• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good router, but...

    • Written by from Christchurch

    As I have 3 iphones, an ipad, a Mac, an Apple TV and Macbook, Airport Extreme is the center of the network. My home server, wifi printer, other laptops and TV are also linked to the AE as the main router.

    An Airport Express is remotely connected as an WIFI extender.

    However, since the country I am living in is using UK standards, for the ADSL, I have to use a special modem for PPPoE and PPPoA bridging. Otherwise, if I use a normal all-in-one router (DSL modem and router), the AE can only be set as Bridge mode. Under Bridge mode, ports forwarding and "Guest Network" functions will be disabled.

    Now, the DSL is going to be replaced by Fiber broadband. Unfortunately, Airport Extreme still does NOT support the "VLAN tagging" PPPoE protocol. I have to probably buy another special switch that just works for "VLAN tagging".

    Come on, Apple, could you just think of the users outside the States? Please make our life simpler.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disapointed with Speed and Range

    • Written by from CHESTER

    This is the first Apple product that I had to return.
    Pros: Very well made, Beautiful looking hardware
    Cons: Its wireless only. You need a modem to connect to the broadband. I bought this to replace the Sky Broadband modem+wifi as the range was not good enough and the speed was dropping considerably after 25 feet. Unfortunately Airport Extreme performed worse than the 3 year old Sky Box! I tried various channels but no joy. I speed tested on most channels but speed was 3-4mb slower than the Sky and the range was poor too. Not sure what to buy now.


    2 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome product - solved all my network problems!

    • Written by from Ruislip

    Apple, I salute you! I used to have a Virgin Media Super Hub-2, which is the most god-awful piece of hardware that has even been designed. My internet used to drop 3-4 times a day, and each time I would have to manually reset the Virgin Media Hub. I read some blogs and saw people were recommending to put the Virgin Media Hub in to modem only mode, and then buy an Apple AirPort Extreme to do the clever stuff.

    I can tell you, the results have been transformative! Since install, I've not had a single Internet drop (installed 2 months ago), my speeds have doubled (I have 150 Mbps, but only used get around 70 Mbps) and coverage has improved throughout the house. I highly recommend this product - worth every penny and then some.

    Thank you, Apple!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Wimborne

    Used to replace our Infinity Home Hub 3 so the BT modem now connects to the WAN port on this instead. Great result, no more loss of network that was dropping several times a day, and no more spending hours on the phone to BT in India trying to resolve the issue.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Gold Standard

    • Written by from Richmond

    Simply the best managed 4 port wireless switch out there. I know it's expensive, but even Windows users should consider this. The range is simply unmatched by anything else. Three of these will cover the upstairs AND downstairs of a house with Faraday walls. Can't recommend it enough.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixed all problems with BT Home Hub 5

    • Written by from London

    Like many others here I bought this to replace a BT HomeHub that was performing terribly and would drop wireless to the Apple TV if someone even just looked at their phone.

    Set up was done in about 5 minutes. Just plug the WAN of the Airport into one of the LAN ports on the Home Hub (you will need a CAT 5 ethernet cable, not included). Open wifi settings on your iPhone and there will be an option to set it up from there. No admin login or BT username / password required.

    Every device on the network now performs perfectly with no loss of signal or random moments of slow download speeds. Inc: iPhone 6, iPhone 4S, iPad Air, Sony Vaio Windows 7, MacBook Pro, some crummy Android phone (not mine I swear!), an Apple TV and a Sony PS4. All connected at once sometimes and nothing goes wrong.

    Yes it's expensive, but it's well worth it. Stop looking at it and wondering wether to buy it or not and just get one.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Airport Extreme

    • Written by from Ashington

    Actually although I only have N devices, I recently bought from Apple, the new iPad Air 2 9X7" (in Gold) and this runs on AC Wi-Fi, a fact that Apple doesn't make clear to British Users - so now you have no excuses to get up to 465mbps on Apple's Airport Extreme!

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Tries to be a router but doesn't support static routes.

    • Written by from Bromham

    For quite an expensive bit of kit that forces itself to be the primary router in your home network, you'd expect it to support something as simple as static routes.

