Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
527 Questions from the Community
Which apple devices currently support wireless ac?
- Asked by Richard G from Lawrenceville
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As of right now, only the new 2013 MacBook Air support 802.11ac WiFi networking.
- Answered by Kurtis F from Victorville
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What type of ethernet cable to use with the new Airport Extreme?
Thanks for any help.
- Asked by Jeffry S from Redford
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Standard CAT5 will do.
- Answered by Will T from Russellville
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Does Airport Extreme work with Time Capsule?
At present I have a Time Capsule next to my router and an Airport Express elsewhere in the house to extend the range. However I still have areas where I cannot receive WiFi. If I replace the Express with an Extreme will I get a better and more far reaching signal? Or should I just buy another Express?
- Asked by Margaret S from Tiverton
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It depends on which express and extreme you have. The newer the better capability. With the extreme you can usually get better reach since it has more antennas. I just setup my new time capsule and it has way better reach and speed then the last version of time capsule which is the airport extreme with an added hard drive. I was previously using an airport express as well and it did well but the time capsule was way better and the new one can replace both all together. I would recommend getting the new time capsule/airport extreme and selling the others. The new extreme/time capsule has 6 antennas now, 3 for 2.4ghz and 3 for 5ghz.
- Answered by Brooks S from Memphis
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Can I set this up as a wireless print server that can pair up with my home wireless internet router?
Our new home has the internet access point on the main floor and our office is set up on the second floor. I would rather not drill a hole through the floor/ceiling and run cables through the walls to connect the printer to the access router. Can I setup the Airport Express to connect with our internet router wirelessly and also connect our 2 printers to create an extended network that makes our printers wireless? (one printer is only USB and the other is network ready)
- Asked by Robert H from Elk Grove
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Will I be able to connect AirPort Extreme to my 2008 MacBook?
The highest OS X I could get is 10.7.5 if this is relevant to say...
- Asked by Karissa G from Boise
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The Airport Extreme can be used with any 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible device, including your 2008 MacBook, regardless of your operating system. On the other hand, the Airport Utility software will depend on your operating system, but it's not crucial to have. You'll still be able to get online wirelessly!
- Answered by Bryan C from Portland
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Can a hard drive be added inside the unit and turn it into a time capsule? I hope yes but suspect no.
Hard drive - can on be added internally?
- Asked by Mark A from Manlius
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With the Extreme version you cannot install this within (only comes with the Time Capsule (2TB version).
But does come with a USB 2.0 port which is capable of handling an external USB hard-drive which could be used as a NAS.
If i use airport express as main router from modem and connect to airport extreme in separate building 150 feet away, does the 10/100 LAN ratelimit th
I want to improve my existing 6 year old network. My existing network uses Linksys W54G router connected to Charter cable modem. This is connected to a switch and Linksys access point in main house 150 feet away via 5e cable. Both locationis have computers wired to network as well as wireless connections as well.
I want to add hard drive capability connectd directly to this network aswell as increase speed of the system. Ideally I would like to replace Linksys router with airport express that would serve as the primary router feeding an airport extreme as a bridges router that has hard drive connected to it in the main house.
Will the 10/100 limit of the express limit the overall communications speed between the modem and main house wireless running on the APE? Will the computer in the office building be ablle to talk to the hard drive on the airport extreme?
- Asked by Richard W from Traverse City
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All should work fine. I am using an Airport Extreme as my main router with an ASUS RT 66 router as an access point. They work fine. Your CAT5E should be fine.That is 100mb. You limitation will your internet connection depending what you have. I have Road Runner Extreme which is a 30mb down 5 up. Your bottle neck will always be your connection to your provider..
As for the pc in the office building seeing the hard drive, it should. Good luck. I have tried many routers and the Airport Extreme is by far the best I have purchased.
do you need to pay monthly for an airport extreme
I usually pay monthly for version but if i get airport extreme do i still pay monthly?
- Asked by Sabahet A from Staten Island
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You don't have to pay to use the AP Extreme, you own it. However, you still have to pay monthly for your wireless service e.g Fios, TiimeWarner, etc.
- Answered by Daniel T from Redlands
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Is the AirPort Extreme Compatable with a Comcast Modem/Router
Please Hang with me here, I am NOT an Apple User as of "YET", and not really great at Computer Language. That said, here goes.
