Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
530 Questions from the Community
Will it work with OS X 10.4.11
I have an old mac G5 with OS X 10.4.11.
- Asked by Luz S. T from Alice
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Unfortunately, Snow Leopard will not work on a Mac with a G5 processor. The processor must be Intel-based.
Snow Leopard will install on top of OS 10.4.11 on a Mac with an Intel processor. (The G5 is a PowerPC processor, not an Intel processor.)
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
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Can the WAN port be used as a LAN port in bridge mode?
- Asked by Steve N from Oswego
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Wan port cannot be use as a Lan port when in bridge mode.
- Answered by Graciano A from Artesia
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does the AirPort Extreme support SONOS speakers
I have a SONOS speaker system and want to know if this supports streaming music to my SONOS speakers
- Asked by Terry B
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I have a complete Sonos system around the house and it works flawlessly with my airport extreme.
- Answered by Wesam H from Grovetown
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Can I use my Airport Express with Frontier internet?
- Asked by Barbara H from Pinckneyville
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I live in northeast Indiana and have been using an AirPort Extreme with Frontier FIOS and with a Frontier DSL for three years. I can tell you that it does work. Frontier will provide a fiber modem which will come out with an RJ45 connection, additionally the same is for the DSL modem. With the internet RJ 45 you can plug directly in and start setting it up.
- Answered by Jeffrey S from Fort Wayne
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I stand corrected. The answer is YES.
As David has reported, the actual manual for this Airport Extreme model says:-
Using Time Machine with Your AirPort Extreme
If you connect a USB hard disk to your AirPort Extreme, you can use the Time Machine application to back up all your Mac computers, including your photos, music, movies, and documents.
After you set up Time Machine, it automatically backs up your computer on a regular basis.
Use Time Machine preferences to set up automatic backups, use a different backup disk, or adjust other settings.
To set up or adjust Time Machine on a computer using Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later: 1 Choose Apple > System Preferences, and then click Time Machine.
2 Slide the switch to ON.
3 Click Select Disk.
4 Choose your AirPort Extreme and click Use Disk.
Important: Your first backup with Time Machine could take overnight or longer, depending on how much data you’re backing up. To speed up the initial backup, connect your AirPort Extreme to your computer using Ethernet. In each subsequent backup, Time Machine backs up only files that have changed since the previous backup, so the backups don’t take as long.
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If you shut down your Mac or put it to sleep during a backup, Time Machine stops the backup and then continues where it left off after your Mac starts up again.
For more information about Time Machine, choose Help > Help Center from the Finder on Mac, and then enter Time Machine in the search field.
- Answered by John K from Westborough
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power supply for airport extreme
- Asked by Albert S from Ojai
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The power supply is internal. Power cord is the same as the Mac Mini. There's no separate power block in between the AirPort and the electrical outlet.
- Answered by Joseph T from Oakdale
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Will this generation of AirPort Extreme provide increased range with beamforming to Apple's 802.11n devices like iPhone 5 and Apple TV (3rd gen)?
I use two Airports to provide total Wi-Fi coverage on my property at present and suspect beamforming may reduce my requirement to one base station for 802.11ac clients.
- Asked by Andrew B from Noosaville
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Beamforming is a new Wireless AC improvement that is restricted to Wireless AC devices, hence not working with Wireless N devices, but the new Airport Extreme has a broader range and enhanced throughput for both Wireless AC and Wireless N (however certain conditions may reduce effective range).
The modem provided by my internet provider also serves as a wireless router. How will the AirPort Extreme work in this situation? Is it redundant?
I do not understand how the Airport Extreme works when I already have a wi-fi network. What is the difference between the AirPort Express and the Airport Extreme?
- Asked by Suzanna C from Markham
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I would recommend turning off the wifi in your cable internet router, as I did. I only use my Airport as a wifi access point, for the same reasons as above.
- Answered by Douglas W W from Castle Rock
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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 I use multiple airport extremes to improve connectivity in a house?
I live in a 70 year old townhouse that is constructed of poured concrete. We currently have our cable modem and (older than 5 year) airport extreme router in the basement with our computers. The signal strength to the main floor is weak, even with a booster. The signal strength on the top floor is terrible. Can I improve wireless reception throughout the house if I upgrade the basement router to a new airport extreme and also install airport extreme routers on the main and top floors as signal boosters? Can I leave the cable modem in the basement or should I move it to the first floor where there is a cable connection? Is there a better solution to improve wireless connectivity in this home situation?
