• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Yellow flashing light

    For the first 6 months my Airport Extreme worked great. Out of the blue, it started dropping the signals and the yellow light comes on. This happens about once a week and I unplug it and start over. This seems to have started after I downloaded the system update 10.11.6. I'm going to update to the new version and see if that helps. Still, I shouldn't be having this problem and my internet provider agrees. Otherwise I like the router and plan to keep it

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    They Were Right....

    They were right. It does drop out, and usually at the most inconvenient times. So annoying, especially while streaming a minor (or so it seems) Olympic sport that only gets part of an hour on tv. Now that I've found a workaround with the Web, it's not nice to have to do it all again to get back to my stream! I hope Apple will send an update to fix this. Soon! I'm truly not used to getting a bad product from Apple, and this is making me nuts!
    It pretty though, a different height does make the tabletop look better.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product, but . . .

    Like most Apple products, the AE routers are designed to perform very well, look great, and be very easy to configure and use. These routers can be trouble free for years. We are on our third generation AE router now, and the simplicity and reliability has kept us coming back. That's the good news.

    The bad news, is there are a lot of setting options and complexities to AE routers that are not well documented by Apple, at least not that I can find. Check out this Apple Support Forum to see what I mean: Airport Extreme and Cox Internet IPv6.

    This forum has been very active for many months, with no contributions from Apple engineers, which is what is really needed. Many users on this forum had to change router settings from the default settings to maintain stable internet connections on their Airport networks after their ISP implemented IPv6 support. It turns out there are undocumented complexities about AE networks, and Apple's approach to the IPv6 transition, that many have stumbled upon. Once you've strayed from default settings, it can be difficult to find your way back, as there is no Apple documentation I can find about some of these settings. The more devices you have in your network, the more complicated things can become. Third party blogs have been very active in discussion of these settings, but it would be nice to hear from the source more often.

    Also, be warned, if you need multiple AE routers to cover a large area, things get more complex, and the Apple documentation for the current generation of AE routers can be hard to find.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme is Great--when it works

    I am now (you might say stupidly) on my third AirPort device. I have chosen them because everything else in the house is Apple (MacBooks, TV, iPads, iPhones, etc), and it eases the setup and compatibility. The Extreme is wonderful when it is working --- the signal is fast, powerful, and far-reaching. However, I have yet to have one last more than about 18 months. Can't believe that Apple is building such expensive devices that have such poor longevity.
    Great product as long as it is working, but short-lived.
    Will move to a different brand when this one crashes.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the idea, but not the product

    I bought this shortly after it was released because it uses ac wifi and I found earlier AirPort Extremes to be easy to set up and manage. In general it works really well for my wired devices. However, I typically lose wifi connectivity at least three times per week.

    Though I have found a solution on the community boards that lets me reset the wifi without having to unplug the router, I still find it frustrating to lose wifi so frequently.

    On a computer I go into AirPort Utility > Edit > Wireless > Wireless Options then I change the Wireless Channels. This solution was presented as a way to make sure you are not using the same wireless channels as any nearby wireless routers. I went through the more detailed process of assessing nearby wifi channels in use and was hopeful this would be a long-term solution. However, I still lose wifi several times each week so I don't bother checking the nearby router channels anymore and just assign new channels. I would really like to get a more permanent solution though.

    Other than that (very frustrating) item, I really like this router. It is easy to set up and manage. I have it connected to a switch for my wired devices and they never have a connection issue.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great until it died - second one to die around 1.5 yrs of use

    I am NOT a computer expert, compared to many of the reviewers, but I found the router and time capsule to be easy to setup and was very happy with the data streaming rate. In fact, the product worked great - until it died. After about 18 months, our first Airport Extreme died, so with Apple Care, we received a new one. Unfortunately, that one died as well around 18 months.

    In the first instance, we had a power outage that somewhat trashed the Airport, even though it was on a protected power strip. The second time it was simply unplugged and then never recovered. It hums, like the first, but it unable to switch on (light is dead).

    I'm sure there was some method by which I was supposed to unplug it (lock the drive, etc.), but that it cannot even communicate with our Mac via ethernet nor will start back up seems pretty extreme.

    We just switched to using our UVerse router with a NetGear extender, and a very affordable WD backup HDD.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs to support PPPoE VLAN tagging, otherwise really good

    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 easier.

    Other than those things above, it is a well designed router. Low maintenance and stable.

    2 of 2 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