• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast and Furious...

    I usually do not write reviews on apple.com but had to on this new device. Frankly, I have often been under whelmed with new and improved products. That would be the case for the previous gen Airport Extreme. It seemed a little better than previous gen but no earth shattering progress.

    Not true with this new iteration of the Airport Extreme.
    1. setup. Simply begin by plugging it in. Then pull up the setup menu via utilities and Airport. It will tell you to unplug the cables from your old Extreme and plug into the new.
    Once you do that it just takes over and transfers all your connection info. It took about 10 minutes because after it had copied my settings over it downloaded a firmware update.
    2. speed. I have a 60mbs hard wired connection. My house is around 3,000 square feet all on one level. My office is located in one corner. The opposite corner diagonally from this room is where we have a media room. In that room my speed tests using macbook air, Kindle hd, cell phones, etc... showed a consistent 15mbs. I also would have times when using either my apple tv or roku box.......and then using a wireless tablet etc..... where the speed would slow down to the point where the connection would be lost. This is history. I now get a constant 30-40mbs using internet speed test in the same room. A BIG jump.
    Very happy

    212 of 220 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazingly Easy to Replace an Airport Extreme

    I plugged in the new Airport Extreme and connected with my iPhone 5 (running a developer preview of iOS7). The new Airport Extreme asked if I was replacing my old Airport Extreme and if it should duplicate all the settings. I said yes. It then told me to move all the cables over. I did and it booted up using the same network name/password - everything! Just needed to reboot my cable modem and update the firmware on the AE to 7.7.1 and BAM it was good to go. I love Apple products! Great signal strength too.

    64 of 70 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Router EVER!!!

    Went from using an Airport Extreme extended by an Airport Express and now this new router replaces both of them. It is extremely fast and its coverage is superb. I now get a signal in the bedroom where as all routers that I ever owned before (Linksys, Belkin & Apple) have failed. I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.

    68 of 79 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Buy!!!! Drops signal all the time!!!

    I bought this around a year ago. Had problems then. Contacted apple support. They walked me through a few thing. It work Great for around 6 months. The stupid thing keeps dropping connection. Ive done all kinds of resets etc... I had a Netgear for over 6 years with no problems. I just wanted to get an extreme since everything else I had was apple. I repeat do not buy one of these! biggest waste of money even for an apple fan!!!!!

    40 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke After 16 Months - Not Covered by Apple

    This router looks and works great, but is unreliable (filter on the one-star reviews to see what I mean). Apple will not replace even though the device is four months out of warranty. I am very disappointed especially considering the high price of these units. My advice to owners of Airport Extremes that are still in warranty: return the Airport Extreme as soon as you hear a fan noise -- I waited too long.

    37 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable after year and half

    This was a nice product for a little over a year but now it constantly drops the connection. I have to unplug it and plug it back in daily. I thought I was having internet connection issues with my cable provider but turns out it is the airPort Extreme. Too bad, I like apple compatibility and simplicity but the reliability for this product is not there. I do not recommend this.

    39 of 48 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked well for 17 months, then died.

    I liked the AirPort Extreme for 17 months. It covered most of our house with a single device and it was very reliable. Around 17 months it started to power down. I suspect an issue with the power supply, Apple has a long history of wonky power supply problems.

    I wouldn't be surprised if there's eventually a recall program. I purchased it with an AMEX card, so I'll now see how good their extended warranty program is.

    In the meanwhile, sadly, I've ordered ANOTHER Airport Extreme. (Sigh.) I really couldn't find a better option -- Eero is very expensive and unproven from a startup that may die. Google's hardware is outsourced and of uncertain quality.

    The Airport Express has been very reliable. If you can make do with the Express I'd recommend it over the Extreme. If you need the coverage and buy the Extreme be sure to have an extended warranty credit cards (I think some countries have 2 years, that's enough) or pay extra for Apple Care.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 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.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken piece of junk!

    I got this to replace my 3-4 year old airport express and well..... There is something wrong if the tiny little airport express sends out a better signal than this thing... But here's the strange part... The signal strength is amazing but the bandwidth is non existent.... I would get 95% signal with -60 to -75 dBm from any ware from 20-60 feet but only get 100-300 kbps, as for my tiny little friend, the signal is lower about 40-60% VS 95% same with the dBm about -75 to -90 but I get far better bandwidth up to 300-400 Mbps at the same range... (Local network activity) and they were on the same channel (11) with no one else on that channel or 3 channels around it so something with this router is just messed up...

    31 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to setup and great performance!

    I decided to stop paying Comcast monthly rent for my wireless modem/gateway.I purchased a Motorola Modem found on the Comcast "compatible devices" list from Amazon and bought the Airport Extreme. I put the switching out process off for a few days fearing I would need to read manuals and then possibly call Motorola or Apple for support. But I found that my just unplugging the Comcast device and putting the cable into the modem, all the lights on it came on. I then connected to the Air Port and went online and found my new network popping up. It walked me through a couple steps and in a couple minutes I was online and so far my speed seems to be about 10 to 15 % better when I check it on "Speedtest" web sites...even Comcast's own site.And the Apple router is so much nicer to look at than Comcast's as well!

