• 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.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor range and frequently drops out.

    Far worse signal than the standard iiNet/Belkin unit sitting next to it. Worse it may look pretty, but it has a fan in the base (i.e. moving parts to wear out). The epitome of form over function. Even the older model Airport Extreme performed better.

    It supports 5GHz 802.11 AC, but my iPhone 6s will never use it because the signal is so much worse than the 2.4GHz 802.11n signal. This is especially bad given that the 5GHz range is clear of competing signals while every router around us competing in the 2.4GHz range.

    Don't waste your money on this one.

    25 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it!

    The AirPort Extreme is great, fast and I have had zero issues; I absolutely recommend it.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Replace BT HUB

    Was have problems with poor signal strength, coverage and drop out with my BT 5 hub, I had tried everything to try and fix this replacing the face plate new patch leads etc still no improvements. Purchased this on Fri after checking it out on the online reviews as one of the top ten routers checked some issues with the online chat service to confirm this was the right item for me. It arrived the next day, took about 10 minutes to set up including installing my old BT DSL modem (the white box). Coverage is great, signal strength is improved and speed is slightly faster, but the main improvements is all my devices can be online at the same time including down loading with no issues. I have only set it up for the 2.4GHz wi-fi and this works great for my requirements. I am going to get an Apple Express next to extend the wi-fi signal to my garage and garden next.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extending network

    While our house is not that big, the primary Airport Extreme signal was intermitant at the other end and up stairs. The signal was not consistant because of a 24" stone wall in the middle of the house.
    Got a second Extreme since I figured it would be most compatible and easier to hook up.
    Very good idea.....to get the network set up and the two talking......took less than a minute.......max strength signal now upstairs!!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Immediate imrpvement to Wifi in our house

    Absolute gem! Immediate improvement to speeds throughout the house from the Virgin Media Super Hub we have been using for a few years. Switched the super hub into modem mode and had this up and running in 5 mins. Really, really pleased with the results!

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My favorite router

    Looks great, has pretty decent reception, and is a treat to manage using the iOS app. Sleek, user-friendly, and reliable.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Please keep making this great router!

    Sad to hear rumors that Apple will not making the Airport Extreme in the near future. After I heard this, I bought this latest version, and I have been very happy with the easy setup and extremely fast transfer speeds. I have been very happy with the reliability of my previous Extremes. I am getting 240 Mbps download speeds with Xfinity Blast Pro, and the range is much better than my previous router. Buy this router before they stop making them!

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works just fine

    I bought an Airport extreme for the studio where I had poor reception for my old Airport. Plugged it in and was up and running in just a couple of minutes. It's speedy, reliable and easy to set up.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible, drops and then it constantly says "unexpected error"

    The router after 6 months, drops constantly and resets itself. It gives an error "unexpected error, please try again." Each time, it requires a hard reset and you have to manually adjust the settings for it to connect again. This is my 3rd AE going back 9 years. This will be my last router from Apple.

    19 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great choice!!

    It a great router, work perfect and it's very easy to configure, i configured my home wireless network very easy. Also the option to connect a printer its a great solution and also very easy to do.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great bit of kit for any home.

    After many issues with my Virgin (not so) Superhub and getting to the stage where I needed to reset it every day to get a decent connection I decided to upgrade to an Airport Extreme as almost everything I own is from Apple. Out of the box its a smart looking item and after setting my Virgin Superhub to modem mode and following the simple instructions during the Airport Extreme set up process I was connected within a few minutes. Once I had worked my way round the house (3 storey solid brick construction) updating the connection on all my devices (2 imacs, macbook pro, 2 Apple TVs, 1 work laptop, ipad, iphone, B&W A7 airplay speaker, epson wireless printer etc) everything worked perfectly and download speeds increased by around 30%. I was well please with my purchase. The only issue I had was the Bowers and Wilkins A7 airplay system constantly cut out and disconnected from the network meaning I had to go through the A7 set up process many times over the first few days. Very frustrating! However this was resolved by just turning the Airport Extreme off and on. Problem solved and since then I haven't had a single drop out.
    I have now had the Airport Extreme for a week and I have had no other issues. Very please so thought I would post an honest review and highlight all the kit it works perfectly with and the kind of home the Airport works well in as many reviews don't mention this information and this info really helps when researching something like a router. It's no more expensive then a good none Apple router so for me it was money well spent. Finally the signal in the garden has always been almost no existent but now I have a decent connection there to, maybe I will add an airpot express to the set up just to beef this up a little to.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Get one now

