• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Upgraded from 1st Generation

    I have not tried the 802.11ac only n and g, but this new AirPort Extreme out performs by old first gen in every aspect: better signal strength for all devices in the house, improved performance. I am sure the dual band is much to credit. I like the smaller foot print (height was not an issue where I have it located). I have FIOS and stream movies from vudu, amazon, netflix; very happy so far.

    Holding back one star because of $50 price increase and no usb 3.0. Also, agree with others that complained about packaging; I caught it falling from the box when I opened it.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 3.0 missing

    Too bad the USB port was not updated to 3.0. Otherwise it works fine.

    9 of 16 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Faster and wider!

    New AirPort Extreme(AE) is really great so far. Especially download speed of wired and also wireless internet has been improved. Same faster speed in both wired and wireless. So I disconnected my ethernet cable from my laptop and I made it free.

    I used Netgear WNDR3300 (5-6years) before. It has a short range of WiFi and I always doubted it's not working fully in enough speed with my internet provider's modem. AirPort Extreme solved these issues at once. Full strength bar even there are many walls and it's faster. It seems it works in full performance with other Apple products.

    Also I used another AirPort Express to extend range of my WiFi but it doesn't need anymore. New AE covers whole area even outside with better speed.

    --- USB 2 ---

    One thing I don't like is it has USB 2.0. I guess most routers recently released has USB 3.0. I didn't test yet for this but I think it might be slow if I try to use it as NAS with external HDD for video editing or something needs heavy traffic between computer and AE even it's wired. I don't know why Apple chose USB 2 for this such a futuristic product. I want to believe there is big reason.

    I have no serious benchmark data for this so I don't know how bad is, but I will give 4 of 5 overall just because of USB 2.0. Other than it's SUPER.

    --- No NTFS ---

    Also as you can imagine, it doesn't support Windows' NTFS formatted HDDs. It made me to make a decision how I need to use this as NAS and which HDD I need to format in Mac format since I have so many big NTFS HDDs and I'm still using NTFS HDD as a media hub.

    I'm happy with this and I don't regret with this purchase but if you are planning to use this router as NAS, you need to think more seriously. As I know, most of users really felt in love with it because of internet speed, easy hookup and wide range but not about USB 2 and no NTFS.

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    One more thing,

    I never used to put my router on my desk or somewhere visitors can see easily because usually it was ugly. But it's not same story for AE. My new AE is on my desk now. Very good contrast with other black products. :)

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great wifi router, flawed product packaging

    This is a very well-designed Wi-Fi router that is extremely easy to set up and to configure both on Macs and Windows. Via the included app, it basically sets itself up automatically after you input your desired Wi-Fi network name and password. There are of course also advanced options which you may set manually if you desire to.

    This AirPort Extreme performs better than the prior version, even without 801.11ac devices in the network. With 802.11ac devices, it will be even faster.

    This contains more antennas inside the device than prior versions and also incorporates beamforming for faster wifi. The antennas sit higher and off the table top in the device which aids performance as well. When using my wifi network, things are noticeably more speedy than before.

    The design and foot print is also an improvement. It takes up less space on your desk or shelf since it has a smaller footprint, even though it's taller. And, I like the look of it better than prior versions as well.

    A note about the product box: be careful opening the box, if you have it at an angle while pulling the lid off, the device will fall out and could be damaged. Also, after unboxing it, you cannot replace the base of the box because it will get stuck inside the box and be very difficult to remove after that. I recommend you put the base in sideways if you want to store the box. You will see what I mean after you get this item.

    In summary, Apple has another winner in this latest version of the AirPort Extreme! This is a worthy upgrade from prior versions, even if you don't yet have any 802.11ac devices since it also works with 802.11a/b/g and n devices, and you will be ready for any future 802.11ac device that you may get, which is the new standard.

    Highly recommended Wi-Fi router.

    74 of 81 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    EASY

    Very nice router. Easy to set-up. My network was ready to go in less than 10 minutes. WiFi coverage is excellent! Gave it 4 stars for 2.0 USB port.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome—except for one thing

    LOADS faster than the last AirPort Extreme—my faster Internet connection seemed to make no difference until today, when I installed the new AirPort extreme. My digital media player shows a particularly huge improvement—up to almost 34 Mbps where 14 or 15 Mbps was as good as it got.

    I'm glad I didn't get the Time Machine flavor, though—because the packaging is not well thought out. My AirPort Express ended up falling out of the box, hitting my coffee table—*breaking* a serving tray in the process—and crashing to the floor. A hard drive contained within would have been toast.

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly Great Wifi Router - Looses One Star for Difficulty Getting to Work

    Very nice update - looks great, better range and strength than previous generation. Only problem is difficulty getting to work out-of-the-box. I'm tech savvy, but required a call the Apple Care to resolve issues getting to work. Overall, great device, once you can get it to work.

    11 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product so far

    Couldn't try out "ac" as I don't have any thing compatible. Just replaced my AP Extreme (Gen 5) and compared to that its much faster. Range wise, I haven't found much of an improvement, but then again it could be my house. I still have to use another AP EXPRESS to extend my network in my house. Simple to set it up and looks good too.

    1253 of 1519 people found this useful