• 1.0 out of 5 stars

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

    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.

    37 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable. Do NOT buy!

    Failed multiple times within 1 year of moderate usage. Lost connection to HP printer; could not re-establish connection after inexplicable severance months after successful setup. Will never buy Apple accessories after this overpriced rip-off. Seeking reliable products elsewhere.

    23 of 50 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So Easy

    Set this up using my Macbook. Was the easiest router I have ever set up. Easier to set up than apples wireless keyboard and trackpad even, and those were really easy.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    thank you

    it made my internet go to 326 mbp i love it it fast thank you apple and i have time wanner

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great wifi performance

    I set one of these up as a wireless access point at work (10,000 sq ft building) and all of our wireless problems went away. Works great with our Double Robot running an iPad air and all other devices windows or PC. Wireless N and AC performance are great in any part of the building with at least 10 users.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great router for apple wireless devices and external peripherals

    Bought this router from local reseller in Riga. I've had few problems with previous router, that was working only on 2.4GHz, because of bluetooth interference (apple keyboard and trackpad). Then I decided to buy a new router, that is AC and can go dual band 2.4 / 5 GHz. So, bought this router. The setup was easy with airport utility. Also tried to connect old printer with USB to the back of router, and it worked even better than expected. Also tried to connect my USB flash drive to a router's USB port, and on both MacBooks (late 2013 retina, 13") we have, we could use it as external drive / time machine backup drive. Also the usb drive it can be used for files sharing.
    When using 5 GHz, the signal is great and bluetooth isn't interfering any more, because it works on his own 2.4 GHz. Can't tell anything about the range, because our apartment isn't that big to test the range.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great range, not enough ports

    We love this router. My husband can stream music while he mows the entire lawn. The signal is stronger and drops out less than either of our previous non-Apple routers.

    We also hate this router. It has 3, count 'em, 3 ethernet ports. So, one for the Tivo, one for the Drobo raid array, one for the Tivo stream, one for the Wii, one for the Hue lighting controller, oh, wait, I ran out of ports well before I ran out of home devices needing to all be connected to the same router to communicate properly with each other and our iPhones/iPads. Good thing our printers, computers, and TV set are all wireless.

    Apple, are you listening? A Smart Home needs more ports for more controllers, or else wireless capability in those controllers.

    7 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very solid. Uptime for wireless is excellent

    I bought the airport extreme to replace my badly behaving d-link (their top of the line model). The old one required me to power cycle it several times a day, so I knew its days were limited. The airport extreme has been a solid performer for me. I think setup was just about the easiest ever for me in a router. I used the airport utility on my iPhone and I was up and running in under 15 minutes. It just works!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stay away!

    I purchased my unit from Apple Online in January 2014. Worked great for 4 weeks, until it started shutting down for no reason. Returned it to the Apple store in mid February, and they gave me a new one. Now, it is November, and the unit keeps dropping the internet connection. Wifi signal is great on both 5 and 2.4GHz channels, but NO connectivity. Airplay became useless. Pulled it out, and put back my old 4th gen AirPort Extreme. Yeah, signal strength is a bit less, but everything works so much better. Oh, and the Bonjour Share name problem with OS X Yosemite? ...it stopped!!! Everybody futzing around with their Macs, troubleshooting problems? More than likely it is their 6th gen AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule. I am going to try and return my unit. I do not have high expectations of any satisfaction, but hey... I have to try.

    34 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    Not being computer literate, still on my iphone4, waiting for my new 6, I purchased AppleTV and was talked into the AirPort Extreme which after my son face timing me through the set up of my new tower going through my existing Verizon router, it was a cinche. I am now able to use wifi, on my 60" flat screen in the family room, my 30" f/s in my bedroom, my iPad ,iPhone, AppleTV, Galaxy tablet, my dads of cell phone, and a acre computer plugged into the AirPort Extreme. All using the wifi 24/7, with out any problems. Also had a friend over and he was using my wifi and could not believe how fast it was now compared to my Verizon router. Granted it was a costly $200.00 but Verizon wanted $129. For their upgraded router and an additional $10.00 per month for the upgrade. So I believe it's a win win for myself. I don't have much music on my devices like most but for what I'm using it for, it's perfect for me.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Second Airport Extreme and absolutely love it!!

    I replaced an older version of the Airport Extreme, a 2009 version, with a new version today - November 20th, 2014. I have a huge home all on one level so I have a couple of Airport Expresses around the house as well - newer versions that do not plug directly into the wall. It took me about 10 minutes to go from old to new with great signals throughout the house. The newer version seems to be much faster than the older one. Love these guys and would recommend them to everyone that needs to upgrade a home wireless network system no matter if you have Apple products or not. I have an old Windows PC and it also operates faster on the internet with the newer device. Worth the money in my opinion. By the way, the older version may have dropped off the internet once or twice in 5 years?? Been so long since it happened I do not remember. LOL!!

