• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    #1 Router to a router addict.

    I have literally bought every premium router on the market over the past 2 years and this is by far and away the most reliable, easiest to use, and FASTEST router I have. I own the Airport Extreme 2TB which I bought about 9 months ago. Since then I have bought the Netgear Nighthawk, Asus (I call it The Spider), most recently Linksys AC2200, oh and a Linksys WRT1900. I'm not counting the cheaper routers I have also bought. I have been looking for a "faster", more "reliable" router when in fact the Airport Extreme has never given me a single problem. That's the problem! Why is it so gosh darn good? I remember paying over $300 for the 2TB version thinking I would be taking it back. And to be honest it has been the best investment I have made as far as routers go. If you want quality buy this router, if you want junk buy one of the others (they are all the same; i own them all).

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed after 15 months

    I wish I had read these reviews before purchasing my Airport Extreme at the recommendation of the salesman. I understand that technology fails, but I expected better from Apple for the money I paid.

    18 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Extreme works for me!

    I have three (3) floors, with the Airport Extreme in my basement and we have 3 Apple TVs, an older Airport Extreme, a few Airports and an array of wireless devices (including a couple of SmartTVs). We have a wired and wireless and the Airport works great. This is after a 1 year and no significant issues. I would highly recommend the Airport Extreme.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine

    i have a BT hub/router. Problem was signal kept dropping out and coverage poor.
    So, as a mac household, it seemed sensible to disable the wireless function on the bt router and connect an APE to disseminate the wifi signal. I have 3 kids & a spouse constantly on the home network. Dead easy to set up (including parental controls). The system works great, looks great (i hate those tacky looking things with antennae sticking up) & we've not looked back. thank you apple.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    At least 2x better than new D-Link 865L

    Based on internet reviews i got a D-Link DIR 865L due to its top review here www.altomdata.dk/d-link-dir-865l
    The D-Link didn't cover my house good enough so I bought the new AirPort Extreme.
    The AirPort feels like running double speed and the coverage is full all over the house.
    Further benefits in the AirPort is that the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz bands are joined into one SSID making network sharing a lot easier than the D-Link as it runs two SSIDs one for each band.
    Also the AirPort allows my VPN tunnel I couldn't get to work via D-Link.
    The AirPort is allowed in the living room due to nice design and not stored away like the D-Link so that a simple way to improve network quality

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    To call this garbage is an understatement.

    Overheats. Always needs to be reset or rebooted. So many devices (such as VoiP) aren't supported through Apple Routers. It's easy to set up and it's nice when you have all matching Apple products but Airport Extreme, Time Capsule AND Airport Express have all been absolute garbage and waste of money.

    22 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked well for 11 months

    The wireless speeds are no longer consistent. After rebooting, speed is excellent; a few hours later, the speed is poor. I'm going to buy a different device.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Rock solid for three straigh years.

    I bough two Airport Extremes to replace an older Airport Time Capsule 2 Tb. I use a roaming network to provide seamless coverage throughout my house. I have gradually morphed my home into a retrofitted smart home with dozens of wifi devices such as thermostats, light switches and multiple Echos to control them via voice. I also have a complex media set up with a dozen A/V components. There are four adults, each with multiple wifi devices; iPhones, iPads, laptops, etc. in our home and on line often at the same time. These modems have performed flawlessly for three years running. The Airport Utility makes setup a breeze (I have over 50 reserved IP via MAC address). The routers never drop signal, always connect at blazing speed (ac at 300-500 mbps), provide excellent range and are far more reliable than my old Linksys and NetGear routers as are just so much easier to manage. Sure, other products have more features, but as a wifi router, these have been high performance stalwarts for me.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HUGE WASTE OF $$$. Faulty fan will stop working after a year.

    I would give this less than one star if I could. As others have reported, the fan stopped working just out of the 1 year warranty period, Now it's just a useless lump of wires and plastic. Since Apple rarely acknowledges design/hardware flaws, we are all SOL.

    18 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    3x faster download speeds compared to Airport Express....

