• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just lost my third apple Airport in 6 years

    They look nice, work OK indoors, but not outdoors (> 10 m away from the house). But the reliability is terrible. The latest AE lasted only 18 months, even shorter than the previous models. With the previous flat models I saved the disk drives and got them fitted in a new enclosure with power supply, which cost me $ 75/pce. The drives still work! But the Apple bit is very disappointing. This is the last AE I will buy. I am getting generally tired of Apple gear, as my iPhone 6S has battery problems. Does Apple have a manufacturing quality problem?

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use right out of the box!

    The AirPort Extreme practically set itself up after I connected it to my Verizon FIOS router/modem and opened the airport setup using my iPhone. Since then whenever I move it sets up the network on its own. Amazing. Also it's probably the best range and speed I've ever had from a router.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme

    Having coped with numerous and frustrating problems with BT Home Hub 3 for years I decided to give Airport a try; initially AirPort Express which worked well, but lacked the coverage I was hoping for in a compact, 3 bedroom house. Both Apple Store Covent Garden and Regent Street assured me that I could exchange the router if performance was inadequate in any way, so I exchanged Express for Extreme. Simplicity itself to setup with AirPort Utility App on iPad - ten minutes at most - and so far performance is excellent. After a few non-Apple glitches to add a Range Extender (TP-LINK WA901ND wireless access point) required to get a good signal in my garden study - 25 meters remote from the AirPort - I now have a fast network that seems trouble free across the whole property. A single iMac on Yosemite, oldish laptop on Snow Leopard plus two iPads, iPhone 6 & 4S and occasional HP laptop on Windows 7 all perform perfectly. Wonderful. I only wish I had done it before and saved myself many hours of trouble shooting and frustrating calls with BT!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A whole new level of WiFi range, speed and reliability. Mind blown.

    Forget everything you think you know about home wifi. Airport extreme well exceeded my expectations, I never dreamed that a home wifi network could be this wide and fast with a single access point. I have full wifi reception throughout my house and can stream 1080p to 3 apple tv's simultaneously without buffering. It doesn't even make sense how much of an improvement I have experienced upgrading from a high end netgear dual band n series router. Can not recommend this product enough. Life changing.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    New Purchase

    Despite an upgrade by my ISP yesterday to their newest router/modem along with increase to 50mbps internet speed, still had a few dead spots in my 1600 sq. ft. house that were present before the upgrade. ATT tech tried everything and informed me that they would come out and run ethernet drops to the rooms with dead spots. The price was reasonable, but decided to try AirPort Extreme first despite the mixed reviews. Picked one up this afternoon from local store (14 day full return open box policy), 5 minute setup. Before AirPort Extreme, master bedroom had virtually no wi-fi coverage, Apple TV4 literally had less than 1mbps on multiple speedtests yesterday. After AirPort Extreme, over 20mbps and holding steady over multiple speedtests. Two iPhone 6plus, two iPad 3s, 3 Apple TV4s, 1 MacBook Pro, 1 iMac, and 1 Mac Mini all connected seamlessly and getting well over 20mbps in various locations with no dead spots. Have not connected the non-Apple products yet but will soon. Hopefully it continues to work properly, will report back in a few months. Question, is it best to disable the wi-fi signal from ATT router and just keep the AirPort Extreme wi-fi signal active, or does it matter? Both are active now but wondering about any long-term issues if I keep both wi-fi signals active.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Drops signal about 5 times a week

    I own both an AirPort Extreme (APE) and an Airport Time Capsule. The latter rarely, if ever drops signal, while the former drops signal about 5 times a week. The Time Capsule is the router for the network and the APE extends the network. The network ran fine for years until the APE replaced an older AirPort base station. Now it is intermittent as noted. Warranty ran out prior to the failure, so there is no fix. Apple's advice is to unplug it and plug it back it in. That works fine, until the next failure. It does hold the signal through one day so that is of some consolation.

    I am waiting for it to completely quit and then replace it with something else. I would not buy another one of these units. There must be a design flaw as this appears to be a common failing in the APE.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy and Reliable

    I just looked and I bought mine in January of 2014 and it has been working almost flawlessly since.
    I add the "almost" because on four or five occasions in the last 3 years it had to be reset, this could be due to my ISP also.
    This has been a very reliable wireless router. It provides a strong single throughout my 1200 sq ft condo.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says

    I picked this up as I couldn't run ethernet to the AppleTV which was only downloading 10mbps over Wifi n.
    There was also lag with other devices averaging 30mbps.