    (BTW I am typing this on a MacBook 12 inch I picked up last week...no more typos caused by my fat fingers with this amazing wide key keyboard!)

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly weak Guest Network security

    The Airport Extreme is a high-performance WiFi router, but it has a surprising weakness in the Guest Network: ZERO support for any form of client Wireless/AP isolation mode. For any public setting, like a library, coffee shop, retail store, this means that any wireless device that connects to the Guest Network can see all the other devices on the Guest Network, including the manufacturer of the device, address, and other features.

    The lack of client Wireless/AP isolation mode is a surprising security weakness in an Apple product -- especially because many competitors support "Wireless Client Isolation" in product that cost less than half the price of the Airport Extreme.

    I bought an Airport Extreme for use in a public art gallery, but it's being returned to Apple due to this surprising and disappointing security weakness.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Extreme - Limited Range

    I replaced a Time Capsule (5 years old) that worked pretty good but thought I go for a more up to date product. The range on this is not good and much worse than a Time Capsule. From Home Office to Family Room (50 feet) it is very slow. Laptop wi-fi poor and hardly streams a movie. I had to move to the Family Room...problem solved. I'm very disappointed.

    31 of 43 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme Not Apple Perfected

    After about 18 months of great performance the wireless router will not stay connected. The old Apple Express router that it replaced still works like a champ, albeit slower. This is not a great value if it must be replaced every couple of years. I expect more from Apple equipment.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This product needs to be FIXED!

    The Airport Extreme goes off to LA LA land. It has a green light and looks normal but devices on wi-fi or wired will not go onto the internet. This happens when devices have been connected a while or overnight. As an example my iPhone will be connected and working on Wi-Fi and then the next morning I have to turn off and back on Wi-Fi on the phone to use the internet. Very frustrating.
    My older Airport Extreme works great. I upgraded with hopes of a stronger signal to reach my garage. FAIL.

    I am hoping Apple will release an update to fix this issue.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Performance

    Installed this recently and have yet to be disappointed. the range is incredible, i have a 9 room house and a 2 acre yard and i walked around the perimeter watching a youtube video and never once did the video hiccup, stutter, or buffer even at the farthest point away from the unit.
    my only regret is not buying one sooner .

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Range Extension

    We moved to a larger house. Older 6 Gen Apple Extreme on first floor and iMac in opposite side of house in finished basement. First floor reception near old router was good at 160 Mbps download, but iMac in basement was only about 6 Mbps download. Thought we'd have to put in a WiFi extender to get signal on that side of house. Instead, got this new Airport Extreme. That made a big difference. Basement iMac went from 6 to 120 Mbps download with new router. That was the only change. No WiFi extender needed. Great range increase and coverage. Great Router!

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the idea, but not the product

    I bought this shortly after it was released because it uses ac wifi and I found earlier AirPort Extremes to be easy to set up and manage. In general it works really well for my wired devices. However, I typically lose wifi connectivity at least three times per week.

    Though I have found a solution on the community boards that lets me reset the wifi without having to unplug the router, I still find it frustrating to lose wifi so frequently.

    On a computer I go into AirPort Utility > Edit > Wireless > Wireless Options then I change the Wireless Channels. This solution was presented as a way to make sure you are not using the same wireless channels as any nearby wireless routers. I went through the more detailed process of assessing nearby wifi channels in use and was hopeful this would be a long-term solution. However, I still lose wifi several times each week so I don't bother checking the nearby router channels anymore and just assign new channels. I would really like to get a more permanent solution though.

    Other than that (very frustrating) item, I really like this router. It is easy to set up and manage. I have it connected to a switch for my wired devices and they never have a connection issue.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My Prayers Have Been Answered!

    I live in a townhouse and my computer and router are in my office located on the top floor. My audio-visual equipment is on the bottom floor. There's always been an issue with wireless signal strength but that issue has been resolved with the latest Airport Extreme.
    I actually watched a movie without getting a buffering notification.

    Sold!

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    still only 3 ethernet outputs

    Airports have always been good, solid routers. But in this age of multiple devices and internet security systems and so forth, some of us need more than 3 ethernet ports. There is no reason a top-of-the line router can't have 5 ports. Apple has a tendency to push wireless for everything (MacBooks have lost most of their ports). I don't like it, and will have to look elsewhere. Will still give 4 stars for quality.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME!!!!

    This is an amazing,easy set up, stylish (no ugly antennas), most powerful router I have ever owned. Range is superb in my 2300 sq ft. Single story home!!
    Wifi connection to all my devices are always at full strength. Down and uploading movies is super fast and smooth!

    Bought a second Apple extreme for the garage. It's even easier set up because all you need is to plug the power and let the 2 pair up. NO 2nd Ethernet connection wire needed. It's that super easy! Not only do I have strong wifi connection in my house, I also have strong connection in my garage and back yard. Perfect for the 2 places I spend the most time in!

    Highly recommend.

    12 of 12 people found this useful