• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Missing features previous models had..

    I replaced a second generation Airport Extreme (which worked very well, was just time for an upgrade) with this as this model. I have been running this unit since the first day it was in stores and have NOT had any reliability issues so far such as: dropped connections, freezing up, having to renew ISP IP address. -Time will tell how it fairs. A huge plus is the power supply is internal; no wall warts! Though the previous generation was external, it still wasn't a wall transformer design.

    As a personal preference, I do prefer the look of the previous generation Airports. -This is opinion and not counted towards my review rating what so ever.

    However, it is missing features and tools that previous generation Airports had:

    There is no way to see wired clients that are connected; only the wireless connections. Could do so with a previous version of Airport utility on the second generation Airport.

    Cannot limit access by Mac address on wired connections.

    Cannot limit timed access on wired connections.

    Cannot use 802.1x for guest authentication.

    Cannot adjust wireless transmit power.

    Previous models with guest networking could select whether or not guest clients could see each other’s computers on the guest network.

    No logs or stats kept.

    No Kensington lock port.

    ...These are just some of the features this new model is lacking that the previous generation had. There’s more, but due to review length limits, I haven't listed them.

    I understand that this model has the new 802.11AC standard; but with the increased price I would still expect all the previous generation's features to be available.

    This seems to be unfortunate evidence that with Steve’s passing; products are being built to a price. –Why are so many features gone? Did not enough people use them often enough?

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with older Airport Express

    After 45 mins on phone w/ customer support I learned the new airport setup utility will not talk to older (2008) AEx, so it's impossible to stream music to the AEx with a brand new Airport Extreme. My 2 year old Netgear dual-band router did it flawlessly.

    It seems Apple simply decided drop support for the old AEx's, forcing users to buy new products.

    As a router the new Extreme was a snap to set up and seems to operate well. Just beware if you plan on streaming music to an older Airport Express.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but Missing Key Options

    Just set up this router for a friend. Very nice product, great distance and strength, excellent profile but missing the following:
    - USB port should be 3.0. not old 2.0;
    - need optional log info to monitor access (my Netgear sends me an e-mail with log entries when scan attacks are made against my router);
    - there is no setup option to restrict devices by MAC addresses.

    I may consider this Extreme as a future purchase if the above upgrades are part of a new version.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great wireless range, but falls short in other ways - rats!

    I really wanted to love this router. Its wireless range is the best I've experienced, but its features fall short in a couple of other respects (confirmed with Apple Support):

    - no support for dynamic DNS
    - no support for external drives formatted as NTFS - so an external drive that a Mac can read/write when connected directly via USB won't be recognized at all when connected to the Airport Extreme's USB port. Even a cheapie Western Digital N750 router will recognize external drives whether formatted for Mac OS or Windows. And the N750 has 2 USB ports vs just the one on the Airport Extreme.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A solid, simple and easy to use Router

    I almost didn't by this router due to all the poor reviews of the product. I felt i owed it to people to try and write a straight and honest review of this router. I have the Airport Extreme and i also installed and have a family member using the Airport Time Capsule as well.

    This routers biggest strength is it ease of setup. It takes more time to unwrap it than it does to get it working. You do have to get used to using an app to manage a router rather than a browser but this is part of what makes it easy.

    Coverage: I had an ASUS N56U router before this and its coverage of my house is the same as the apple airport. The nice thing is you can add airport expresses to extend coverage if you need. My router sits in between the floor and the ceiling of the upstairs and down stairs and covers all corners of our 1400 sq foot house well with only 1 bar drop on the outer most corners of the floor plan.

    Reliability: A lot of people complain about this router not working or being flakey. I have had no problems with the router in the 4 weeks have been running it. In fact our internet went down and i automatically assumed it was the router that was the problem but it was actually our ISP.

    Time Machine: I did plug a Western Digital USB hard drive into my router and my time Machine backups are working fine. The first backup did take a while to complete. 340 Gbyte of data took over night to complete. Also accessing the time machine is a tiny bit slower than when it is connected to the macbook but i also have a very old Macbook.

    Value for money: While the price of this router is expensive compared to what you get with other routers i will say this. I have not had to reboot the router yet. More importantly Home Sharing and my 3 apple TV's, 2 Apple iPads, and 2 iPhones in the house all work flawless. My old ASUS was always having problems with home sharing requiring constant reboots to get it working. For me this has made this router worth the expense. I will agree with those reviewers that say you can't do as much custom stuff with this router. It is very simple in feature functionality and it is disappointing it doesn't support QOS for things like gaming and voip. That would be my one criticism of the router and its price. Having QOS and a way to VPN into my home network for a router this price point would be ideal.

    If your idea of value for money is simple setup and solid reliability than this is a good router. Better than my past Dlink, Asus, and Netgear routers.

    If your idea of value for money is high end data network router features this is not the router for you. One thing it does do though is act as a bridge so you could plug it into your high end routers and still get all the perks of the Airport Extreme.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme is Great--when it works

    I am now (you might say stupidly) on my third AirPort device. I have chosen them because everything else in the house is Apple (MacBooks, TV, iPads, iPhones, etc), and it eases the setup and compatibility. The Extreme is wonderful when it is working --- the signal is fast, powerful, and far-reaching. However, I have yet to have one last more than about 18 months. Can't believe that Apple is building such expensive devices that have such poor longevity.
    Great product as long as it is working, but short-lived.
    Will move to a different brand when this one crashes.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding upgrade but packaging a huge failure.

    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

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    If you need SNMP, Don't buy this router!

