• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2 of these lasted less than a year

    2 separate Airport Extremes have lasted less than a year before overheating and making weird noises (even though Apple assures this is not possible),
    1st one changed under warranty,
    2nd one due for a trip to the apple store as it has just given up after 11months. Another month and it wouldnt have been covered by Apples' warranty

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Whatever happened to Apple quality?

    I've been using Apple products since the mid-80s. Quality & support used to be meticulous, but that's changed for the worse. Lots of software problems, now more hardware problems too.
    My ISP suggested that my service was being hacked, & that I change my router password. I have 2 Airport Extremes, the main one upstairs by my computer & the second downstairs by it's very rarely used predecessor. When I began the process of updating my password, the icon showed that it was overheating. The very pleasant Apple Care tech that I was working with became exasperated during the process of attempting to address the issue.
    To make a long & frustrating story short, my 15-month-old downstairs, hardly ever touched or even breathed on now out of warranty Airport Extreme is a useless brick that needs to be replaced. For shame, Apple! No wonder you're no longer manufacturing routers!

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 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.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 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.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 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!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 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.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Overheating problems.

    Worked great for one year. then conveniently started making lots of noise. I found out that the unit was or thought it was overheating. now, about 14 months after I bought it, starts 'overheating' off and on several times a day. My suggestion to you is take it in as soon as you hear it start making load noises. Or, if you are out of warranty, you can take the bottom off and blow out any dust that is in it with a high pressure air gun. It helped a little bit.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 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.

    9 of 9 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.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 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.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Yellow flashing light

    For the first 6 months my Airport Extreme worked great. Out of the blue, it started dropping the signals and the yellow light comes on. This happens about once a week and I unplug it and start over. This seems to have started after I downloaded the system update 10.11.6. I'm going to update to the new version and see if that helps. Still, I shouldn't be having this problem and my internet provider agrees. Otherwise I like the router and plan to keep it

    13 of 13 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 ;-)

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited and constrictive

    Understanding the basics of how networks work, this device does not offer much stability or customization. I have tried multiple times to set up an extender that is not an Apple product and of course it was not compatible, as far as security goes it is fine. Even under the advanced settings there is not a lot to work with, I can barely view what devices are on my network. In addition to this, if I did not want someone on my network I do not have the power to kick them off even as admin, which is very disappointing.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy set up and fast

    Recently switched my service and they gave me a new modem (TC8715D) and my old router didn't work. Since we have a 4k TV I decided to buy this as the other routers seemed to be around the same price and were not beam forming. I picked this up after a recommendation from a friend and I couldn't have been happier. We get full bars and fast across our place. TV loads faster than ever and no buffer!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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!

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    3rd AirPort Extreme in the last 5 years

    Got the AirPort Extreme after my last one stopped working in 2015. Now the fan is constantly running and a message says it is overheating, yet it is cool to the touch. Reading the forums, it seems this is a common problem. Wifi still works for the time being but it appears its days are numbered until the fan finally stops working. I really want to love this product, but reliability is a definite problem.

    27 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for about a year n a half.

    Great for about a year and a half then constantly had to reset. So frustrating.
    Past warranty now and doesn't work at all.
    Very disappointed. Tried Apple support and they couldn't figure it out either.
    Threw the thing in the garbage. I'll be shopping elsewhere.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    ABSOLUTE BEST HUB FAST AND POWERFUL

    MY LAST AIR PORT EXTREME LASTED 10 YEARS BEFORE I REPLACED IT, NEVER A PROBLEM OR A HICK UP. WE HAVE THREE APPLE TV'S 4 COMPUTERS 5 IPHONES AND 2 IPADS, TWO PRINTERS AND 5 KINDLES IN USE AND NEVER A BURP OR A HICK-UP, SET UP WAS A SNAP, CHARTER COULD LEARN A THING OR THREE ABOUT NETWORK GEAR FROM APPLE, WE HAVE GONE THROUGH 4 OR FIVE ROUTERS FROM CHARTER AND THE AIR PORT KICKS DUPPA, CHARTER STILL ISNT AS GOOD AS THIS UNIT IS. NOW I JUST NEED TO GET SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY TO GET ME A NEW IMAC, 10 YEARS WITHOUT A PROBLEM IS HARD TO BEAT, YES THEY COST MORE BUT YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HORRIBLE Router

    Every day when I come home there is a new problem I have to fix.

    21 of 56 people found this useful