Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
520 Questions from the Community
Will the AirPort Extreme work with a cellular internet dongle?
Can I plug a 3G or LTE cellular wireless internet dongle (USB) into this router to share the internet connection with the local network; or does it require a hardwired ethernet source?
- Asked by Michael T from Bragg Creek
- Mar 21, 2014
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It will not work. The USB port, on a AirPort Extreme, is only for USB hard drives and USB printers or a USB hub for the previous mentioned items. You can find the details for the USB port usage on Apples support, search for HT2421.
USB Cellular dongles require special drivers for the dongle and the OS in order to work.
- Answered by Mitchell L from Rolling Meadows
- Mar 23, 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
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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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You will need Airport Utility 6.3 or higher which is only available on OS X 10.7.5 or higher. However you can also configure it with a mobile device using iOS 6.0 or higher
- Answered by Tyler S from Boise
- Jun 13, 2013
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I noticed that 10.7.5 is required. I have 10.6.8 on my iMac, will this work?)
Yes. Setting up a guest network is part of the Airport Utility, not part of the unit itself.
- Answered by Jesse R from Kalamazoo
- Jul 24, 2013
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How to extend the range of a new Airport Time Capsule
- Asked by Debbie H from Pikeville
- Sep 24, 2015
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Yes. I did not know previously that the u-verse modem would suffice to connect all my devices wirelessly to the internet, but I have the airport extreme connected to the u-verse modem to provide an alternative wireless which has features that the AT&T modem does not have.
- Answered by Bradley S from Manhattan
- Nov 5, 2013
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Can I have 2 time capsules set up to work independently backing up one iMac? ...and have the old one boost the wireless signal?
Old Airport Extreme and New Airport Time Capsule
- Asked by Benjamin S from Beaumont
- Nov 11, 2014
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Yes. However, I had to go back to an older computer that had Airport Utility version 6 before Airport Extreme was able to recognize Airport Express. I was able to update to version 7 after that with my current computer.
- Answered by Daniel T from Redlands
- Nov 25, 2013
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how many wireless camera can use for this router?
- Asked by Quyen C from San Jose
- Jun 30, 2015
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Does the new Extreme offer the ability to setup VPN access to my home?
- Asked by Mark C from Fort Mill
- Jun 11, 2013
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Unfortunately, you can not use the AP Extreme alone to to setup VPN. However, purchase the Apple OS 10.8 Server app -- you can setup the VPN with your AP Extreme.
- Answered by Marquette R from Silver Spring
- Jun 24, 2013
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Is the airport extreme MoCA capable?
- Asked by Bruce L from Aptos
- Feb 7, 2015
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Does naming the 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks the same thing (default setting) cause AirPlay and AirPrint problems?
I have had problems with HomeSharing, AirPrint, AirDrop, AirPlay, and iTunes wifi syncing and I was wondering if the dual-band capabilities of the AirPort Extreme might have anything to do with it. I know some of the devices in the house are older and may not be able to use 5GHz or 802.11ac.
- Asked by Todd B from Columbia
- Jan 5, 2015
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ATT modem/router combo which I do not think works well. How will the Extreme work in this situation or do I need a new modem? I have no experience.
ATT modem/router combo which I do not think works well. How will the Extreme work in this situation or do I need a new modem? I have no experience and would have to do this alone. Currently the internet always goes out, and has issues with new devices logging into the network, as well as issues streaming. We are thinking replacing the router will help this situation. Ideas?
- Asked by Caroline D from Daphne
- Nov 28, 2015
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I have ATT Uverse w/ an ATT-supplied modem/router/wireless device (Arris NVG589) - and have had their service for a few years. About a month ago I got tired of random service drop-outs, called ATT support and (after some no-resolution online testing) they sent out a technician who swapped out some "old style" connections (outside) and traded me for a new modem/router/wireless device - all for free because what they found at my place was "no longer within specs" for them to be able to guarantee quality service. Service has been stable since then.
