Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
532 Questions from the Community
Will The Apple Extreme replace the BT Home Hub (Black one)
I am on BT Infinity and have a Home Hub (think it is HH3 - the black one) and I am having major issues using my Apple TV's (ATV 2 and ATV3) with the HH due to constant network drop outs. Will The Extreme replace my HH ) I have a BT modem connected to the Hh which I could connect to the extreme).
- Asked by Jason F
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I've replaced our home hub 3 with an AirPort Extreme and it works just fine, a big improvement, no more loss of network.
- Answered by Philip F
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Does the Dual Band run on a Single Signal or a seperate one for each?
We have a router that puts out a dual band signal, however it sends out the different bandwidths on different signals. This means that our iDevices can't connect to both. Is this the case with the AirPort Extreme or is a single signal for both bands?
- Asked by Max P from Ormiston
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It's setup to auto assign and utilize the most applicable band (2.4Ghz or 5Ghz), based on the data stream of connected device(s), which supposedly optimizes bandwidth in the most efficient manner to maintain a consistent network. But this feature can easily be deactivated, which I recommend, via the AirPort utility app under the wifi settings, by assigning a name to the 5Ghz band. I noticed that when my iPhone or iPad is connected to the auto dual band mode, I tend to only get 45 Mbps down and up with a 9 ms ping. But on the 5Ghz exclusive band, I'm usually cruising around 500 Mbps down and 300 Mbps up with a 3 ms ping. Speeds are about 20% slower on our MacBook Air. Also, both our Apple TV's have never had an issue when connected to the 5Ghz exclusive band, but ran into some buffering when using the auto assign band. Please note that these data rates are only obtainable because all our devices are using 802.11ac on a fiber optic ISP. I'm sure with some playing around with all the port settings and access control, the auto dual band thing would be pretty effective, but it's oddly comforting to know that you're surfing on a half a gig wave.
- Answered by Justin H from Salt Lake City
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How can I manage the wired connection on the AirPort Extreme?
I use both wireless and wired connection on my AirPort Extreme. The wireless connections work great. But when my Dell computer that is wired to the AirPort Extreme hibernates, it loses its connection to the internet. It remains connected to the AirPort Extreme, but loses the connection to the internet on the wired connection (back to the cable modelm). At this point the only solution seems to be to restart the Dell computer, which takes forever. Any wireless connection remains fine. Trouble is this Dell computer is reasonably fast on wired connection and fairly slow on wireless connection, or I'd just switch it to wireless connection too. Any ideas?
- Asked by Gary T from Sugar Land
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will the airport extreme work with satellte internet
- Asked by Todd T from Columbia
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If your satellite internet modem/downlink has an open ethernet port for use, then Yes.
- Answered by Joey P from West Lafayette
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Can a hard drive be added inside the unit and turn it into a time capsule? I hope yes but suspect no.
Hard drive - can on be added internally?
- Asked by Mark A from Manlius
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With the Extreme version you cannot install this within (only comes with the Time Capsule (2TB version).
But does come with a USB 2.0 port which is capable of handling an external USB hard-drive which could be used as a NAS.
can I use my iPhone as internet source through a high powered router?
I have a second house (farm house) and no cable internet available. I am currently using my iPhone as the hotspot (with limited range - big house). Is it possible to use my iPhone as the source for a router that would then distribute the internet access to laptop, PC, other devices?
- Asked by Martin B from Montreal
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I don't think so but you should be able to use any Macbook Pro, Macbook Air or iMac and share the internet connection over the network to other computers, Mac or PC, essentially using the Mac as the router and the iPhone as the modem, This should also be possible on a PC.
- Answered by Robert C
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Does Airport Extreme work with the Nintendo Wii
- Asked by Scott C from Summerville
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Yes it will.
- Answered by Eron S
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what is a airport extreme/express. Does it make wifi faster, if so would it work with a clear in home wireless router
- Asked by Nolan B from Arlington
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They are routers and from what I understand the ExTREME is just a more full featured (it has more options and features) version of the ExPRESS. The big brother as it were.
It will only make the WiFi faster if your devices have the same speed rating as the router. If your computer/devices are "N" rated and your old router was only "G" rated then, Yes, they will make your WiFi faster because your devices can now go at the fastest rated capacity it has.
If you only have "G" speed rated devices/computers and buy the new ultra high speed "AC" rated router your WiFi will still drop to "G" speeds. You need to know the rated speed of EACH device to get the most speed out of them.
If you plan on updating your computer in the near future and you need another router then getting the Extreme or Express will work fine.
You do not need two routers, they won't work well together if they are both setup as gateways.
Turn the ClearHome router off if it's slower then your new one. If your updating to a faster N-AC router and your ClearHome router is a combination modem/router you MAY be able to turn the router part off and just use the modem part as a stand alone modem.
No router will make your INTERNET faster, it's controlled completely buy your ISP.
- Answered by Jay B from Longview
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Is the airport extreme POE capable?
- Asked by Gary L from Lyons
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Yes if only to connect to ISP at those speeds. No if you have home network of computers and perhaps network attached storage. In those cases you would see huge improvement in speed. For example John Doe has movie H.264 2GB HD movie that he wants to transfer to his network disk (or another computer). It would be very fast (1-2 minute)... wirelessly.
- Answered by Maciej S from Wallington
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Connecting AP Extreme to gen 3 Time Capsule
Currently have a gen 3 2TB TC connected to my cable modem. TC currently does routing, DHCP, wifi and backup. Wireless on the TC is poor, very poor, having to reboot the TC every few days to keep wifi optimal. I want to add an AP Extreme to the network to do wifi. I would keep the TC connected to the cable modem and it would do DHCP and backup letting the AP Extreme handle wifi. Furthermore the TC is in the basement, the AP would be on the main floor connected via Ethernet to the TC. Anyone see any issues with this? As for connecting the AP to the TC, can I run from one of the GB enet ports on the TC to the WAN port on the AP Extreme or do I have to build a crossover cable to go from gigabit enet to gigabit enet? Thanks!
- Asked by Mark L from Cumming
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Which apple devices currently support wireless ac?
- Asked by Richard G from Lawrenceville
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As of right now, only the new 2013 MacBook Air support 802.11ac WiFi networking.
- Answered by Kurtis F from Victorville
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i have a airport extreme and am thinking of adding a time capsule for the storage. What do I do with the Extreme? I also have an express to broaden
- Asked by James P W from San Antonio
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Can we connect blackberry devices
- Asked by Dan M from Kitchener
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Can I use Direct tv and verizon wireless with Apple tv
- Asked by Kevin D from Snelling
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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
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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
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Will a windows laptop (running windows 10) connected wirelessly to this be able to see a printer that is connected to the USB port?
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