• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    Picked up the first one in Manchester Arndale this morning, I'd been waiting for this 802.11ac upgrade for a while.
    Excellent range, superb speeds, quick and easy set up, looks great.
    Supports local loopback feature which I really needed, the old standard package router I used to use has nothing on this new AirPort Extreme.
    Looking forward to using 802.11ac devices with it.
    Highly recommended, overall a great buy.

    236 of 277 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable after year and half

    This was a nice product for a little over a year but now it constantly drops the connection. I have to unplug it and plug it back in daily. I thought I was having internet connection issues with my cable provider but turns out it is the airPort Extreme. Too bad, I like apple compatibility and simplicity but the reliability for this product is not there. I do not recommend this.

    212 of 248 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke After 16 Months - Not Covered by Apple

    This router looks and works great, but is unreliable (filter on the one-star reviews to see what I mean). Apple will not replace even though the device is four months out of warranty. I am very disappointed especially considering the high price of these units. My advice to owners of Airport Extremes that are still in warranty: return the Airport Extreme as soon as you hear a fan noise -- I waited too long.

    191 of 223 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Buy!!!! Drops signal all the time!!!

    I bought this around a year ago. Had problems then. Contacted apple support. They walked me through a few thing. It work Great for around 6 months. The stupid thing keeps dropping connection. Ive done all kinds of resets etc... I had a Netgear for over 6 years with no problems. I just wanted to get an extreme since everything else I had was apple. I repeat do not buy one of these! biggest waste of money even for an apple fan!!!!!

    199 of 246 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Delighted so far

    Ordered immediately after WWDC 2013 to replace an venerable Linksys WRT54G whose fading antenna power was failing.

    Delighted so far, setup was straightforward, done in less than 10 minutes from opening the box. Gigabit ethernet is delivering the full bandwidth from my cable modem for the first time and the wireless coverage is uniformly excellent in my thick walled and three storey Victorian terrace, noticeably quicker for my n capable devices. I don't have any ac devices yet to test those even higher speeds.

    Wireless sharing of a Kodak printer also working as hoped.

    Happy to recommend - nice job Apple.

    169 of 193 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It Rules, don't understand all the Negativity!

    I bought my AE about 9 months ago. Before that in my house I had a Time Capsule Router (the square flat one) that is at least 6 years old (Ive lost count) and an Airport Express, that I bought at the same time.

    I connected, added my AE to the network, killed the WIFI on my old AirCapsule Router (so I didn't have a slower system competing as they are next to each other and connected via LAN. I kept my old Airport Express.

    It took me more than usual to set up this HodgePodge of different era Apple Wireless devices, but that's my fault as I should have used Airport Utility from the begining. Total was about 5 hours over a couple of days.

    I have a 3 Story house, of 3,600sqft. I have my AE connected to my Timecapsule on the 2nd floor. I have my Airport Express in my den on the 2nd floor. I have 2 Apple TV's 2n generation one on the 1st floor and one on the 2nd floor, directly connected to my AE through LAN.

    We have 3 MacBook Pros on wireless, 4 iPhones and 2 iPads. We have horrible cell connection in the area so all phone calls go through WIFI.

    On top of that we run a lot of streaming, airplay from the phones and iPads. I have never, ever had a problem. My connections are fast, and even my printer an old HP connected to the Airport Express through its ethernet port works great through wireless and whomever wants to print on the network.

    I really suggest that all those complainers, the 1 and 2 star people, read their instructions before complaining, since human nature being as it is, you have to dilute all those complaints by a hefty percentage, as you can attribute most of them as not flowing instructions, getting frustrated and blaming someone else for their incompetency, and in this car it being Apple that is blamed.

    Apple products are great, as per my experience, I have assembled old Apple equipment with new, and it works like a charm. The fact I have Apple wireless products that are over 6 years old is testimony to the integrity of the product and the company.

    Apple Rocks!!

    35 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken piece of junk!

    I got this to replace my 3-4 year old airport express and well..... There is something wrong if the tiny little airport express sends out a better signal than this thing... But here's the strange part... The signal strength is amazing but the bandwidth is non existent.... I would get 95% signal with -60 to -75 dBm from any ware from 20-60 feet but only get 100-300 kbps, as for my tiny little friend, the signal is lower about 40-60% VS 95% same with the dBm about -75 to -90 but I get far better bandwidth up to 300-400 Mbps at the same range... (Local network activity) and they were on the same channel (11) with no one else on that channel or 3 channels around it so something with this router is just messed up...

    41 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with BT Infinity

    I had a BT Home hub 3 which has useless WIFI connectivity. I took the plunge with this new airport extreme although I was a little concerned as to how well it would work with the BT modem. Connecting and configuring the airport extreme with the BT modem was disconcertingly simple and quick but it works great. I'm getting 60mbit speeds vie ethernet and using a phone over wifi am getting 45mbit. Well worth the money despite not having anthing that works with woreless ac yet.

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked well for 17 months, then died.

    I liked the AirPort Extreme for 17 months. It covered most of our house with a single device and it was very reliable. Around 17 months it started to power down. I suspect an issue with the power supply, Apple has a long history of wonky power supply problems.

    I wouldn't be surprised if there's eventually a recall program. I purchased it with an AMEX card, so I'll now see how good their extended warranty program is.

