• 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

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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


    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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  • 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It Rules, don't understand all the Negativity!

    I bought my AE about 9 months ago. Before that in my house I had a Time Capsule Router (the square flat one) that is at least 6 years old (Ive lost count) and an Airport Express, that I bought at the same time.

    I connected, added my AE to the network, killed the WIFI on my old AirCapsule Router (so I didn't have a slower system competing as they are next to each other and connected via LAN. I kept my old Airport Express.

    It took me more than usual to set up this HodgePodge of different era Apple Wireless devices, but that's my fault as I should have used Airport Utility from the begining. Total was about 5 hours over a couple of days.

    I have a 3 Story house, of 3,600sqft. I have my AE connected to my Timecapsule on the 2nd floor. I have my Airport Express in my den on the 2nd floor. I have 2 Apple TV's 2n generation one on the 1st floor and one on the 2nd floor, directly connected to my AE through LAN.

    We have 3 MacBook Pros on wireless, 4 iPhones and 2 iPads. We have horrible cell connection in the area so all phone calls go through WIFI.

    On top of that we run a lot of streaming, airplay from the phones and iPads. I have never, ever had a problem. My connections are fast, and even my printer an old HP connected to the Airport Express through its ethernet port works great through wireless and whomever wants to print on the network.

    I really suggest that all those complainers, the 1 and 2 star people, read their instructions before complaining, since human nature being as it is, you have to dilute all those complaints by a hefty percentage, as you can attribute most of them as not flowing instructions, getting frustrated and blaming someone else for their incompetency, and in this car it being Apple that is blamed.

    Apple products are great, as per my experience, I have assembled old Apple equipment with new, and it works like a charm. The fact I have Apple wireless products that are over 6 years old is testimony to the integrity of the product and the company.

    Apple Rocks!!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow Download Speed | Obsolete Technology | Horrible Support

    I purchased this 2 months ago and it has been a nightmare:

    • Download speed is consistently below 15 MBPS (I get 190 MBPS if I plug-in directly to my cable modem.)
    • Apple has not updated the underlying technology for years -- and it shows. (My fault! We used to be able to trust Apple...)
    • When I (finally) got hold of their technical team, they essentially told me to p**s-off.

    Sad truth is that Apple has totally lost it's edge and is trading on it's reputation while selling incredibly inferior products -- their AirPort Extreme is a great example.

    Learn from my (expensive -- they don't take returns) mistake and look at Eero, Asus, Onhub instead; they are much much better products...

    21 of 33 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.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 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.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 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


    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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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not do most things

    I have a Brother printer that's not wireless. I can print through Airport Extreme. But I can no longer scan because it does not talk back to my computer. ok, then I manually connect the USB back to my computer to scan, but then other printers do not print through Airport Extreme. If I connect my USB from my computer back to Airport Extreme, My computer does not print. I tried using a splitter, that does not help. I have to restart the router and wait!

    This is not all. Dell computer loses WiFi connection completely as soon as it goes to sleep. So that the connection has to be deactivated and then reconnected each time you want to use internet.

    Not what I expected to do when I got this. Linksys for $60 does a better job.

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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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this wireless device!

    I was dreading replacing our old router, but the setup process for the AirPort Extreme couldn't have been any easier. We keep our modem and router on the top floor of our 4 story house and the signal is really strong on all 4 levels, even in the basement. The internet connection is super fast too. Another great product from Apple!

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