Separate from that event, and more to the point of your inquiry - YES, I also have an Apple Airport Extreme base station. I plugged in a Cat5 ethernet cable from the ATT router to supply internet service to the Airport Extreme. Then, I setup my own, uniquely-named WiFi network using the Airport as the wireless source. Effectively, I've ignored the WiFi supplied by the ATT device... internet service passes through it, but all my WiFi is sourced out of the Airport Extreme. This has been stable and working beautifully for 2-3 years.
Streaming (I assume video) is a high-bandwidth activity. If there is a way to do that wired instead of wireless, you'll end up being happier with the overall configuration... not necessarily because of the quality of the streaming content, but because taking that load off of your WiFi will leave plenty of WiFi bandwidth for other WiFi usage WHILE there is streaming video going on. I have 3 computers, a tablet, and 2 phones that share the WiFi full time, and I definitely saw more dependable connections for them when I moved my streaming devices off WiFi.
- Answered by Joseph F from Tulsa
- Dec 24, 2015
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Can i use airport extreme with my Sony 4K media player?
i bought a sony 4K media player but i don't have enough port to connect since i have the old airport express,can i use this new airport extreme with my 4K media player now?If so,what connectors/cables do i need?
- Asked by Felipe B from Newark
- Jun 14, 2014
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What exactly does the wifi ac protocol do? Is it faster? Is it a stronger signal? Do you need a computer that has wifi ac to take advantage of this?
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Does the Airport Extreme and/or Time Capsule support vlan tagging for either of the two networks (wireless/guest)?
It seems the guest network only allows access out through the WAN interface? or can it be set to utilize a guest vlan allowing a separate router to determine what access wireless guest devices may have.
How about multiple ssid support?
- Asked by Daniel C from Evanston
- Jun 13, 2013
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As far as multiple ssid support, there is one ssid for the guest network & one ssid for the primary network.
The guest network is completely disparate from the primary network, with no vlan tagging support within the controlling software for either network.
I know it's not a happy answer, but it answers your question.
- Answered by Norman L from Richardson
- Sep 27, 2013
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Going directly from the router to a laptop or desktop computer, yes there are 4 GIG Ethernet Ports for LAN along with the WAN Port on the back of the router. If your computer does not have wireless card or even if it does then yes you can use it as a hard wired access router no need to have another router in addition to the Airport Extreme.
- Answered by Leon S from Lawton
- Dec 25, 2013
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Can I use multiple airport extremes to improve connectivity in a house?
I live in a 70 year old townhouse that is constructed of poured concrete. We currently have our cable modem and (older than 5 year) airport extreme router in the basement with our computers. The signal strength to the main floor is weak, even with a booster. The signal strength on the top floor is terrible. Can I improve wireless reception throughout the house if I upgrade the basement router to a new airport extreme and also install airport extreme routers on the main and top floors as signal boosters? Can I leave the cable modem in the basement or should I move it to the first floor where there is a cable connection? Is there a better solution to improve wireless connectivity in this home situation?
- Asked by Steven P from Chicago
- Feb 15, 2014
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I had a similar situation in my brick ranch house with all sorts of extra brick walls due to porches etc. I have the cable modem in the basement. I ran about 100 feet of cat5e cabling from the cable modem through the drop ceiling and up into the floor of my office, at the opposite end of the house. My Airport Extreme is connected to the end of the cabling there. To get wireless to the far end of the house, and back to the other part of the basement, I set up an Airport Express in a kitchen outlet, extending my network wirelessly. It is not very elegant, but it works well. I have thought about re-doing the whole thing, but it works for now. If anything, I may add another Express at some point, as they are so versatile.
- Answered by Judith H from Boardman
- Apr 27, 2014
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Whats the Wan to Lan Speed?
- Asked by Thomas P from Peterborough
- Jul 30, 2013
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