Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
513 Questions from the Community
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
- 06 27, 13
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Does the new Airport Extreme support scanning, either from a standalone USB scanner, or the scan function of a USB all in one machine?
Can you do port forwarding?
Is there a limit to the number of port forwarding rules allowed?
- Asked by Chirag P from Dayton
- 06 29, 13
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Airport Extreme with Wifi Broadband Stick
Currently, I am using a wifi stick attached to my router with USB (for 3G) to share my unlimited internet to all my device. I would like to know if I can extend or improve my connection by using Airport Extreme, aside from the features already mentioned e.g. HD sharing, printer sharing etc.
- Asked by Eric P from Beverly Hills
- 06 12, 13
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How many MAC addresses can be added to the ACL list of the Airport Extreme?
I have many devices, most of which are not connected simultaneously, and I only want to allow these devices to connect to the network. I currently have an older Cisco WIFI router that needs to be replaced.
- Asked by Stephen S from Germantown
- 06 27, 13
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verizon router on 2nd fl. printer on 1st fl., how can i print wirelessly if printer is not wifi ready but wifi capable, what apple gadgets do i buy
- Asked by Josemari C from Diamond Bar
- 12 8, 15
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What is the last airport extreme model? is the ME918LL/A?
- Asked by Jose C A from Panama
- 05 19, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (What is the last airport extreme model? is the ME918LL/A?)
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
- 12 28, 15
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Does the Airport Extreme work with Fixed wireless NBN
- Asked by Jennifer D from Winslow
- 08 28, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (Does the Airport Extreme work with Fixed wireless NBN)
My Optus supplied sagemcom f@st 3864 modem which was connected to the NBN.
Had a power outage, when it came back on the modem was fried.
Tried to reset it but no instructions anywhere on the net for this modem.
Read an article suggesting to try the Airport Extreme. So I did.
To my shock it worked perfectly, just factory restored the Airport Extreme and set up as a new network, it seemed to choose all the right settings for me.
Just plugged the ethernet from the fibre box directly into the extreme and it worked well both wirelessly and wired on a few close devices.
No good for Voip Phone obviously but if its just internet you need than this modem shocked the pants off me, it seems a lot quicker than the sagecom and not as many drop outs which are annoying.
The only setting I altered was the security setting from the defaulted WPA2 Personal to WPA/WPA2 Personal as I have a mixture of old and new devices mostly apple.
Good luck, i was using my extreme to extend my wireless network. Considering how good it works I might buy another to extend this network if I get issues out the back of the property with wireless even though the range seems to be better than the optus supplied version also.
Thanks, I hope this helps
- Answered by Steven B from Blacktown
- 10 24, 15
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does the airport extreme support voip?
I have a NBN connection and voip phone but as I am having trouble with the voip on my billion router am looking for one that supports voip
- Asked by Elaine H from Taree
- 03 2, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (does the airport extreme support voip?)
My husband has been using VOIP on the airport extreme for two years and has had no issues with it. The one that they are showing above your question is a newer model than we have but I don't know that it would be an issue. He is using a PC with VOIP and has a direct ethernet connection to the Extreme.
- Answered by Marcia B from Ocean Springs
- 03 5, 15
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does airport extreme work with drobo
- Asked by Lianne B from Kinburn
- 04 5, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (does airport extreme work with drobo)
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
- 06 20, 16
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Can I monitor / measure my total data usage?
- Asked by Duane C from Allen
- 07 25, 16
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Can I use multiple airport extremes to improve connectivity in a house?
I live in a 70 year old townhouse that is constructed of poured concrete. We currently have our cable modem and (older than 5 year) airport extreme router in the basement with our computers. The signal strength to the main floor is weak, even with a booster. The signal strength on the top floor is terrible. Can I improve wireless reception throughout the house if I upgrade the basement router to a new airport extreme and also install airport extreme routers on the main and top floors as signal boosters? Can I leave the cable modem in the basement or should I move it to the first floor where there is a cable connection? Is there a better solution to improve wireless connectivity in this home situation?