    I had an an old Airport Express that I purchased about 6 years ago. It was working normally, however, I noticed that my webpages were taking longer to load and the streaming video from my Apple TV were sputtering and buffering. I wasn't sure what kind of improvement I could expect by upgrading to an Airport Extreme, but in one word: BLAZING FAST! My download speeds are now almost tripled. Shortly after setting up the system, I had to run the speed test several times just to make sure it was really true. My webpages on my Macbook Pro and iPhone load almost instantaneously. Streaming video from my Apple TV is now sputter free....

    Setup was ridiculously easy using the Airport setup utility. I timed it: I plugged it in at 5.46pm and by 5.57pm I was enjoying super fast speeds. Highly recommended. All my settings from my old Airport Express were seamlessly transferred to my new Airport Extreme.

    It would be a shame if Apple discontinued manufacturing these routers because there is no comparable product that offers such a painless and pleasurable user experience.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router ever

    This router was super easy to set up. Just watched one youtube video and I was able to set it up in less then 10 minutes. I know nothing about networking and things like that.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixes all wifi issues

    I love this device. We have been Apple fans for so long, I can't believe we overlooked this product. We have had constant wifi issues with nearly 20 clients on our third party access point/router. I have been told by reputable authorities that too many clients can be difficult for a consumer wifi access point. Using the same router, turning off it's wifi, and using the Apple Extreme has solved all problems. I can now get great wifi in parts of the house which were previously dead. And speeds have improved everywhere else. This product is the most overlooked product on Apple's whole product line. IT IS AWESOME!

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    worth the extra $

    After some concern about the high price I bought this unit to replace my Linksys EA4500. The ea4500 was considered a great router but we never got good coverage and the speeds were not great. I must have spent 10 hours over the last while playing with settings and turing things on and off trying to get this thing to work as advertised. As usual, you get what you pay for! The Extreme was up and running in 5 minutes, coverage was spectacular and we were finally getting the speeds we pay for (Cogeco). Our family has 4 iphones, 3 macbooks and a few ipads. File sharing is now a (simple) reality with this great little device. Buy this if you want a router that works as advertised, especially if you are a mac household.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb!!

    In my naivety, I just assumed for years that the home hub 3 router supplied by BT for BT infinity would be the perfect match to deliver the best performance for my wifi. God knows we pay enough for the service. However, recently the wifi has been very erratic with dropouts and really slow speeds. I just assumed that I needed to tweak channels and settings. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I did a bit of research and opted for the Airport extreme as we run loads of Apple products. Low and behold, as all the other reviews say, set up is so simple it took less than 5 minutes and my wifi speed is now a constant 37mbps. a good 50% better than anything the home hub 3 had ever given and so far no drop outs. Definitely worth every penny and stylish too.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very DISAPPOINTING!

    I've had the AirPort Extreme for only 3 days and the so-called increased download speed improvement is just not was it is advertised as. I am very disappointed to pay so much (I have the iPad retina display, iPhone6, and an iMac that's only 1 year old) and not get what was advertised. Unlike some of the other folks who have commented, I have no intention of buying a 2nd one...in fact I want a refund! The download speed is the same and I have experienced nothing different except in my bank account. This puts a new light on Apple products for me. Don't waste your money for this product.

    30 of 50 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    solid

    I have 2 of these operating now, and one older airport extreme, at 3 different locations. I have had to restart the older of the two later model airport extremes a couple of times, which was not a problem. I have had 3 of these in the past, which I updated for speed and range because they got old. They still work. One is an ancient plastic knob that I re-used as an extender for awhile in a less security- minded time. I've used other routers as well, which were also good and much less expensive, but I use these because they are reliable and simple, and performance is good with all my apple stuff. I am about to update the one older airport extreme (about 7 or 8 years old), which is in Asia on static IP, because I'm recently experiencing slowing internet and suspect it may be afflicted with the memory exploit that has recently been pointed out on older Broadcom wi-fi appliances. I got a performance upgrade when I installed the new firmware on that router, but it slowed down again, possibly due to the IP being static, and I don't feel like restarting it often to reset the memory. It still works fine, though. Performance also may be improving with the security updates apple has been rolling out in the last couple of weeks.

