Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
527 Questions from the Community
Yes, can lay sideways. Had no problems with one sideways for 2.5 years.
- Answered by Paul M from Kingsburg
- 05 2, 18
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Must it be vertical, or can it lay sideways? (doing encased rooftop install to replace an older Extreme))
Can this be used without an internet connection or does your modem need to be connected
I have a modem and an iOS device but no external internet connection
- Asked by Merrit G from Mount Morris
- 11 26, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this be used without an internet connection or does your modem need to be connected)
Yes you can use this without an internet connection.
If you don't need or have access to the internet you can still use it (or any router) to route all your networkable devices. For example, if you are streaming video or music from an older computer to your TV or speakers. Or if you have many computers/printers and don't need to access the internet.
BUT, you will need a DSL/Cable modem to connect to the router to access the internet though. This is not a modem AND a router, it is only a router.
- Answered by Jay B from Longview
- 01 29, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can this be used without an internet connection or does your modem need to be connected)
is there a range extender that is compatible with airport extreme
- Asked by Sara H from St. Paul
- 12 28, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (is there a range extender that is compatible with airport extreme)
Yes. The AirPort Express can be used as a wifi extender with the AirPort Extreme base station :)
- Answered by Brandon Y from Lethbridge
- 01 11, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (is there a range extender that is compatible with airport extreme)
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
- 06 11, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (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.)
Airport Extreme never functioned as an Airplay device, only the Express.
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
- 08 2, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I set this up as a wireless print server that can pair up with my home wireless internet router?)
Will I be able to connect AirPort Extreme to my 2008 MacBook?
The highest OS X I could get is 10.7.5 if this is relevant to say...
- Asked by Karissa G from Boise
- 08 31, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Will I be able to connect AirPort Extreme to my 2008 MacBook?)
The Airport Extreme can be used with any 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible device, including your 2008 MacBook, regardless of your operating system. On the other hand, the Airport Utility software will depend on your operating system, but it's not crucial to have. You'll still be able to get online wirelessly!
- Answered by Bryan C from Portland
- 09 9, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will I be able to connect AirPort Extreme to my 2008 MacBook?)
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
- 06 11, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Can a hard drive be added inside the unit and turn it into a time capsule? I hope yes but suspect no.)
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 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
- 10 22, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (can i connect an external drive to the airport express for backup?)
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
- 05 8, 16
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (can i connect an external drive to the airport express for backup?)
Does Airport Extreme work with Time Capsule?
At present I have a Time Capsule next to my router and an Airport Express elsewhere in the house to extend the range. However I still have areas where I cannot receive WiFi. If I replace the Express with an Extreme will I get a better and more far reaching signal? Or should I just buy another Express?
- Asked by Margaret S from Tiverton
- 08 31, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Does Airport Extreme work with Time Capsule?)
It depends on which express and extreme you have. The newer the better capability. With the extreme you can usually get better reach since it has more antennas. I just setup my new time capsule and it has way better reach and speed then the last version of time capsule which is the airport extreme with an added hard drive. I was previously using an airport express as well and it did well but the time capsule was way better and the new one can replace both all together. I would recommend getting the new time capsule/airport extreme and selling the others. The new extreme/time capsule has 6 antennas now, 3 for 2.4ghz and 3 for 5ghz.
- Answered by Brooks S from Memphis
- 01 2, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Does Airport Extreme work with Time Capsule?)
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
- 03 4, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (Is the AirPort Extreme Compatable with a Comcast Modem/Router)
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
- 03 30, 16
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Is the AirPort Extreme Compatable with a Comcast Modem/Router)
do you need to pay monthly for an airport extreme
I usually pay monthly for version but if i get airport extreme do i still pay monthly?
- Asked by Sabahet A from Staten Island
- 12 12, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (do you need to pay monthly for an airport extreme)
You don't have to pay to use the AP Extreme, you own it. However, you still have to pay monthly for your wireless service e.g Fios, TiimeWarner, etc.
- Answered by Daniel T from Redlands
- 12 13, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (do you need to pay monthly for an airport extreme)
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
- 01 30, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (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)
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. 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
- 08 15, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can you lay it down?)
Yes. Setting up a guest network is part of the Airport Utility, not part of the unit itself.
- Answered by Jesse R from Kalamazoo
- 07 24, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (is there any function for guest login or parental monitoring?)
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
- 11 7, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will this replace both my existing netgear wifi router and my speed touch modem?)
Can you use the AirPort Extreme with a modem and router all in one
- Asked by Judy B from Youngsville
- 04 8, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Can you use the AirPort Extreme with a modem and router all in one)
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
- 02 8, 17
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can you use the AirPort Extreme with a modem and router all in one)
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
- 09 27, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Centurylink Compativility)
Can you connect and airport express to an Airport Extreme as a WiFi Extender?
- Asked by Daniel S from Laguna Beach
- 01 24, 17
- Flag as inappropriate (Can you connect and airport express to an Airport Extreme as a WiFi Extender?)
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
- 02 24, 17
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can you connect and airport express to an Airport Extreme as a WiFi Extender?)
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
- 06 12, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I use my previous generation Airport Extreme with this one to extend my network's range?)
Absolutely! Just remember the previous version will not extend the 801.11ac. Just up to 801.11N.
- Answered by Rick M from Gillette
- 06 21, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I use my previous generation Airport Extreme with this one to extend my network's range?)
what's the life expetancy of a apple express
- Asked by Lawrence G from Laguna Beach
- 07 30, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (what's the life expetancy of a apple express)