Questions & Answers for AirPort Extreme
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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
- 10 13, 13
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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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No. This needs to be plugged in to a power outlet.
- Answered by Michael L
- 05 26, 15
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How do I do a password reset for airport extreme routers - specifically the WIFI network I have established for this router
I have Verizon Fios, will Airport Extreme can be use?
- Asked by Carlos M from Brooklyn
- 06 14, 13
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Yes it will, as long as you connect it to your Verizon provided Actiontec router.
You can use this AirPort Extreme without the Verizon router, as long as you disable the DHCP hold it has to your Optical Network Terminal (ONT). Make sure you have an Ethernet handoff from the ONT, and not coaxile. Also, if you intend on doing this, your Verizon cableTV set top boxes will no longer be able to receive on-demand, and the guide will no longer work.
- Answered by Ryan O from Elkridge
- 06 24, 13
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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
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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
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Yes just plug it into the back the French router on the RJ45 port. I travel with a small Airport Express to Europe and build my own wireless network in hotels.
- Answered by Mick K
- 03 28, 15
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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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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
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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
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Does a new Airport Extreme have enough power at the USB bus to power a portable hard drive like the LeCie 2TB Porsche Portable Drive?
I am thinking of buying both of these new from Apple??
- Asked by John Y from Mount Pleasant
- 12 15, 16
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What is the wifi speed on this airport? I know it's AC but there is 867mbs 1300mbs and 1750mbs AC, which is the airport? Thanks!
- Asked by Derek K from Norrth Hollywood
- 06 11, 13
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With three-stream 802.11ac technology, the AirPort Extreme Base Station takes Wi‑Fi speeds over the top. Now you can reach data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps.
- Answered by Scott S from Elk Grove
- 06 11, 13
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can you backup an iphone to a time capsule?
- Asked by Allan M from Tucson
- 07 14, 14
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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
- 12 5, 14
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Can the new Airport Extreme be used as a universal repeater or a network extender?
My current modem/router - Cisco DPC3925 - provides a very limited WiFi range. The current router resides on the ground floor, I want the wireless coverage to extend up to the second and third floor.
Would I be able to use the Airport Extreme as a repeater for my main router and extend my wireless coverage?
If yes, does the Airport Extreme provides a good wireless coverage?
- Asked by Sze Kiat N
- 06 22, 13
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Does Apple Airport Extreme support Fibre FTTH/NBN? Can I connect it to the NTD box directly?
I just connected a NBN/FTTH to my house, the provider told me to buy a router or buy/rent one from them. I am thinking to get this Apple product to make the out of it since all of my devices are Apple. Can I connect it to Network Termination Device (NTD) which is installed by the NBN cabler inside the property?
- Asked by Ziyad A from Armidale
- 09 25, 13
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My personal experience is that the Airport Extreme supports this connection very well. Simply connect the WAN/internet port of the Airport Extreme to the NTD then enter your login information via the Airport Utility on your Mac.
- Answered by Bela B from Malak
- 10 29, 13
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I stand corrected. The answer is YES.
As David has reported, the actual manual for this Airport Extreme model says:-
Using Time Machine with Your AirPort Extreme
If you connect a USB hard disk to your AirPort Extreme, you can use the Time Machine application to back up all your Mac computers, including your photos, music, movies, and documents.
After you set up Time Machine, it automatically backs up your computer on a regular basis.
Use Time Machine preferences to set up automatic backups, use a different backup disk, or adjust other settings.
To set up or adjust Time Machine on a computer using Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later: 1 Choose Apple > System Preferences, and then click Time Machine.
2 Slide the switch to ON.
3 Click Select Disk.
4 Choose your AirPort Extreme and click Use Disk.
Important: Your first backup with Time Machine could take overnight or longer, depending on how much data you’re backing up. To speed up the initial backup, connect your AirPort Extreme to your computer using Ethernet. In each subsequent backup, Time Machine backs up only files that have changed since the previous backup, so the backups don’t take as long.
Chapter 2 Setting Up Your AirPort Extreme 13
If you shut down your Mac or put it to sleep during a backup, Time Machine stops the backup and then continues where it left off after your Mac starts up again.
For more information about Time Machine, choose Help > Help Center from the Finder on Mac, and then enter Time Machine in the search field.
- Answered by John K from Westborough
- 01 8, 14
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How do I set up a hard drive with an airport extreme?
- Asked by Kenton G from West Des Moines
- 09 22, 15
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Do the current AirPort Extremes support power over Ethernet?
- Asked by Adam J from Woodworth
- 06 24, 14
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No - you'll need a separate adapter
- Answered by Ryan C from Hudson
- 09 4, 14
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will my exported configuration from the old apple router be able to be imported on this new one?, I don't want to reconfigure the router by hand!
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