Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
525 Questions from the Community
Can you use it in a hotel to create a more secured wifi connection
Can you configure the extreme to use the hotel's wireless connection to create an access point for your devices? Majority of WiFi at hotels are open and not secured.
- Asked by Dennis J P from Sinajana
- 02 24, 17
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Yes, if you have an ethernet connection from the hotel you can plug it into the Airport and create your network with little issues. There might be some challenges with some ISPs, but there are workarounds there as well.
- Answered by Martin L from Westminster
- 03 30, 17
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will it work with PCS and Macs combined
- Asked by Jay H from Bethel
- 06 5, 15
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Yes I use this as my router in a household with both Macs and PCs and it works just fine.
- Answered by Mahrad M from Tarzana
- 06 10, 15
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can i use airport extreme with vivid wireless lte modem
- Asked by Frank P from Sydney
- 06 11, 16
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do I have to connect this to the incoming cable/internet line/
I'm a roommate in a house with 4 users. Internet is extremely slow. Just opening this page it scrolled for one minute seven seconds. Because its not my house I can not get my own service put in. Does this replace the router from the cable company or do I have to connect it to the U-verse line coming in? Or is there another option to get internet to my IMAC.
- Asked by Carole L from Kennesaw
- 06 19, 15
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Does Airport Extreme support VLAN tagging?
I have Centurylink gigabit internet (Seattle) that requires a router that support VLAN tagging. I want to replace my CL router with an AP Extreme. Does the Airport Extreme support VLAN tagging (VID=201).
- Asked by Mark L from Seattle
- 01 12, 16
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According to the specs sheet, it does. Supports 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz; input current: 1.5 amp.
- Answered by Mike M
- 05 26, 14
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does the AirPort Extreme support SONOS speakers
I have a SONOS speaker system and want to know if this supports streaming music to my SONOS speakers
- Asked by Terry B
- 09 9, 15
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I have a complete Sonos system around the house and it works flawlessly with my airport extreme.
- Answered by Wesam H from Grovetown
- 11 5, 15
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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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Can I use my Airport Express with Frontier internet?
- Asked by Barbara H from Pinckneyville
- 09 20, 17
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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
- 09 23, 17
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Does the beamforming of the new AP Extreme also apply to 802.11n bands?
I am trying to determine if there is any benefit to be had by adding this device to my network that only uses 802.11n devices. If there is a faster transmission, a wider range, or beamforming I would be inclined to buy this product to enhance my home network and to improve my AppleTV response time and my Time Capsule backups.
- Asked by Christopher R from Charleston
- 06 12, 13
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No, beaming is is limited to only 802.11AC devices. But you will likely notice improved performance over your current router.
- Answered by Michael T from Plano
- 06 13, 13
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I will move back to US in a few months, but live in Canada now. Will the Extreme work in the US? Does Canada & US share the same wifi regulations? Thx
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
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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
- 03 30, 16
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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?
can you bridge two airport extremes?
- Asked by Donis B from Fort Walton Beach
- 06 26, 14
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Yes, set one as main wireless router and the other to "extend" a wireless network.
- Answered by Kenneth C from Oklahoma City
- 10 19, 14
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DHCP address ranges with NAT.....can they be changed?
By default I believe (correct me if I am wrong here) , you are only allowed IP addresses starting with 10.0, 172.16, and 192.168. I have a need to distribute a different range due to some of the older equipment we have with "pre set" addresses in a different range. Can the ranges offered by this unit be varied to something else that is not "predetermined"?
- Asked by Robert Y from Aiken
- 08 23, 14
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how do I extend my signal with 2 airport expresses?
i purchased 2 aiport expresses last year. is there a way to use them together to extend signal from my house to an adjacent office?
- Asked by Ann M from Montreal
- 06 27, 13
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Yes as long as one is plugged into a modem and you have internet cable service like FIOS or time warner. You will need to use the airport utility app either on a mac or an iPhone or iPad. Once your basic Airport express that is plugged into the modem is set up, just plug the other one in and the utility will :find" it and ask you if you want to use it as an extension. You don't even need to put in the password it will be like you have one wireless router but your range will be far greater.
- Answered by Christopher B K from New York
- 03 9, 16
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Does the new airport extreme support DLNA for the attached USB hard drive?
- Asked by Noah H from San Francisco
- 06 12, 13
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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
- 06 12, 13
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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
- 03 17, 14
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If you have 60 ghz for your Internet service dose this speed it up?
- Asked by Vickie R from Orlando
- 06 15, 13
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