    I've got a VPN router that connects me to my work network and as the AirPort extreme doesn't support VPN either it;s essential I can still use this other box, but as the Airport Extreme doesn't support static routes and doesn't allow you to override the default gateway it pushes out through DHCP I have to turn off the router support in the Airport Extreme which cripples the features.

    Even the most basic of routers I've seen support static routes, it's amazing that Apple have neglected such a fundamental feature.

    13 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Product from Apple

    • Written by from Hampton

    Bought this Airport Extreme yesterday and was utterly amazed at just how easy it was to set up. Plugged it into my current VDSL router, where it quickly worked out it should place itself in Bridge mode. Then it asked me some simple questions like Wifi Name and Password and it was that simple.
    So very happy with the purchase. It certainly isn't a cheap device but in my opinion it is worth the money. Still to fully test its wireless range etc, but absolutely no complaints so far.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic product compared to ISP supplied equipment

    • Written by from Cambridge

    I purchased this AirPort Extreme 4 days ago and am more than happy, highly recommend for an Apple household.

    Prior to this I had a BT Home Hub 5, initially this seemed to be fine (apart from AirPlay (iPad to an Apple TV) not working) but since a firmware update in the middle of January it would continually drop the WiFi if more than a couple of devices were active. I should say that when I initially had BT Infinity (FTTC) installed with the white Open Reach modem and Home Hub 3 then all had been ok but I persuaded BT to give me the HH5 so that I had 5Ghz WiFi which was a mistake.

    I was going to purchase a Billion ADSL/VDSL modem/router to replace the HH5 but then decided, since the house is all Apple, that it would be wise to try the AirPort Extreme (at much the same price) since I still had the Open Reach modem. I should say I could have used the HH5 purely as a modem with the WiFi turned off, still, this is a fall back if the Open Reach modem fails.

    Set up was easy once I had put in the BT user name but I was left with a flashing Amber light (internet was available), after some fiddling and research it was found that this was due to IPv6 (not supported by BT) being active so this was set to “Link-local only” and the indicator turned Green.

    Now no more drop outs, AirPlay works, no problems when multiple devices are active and I can now print to my Epson printer from an iPad.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Airport Extreme.

    • Written by from WITNEY

    Over the past 6 months I have had continual issues with our BT HH5, especially with Apple products, BT replaced our router 3 times with the same issues, i have spent hours adjusting settings on the HH5 but the same issues came back, dropping out 6-8 times a day. BT's technical department are useless, never returning calls or actually sorting the issue.

    However i decided to purchase the Airport Extreme over other routers that are available with similar specs.

    If you are an Apple household, Macbook pro's, iPhones iPads etc and are having issues with your ISP's standard router, don't waste anytime and just get the Airport Extreme!! It is expensive however i believe you get what you pay for. Set up is so simple, had everything up and running in 10 mins, It just works.... After setup i did a speed check and it has doubled our speed to 68mbps download and 22mbps upload, we have a lot of items online at the same time and it doesn't slow down at all. It also looks fantastic! Thank you Apple I'm completely satisfied and relieved that the children are not continually complaining!!

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best thing i have ever done is purchase this router

    • Written by from cardiff

    I have been a long term sufferer of sky and the awful routers they provide. I currently have a sr102 router (the latest black home hub) the performance is shocking always dropping out etc etc.

    After a bit of research i found that is can be quite tricky to get your password etc from the sky hub, although not impossible i wanted a simpler and cleaner option. It was suggested that you could plug the airport extreme into the router and it will automatically go into bridge mode using the modem form the sky hub.

    I was a little sceptical as this seemed such an easy solution!!!

    Well the research was spot on, it took me about 10 mins to set up the airport. I then just logged into the sky router and turned off the wireless.. SIMPLE AS THAT

    The performance is outstanding and i am not even on fibre yet (will do now i know this works so well)

    If you are having any second thoughts about getting one of these, then don't just go and get one.


