Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
519 Questions from the Community
will the airport extreme work with satellte internet
- Asked by Todd T from Columbia
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If your satellite internet modem/downlink has an open ethernet port for use, then Yes.
- Answered by Joey P from West Lafayette
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whats the watt rating of the airport extremes radio? A 1.5 watt bebop drone=750meters. whats airport range? I need a 1.5 watt 2.4ghz wifi, yes.
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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.
- Answered by Suresh P
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can I use my iPhone as internet source through a high powered router?
I have a second house (farm house) and no cable internet available. I am currently using my iPhone as the hotspot (with limited range - big house). Is it possible to use my iPhone as the source for a router that would then distribute the internet access to laptop, PC, other devices?
- Asked by Martin B from Montreal
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I don't think so but you should be able to use any Macbook Pro, Macbook Air or iMac and share the internet connection over the network to other computers, Mac or PC, essentially using the Mac as the router and the iPhone as the modem, This should also be possible on a PC.
- Answered by Robert C
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would the airport extreme replace a lynksys router
We live in an apartment that is 180 square meters, and currently re using a lynksys router. I was reading about the Airport Extreme and was wondering if I can replace the router. Currently the signal comes and goes and it is difficult in certain areas of the apartment
We have an ethernet connection with the internet supplier at 25 mg speed. How will this product improve what we already have?
- Asked by Victoria C from Miami
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I just had a Cisco Linksys 4500 that was acting up and I wanted to hookup an airport express to it to airplay music. Well the Linksys is getting replaced because it can't keep up wit the Apple products. I temporarily am using the airport express as THE router and it blows away the coverages that I had and the speed... I am going to purchase an airport extreme for the main router now- and use the airport express on a remote stereo, as it will also extend the network as well.
- Answered by Gregg M from Manahawkin
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Does Airport Extreme work with the Nintendo Wii
- Asked by Scott C from Summerville
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Yes it will.
- Answered by Eron S
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Does the AirPort Extreme have to be connect to a modem to give off wifi.
- Asked by Fedjanhy F from Brooklyn
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No - you will still be able to connect to the wifi network radiated by the Airport, but you won't be able to do anything like browse web pages without it being connected to a modem / router. So for practical purposes, Yes.
- Answered by Graham M
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Yes if only to connect to ISP at those speeds. No if you have home network of computers and perhaps network attached storage. In those cases you would see huge improvement in speed. For example John Doe has movie H.264 2GB HD movie that he wants to transfer to his network disk (or another computer). It would be very fast (1-2 minute)... wirelessly.
- Answered by Maciej S from Wallington
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Connecting AP Extreme to gen 3 Time Capsule
Currently have a gen 3 2TB TC connected to my cable modem. TC currently does routing, DHCP, wifi and backup. Wireless on the TC is poor, very poor, having to reboot the TC every few days to keep wifi optimal. I want to add an AP Extreme to the network to do wifi. I would keep the TC connected to the cable modem and it would do DHCP and backup letting the AP Extreme handle wifi. Furthermore the TC is in the basement, the AP would be on the main floor connected via Ethernet to the TC. Anyone see any issues with this? As for connecting the AP to the TC, can I run from one of the GB enet ports on the TC to the WAN port on the AP Extreme or do I have to build a crossover cable to go from gigabit enet to gigabit enet? Thanks!
- Asked by Mark L from Cumming
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Will the AirPort Extreme work with a gateway
- Asked by Jose H. Q from Rock Hill
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Can the Airport Extreme be used to extend my Wi-Fi signal, from my Netgear Extender?
I'm getting a new iMac to replace my old one. I've been using a Netgear Extender to strengthen my wi-fi connection, but the NBN modem is downstairs whereas my iMac / game consoles / etc are upstairs. The strength is terrible on most days, and cuts out often: I only use one device at a time, and I don't even dare to live-stream games or anything like that. The current wi-fi strength is that problematic.
With the Airport Extreme, can it extend or bridge the Netgear Extender: or can I replace the Netgear entirely with the Airport?
Assuming that I can do either, will the initial set-up need an ethernet cable: and once set-up is complete, can I then disconnect the ethernet and use Airport as a wireless router?
- Asked by Nadine M from Parap
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Can I administer my AirPort Extreme remotely?
I just purchased an AirPort Extreme tower for a second home. I set it up and it is working fine. Now I'd like to adjust some of the settings remotely. Is there a way to do this using the AirPort Utility?
- Asked by Jason P from Park City
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Can we connect blackberry devices
- Asked by Dan M from Kitchener
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will this boost the signal from my hotspot on my phone
I use my hotspot on my phone to connect. Will the airport work with this or do I need a hardwired internet connection?
- Asked by Sharon S from Rangeley
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You'll need a hardwired connection. The AirPort Extreme or Express need to be plugged into a modem that connects into a cable/DSL/fibre network (Comcast, TImeWarner, Verizon Fios, AT&T as examples) and then send out a wi-fi signal throughout your home/business. You'll also notice a significant (!) increase in internet speed over your phone's hotspot plus the AirPort Extreme can handle up to 50 wireless devices connected to it at once.
- Answered by David M from Wilmington
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can you bring it with you on vacation, like for an example india and you need wifi?
- Asked by Niamat M from Feasterville
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Can I use the time capsule as a harddrive instead of back up
- Asked by Mike M from Perth
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Can I Sync an airport from home to one from work via icloud?
- Asked by Gabe W from Mccordsville
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Short answer: No. Unfortunately you can't use iCloud in that way, but, depending on what you are trying to do, you can share network disks over the internet through the Airport. You can also access printers in this way. Also, you can completely control your Mac through the internet with Back to My Mac turned on. Hopefully this helps!
- Answered by Tyler W from Helena
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My school wifi connection is extremely slow. Will the apple air port help?
- Asked by Robbie M from Denver
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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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