Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
530 Questions from the Community
Can AirPort Extreme back up a USB attached disk (storage) to a second USB attached disk (backup) using Time Machine?
I'm running Mavericks Server on a MacBook Pro and an older AirPort Extreme. Before purchasing the latest AirPort (for the purpose of networked backups) I want to confirm this is possible.
- Asked by Emily B from San Diego
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Yes. I do exactly what you're describing. I have my iTunes library stored on a separate drive attached via USB, and Time Machine backs all of it up without you having to tell it to (meaning that's the default condition; you actually have to go into Settings and tell Time Machine *not to* back up attached drives). So you're good to go.
- Answered by Kurt W. Y from Irvine
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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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Can I use my Airport Express with Frontier internet?
- Asked by Barbara H from Pinckneyville
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I live in northeast Indiana and have been using an AirPort Extreme with Frontier FIOS and with a Frontier DSL for three years. I can tell you that it does work. Frontier will provide a fiber modem which will come out with an RJ45 connection, additionally the same is for the DSL modem. With the internet RJ 45 you can plug directly in and start setting it up.
- Answered by Jeffrey S from Fort Wayne
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how many devices does it support?
Like how many devices does it allow to use the wifi at once?
- Asked by Stephen Z from Brookfield
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Per the Tech Specs its 50.
- Answered by Graciano A from Artesia
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can a wireless printer work with the airport extreme with out using a usb to hook them up together ??????????????????????
- Asked by Rachel W from Corydon
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Yes, don't need to physically connect the printer with AP Extreme. I have two printers that are synced with the Extreme and I can print wirelessly to both of them.
- Answered by Daniel T from Redlands
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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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what's the life expetancy of a apple express
- Asked by Lawrence G from Laguna Beach
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What is the last airport extreme model? is the ME918LL/A?
- Asked by Jose C A from Panama
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To correct the previous answer, the 6th Generation (ME918LL/A) is the latest model...released in 2013. The 7th hasn't been released yet.
- Answered by Corey R from Cibolo
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can you backup an iphone to a time capsule?
- Asked by Allan M from Tucson
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I use a free app called File Explorer. You can use this app to copy, add, remove files to and from any device it is installed with your Time Capsule. You just set it up in the app with the IP address of your Time Capsule as a Network Access Storage (NAS). This app also allows you to access and store files on your device local storage, and it can be secured per device by password. Hopefully Apple will jump on this need of its customers and develop something like Seagate's Media application.
- Answered by Jeremy H from Norman
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Does Airport Extreme work with TalkTalk you view?
- Asked by Norman W from Wimborne
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Can this AirPort Extreme support uPnP required by my home server?
- Asked by Howard L from Fremont
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- Answered by Giuseppe F from American Fork
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I have a fax/scanner/ copier that has a set IP address. When I install the AirPort Extreme will it assign the same IP address to this machine
Can the new (or older) Airport Extreme support bandwith throttling for uploads on an IP address that it has assigned?
For example: when I upload to Vimeo, my entire network access goes down because it kills the internet connection for the rest of my devices on my network. My cable modem and plan can upload at 5 mbits (600 kybtes) up and for whatever reason the router can't handle that much going up while handing downloads (coming in) for other devices so everything goes down to a crawl.
- Asked by Noel S from Rosemead
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Does the Airport Extreme support wifi roaming? Where my device doesn't know it's switching from one access point to another?
- Asked by Lance M from Hillsborough
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Will this work with the PS4,PS3,Xbox 360,Xbox One? since all of these don't have AC antennas will they be able to receive Wi-Fi signal?
I need a new router and i do a lot of online gaming and watch movies. ext. ect. ect. Since the companies for these Products use the same wavelengths for wi-fi will it pick up AC?
- Asked by Victor W from Clarksville
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Does this device over heat easily if it is left on all the time?
- Asked by Ryan Y from Monterey Park
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It's a wireless router, it should be left on all the time so no it shouldn't
- Answered by Tyler F
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I see I can attach a hard drive via USB. Does it support *portable* external hard drives?
The downloaded user manual seems to imply (pictures) that it works with portable hard drives, but it does not explicitly state so. However, my experience with routers with USB ports (not Apple) is only powered hard drives work as there is not enough power in the router's USB port for a portable hardrive.
- Asked by Ion B from East Elmhurst
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Yes. I have a WD portable drive as a 'cloud' drive and it works just fine. I'm hoping to hook it up with a hub and a second portable drive to allow a backup of the original.
- Answered by Nirav C from Albuquerque
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Will it work with AT&T's U-verse router/modem tower?
I haven't been able to set up my current Lynksys router with it and would definitely buy this if it can override ATT's router.
- Asked by Robert A from Atlanta
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I'm successfully using a previous-generation AirPort Extreme with a U-Verse combo modem/router and my experience might be useful. You have two options:
1) You can set up the AirPort in bridge mode, which will let the AT&T device handle the network services. The advantage of this is that it's easy and you can still use the other ports on your U-Verse modem. The disadvantage is that you don't get to use any of the management features or UPnP (automatic tunneling configuration) of the AirPort.
2) You can set the U-Verse modem to IP Passthrough mode (under the Firewall section of its config screen), in "manual" passthrough mode, and manually configure the AirPort to have whatever IP address your U-Verse modem is getting (even if you're not paying for a static IP address, it doesn't seem to ever change). The advantage of this is that the AirPort handles all the routing and configuration, as well as UPnP; the U-Verse router is JUST acting as a modem. The disadvantage is that you can't use any of the other network ports on the U-Verse modem if you need more than the 3 extra the AirPort provides.
Theoretically the U-Verse modem has a passthrough mode where it is supposed to give out the external address via DHCP to either a specific MAC address or the first device that asks, which would make configuration of #2 above easier, but this simply does not work on mine; the AirPort never gets the IP address. Only manual worked.
Note that in both of the above, you also want to disable the modem's wireless entirely, since AirPort will be handling that; the modem would just be causing interference by broadcasting nearby.
- Answered by Marc M from Arcata
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No, the AirPort Extreme and Express are not modems ("gateways"). They plug into a modem and then send out the wi-fi signal and also have plug in ethernet ports on the back of them to act as a router. You'll need to either lease or purchase your own modem that's compatible with Comcast. Comcast has a webpage showing which cable modems are compatible with their system and it's actually more cost effective to buy a non-wifi cable modem (Amazon, Ebay, etc..) than paying Comcast's exorbitant monthly lease rate. You'll want to get a cable modem from their approved list that's DOCSIS 3.0, since this is the latest standard.
Once you have the non-wifi cable modem attached to the Comcast cable, then you'll plug in the AirPort, use the AirPort Utility to set up your wireless network, and you'll be up and running in no time with a home wireless network! My current AirPort Extreme is 7 years old and has been running non-stop with never even a hiccup! I just ordered this new AP Extreme to finally upgrade.
- Answered by David M from Wilmington
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Does this version finally support IPv6 over PPPoE?
- Asked by Jason D from Coolum Beach
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It appears to.
I have a same-generation Time Capsule, and it supports CenturyLink's 6rd implementation of IPv6 over PPPoE. (That is: the Time Capsule itself making the PPPoE connection, not using the DSL modem's PPPoE and router functionality.) Note that CenturyLink's IPv6 implementation is a little flaky, so I cannot speak to the reliability, I had to turn off IPv6 on my Time Capsule because CenturyLink's IPv6 routing would cause extreme latency to IPv6-enabled websites. But that appeared firmly a CenturyLink issue, not a Time Capsule issue.
- Answered by Ed H from Portland
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