    Easy to set up. Speeds up internet speed. Loads of options to build a secure network. Looks great.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quick and Easy Setup - Piece O'Cake

    I did a fair amount of research before taking the plunge and purchasing this great piece of kit. I've been suffering for sometime with my iMac dropping of my wireless network, we are a house of iPhones, iPads, windows laptops and gaming platforms. I was getting fed up of playing second fiddle to my sons Xbox!!!

    Simply unboxed the AirPort Extreme, plugged it into the existing super fast fibre optic broadband router, and literally 3 minutes later I was up and running with superb speed and connectivity......HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme Great Product

    I have a 2400SQ 2 storey home and purchased my first AirPort Extreme roughly 3 years ago and its been very reliable and provided great speed and range. The Router lives in our basement, as our home is smart wired and our Cable Modem resides there. With the addition of multiple Wifi Speakers and our office being on the second floor I wanted to extend the signal. I set the second unit up, upstairs connected via ethernet with Aiport Utility in roughly 10 minutes. Its set up is easy, its performance is great, its very ascetically pleasing and I hight recommend it. I have all Apple devices and the ones that operate on 802.11AC are getting download speeds of 200MPS at the very far end of my back yard. I'm not sure where the 1 star reviews are coming from.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router I've ever owned.

    I got my iMac and Apple Extreme router in Dec. 2013. Here it is over 3 years later and both devices are working wonderfully. I've had various routers for 26 years and this is the best one so far. My internet provider is Xfinity and I rarely lose the wifi connection. As long as Xfinity is up all my networked devices have great and fast wireless connections via 2.2Ghz, and a 5Ghz channel as well as a guestnet channel at 2.2Ghz all with download speeds of 120mbps. The signal for the 2.2 channel easily goes through 3 walls to the frontyard where I still get 20-40 mbps, and my tenant in the backyard studio 50 ft away from the router gets a strong 50mbps signal. I use no extenders. Did I say I'm happy ;-)

    6 of 6 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 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great. 2tb is fine but get 3tb if you can afford it

    I got this Airport Extreme to get to the newest generation of WiFi and for backup. I had older, smaller versions and they always worked fine so I expected the same. Well it did work perfectly until one update but that was figured out quickly and easily. I just found out that if I copy all of my iTunes to a portable drive, I can connect it to the AP Extreme and access them there. I have 40k tracks so I need the space on my MacBook Pro. I have been an Apple geek for sometime now and plan to stay there. I use the newest MacBook Pro, 9" iPad Pro, iPhone 6, Airport Extreme 2tb, and will keep expanding.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    WiFi range should be much better

    This is a good product in say, an office or open space. We use one at work and have been very happy with it. It's easy to set up and does most of the things that your average user would want (don't buy if you expect advanced options!).

    However, the range very quickly drops off if you go to another room or upstairs ie a fairly standard home setup.

    I bought this as a home router to replace a BT Home Hub 5 but disappointingly, the (free) BT WiFi range is a lot better than the (rather pricey) Airport Extreme 802.11 AC.

    Sorry Apple but I expect better than this!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Airport Extreme.

    Over the past 6 months I have had continual issues with our BT HH5, especially with Apple products, BT replaced our router 3 times with the same issues, i have spent hours adjusting settings on the HH5 but the same issues came back, dropping out 6-8 times a day. BT's technical department are useless, never returning calls or actually sorting the issue.

    However i decided to purchase the Airport Extreme over other routers that are available with similar specs.

    If you are an Apple household, Macbook pro's, iPhones iPads etc and are having issues with your ISP's standard router, don't waste anytime and just get the Airport Extreme!! It is expensive however i believe you get what you pay for. Set up is so simple, had everything up and running in 10 mins, It just works.... After setup i did a speed check and it has doubled our speed to 68mbps download and 22mbps upload, we have a lot of items online at the same time and it doesn't slow down at all. It also looks fantastic! Thank you Apple I'm completely satisfied and relieved that the children are not continually complaining!!

    8 of 10 people found this useful