Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
534 Questions from the Community
will it work with PCS and Macs combined
- Asked by Jay H from Bethel
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Yes I use this as my router in a household with both Macs and PCs and it works just fine.
- Answered by Mahrad M from Tarzana
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can i use airport extreme with vivid wireless lte modem
- Asked by Frank P from Sydney
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Can you connect and airport express to an Airport Extreme as a WiFi Extender?
- Asked by Daniel S from Laguna Beach
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Yes. I have an AirPort Extreme downstairs with an Airport Express in the basement and another in the bedroom. Probably a little overkill but you just have to have the expresses join the network created by the Express.
- Answered by Terry B from Summit
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What is the approximate wifi range for this device?
- Asked by Joseph A from New Haven
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Most users observe that it is about 150-200 feet. However, it will very GREATLY, depending upon obstructions, buildings, walls/floors in between devices, thick metal objects, ETC. I will say however, with many of the WIFI routers I've used, none come close to the range and speed of this one yet. If you have a lot of WIFI networks in your neighborhood, this one really seems to help cut down on interference too.
- Answered by Joey P from West Lafayette
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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.
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).
can you use it in africa? Nairobi?
- Asked by Troy W from New York
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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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do I have to connect this to the incoming cable/internet line/
I'm a roommate in a house with 4 users. Internet is extremely slow. Just opening this page it scrolled for one minute seven seconds. Because its not my house I can not get my own service put in. Does this replace the router from the cable company or do I have to connect it to the U-verse line coming in? Or is there another option to get internet to my IMAC.
- Asked by Carole L from Kennesaw
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I have FIOS and they provide router and wireless access point. I need to get a range extender. Can this be used as a range extender?
- Asked by William C from Monroe Township
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You could use it as a range extender with another Apple product for instance if you were to purchase the AirPort Extreme and then an Airport express and run them off your Verizon FIOS router that was provided using it as a switch you could get a lot more range than the one that Verizon FIOS provides you I know I have FIOS
- Answered by Thomas Z from Winter Park
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What is the best router to purchase and pair with an Airport Extreme? Comcast provides my internet
I have Comcast Blast internet with speeds north of 200 while plugged into the ethernet but wireless is rarely faster than 50. I am currently using the Airport Extreme as my router and the Netgear 6300 as my modem.
- Asked by Matthew R from Houston
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Can this router send data to either syslog or SNMP for management and troubleshooting?
I'm wondering if I can get more information about the use and health of my AirPort networks. I'd consider upgrading to this if it had some management features other than the amber light and Airport Utility. Can I have this feed data to syslog or SNMP?
- Asked by Michael B from Eden Prairie
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What is the real bandwidth that Airport can handle in the local network (wired and Wi-Fi)?
I'm trying to compare Apple Airport Extreme with other routers with similar characteristics, so it's important to check the bandwidth but Apple don't talk about this in the specifications sheet.
- Asked by Camilo C from Bogota
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The LAN ports can handle up to 1Gbps, whereas 802.11ac WI-FI on the 5Ghz frequency can handle up to 1300Mbps (1.3Gbps). This is if the devices are compatible or whether the speed can be delivered by the Internet Service Provider. 802.11b/g/n handle less speed than this.
- Answered by Callum B from Wisbech
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I will move back to US in a few months, but live in Canada now. Will the Extreme work in the US? Does Canada & US share the same wifi regulations? Thx
- Asked by Victor M. G from London
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Will it work with AT&T's U-verse router/modem tower?
I haven't been able to set up my current Lynksys router with it and would definitely buy this if it can override ATT's router.
- Asked by Robert A from Atlanta
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I'm successfully using a previous-generation AirPort Extreme with a U-Verse combo modem/router and my experience might be useful. You have two options:
1) You can set up the AirPort in bridge mode, which will let the AT&T device handle the network services. The advantage of this is that it's easy and you can still use the other ports on your U-Verse modem. The disadvantage is that you don't get to use any of the management features or UPnP (automatic tunneling configuration) of the AirPort.
2) You can set the U-Verse modem to IP Passthrough mode (under the Firewall section of its config screen), in "manual" passthrough mode, and manually configure the AirPort to have whatever IP address your U-Verse modem is getting (even if you're not paying for a static IP address, it doesn't seem to ever change). The advantage of this is that the AirPort handles all the routing and configuration, as well as UPnP; the U-Verse router is JUST acting as a modem. The disadvantage is that you can't use any of the other network ports on the U-Verse modem if you need more than the 3 extra the AirPort provides.
Theoretically the U-Verse modem has a passthrough mode where it is supposed to give out the external address via DHCP to either a specific MAC address or the first device that asks, which would make configuration of #2 above easier, but this simply does not work on mine; the AirPort never gets the IP address. Only manual worked.
Note that in both of the above, you also want to disable the modem's wireless entirely, since AirPort will be handling that; the modem would just be causing interference by broadcasting nearby.
- Answered by Marc M from Arcata
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Does this wireless router support DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) on the 5GHz band?
Does this wireless router support DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) on the 5GHz band?
If DFS is supported will it then be activated when you chose "Auto" in the channel selection menu?
can you bridge two airport extremes?
- Asked by Donis B from Fort Walton Beach
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Yes, set one as main wireless router and the other to "extend" a wireless network.
- Answered by Kenneth C from Oklahoma City
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DHCP address ranges with NAT.....can they be changed?
By default I believe (correct me if I am wrong here) , you are only allowed IP addresses starting with 10.0, 172.16, and 192.168. I have a need to distribute a different range due to some of the older equipment we have with "pre set" addresses in a different range. Can the ranges offered by this unit be varied to something else that is not "predetermined"?
- Asked by Robert Y from Aiken
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