    I'm not a huge fan of apple the Company, except for my 2013 mac pro and genius bar friends. I use its products because they are strong and are easier to protect from worms and viruses, in my opinion. I use them because I am lazy and not super smart. So far, the airport extremes have lived up to my perception of reliability and strength (and expense). I saw some critical ratings, so I thought I'd post about my experience in case someone is worried about it. Maybe some bad components slipped through QA, but that isn't something I've seen yet. My one criticism is that these routers are a little too simple, and do not provide the cool admin options for network security and extension that are standard on less expensive routers, if you want to tweek things.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great expansion to my network

    I had to upgrade as my ISP's cable modem with wireless only supported 30 devices. With 45 users at the time, it was difficult to get connected with devices that were taken out of the home and then back later on. I got an AE, turned off bridge mode, setup the same SIDS with the same password and now everyone can connect just fine. I do have to restart the extreme on the rare occasions when the ISP changes the firmware in their Arris cable modem ... the AE won't re sync without a quick reboot. Added a second one later when a lot more devices were added to the LAN.

    The WAN has 150mbps, and we regularly get that and up to 170mbps performance now. Didn't need/want Time Capsule as I have several WD Mycloud NAS devices. Everyone in house has iPhones and iPads and printers - both wireless and AirPrint, and each tv also has an apple TV, also a number of PCs (Windows 10 and Windows 7 and ubuntu and redhat Linux, and 1 old Unix server).

    Haven't even seen a pixelated screen in 6 months, although 4 Apple TVs are regularly streaming. I do most configuration changes and admin reviews using the Airport Utility on my Air 2 or iPhone SE, and rarely using a Windows 10 laptop. Now up to over 70 LAN devices including HomeKit devices.

    As all LAN work is using the Apple Extreme, most in-house traffic has no impact on the ISP data limit now; in the past, even LAN traffic seemed to use WAN data capability some of the time. Now, my iTunes movies on NAS only seems to access the WAN for DRM verification.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Impressive gain over previous generation

    I updated to this version of Airport Extreme from the previous generation. It solved a lot of connectivity issues. My Apple TV and Tivo units are downstairs and on the opposite side of the house from the wifi transmitter. The speed bump and stability of connection improved so dramatically with this new unit that I can see movies, etc... instantly and flawlessly in HD. Areas that previously could not connect now connect and signal strength is better. Nice job!

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Blazing fast!!

    I have been using Comcast as my ISP and was using router provided by it until now. However despite a good internet package I was never able to get stable and decent internet speeds. After fair amount of research I decided to invest in AirPort Extreme. There are many routers I considered before going for Extreme and the primary reasons were ease of setup, security, speed and of course the looks. I have to agree AirPort Extreme has all the qualities as mentioned on the company's website but the quality which stands out the most is the stable and blazing fast connection it provides. The only hiccup I had while setting it up was related to the Comcast router where I had to call the customer support to disable the wifi on the existing router, otherwise the setup was a breeze. Many would argue that there are better routers which provide more functions and customization but how many of us actually need those functions. I wanted a hassle free router and that's exactly what AirPort Extreme is all about.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Another 5 star review. Mine is a refurbished unit and worked great. It appeared new as any product, with the plastic cling wrap and typical packaging. This replaced my previously rented B/G wireless router from Verizon, which worked fine but lacked N and AC speeds. My new ISP (Charter) would provide a wireless access point but they charge $5 a month, so I was using the Verizon unit. The Airport Extreme connected to the Charter provided router and worked perfect out of the box. Mine does not have the hard drive (don't think I need it) so I can't comment there. I run a Roku 4, an iPad Air, iPhone 6, and my PC is on wireless as well and all connect and run at provided speeds - about 65 Mb/s down and 5 up. The furthest point I use the equipment is roughly 50 feet and the signal is strong through a standard wood frame single story. The $5 I save per month pays the refurbished unit off in about 2 years and I think is well worth it vs the rented unit. The refurb is a excellent value and offers the same warranty as a new one, so if you have the opportunity to get one, it's a good deal.

    10 of 11 people found this useful