    6 of 7 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    Ive used a lot of different routers over the past 12 years and just recently after a 5 year router that we updated was still running slow and replaced by two. One mid rage price and one near the top line price still had the same problems but now with disconnecting every day from the router having to reconnect. One day we say the airport extreme and i was like every product i own is a apple product and i said why not lets give it a try. After watching the reviews i get great connection never once did it drop a bar and pixelate I'm so happy with this product. Keep it up apple that just made me enjoy using my internet again.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme Extremely dissapointing!!!!!!

    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 .

    39 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Get One

    The performance baseline for this review are the numbers obtained with my pathetic Windows laptop connected to my Verizon FiOS router via ethernet cable. My service is 50 Mbps up and down. Numerous speed tests, using multiple test sites, in this configuration, resulted in speeds of between 58 and 62 Mbps. Using wireless N my iPad Air closely matched those numbers via WiFi using the Verizon WiFi router. The laptop however, also using wireless N, could barely muster 38 to 42 Mbps while sitting right next to the Verizon WiFi router. After installing the AirPort Extreme I ran multiple tests over time at varied distances from the unit. The already blistering fast iPad Air gained a couple megabits but what really improved was the performance at distance. My laptop gained over 10 to 15 Mbps over the Verizon routers performance also with increased range. I should also note that my Apple TV no longer displays those pesky error messages when connecting to iTunes and authorization and loading times are much shorter. I do not presently have any wireless ac devices but my next MAC that replaces the Windows laptop certainly will as will the next generation Apple TV. The performance increase alone makes the AirPort Extreme worth every penny. The AirPort also looks typically Apple, that is, sleek and modern sitting on my desk with a minimum footprint as opposed to routers that look like space ships from a 50's scifi movie with ugly antennas sticking up all over. Another plus is the AirPort Utility application which allows fast and easy access to the router's settings and information. I monitor the surrounding WiFi environment and my next door neighbor just had wireless installed. I like being able to gain quick access to the channel settings and set up what works best for "me".

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade for older Apple router

    I bought the Extreme to replace a much older Time Capsule. Unbelievable improvement in wireless throughput. We're in a row house and I can see 40 wireless routers (using WiFi Explorer from the Mac App Store). Surprisingly, all were in the 2.4 GHz band. So we were seeing much better wired performance than over the air, in part because of interference and collisions.

    I guess most people don't upgrade their routers as a matter of course. Now we have the 5 GHz band to ourselves. Wireless data rate increased tenfold. I think the more sophisticated antenna design in the new Extreme may be just as important as the absence of competition on the 5 GHz band. Wired and wireless connections now run at just about the same speed, even two floors away from the new router.

    Setup was easy, even though I had (stupidly)) shut off the old router before seeing that the new Airport offers a "migration" feature to pick up existing configs from a router being replaced. Also, I was happy to see that the new Extreme still talks over wired ethernet to an old Airport Express we have on the top floor. We'd been using the old Express to extend our network. But, with the improvements in the new Extreme, I'm not sure that's necessary anymore.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2.0?

    Comon USB 3.0 has been around for how long now? Will be just fine for a printer but I recommend a NAS storage device of using a USB attached here. And let's get support for the USB Superdrive over Airport? That'd be great for those of us in a post death of the Superdrive multi-mac home. Also would not argue with more ethernet ports. Ethernet is faster and more reliable than wifi.

    Other than that great very fast router, simple to configure.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't deal with walls

    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.

    31 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy set up & works great

    I needed to replace a CISCO router that was several years old. I read many of the reviews on the AirPort Extreme prior to making my purchase. I must say that my experience so far with this base station as been very satisfactory. I am experiencing much improved speed. The set up could not have been simpler. I simply downloaded the AirPort Utility app to my IPAD (would also down load to my IPHONE 5S), plugged in my AirPort Extreme and that is about all I had to do, except name my network, put in a password and tap next. I continue to be impressed with Apple products.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gives Early '09 iMac New Life

    My home router connects through my ISP modem and ran into an initial installation glitch, probably my fault, called the free (for 90 days) support line and was talked through the setup process (including using my old Airport as a 'router extender') by an extremely competent and patient support guru. The new Airport Extreme worked like a charm within 90 minutes of being out of the box. My Early '09 iMac operates noticeably faster and crisper, so much so I think I will defer plans to replace it with a newer model. One minor complaint is the extremely tiny size of the instruction booklet font, virtually unreadable in the absence of microscopic eyes, had to use a magnifying glass, and the same is true of deciphering the serial number etched into the bottom of the device. In terms of living up to its advertised promises, however, I couldn't be happier with current Airport Extreme.

    3 of 3 people found this useful