Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
525 Questions from the Community
Can I set this up as a wireless print server that can pair up with my home wireless internet router?
Our new home has the internet access point on the main floor and our office is set up on the second floor. I would rather not drill a hole through the floor/ceiling and run cables through the walls to connect the printer to the access router. Can I setup the Airport Express to connect with our internet router wirelessly and also connect our 2 printers to create an extended network that makes our printers wireless? (one printer is only USB and the other is network ready)
- Asked by Robert H from Elk Grove
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Can I use Airport Extreme with a Windows pc?
- Asked by Ciro C
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Yes. Works with Mac and Windows OS. You can download the configuration app for Windows to setup and administer your Time Capsule (named "Airport Utility").
- Answered by Miguel R from San Francisco
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can i connect an external drive to the airport express for backup?
I want to do wireless backup to a disk, so i connected it to the airport express. The time machine sees it, but does not allow me to backup
- Asked by Ariel A from San Juan
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No, not with the Airport Express.
You can do it with the latest version of the Airport Extreme though.
Having had two failed Time Capsule hard drives, I'd strong recommend getting an Airport Extreme and an external hard drive, so that you don't need to throw away the Time Capsule as a router if the hard drives fails.
- Answered by Andrew M
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No, it can only replace the Wifi router. You will need to keep your modem because you will have to run an Ethernet cable from your modem to the back of the AirPort Extreme.
- Answered by Josh P from Brooklyn
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Is the AirPort Extreme Compatable with a Comcast Modem/Router
Please Hang with me here, I am NOT an Apple User as of "YET", and not really great at Computer Language. That said, here goes.
1). I own a 2 year old DELL Laptop, (Don't Like It at all)! its Slow, has 4 Gigs of RAM and a 2.16 Gighrtz Processor. I am Looking to go with an Apple Laptop.
2). We have Comcast Internet Service Wireless Router Modem that is 150MB Download and 12MB Upload. It is there Latest Modem and was replaced 2 weeks ago. I use my Laptop Hardwired to the Modem with an Ethernet Cable, My Wife has a Dell Desktop that is Hard Wired also, if I switch to wireless "IE" Unplug the Ethernet Cable, I can go to Starbucks and get a cup of coffee and come back and the Page "MIGHT BE" Loaded. Wired, it aint much faster!
So, I have talked to some friends that have apple Computer Laptops and swear by them. What I don't know is, are they Wireless "ONLY"? How do I use my Printer that has a USB Cable attached (Not Wireless)?
3). If I buy an Apple Laptop Computer, And, want to use it at its FASTEST / BEST Speeds and Capabilities, can I purchase the AirPort Extreme, and use it with or Attached to the Comcast Modem to get better Distance and more reliable Internet service? We Stream Netflix, VuDu, Pandora, and such regularly. Our TV Is an older Plasma Unit from 2003 and we have DIRECT TV with the Wireless GENIE'S, Can someone Explain to me in Layman's Terms if this will work without me having to call Comcast In the Philippines and getting all Upset, And, just what I have to do if I go to the Expense of Switching over to APPLE and an AirPort Extreme Router. Sorry if I have forgotten anything, but I am not sure how much longer I can deal with DELL. My wife has No Intention of switching anything with her system until it Fails, and does not want to go away from the Hard Wired Set up. Any Help is Appreciated. Thank You So Much. Ken Davis. By The Way, my Family all has I Phones and I Pads...
- Asked by Ken D from San Jose
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Yes you can use an Airport Extreme with a Comcast router and it is quite simple.
I have an iMac (mid-2011) running El Capitan, a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, a few iPads and iPhones in my home. It is a condo and the router is in a closet. We subscribe to Comcast Xfinity.
We had no end of issues with wireless on the iMac with Comcast. Everything you mention happened to us as well - pages hanging up, having to reboot the router repeatedly, slow wireless, etc. etc. Finally, after many sessions at the Genius Bar and with Apple Support (and after Comcast washed its hands off the whole thing) I put in an Airport Extreme on the output side of the Comcast router. Just hooked it up with an Ethernet cable to the Comcast modem/router and plugged it in. It started working seamlessly and it was a real breeze to set it up on my iMac as my default wireless network .
My wireless problems seem to be over. My old Panasonic plasma TV works great with Apple TV as well.
I would highly recommend it. Only regret is that I bought an Airport Extreme instead of a Time Capsule. I need backup capacity and now I have to buy a separate drive or buy a Time Capsule and use the Extreme as a spare.
Re; Mac computers, they all have wireless and wired connections - Ethernet ports, USB, Thunderbolt and Firewire. So you can connect via hardwire and wireless.
When I moved from Windows (HP, Dell) to Apple the thing that was the biggest surprise was how easy it was to set it all up. What took me hours with HP took minutes with Apple. I am a convert - I would recommend it strongly.
- Answered by Chandra S from Chicago
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Can you use the AirPort Extreme with a modem and router all in one
- Asked by Judy B from Youngsville
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Yes you can do so.
Here are the steps you are going to take:
1. Setup your Modem and Router all in one, getting it provisioned by your ISP.
2. Either have the ISP do it, or on your own computer, go to the Modem/Router's setup page, something like 192.168.0.1
or 192.168.1.100, and turn off DHCP on the Routing Setup. This Turns the Modem back into a just
a modem that will hand down one IP address to the next device in line.
