drop my long term reliance on Apple Airport products. Then I remembered that the Apple Airport had always been so easy to use and I don't need to break into my router to configure it in any non-standard way, so after reading some decent reviews - I went back to my Apple roots and bought the new Airport Extreme (w/AC).

    I don't have any AC clients yet, but I can say this: I was able to swap out the router and have a new network up and running in less than 60 seconds flat. I used the old network name and every device automatically reconnected to the network without having to do anything.

    I am now getting 50 Mbps on my Mac Book Pro (n) - when previously I had only been getting 5 Mbps! The increased range is incredible too - reaching full strength everywhere now where it hadn't before.

    Conclusion - if you're a multiple Apple user like me and have an existing airport that's causing your internet to become sluggish - and your family's patience at it's limits - stop reading about all those other routers and buy this one.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from GLOUCESTER

    I will NEVER buy another Apple Router... EVER!! After everything is hooked up and running, and after 24 hours, the router starts dumping computers!! My iPhone cannot connect to the router, Nor can my iPad! When I disconnect and restart everything, it IS the SAME problem!!

    41 of 66 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Mount Lawley

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome router, after issues resolved.

    • Written by from Largo

    This router is very fast and has excellent range, much better than the Bright House Ubee it replaced. Out of the box, however, it did not work, which was quite the surprise and unexpected from an Apple product. After some research, it seems the default is for the device to generate private IP addresses. Changing settings from DHCP to DHCP and NAT, and changing the IP range from 10.xx to 192.xx resulted in flawless performance.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too many bugs

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router Ever!

    • Written by from Atascadero

    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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding upgrade but packaging a huge failure.

    • Written by from Pollocksville

    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

    • Written by from Reston

    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