- Asked by Steven P from Chicago
- 02 15, 14
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I had a similar situation in my brick ranch house with all sorts of extra brick walls due to porches etc. I have the cable modem in the basement. I ran about 100 feet of cat5e cabling from the cable modem through the drop ceiling and up into the floor of my office, at the opposite end of the house. My Airport Extreme is connected to the end of the cabling there. To get wireless to the far end of the house, and back to the other part of the basement, I set up an Airport Express in a kitchen outlet, extending my network wirelessly. It is not very elegant, but it works well. I have thought about re-doing the whole thing, but it works for now. If anything, I may add another Express at some point, as they are so versatile.
- Answered by Judith H from Boardman
- 04 27, 14
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Does this wireless router support DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) on the 5GHz band?
Does this wireless router support DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) on the 5GHz band?
If DFS is supported will it then be activated when you chose "Auto" in the channel selection menu?
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
- 10 4, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (I see I can attach a hard drive via USB. Does it support *portable* external hard drives?)
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
- 10 31, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I see I can attach a hard drive via USB. Does it support *portable* external hard drives?)
Can I plug in a 3g/4g USB dongle into this Airport Extreme?
- Asked by Chai B from Bandar Metro Puchong
- 07 27, 13
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Yes and No, It depends on the speed of the devices (computers, printers, etc) you have now.
Getting the Extreme when all the computers still have the old B speed would be a waste of money. Unless of course the school is going to update the computers in the next 1 or 2 years then the new computers may have the new AC cards. It may clear up dead spots because the old router may be on it's last legs or just isn't in a very good place.
Be aware tho, "AC" is still in the "Draft" mode, in other words it has not finalized what version the AC speed "specs" will be so you would be betting Apple made a good choice on if they picked the right one or not.
You would have to get AC band wireless cards for each computer to take advantage of the new AC speeds. And if they were USB dongles you would also have to have USB 3 ports on the computers for the faster transfer speed.
Say you have 10 B speed computers and 10 G speed computers, if you are accessing computers with the G speed, every time the B computers accessed the WiFi it will slow the WiFi network down until it's done then it will go back to the G speed.
The WiFi cards and router can connect at the slower speeds but they can't go faster then what they are rated at.
Your WiFi network will only go as fast as the slowest device connected to the network.
Make sure all the computers have the same speed wireless cards and have a router that has the same speed. Wireless printers aren't really a problem as they only connect for a few seconds at a time anyway, not really enough time to bother anything. Make sure there aren't any interference problems from other wireless networks like cordless phones, microwave ovens, etc, in the area.
If you can split the slow computers onto it's own network B & G (2.4-Mhz band) and have the faster ones on, say, the "N" 5 gz band then all the better. A simultaneous dual band router would work great.
- Answered by Jay B from Longview
- 01 31, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (My school wifi connection is extremely slow. Will the apple air port help?)
Not directly. You would need to run a network cable from your DSL router to the Airport Extreme.
- Answered by Erik Y from Justin
- 04 23, 14
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Does the latest AirPort Extreme (6th generation) support 802.3ad Link Aggregation (LACP)?
I've read answers on earlier versions of the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule supporting Link Aggregation via the 802.3ad spec. I can find no information confirming nor denying the latest generation supporting it or not.
- Asked by Steven H from Atlanta
- 01 9, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (Does the latest AirPort Extreme (6th generation) support 802.3ad Link Aggregation (LACP)?)
I wouldn't recommend the Apple Airport for this. I would recommend getting a small Netgear Switch like the Netgear ProSafe GS108T. That will do LACP just as you would like. Easy to configure and you can just plug the thing right into your Airport Extreme. I have this exact setup in my home.
-- 1 MacPro (late2013 - trashcan model )
-- Both Ethernet ports Aggregated to Netgear ProSafe GS108T
-- 1 Netgear ( configured with aggregated Links for Mac Pro )
-- Netgear Plugged into Airport Extreme
I am Apple Certified in both OS X 10.10 and OS X 10.10 Server
I work for a company that is part of the Apple Consultants Network
- Answered by Mark N from Knoxville
- 02 4, 16
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