    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Fraserburgh

    The airport extreme is amazing as when I got fiber optic broadband, the router that sky provide was slow. Since getting the apple airport extreme I am not getting the full speed I was promised.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme

    • Written by from MAIDENHEAD

    Having coped with numerous and frustrating problems with BT Home Hub 3 for years I decided to give Airport a try; initially AirPort Express which worked well, but lacked the coverage I was hoping for in a compact, 3 bedroom house. Both Apple Store Covent Garden and Regent Street assured me that I could exchange the router if performance was inadequate in any way, so I exchanged Express for Extreme. Simplicity itself to setup with AirPort Utility App on iPad - ten minutes at most - and so far performance is excellent. After a few non-Apple glitches to add a Range Extender (TP-LINK WA901ND wireless access point) required to get a good signal in my garden study - 25 meters remote from the AirPort - I now have a fast network that seems trouble free across the whole property. A single iMac on Yosemite, oldish laptop on Snow Leopard plus two iPads, iPhone 6 & 4S and occasional HP laptop on Windows 7 all perform perfectly. Wonderful. I only wish I had done it before and saved myself many hours of trouble shooting and frustrating calls with BT!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Betchworth

    I replaced my BT Homehub 4 with the AirPort Extreme and could not be happier. I wanted to improve the range in my home as there was a bit of a black spot and dropout point in my study for my iPhone. I now have good coverage all over the house (minimum 2bars) and the speed has also improved on early evidence. Setup ridiculously easy. Turned everything off, unplugged homehub, plugged cable from Openreach modem into Airport, turned everything on and followed procedure on Mac. Less than 5 minutes. Note, you will need a seperate modem with this product.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Save your money

    • Written by from Ashington

    I bought this AE to replace the TG582n router supplied by PlusNet, unfortunately because the AE keeps disconnecting whenever my internet is idle my broadband speed (ethernet) has been dropping continuously over the six weeks I've been using it.

    I have now gone back to using the TG582n and I'm once again looking for a new modem with better wifi speeds.

    3 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the entire package

    • Written by from bradford

    Thank you Apple for providing a device without the necessary cables to actually make it work out of the box. I really enjoy having to go out of my way to purchase cables in order to make your simple devices work, it really adds to the overall Apple experience. Also, your shipping tracking in the UK is terrible, making it impossible to know which day to expect delivery and to be present to receive.
    I just hope the device fulfils its purpose once it finally gets connected.

    15 of 83 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    High price that may not be justified.

    • Written by from East Molesey

    You would think that at the premium price for the router, that it would offer all of the Apple wireless services - AirPlay & AirPrint, but it has neither. Your Mac or PC can print to a printer over your wireless network, but your iPad will still require an AirPrint-enabled printer to be used. And the smaller base station offers Airplay, again this is missing from their top-of-the-range router.

    It's a good router, and I liked the way that as I was updating an older Airport Extreme on the network, the new 'tower' model was able to import all of the network settings incredibly quickly, and started to work as soon as I had reset my ISP's modem. The range is good, and the design of the router is certainly more convenient for my crowded home office.

    However, it is priced at a premium, lacks some of the features that you might expect Apple to include at this level of cost & there are cheaper routers available that offer similar performance. It is down to you to decide whether the extra cost justifies the lack of features in return for the greater convenience.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Time Machine, Not So Great For WIFI

    • Written by from Beverley

    Bought this earlier in the year as I needed a drive to run Time Machine. Although its expensive I thought it worth the money as, being Apple, the WIFI is bound to be good. I am on a fibre optic deal and the coverage from the Airport Extreme is poor. We have the iMac upstairs in a study and the Airport Extreme downstairs, and the signal is terrible. Gone back to Netgear now. Works great with Time Machine though, just a very expensive way to back up your Mac!!

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade over previous extreme, which was good!

    • Written by from Castleford

    Purchased to prepare for when i get new Mac and as I needed better coverage in very large house.

    Worked straight from the box and gave immediate improved speed and coverage even on existing 802.11n which is all my old MacBook has. Streams HD from BBC iPlayer where before often struggled to get standard def.

    But!!!! Be careful opening the box! I thought the reviews mentioning this must be being picky but I did take note - please do open it over a table or something soft. It does not come out of the box how you expect, or how Apple hoped it would either! If you are standing up and holding each part of the box in each hand as you open it YOU WILL DROP IT! - unless you have three hands and so can catch it as it falls!

    6 of 7 people found this useful