Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
517 Questions from the Community
I will move back to US in a few months, but live in Canada now. Will the Extreme work in the US? Does Canada & US share the same wifi regulations? Thx
- Asked by Victor M. G from London
- Nov 5, 2014
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can you daisy chain more than one together?
- Asked by Susan M from Batley
- Jul 12, 2015
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DHCP address ranges with NAT.....can they be changed?
By default I believe (correct me if I am wrong here) , you are only allowed IP addresses starting with 10.0, 172.16, and 192.168. I have a need to distribute a different range due to some of the older equipment we have with "pre set" addresses in a different range. Can the ranges offered by this unit be varied to something else that is not "predetermined"?
- Asked by Robert Y from Aiken
- Aug 23, 2014
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Recomendations for a cable modem
Are there any recommendations for the best cable modem to use with Airport Extreme
- Asked by Cindy B from Lexington
- Apr 7, 2015
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You would want to contact your cable company to make sure you have the latest modem. They should upgrade you, if you are renting the modem from them. Also, your download/upload speed is determined by your internet plan with the cable company. The speed of the AE won't mean anything if you are paying for a slower internet connection. It will however help for transferring files between computers, and things like that.
- Answered by Scott P from Sioux Falls
- Jul 25, 2015
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How do I change it to 5GHz?
The Extreme has suddenly gone from 115 Mbs/sec to 9! What happened?
- Asked by Rex M from The Colony
- Sep 10, 2016
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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
- Sep 25, 2013
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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
- Oct 13, 2013
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what is the maxium range for air port extreme
- Asked by Jude N from Newport News
- May 8, 2015
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as per apple documentation and disclaimer on the bottom of the page:
"Speed and range will be less if an 802.11a/b/g product joins the network"
- Answered by Eric B from Bronx
- Nov 18, 2014
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (If i have an 802.11g device, will that slow down my 802.11N or 802.11AC devices when using this router?)
can I use this product with a windows computer
- Asked by Amy N from Centerville
- Jun 6, 2014
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No. This needs to be plugged in to a power outlet.
- Answered by Michael L
- May 26, 2015
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what device is best for boosting wireless signal
- Asked by Frederick D from Schererville
- Jan 15, 2015
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Does the Airport Extreme work on rooms that normally don't receive wifi? I have a room in the basement that does't receive wifi, could it work?
The room has an electricity box but we have a tv with cable. Wifi reaches in every place in the basement except that room.
- Asked by Natali L from Vienna
- Jun 14, 2013
- Flag as inappropriate (Does the Airport Extreme work on rooms that normally don't receive wifi? I have a room in the basement that does't receive wifi, could it work?)
There are many factors regarding your issue such as "how far is your router?" and "are there many obstructions between the router and your basement?".
Based on my testing however, I got much improved range when as compared to my old Airport Express 5th gen(which was no slouch).
I recommend you try it out first as i have a feeling that this router will work out for you. If not, then consider adding an airport express to extend the network to your basement.
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
- Apr 29, 2014
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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
- Jun 28, 2014
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I have the AT&T Uverse with their modem installed, would switching theirs for the Extreme work or no?
I heard that this works best with other companies who don't offer modems.
- Asked by Luis I from Inglewood
- Oct 28, 2014
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What is the approximate wifi range for this device?
- Asked by Joseph A from New Haven
- Jun 12, 2013
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Most users observe that it is about 150-200 feet. However, it will very GREATLY, depending upon obstructions, buildings, walls/floors in between devices, thick metal objects, ETC. I will say however, with many of the WIFI routers I've used, none come close to the range and speed of this one yet. If you have a lot of WIFI networks in your neighborhood, this one really seems to help cut down on interference too.
- Answered by Joey P from West Lafayette
- Nov 13, 2013
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We need 5 ports so what is the best router to pair with the airport
- Asked by Lorrie H S from Old Greenwich
- May 22, 2014
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My school wifi connection is extremely slow. Will the apple air port help?
- Asked by Robbie M from Denver
- Dec 23, 2013
- Flag as inappropriate (My school wifi connection is extremely slow. Will the apple air port help?)
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
- Jan 31, 2014
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