3. Plug in your Airport Extreme, and set it up using the Airport Utility on your mac. When asked,
you will set this up as a router and have it choose to hand out addresses beginning with 192.168.1.2
(The airport Extreme will now be 192.168.1.1)
4. Reboot both the Modem and the Airport Extreme for good measure.
Now you are all set. The Modem will receive signal from your ISP, have a default address that it will pass to the
Airport Extreme, and the Airport Extreme will hand out addresses on your network.
- Answered by Terry J from Oklahoma City
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Can the new Airport Extreme be used as a universal repeater or a network extender?
My current modem/router - Cisco DPC3925 - provides a very limited WiFi range. The current router resides on the ground floor, I want the wireless coverage to extend up to the second and third floor.
Would I be able to use the Airport Extreme as a repeater for my main router and extend my wireless coverage?
If yes, does the Airport Extreme provides a good wireless coverage?
- Asked by Sze Kiat N
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Yes. Both the AirPort Extreme and Express can be used to extend your network. Using only Apple's AirPort devices, the setup is made simple using the AirPort Utility app on an iOS device. Using the AirPort products in conjunction with other networking brands will need a higher level of skill.
- Answered by Joseph T from Oakdale
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If i use airport express as main router from modem and connect to airport extreme in separate building 150 feet away, does the 10/100 LAN ratelimit th
I want to improve my existing 6 year old network. My existing network uses Linksys W54G router connected to Charter cable modem. This is connected to a switch and Linksys access point in main house 150 feet away via 5e cable. Both locationis have computers wired to network as well as wireless connections as well.
I want to add hard drive capability connectd directly to this network aswell as increase speed of the system. Ideally I would like to replace Linksys router with airport express that would serve as the primary router feeding an airport extreme as a bridges router that has hard drive connected to it in the main house.
Will the 10/100 limit of the express limit the overall communications speed between the modem and main house wireless running on the APE? Will the computer in the office building be ablle to talk to the hard drive on the airport extreme?
- Asked by Richard W from Traverse City
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All should work fine. I am using an Airport Extreme as my main router with an ASUS RT 66 router as an access point. They work fine. Your CAT5E should be fine.That is 100mb. You limitation will your internet connection depending what you have. I have Road Runner Extreme which is a 30mb down 5 up. Your bottle neck will always be your connection to your provider..
As for the pc in the office building seeing the hard drive, it should. Good luck. I have tried many routers and the Airport Extreme is by far the best I have purchased.
No. The AirPort Exteme doesn't contain a VDSL model but you can bypass the router in the Centurylink modem. You set the AirPort to support PPPoE so your username and password get entered in the AirPort and the CenturyLink box just becomes a dumb modem.
- Answered by Allen N from Scottsdale
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does airport extreme work with drobo
- Asked by Lianne B from Kinburn
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Generally speaking, yes. The connectivity options matter. You need to be able to connect the Drobo by USB or Ethernet to the AirPort Extreme.
- Answered by Jerame D from Washington
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Yes it works in any country
- Answered by Jeevan R
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Can you connect and airport express to an Airport Extreme as a WiFi Extender?
- Asked by Daniel S from Laguna Beach
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Yes. I have an AirPort Extreme downstairs with an Airport Express in the basement and another in the bedroom. Probably a little overkill but you just have to have the expresses join the network created by the Express.
- Answered by Terry B from Summit
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Does the Airport Extreme no longer function as an AirPlay device? AirPlay is one of the main reasons I use Apple routers instead of other ones.
- Asked by Margaret T from Seattle
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Airport Extreme never functioned as an Airplay device, only the Express.
Yes. Setting up a guest network is part of the Airport Utility, not part of the unit itself.
- Answered by Jesse R from Kalamazoo
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Can I use my previous generation Airport Extreme with this one to extend my network's range?
If I purchase the new version, can I use my previous generation Airport Extreme to extend the wireless network's range? (Like one can with an Airport Express.)
- Asked by Steve M from South Burlington
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Absolutely! Just remember the previous version will not extend the 801.11ac. Just up to 801.11N.
- Answered by Rick M from Gillette
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Does the new Extreme support VPN/PPTP? Does it support DDNS?
- Asked by Matthew L from Baltimore
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can you change the vlan to vlan id 10
for fiber connection to isp to conect with fibre without a modem
- Asked by Regan D
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Does the new AirPort Extreme support 802.3ad link aggregation? I can not seem to find the answer to this question anywhere. Help!
- Asked by Phillip A from Flowood
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I have a switch that supports link aggregation and, when enabled, the switch itself is fine but I have no connectivity through it to the Airport Extreme. If I pull one of the aggregated links connectivity returns so I would have to guess this means the Airport Extreme does not support link aggregation.
- Answered by Michael D from Camby
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No. It will still work, but it will be less functional. The broadcasting is more effective and better ranged when emitted from the sides of the antenna. Since this new design is taller (due to the multi-antenna positioning), laying the router down would likely send ore power towards your floor and ceiling (and laterally from the side - assuming the top of the router is facing your couch).
- Answered by William K from Helotes
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I had the same question about doing this with an at&t u-verse modem. I could not find anything conclusive, but I stumbled upon an easy configuration that is working beautifully.
All I did was make an ethernet connection from my modem to the AirPort Extreme via the LAN on both devices. DO NOT use the WAN on the AirPort Extreme. I know that sounds odd, but it will not work using the WAN in this set-up. Then go to the AirPort Extreme set-up app and place it in bridge mode (off). Do not let this fool you. You will still have full functionality of your AirPort Extreme. Do a re-start. You should be good to go! If this does not work check to see if the LAN is active on your Verizon modem. It should be by default.
I hope this helps! God bless.
- Answered by Tommie P from Brookfield
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