AirPort Extreme

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  • Overview

    The intelligent, easy-to-use AirPort Extreme Base Station with simultaneous dual-band support is the perfect wireless access point for home, school, or office. It offers next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology and delivers high-performance wireless access for Mac computers, PCs, and Wi-Fi devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV.
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    Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

    With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Extreme gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.1 And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.

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    Designed with performance in mind.

    With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Extreme now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them — three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.

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    Easy setup for iOS and OS X.

    Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Extreme and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you’re using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.

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    Share your hard drive or printer.

    AirPort Extreme can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos, and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.

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    Compatibility and security.

    Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Extreme. That’s because it’s compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac specifications. And since AirPort Extreme features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.

    What’s in the Box

    AirPort Extreme

    Printed documentation

    Power lead

    Tech Specs

      Size and Weight

    • Height : 168 mm (6.6 inches)
    • Width : 98 mm (3.85 inches)
    • Depth : 98 mm (3.85 inches)
    • Weight : 945 g (2.08 pounds)2

    Connections and Expansion

    Built-in power supply

    Ethernet

    Gigabit Ethernet WAN port

    Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports

    USB

    USB 2

    Wireless

    IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac1

    Beamforming antenna array

    Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

    Number of Users

    50

    System Requirements

    Setup and Administration

    Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3

    iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3

    Wireless Device Access

    Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification

    Shared Printing with a USB Printer

    Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later

    PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8

    Shared USB Hard Drive

    Mac with OS X v10.4.8 or later

    PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8

  • Apple TV Models

  • 3.5 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 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 havi 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.

      • Written by Jerry S from Peoria

      239 of 280 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Unreliable after year and half

    • 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 e 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.

      • Written by Norman L from Manchester

      238 of 279 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fantastic

    • 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 fou 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.

      • Written by Anthony B from Reston

      213 of 250 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Broke After 16 Months - Not Covered by Apple

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Fan Failed After Less Than Two Years

      With all of the fan failure comments it’s apparent that Apple engineering didn’t do adequate design analysis and/or reliability testing before production. Perh With all of the fan failure comments it’s apparent that Apple engineering didn’t do adequate design analysis and/or reliability testing before production. Perhaps the Project Manager and the team associated with this router didn’t understand the concepts of quality engineering . For myself this unit functioned great for almost 2 years then the fan problems began. I am currently using it without the fan but am looking to buy another brand .

      • Written by Bill E from Allen Park

      Is this review useful?Fan Failed After Less Than Two Years

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      It's pricey but it is worth the money

      Previously owned a Netgear nighthawk and it wasn't providing the right wifi speed and looked online for answers that didn't help so just brought this instead of Previously owned a Netgear nighthawk and it wasn't providing the right wifi speed and looked online for answers that didn't help so just brought this instead of the hassle and although you don't get a lot of settings, you can configure the basic things like choosing a wifi channel, option to turn on 5g. etc. Since Apple have an app on iOS and Mac the setup is easy. I was using a mac at the time to set this up, by going into the app it will detect the extreme and that it needs setting up. Was set up and running in 5 minutes. With Virgin so getting the 200mbps speed most of the time. I have a superhub 2 and just stuck it in modem mode and it was as easy as that.

      • Written by Joseph M from Blackpool

      Is this review useful?It's pricey but it is worth the money

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Reliable, fast, super range, just works!

      Excellent product. Extremely easy to setup one or more of them, blazing fast internet speed, great range and most importantly stable! I have bought many othe Excellent product. Extremely easy to setup one or more of them, blazing fast internet speed, great range and most importantly stable! I have bought many other top of the line routers in the past, and they all eventually had a problem. The Airport extreme just works.

      • Written by Alan C from Beverly Hills

      Is this review useful?Reliable, fast, super range, just works!

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