• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A big improvement for my home WiFi.

    I purchased this Apple AirPort Extreme as my current internet router WiFi had a few black spots in my house and was not really that good. This has 100% improved my home WiFi and made using all my Apple and iOS devices so much quicker on my home broadband.

    Good Points:

    - Very easy to set up and install.
    - Easy to set up with either my iOS device or Mac.
    - Has improved and increased my range of WiFi within my house and outside in the garden.
    - I like the fact that I can choose my one WiFi password and name of the AirPort Extreme.
    - The design of the AirPort Extreme is well designed and looks great in my house. The fact that it only has one light on it keeps the overview of the design very clean and simple.


    Bad Points:

    - When using the iOS app, to enter the settings page you have to enter a password, there was nothing that I could find that said that the password was the password used to get on the WiFi network. When I contacted my local Apple Store and Apple Care neither could tell me which password was required to enter the settings page on the iOS app.

    - The functionality of the AirPort Extreme is very basic but it does have some good extra features but the instructions that you get with it or what you can find out online don't really tell you how to use them.

    - It says online that when you go in to the settings of the AirPort Extreme you can see which devices are online with the router, you can see this but it only shows the IP address of that device not the name of the device, even my old free router from my IP provider showed me the name of each device online.


    Overall, if your looking to improve your home WiFi and get better range in your house and have more devices online at once then this AirPort Extreme could be the device for you. Its basic in features but makes up for it in other areas. Well worth the money and having a house full of wireless devices including several Apple devices this AirPort Extreme fits in perfectly with everything.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent improvement over my existing router.

    I bought this to replace the router operation of my Virgin Media Superhub2 that has been unsatisfactory recently.
    Changing the Superhub2 to modem mode was a doddle.
    Connecting up the AE was also easy and setting it up went smoothly without a hitch.
    All our devices, iMac, Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, iPhones & iPads connected straight away.
    The results are faster downloads, smoother video streaming, no more dropouts (so far) and a nice looking little white thing that just sits there with its tiny green light like something out of 2001: A Space Odessey.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    WiFi range should be much better

    This is a good product in say, an office or open space. We use one at work and have been very happy with it. It's easy to set up and does most of the things that your average user would want (don't buy if you expect advanced options!).

    However, the range very quickly drops off if you go to another room or upstairs ie a fairly standard home setup.

    I bought this as a home router to replace a BT Home Hub 5 but disappointingly, the (free) BT WiFi range is a lot better than the (rather pricey) Airport Extreme 802.11 AC.

    Sorry Apple but I expect better than this!

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stupid!

    The Product Information states "Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Extreme". But this is misleading. The most popular broadband provider in the UK is BT Internet. Users are supplied with a Home Hub router. The Airport Extreme cannot connect wirelessly with this router and as it does not have a modem of its own it cannot replace it. The solution is to connect the 2 devices with an Ethernet cable. What is stupid is that the Airport Extreme cannot be used as a WiFi Extender unless a second Apple router is purchased . This makes it pretty useless for home use because most home users do not have their homes wired up with Ethernet cable and do not need 3 routers.

    7 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb!!

    In my naivety, I just assumed for years that the home hub 3 router supplied by BT for BT infinity would be the perfect match to deliver the best performance for my wifi. God knows we pay enough for the service. However, recently the wifi has been very erratic with dropouts and really slow speeds. I just assumed that I needed to tweak channels and settings. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I did a bit of research and opted for the Airport extreme as we run loads of Apple products. Low and behold, as all the other reviews say, set up is so simple it took less than 5 minutes and my wifi speed is now a constant 37mbps. a good 50% better than anything the home hub 3 had ever given and so far no drop outs. Definitely worth every penny and stylish too.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Replace BT HUB

    Was have problems with poor signal strength, coverage and drop out with my BT 5 hub, I had tried everything to try and fix this replacing the face plate new patch leads etc still no improvements. Purchased this on Fri after checking it out on the online reviews as one of the top ten routers checked some issues with the online chat service to confirm this was the right item for me. It arrived the next day, took about 10 minutes to set up including installing my old BT DSL modem (the white box). Coverage is great, signal strength is improved and speed is slightly faster, but the main improvements is all my devices can be online at the same time including down loading with no issues. I have only set it up for the 2.4GHz wi-fi and this works great for my requirements. I am going to get an Apple Express next to extend the wi-fi signal to my garage and garden next.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Immediate imrpvement to Wifi in our house

    Absolute gem! Immediate improvement to speeds throughout the house from the Virgin Media Super Hub we have been using for a few years. Switched the super hub into modem mode and had this up and running in 5 mins. Really, really pleased with the results!

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good router, but...

    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.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disapointed with Speed and Range

    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.
    Regards

    Bala

    8 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome product - solved all my network problems!

    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!

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    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.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixed all problems with BT Home Hub 5

    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.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Airport Extreme

    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!

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Airport Extreme.

    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!!

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING

    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.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade over previous extreme, which was good!

    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!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great bit of kit for any home.

    After many issues with my Virgin (not so) Superhub and getting to the stage where I needed to reset it every day to get a decent connection I decided to upgrade to an Airport Extreme as almost everything I own is from Apple. Out of the box its a smart looking item and after setting my Virgin Superhub to modem mode and following the simple instructions during the Airport Extreme set up process I was connected within a few minutes. Once I had worked my way round the house (3 storey solid brick construction) updating the connection on all my devices (2 imacs, macbook pro, 2 Apple TVs, 1 work laptop, ipad, iphone, B&W A7 airplay speaker, epson wireless printer etc) everything worked perfectly and download speeds increased by around 30%. I was well please with my purchase. The only issue I had was the Bowers and Wilkins A7 airplay system constantly cut out and disconnected from the network meaning I had to go through the A7 set up process many times over the first few days. Very frustrating! However this was resolved by just turning the Airport Extreme off and on. Problem solved and since then I haven't had a single drop out.
    I have now had the Airport Extreme for a week and I have had no other issues. Very please so thought I would post an honest review and highlight all the kit it works perfectly with and the kind of home the Airport works well in as many reviews don't mention this information and this info really helps when researching something like a router. It's no more expensive then a good none Apple router so for me it was money well spent. Finally the signal in the garden has always been almost no existent but now I have a decent connection there to, maybe I will add an airpot express to the set up just to beef this up a little to.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous

    Fabulous piece of kit.
    Replace my BT Hub 3 with this. The set up was a doddle. Two pieces of information Network name, password and the job was done.

    Couldn't believe it, had to check to see if security was set up and it was.

    I run a iMac and three iPads and a HP printer all wireless on BT infinity 1 and my speed is 30 down and 6 up and solid.

    Couldn't be more happier.

    Shaun

    9 of 12 people found this useful