    In the meanwhile, sadly, I've ordered ANOTHER Airport Extreme. (Sigh.) I really couldn't find a better option -- Eero is very expensive and unproven from a startup that may die. Google's hardware is outsourced and of uncertain quality.

    The Airport Express has been very reliable. If you can make do with the Express I'd recommend it over the Extreme. If you need the coverage and buy the Extreme be sure to have an extended warranty credit cards (I think some countries have 2 years, that's enough) or pay extra for Apple Care.

    27 of 29 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.

    28 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    3rd AirPort Extreme in the last 5 years

    Got the AirPort Extreme after my last one stopped working in 2015. Now the fan is constantly running and a message says it is overheating, yet it is cool to the touch. Reading the forums, it seems this is a common problem. Wifi still works for the time being but it appears its days are numbered until the fan finally stops working. I really want to love this product, but reliability is a definite problem.

    27 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to setup and great performance!

    I decided to stop paying Comcast monthly rent for my wireless modem/gateway.I purchased a Motorola Modem found on the Comcast "compatible devices" list from Amazon and bought the Airport Extreme. I put the switching out process off for a few days fearing I would need to read manuals and then possibly call Motorola or Apple for support. But I found that my just unplugging the Comcast device and putting the cable into the modem, all the lights on it came on. I then connected to the Air Port and went online and found my new network popping up. It walked me through a couple steps and in a couple minutes I was online and so far my speed seems to be about 10 to 15 % better when I check it on "Speedtest" web sites...even Comcast's own site.And the Apple router is so much nicer to look at than Comcast's as well!

    (BTW I am typing this on a MacBook 12 inch I picked up last week...no more typos caused by my fat fingers with this amazing wide key keyboard!)

    23 of 24 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 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding product

    Had mine for almost two years now, at the beginning had the same problems most others describe, but made a search for that on the Apple website and found out that it is a common problem with subscribers to certain cable companies. They offered a solution which I performed, and haven't had a single issue since. Works great with my two Apple TV devices, as well as my I-phone, and I-pad. Great network reliability.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Buy

    I would not suggest buying this product because of the reliability issues that others have mentioned. I had this router for less than a year and a half, and it just started dropping signal. I tried performing a factory reset and haven’t had any luck. After performing the factory reset, it just hangs on the connect Ethernet cable step in airport utility. I took it into the apple store and talked to apple care, and they confirmed it was a hardware issue. I would recommend going with another manufacturer after this router functioned for less than a year and a half and costs $200.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Improvement over Airport Extreme 2nd edition

    I purchased my original Airport Extreme (v2 - big flat thing) many years ago, and it worked like a champ since day one. So good in fact that I never found a reason to upgrade. After hearing rumors that Apple may not continue to manufacture the Airport and new models, I looked at the reviews for this much newer, tower-like model. I was interested in possible performance increase. Went to the store and picked it up. Set-up was plug and play, automatically transferred over my network settings using airport utility. I have a 100 mbps Comcast internet connection, and was pulling ~50 mbps on average over wifi from my older Airport. After plugging this in I was blow away by the speed test, coming in at over 150 mbps over WiFi. Incredible. Also, 4500 sq ft. house, including basement. I pull over 60 mbps in the underground basement, with the Extreme located in upstairs bedroom. My prior airport barely reached the basement, and connectivity was iffy, ~5-10 mbps. Overall, well worth the investment if you're running an older version, and if you have a large house, are in a congested wi-fi area, or have fast internet, but LAN wiring throughout the house isn't an option. Couldn't be more happy with this, don't listen to negative reviews...

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly weak Guest Network security

    The Airport Extreme is a high-performance WiFi router, but it has a surprising weakness in the Guest Network: ZERO support for any form of client Wireless/AP isolation mode. For any public setting, like a library, coffee shop, retail store, this means that any wireless device that connects to the Guest Network can see all the other devices on the Guest Network, including the manufacturer of the device, address, and other features.

    The lack of client Wireless/AP isolation mode is a surprising security weakness in an Apple product -- especially because many competitors support "Wireless Client Isolation" in product that cost less than half the price of the Airport Extreme.

    I bought an Airport Extreme for use in a public art gallery, but it's being returned to Apple due to this surprising and disappointing security weakness.

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Extreme - Limited Range

    I replaced a Time Capsule (5 years old) that worked pretty good but thought I go for a more up to date product. The range on this is not good and much worse than a Time Capsule. From Home Office to Family Room (50 feet) it is very slow. Laptop wi-fi poor and hardly streams a movie. I had to move to the Family Room...problem solved. I'm very disappointed.

    33 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2 of these lasted less than a year

    2 separate Airport Extremes have lasted less than a year before overheating and making weird noises (even though Apple assures this is not possible),
    1st one changed under warranty,
    2nd one due for a trip to the apple store as it has just given up after 11months. Another month and it wouldnt have been covered by Apples' warranty

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Extreme 15 Months old

    This wireless router worked for about 14 months, then at 14 months started buzzing and is limping along at 3.3 mbps wired and wireless, barely able to download a Youtube video, terrible and conveniently warranty was up in 12 months. I'll never buy an airport extreme again.

    24 of 30 people found this useful