- Asked by Steven P from Chicago
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I had a similar situation in my brick ranch house with all sorts of extra brick walls due to porches etc. I have the cable modem in the basement. I ran about 100 feet of cat5e cabling from the cable modem through the drop ceiling and up into the floor of my office, at the opposite end of the house. My Airport Extreme is connected to the end of the cabling there. To get wireless to the far end of the house, and back to the other part of the basement, I set up an Airport Express in a kitchen outlet, extending my network wirelessly. It is not very elegant, but it works well. I have thought about re-doing the whole thing, but it works for now. If anything, I may add another Express at some point, as they are so versatile.
- Answered by Judith H from Boardman
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what is the difference between the airport express and the airport extreme?
- Asked by Spencer M from Oklahoma City
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the airport extreme is a really fast and powerful router. the airport express is much smaller and less powerful. the airport extreme can't do airplay because there is no audio jack on it. the airport express can.
- Answered by Derek V from Grand Haven
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Is the AirPort Extreme worth the extra $100 vs the AirPort Express? If so, why?
- Asked by Christian G from Deptford
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It really depends on what are you planning on using it for.
No, if you plan on using it for web browsing, light work and using it in a smaller environment. You really don't need to spend all that much on a router for simple tasks.
Yes, if you plan on using it for hardcore gaming, media streaming, large file downloading and using it in a large environment where the range of the device is crucial for maximum speed and minimum latency. This is more for power users in mind.
For me though, I have many computers and i do a lot of gaming and transferring of files. But the killer feature for me was the ability to hook up 3 usb devices with a powered hub in which i connect to my external hard drives and my printer.
Which is why I have 2 of these.
- Answered by Eron S
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Where is the Airport Extreme 6th Generation made/assembled? Does it have chinese components? I want a USA made wireless AC router.
- Asked by William O from Glen Burnie
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Mine says that it is designed in CA and assembled in China,
- Answered by Molly W from Everett
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Yes it works in any country
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It is a Password to protect WIFI accounts
- Answered by Marvin M from Laguna Niguel
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Does the latest AirPort Extreme (6th generation) support 802.3ad Link Aggregation (LACP)?
I've read answers on earlier versions of the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule supporting Link Aggregation via the 802.3ad spec. I can find no information confirming nor denying the latest generation supporting it or not.
- Asked by Steven H from Atlanta
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I wouldn't recommend the Apple Airport for this. I would recommend getting a small Netgear Switch like the Netgear ProSafe GS108T. That will do LACP just as you would like. Easy to configure and you can just plug the thing right into your Airport Extreme. I have this exact setup in my home.
-- 1 MacPro (late2013 - trashcan model )
-- Both Ethernet ports Aggregated to Netgear ProSafe GS108T
-- 1 Netgear ( configured with aggregated Links for Mac Pro )
-- Netgear Plugged into Airport Extreme
I am Apple Certified in both OS X 10.10 and OS X 10.10 Server
I work for a company that is part of the Apple Consultants Network
- Answered by Mark N from Knoxville
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Does this work with Snow Leopard 10.6.8?
- Asked by Patrick G from Los Angeles
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As a WiFi router, yes. But you will not be able to administer the Airport Extreme as it requires Airport Utility 6.3 or higher which is only available on OS X 10.7.5 or higher.
You can however use an iOS device running iOS6.0 or higher using the Airport Utility app.
- Answered by Alfred D from Chicago
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Does anyone know the maximum "mbps" that the Airport Extreme can support? I need to know if the router can support in excess of 50 mbps (up/down).
Advice on Purchasing or Not!
- Asked by Rich B from Glen Burnie
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Purchase it, it's a great router, easy to set up. I did a bit of quick reading and it seems that this router might typically support about 250mbps in ideal conditions. Theoretically the 802.11ac standard can support up to 1300 mbps, but that requires special equipment in ideal conditions.
Will having 802.11AC and 802.11N devices on the same network impact AC speed?
With the six antennas, will the Airport Extreme provide AC data transfer rates to the AC devices and N data transfer rates to the N devices? Or will all transmissions default to N and therefore the lower common N speed?
- Asked by Ryan A from Kansas City
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