    I just wanted to tell everyone something Apple fails to mention anywhere. The new AirPort Extreme and TimeCapsules no longer support SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). This is an industry standard supported by even the cheapest Chinese manufacturers. Every AirPort Extreme before this model has supported SNMP, so I was surprised when I got mine hooked up and my bandwidth monitoring software no longer worked. I use it to make sure I don't exceed my ISP's monthly data cap. Other than that, it's a good, solid router, but Apple bewilders me when they pull a numbskull move like this.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited Configuration Options

    Everyone should note that you can't change the last digit of the IP address of the router. The router will only let its IP be 192.168.x.1 10.0.x.1 or 172.16.x.1. If you have an existing network with static clients using something like 192.168.1.254 as the router you will have to manually touch all clients to make this change. Big design flaw by Apple.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product, but . . .

    Like most Apple products, the AE routers are designed to perform very well, look great, and be very easy to configure and use. These routers can be trouble free for years. We are on our third generation AE router now, and the simplicity and reliability has kept us coming back. That's the good news.

    The bad news, is there are a lot of setting options and complexities to AE routers that are not well documented by Apple, at least not that I can find. Check out this Apple Support Forum to see what I mean: Airport Extreme and Cox Internet IPv6.

    This forum has been very active for many months, with no contributions from Apple engineers, which is what is really needed. Many users on this forum had to change router settings from the default settings to maintain stable internet connections on their Airport networks after their ISP implemented IPv6 support. It turns out there are undocumented complexities about AE networks, and Apple's approach to the IPv6 transition, that many have stumbled upon. Once you've strayed from default settings, it can be difficult to find your way back, as there is no Apple documentation I can find about some of these settings. The more devices you have in your network, the more complicated things can become. Third party blogs have been very active in discussion of these settings, but it would be nice to hear from the source more often.

    Also, be warned, if you need multiple AE routers to cover a large area, things get more complex, and the Apple documentation for the current generation of AE routers can be hard to find.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    surprisingly no USB 3.0

    I am disappointed by the USB port being 2.0 and not 3.0 - at this price point! I connect an extra HDD as a network-shared drive and USB 3.0 would be of great advantage. Otherwise I'd be very happy. I also have a TC for backups as part of the wi-fi network.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    More ethernet ports

    Why oh why can't Apple put another couple of ports in this thing? There are only 3 usable ports in here after the WAN port. I have a NAS plus two VoIP phone lines, which leaves no room to connect my iMac up with hardline! I think this device, at $199, should have at least 7 usual ports after the WAN port. Look up the price of gigabit routers and other devices in this price range have at least 8 ports. 3 stars until it gets more ports, then 5.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for data, cuts out streaming music to airplay speakers

    Yes, this works for data and backups. No, it does not support streaming music over airplay to airplay enabled speakers - luckily the previous gen works great with airplay.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Range is only alright, box is terribly designed

    Careful when you open this thing, I nearly dropped it. It really is an awful packaging design. The range really isn't that great. I upgraded from my dual band netgear 802.11n router and the range seems a little bit worse to be honest. I don't have 802.11ac devices yet though, waiting for the refreshed retina macbooks. I am still disappointed with the range, especially since the new iphones dont even have 802.11ac. can't use my phone in my bedroom and i definitely could with my old router. i regret this purchase.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's ok, i'll leave it at that.

    This thing sure isn't what i was hoping for, it a nice router and all but don't count on it giving you anymore range than it's predecessor. I was under the impression that it's big awkward size was due to a improve antenna, it isn't. I can't recommend to anyone to upgrade their old router to this.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Range not improved from last gen

    I bought this one to replace a last generation model because there were 2 spots in my house (I don't have a big house - average size at best) where coverage was sporadic and unreliable. I thought that the claimed "better range" of this one would help since I just needed maybe 10 more feet to work perfectly. Well, after installing it in the same exact spot, coverage is exactly the same, or at best maybe 5% better, but not enough for me. So, I ended up using the old Extreme as an extender, which works great, but I was planning on selling it... Oh well... Also, I followed the menus to migrate the settings from the old one to the new, and the setup quit at the end with an unknown error, and I had to reset the new Extreme and do it the regular way. Another problem, the new one does not allow you to use the 5ghz channels for the wifi "n" only, which I used on the old one and it helped me segregate wifi between the old ipads and the new ipads/iphones. Not an option anymore.

    Pros: Looks great, easy to set up
    Cons: Settings migration did not not work, range is not better, missing wifi channels options

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid and reliable but hard to manage

    I have several generations of Airport Extreme and at three of each of the last three generations of APE and Time Capsules. They are solid performers, standards conformant, and secure. The early time capsules all failed due to overheating issues, but the current batch are great. The biggest problem I have with them is that unless use Airport Utility for Windows, it is very frustrating to manage them. Apple has severely limited their management app for iOS and OS/X. This is enough for me to switch to DD-WRT based hardware.

    The OS/X airport utility up until version 5.6 was very good, but when Apple released the very limited iOS management app, they mirrored the new OS/X utility with the same limited feature set. Just as an example - under Windows you can show the DHCP address assignment table, but under OS/X or iOS you cannot. However with the Windows utility you can use the highly useful Back-to-My-Mac remote access feature for remote management.

    So if you just want something to set up and forget, the APE is great, if you want to do anything else and you aren't using Windows, look elsewhere.

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  • 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.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple AirPort Extreme

    I love the design and look of this product. The only problem that i have is that most of my things that i am using even though they are made from apple aren't always connecting to it because it can't find the ip address, thats the only problem everything else is great

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great but...

    Pretty fast it has stronger connection than the airport extreme (N) but i don't know how long mine will last because of the the packaging i dropped mine on the floor so that may have shortened the life of this $200 marvel. I don't know what genius thought of this packing but all i have to say is we miss you STEVE JOBS :(

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