    Installed this with a few clicks, and was humming along at 76mbps, which is the SAME speed when using ethernet!
    AppleTV improved to 65mbps.

    Issue resolved.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router ever!

    I had a different brands of routers installed in my house and paid technicians way too much, yet nothing worked well, and if it did work not for long. All the routers I used had connectivity issues after a few months and I had to pay technicians again to fix it. Until I bought AirPort Extreme (and multiple Express). I setup the router on my own very easily and for over a year and a half did not have any problems whatsoever. This is the most stable router in the market (in my opinion) and it is sad for Apple to stop developing it because I surely would have bought the newer version! Still an amazing router and will keep it till it dies.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    I replaced my BT Homehub 4 with the AirPort Extreme and could not be happier. I wanted to improve the range in my home as there was a bit of a black spot and dropout point in my study for my iPhone. I now have good coverage all over the house (minimum 2bars) and the speed has also improved on early evidence. Setup ridiculously easy. Turned everything off, unplugged homehub, plugged cable from Openreach modem into Airport, turned everything on and followed procedure on Mac. Less than 5 minutes. Note, you will need a seperate modem with this product.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router!!

    Upgraded my old router to this Airport Extreme and been using it for about a year. I have to say it's been the easiest router I have every set up. Great coverage and range with multiple products both Apple and other brands connected to it. Currently on a fibre Internet connection at 100/40 Mbps, so far so good keeps up the speeds that my ISP offers. The LED indication light is great as I can tell if my Internet has dropped out and if it does it automatically reconnects. Also provides good speeds and reliability for online multiplayer gaming.
    Very happy and would high recommend.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic little piece of tech

    Bought to replace an aging 2nd generation time capsule. I was immediately impressed by the ease of set up via my ipad mini and the high through output from the wireless router - I have a NBN 100/40 internet connection and are able to obtain between 85 to 95 % of maximum speed on a consistent basis despite having 10+ other wireless routers within sensing proximity at anyone time. Additionally the much stronger radio signal allows the router signal to be maximised in more places in the apartment.

    Another quality Apple product :).

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Peace of mind

    Ten years ago I was used to battling with routers. Dropped connections, flaky Wifi that disappears the moment your more than a step away, constant logging into 192.168.0.1 to reconfigure and reset those darn things. Enter AirPort Extreme. Bought one in 2009 or 2010, TimeCapsule actually, and it's been running ever since. Never dropped a connection, consistent Wifi performance. So solid I forgot how to log into it to change settings once day. Recently I thought it's time to upgrade. Mesh networks, etc. Netgear dropped connections, and displayed passwords in plain text in setup screen (really?), Linksys wouldn't even connect the Wifi satellites, and iOS app kept locking up. Brought it all back and got a latest Airport Extreme. Back to peace of mind. Sold as ever. AC wifi performance consistent and nearly as good as Netgear mesh network throughout my house. Apple, you're doing a thing or two differently than the other router manufacturers. Keep at it, and don't abandon this market!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple AirPort Extreme Model A 1521 Bast Station

    Whilst this may work well in an all Apple environment this device is NOT compatible with Telstra WIFI modems if used as a range extender. It was sold to me by my local JB HIFI store and I was told it would work. They were wrong, it does not work. I wasted 4 hours of my life trying to get it to work and then on the phone with Apple. Apple have gone out of their way to make it difficult for non Apple users. The device is useless. The Apple tech I dealt with even admitted Apple make it super hard for people in an attempt to move them across to an all app Apple environment. That's reprehensible!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple to set up and fast.

    Upgraded my wireless router from an older Linksys to the new Airport Extreme.
    Set up was so easy: just plugged in the WLAN cable, power up, and I configured using my iPhone, and very soon am up and running on all my IOS devices and Macbook Pro. And now I have almost three times the previous download speed.
    PLUS, it looks so good sitting on th stop of my TV console!
    Stress-free and happy!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup and it just works!

    Got it from the Highpoint Apple Store (Melbourne, Australia) this morning. I'm on FTTH NBN service with Belong (Telstra) and the setup took less than 5 minutes! Couldn't get any easier than that. My only wish is for Apple to release a version with 4th Ethernet port and USB 3.0 port - but I can live with this for now. :)