1). I own a 2 year old DELL Laptop, (Don't Like It at all)! its Slow, has 4 Gigs of RAM and a 2.16 Gighrtz Processor. I am Looking to go with an Apple Laptop.
2). We have Comcast Internet Service Wireless Router Modem that is 150MB Download and 12MB Upload. It is there Latest Modem and was replaced 2 weeks ago. I use my Laptop Hardwired to the Modem with an Ethernet Cable, My Wife has a Dell Desktop that is Hard Wired also, if I switch to wireless "IE" Unplug the Ethernet Cable, I can go to Starbucks and get a cup of coffee and come back and the Page "MIGHT BE" Loaded. Wired, it aint much faster!
So, I have talked to some friends that have apple Computer Laptops and swear by them. What I don't know is, are they Wireless "ONLY"? How do I use my Printer that has a USB Cable attached (Not Wireless)?
3). If I buy an Apple Laptop Computer, And, want to use it at its FASTEST / BEST Speeds and Capabilities, can I purchase the AirPort Extreme, and use it with or Attached to the Comcast Modem to get better Distance and more reliable Internet service? We Stream Netflix, VuDu, Pandora, and such regularly. Our TV Is an older Plasma Unit from 2003 and we have DIRECT TV with the Wireless GENIE'S, Can someone Explain to me in Layman's Terms if this will work without me having to call Comcast In the Philippines and getting all Upset, And, just what I have to do if I go to the Expense of Switching over to APPLE and an AirPort Extreme Router. Sorry if I have forgotten anything, but I am not sure how much longer I can deal with DELL. My wife has No Intention of switching anything with her system until it Fails, and does not want to go away from the Hard Wired Set up. Any Help is Appreciated. Thank You So Much. Ken Davis. By The Way, my Family all has I Phones and I Pads...
- Asked by Ken D from San Jose
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Yes you can use an Airport Extreme with a Comcast router and it is quite simple.
I have an iMac (mid-2011) running El Capitan, a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, a few iPads and iPhones in my home. It is a condo and the router is in a closet. We subscribe to Comcast Xfinity.
We had no end of issues with wireless on the iMac with Comcast. Everything you mention happened to us as well - pages hanging up, having to reboot the router repeatedly, slow wireless, etc. etc. Finally, after many sessions at the Genius Bar and with Apple Support (and after Comcast washed its hands off the whole thing) I put in an Airport Extreme on the output side of the Comcast router. Just hooked it up with an Ethernet cable to the Comcast modem/router and plugged it in. It started working seamlessly and it was a real breeze to set it up on my iMac as my default wireless network .
My wireless problems seem to be over. My old Panasonic plasma TV works great with Apple TV as well.
I would highly recommend it. Only regret is that I bought an Airport Extreme instead of a Time Capsule. I need backup capacity and now I have to buy a separate drive or buy a Time Capsule and use the Extreme as a spare.
Re; Mac computers, they all have wireless and wired connections - Ethernet ports, USB, Thunderbolt and Firewire. So you can connect via hardwire and wireless.
When I moved from Windows (HP, Dell) to Apple the thing that was the biggest surprise was how easy it was to set it all up. What took me hours with HP took minutes with Apple. I am a convert - I would recommend it strongly.
- Answered by Chandra S from Chicago
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Can this be used without an internet connection or does your modem need to be connected
I have a modem and an iOS device but no external internet connection
- Asked by Merrit G from Mount Morris
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Yes you can use this without an internet connection.
If you don't need or have access to the internet you can still use it (or any router) to route all your networkable devices. For example, if you are streaming video or music from an older computer to your TV or speakers. Or if you have many computers/printers and don't need to access the internet.
BUT, you will need a DSL/Cable modem to connect to the router to access the internet though. This is not a modem AND a router, it is only a router.
- Answered by Jay B from Longview
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can i connect an external drive to the airport express for backup?
I want to do wireless backup to a disk, so i connected it to the airport express. The time machine sees it, but does not allow me to backup
- Asked by Ariel A from San Juan
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No, not with the Airport Express.
You can do it with the latest version of the Airport Extreme though.
Having had two failed Time Capsule hard drives, I'd strong recommend getting an Airport Extreme and an external hard drive, so that you don't need to throw away the Time Capsule as a router if the hard drives fails.
- Answered by Andrew M
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Yes and No, It depends on the speed of the devices (computers, printers, etc) you have now.
Getting the Extreme when all the computers still have the old B speed would be a waste of money. Unless of course the school is going to update the computers in the next 1 or 2 years then the new computers may have the new AC cards. It may clear up dead spots because the old router may be on it's last legs or just isn't in a very good place.
Be aware tho, "AC" is still in the "Draft" mode, in other words it has not finalized what version the AC speed "specs" will be so you would be betting Apple made a good choice on if they picked the right one or not.
You would have to get AC band wireless cards for each computer to take advantage of the new AC speeds. And if they were USB dongles you would also have to have USB 3 ports on the computers for the faster transfer speed.
Say you have 10 B speed computers and 10 G speed computers, if you are accessing computers with the G speed, every time the B computers accessed the WiFi it will slow the WiFi network down until it's done then it will go back to the G speed.
The WiFi cards and router can connect at the slower speeds but they can't go faster then what they are rated at.
Your WiFi network will only go as fast as the slowest device connected to the network.
Make sure all the computers have the same speed wireless cards and have a router that has the same speed. Wireless printers aren't really a problem as they only connect for a few seconds at a time anyway, not really enough time to bother anything. Make sure there aren't any interference problems from other wireless networks like cordless phones, microwave ovens, etc, in the area.
If you can split the slow computers onto it's own network B & G (2.4-Mhz band) and have the faster ones on, say, the "N" 5 gz band then all the better. A simultaneous dual band router would work great.
- Answered by Jay B from Longview
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Does Apple Airport Extreme support Fibre FTTH/NBN? Can I connect it to the NTD box directly?
I just connected a NBN/FTTH to my house, the provider told me to buy a router or buy/rent one from them. I am thinking to get this Apple product to make the out of it since all of my devices are Apple. Can I connect it to Network Termination Device (NTD) which is installed by the NBN cabler inside the property?
- Asked by Ziyad A from Armidale
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My personal experience is that the Airport Extreme supports this connection very well. Simply connect the WAN/internet port of the Airport Extreme to the NTD then enter your login information via the Airport Utility on your Mac.
- Answered by Bela B from Malak
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No. It will still work, but it will be less functional. The broadcasting is more effective and better ranged when emitted from the sides of the antenna. Since this new design is taller (due to the multi-antenna positioning), laying the router down would likely send ore power towards your floor and ceiling (and laterally from the side - assuming the top of the router is facing your couch).
- Answered by William K from Helotes
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can you change the vlan to vlan id 10
for fiber connection to isp to conect with fibre without a modem
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Does the airport extreme have beamforming?
- Asked by Lois B from Somerville
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Yes it does. It has a “beamforming antenna array”
- Answered by Garrick B from Santa Monica
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Yes. Setting up a guest network is part of the Airport Utility, not part of the unit itself.
- Answered by Jesse R from Kalamazoo
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No, it can only replace the Wifi router. You will need to keep your modem because you will have to run an Ethernet cable from your modem to the back of the AirPort Extreme.
- Answered by Josh P from Brooklyn
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Can I use my previous generation Airport Extreme with this one to extend my network's range?
If I purchase the new version, can I use my previous generation Airport Extreme to extend the wireless network's range? (Like one can with an Airport Express.)
- Asked by Steve M from South Burlington
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Absolutely! Just remember the previous version will not extend the 801.11ac. Just up to 801.11N.
- Answered by Rick M from Gillette
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Can you use the AirPort Extreme with a modem and router all in one
- Asked by Judy B from Youngsville
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Yes you can do so.
Here are the steps you are going to take:
1. Setup your Modem and Router all in one, getting it provisioned by your ISP.
2. Either have the ISP do it, or on your own computer, go to the Modem/Router's setup page, something like 192.168.0.1
or 192.168.1.100, and turn off DHCP on the Routing Setup. This Turns the Modem back into a just
a modem that will hand down one IP address to the next device in line.
3. Plug in your Airport Extreme, and set it up using the Airport Utility on your mac. When asked,
you will set this up as a router and have it choose to hand out addresses beginning with 192.168.1.2
(The airport Extreme will now be 192.168.1.1)
4. Reboot both the Modem and the Airport Extreme for good measure.
Now you are all set. The Modem will receive signal from your ISP, have a default address that it will pass to the
Airport Extreme, and the Airport Extreme will hand out addresses on your network.
- Answered by Terry J from Oklahoma City
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