• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    10 stars and a 'save the airport extreme' appeal

    Have owned several routers, but the Airport Extreme shines bright. Highly reliable and never had an issue with my 2 units ever. Recently came to know that this line is being killed. Can anyone at Apple explain clearly why networking is not important anymore? Apple- you are loosing control of the end user experience- to speak nothing about privacy issues. I understand if there is a replacement line or an upgrade but this move stinks of profitability concerns. If that is the case there are a dozen accessories in the store that can go away to make room for airport. Do you guys lack the technical chops to build a next gen router?- thats hard to imagine - there are so many challenges in networking still left to tackle for home and business.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this Router! Near flawless performance and reliability

    I have had my AirPort Extreme for almost 4 years. Very happy with it.
    I am sad that Apple will stop selling this product, and updates
    will be limited if not ending. :(

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    great product

    simple good and efficiant

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product, Hope for Upgrade

    Many of the one-star reviews are confusing to me because I've had my time capsule and airport extreme for years without having any issues. I bought the airport time capsule when it first came out--never had a single issue of dropped connection or failed hard drive, and still don't. I even have the newer airport extreme now because I've moved into a bigger place--the coverage has improved with a consistency in reliability. Perhaps those who have written bad reviews failed to update their firmware or use the airport utility to configure their devices? I don't know, but these work well and I hope apple upgrades them to compete with newer technology.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome and Easy

    Been using our first for over 7 years. Got a second 2.5 years ago to expand network to a roaming network. We've had full coverage (upstairs, downstairs, and basement) without a speed issue since.Only time they haven't worked flawlessly is because I didn't notice that they needed a firmware update. And even then they were working fine, just not great. Easy to set up, configure, and control ... REALLY easy. Wouldn't get anything else.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless product. Save your cash

    This product is the worst purchase I have made from Apple. It drops out, over heats and makes loud noises. Your better to invest your hard earned cash into a real router and not this piece of junk

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Lucky Maybe

    I’ve had my router since they came out, maybe 4 or 5 years ago? Either way, mine’s been rock solid since then. Not sure if mine is a fluke, and all the other people with bad experiences are the norm, or if they’re mistakenly believing the router is the problem. I don’t know. I will say I have always gotten my full internet speed from my provider on 5ghz, on 2.4ghz I hit the maximum. 2.4 is congested around me, so I actually have better luck with 5, and so use that for all computers, phones, and tablets. Only older devices that do not support 5ghz are on my 2.4 band. The airport app on the iPhone makes router setup and maintenance absolutely cake. It’s honestly my preferred method of router setup I’ve ever used. It’s not overly technical or complex at all, it’s simple and to the point. Get in, make your changes, close it out. Boom. If you like to tweak your router to death, why are you even looking at an Apple product. This is plug and play at its finest.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only router that has ever failed me

    I've owned a lot of wireless routers, upgrading with technology. The airport extreme is the only wireless router I've ever owned that failed in service. Coincidentally, it is the most expensive wireless router I ever purchased.

    It failed in steps, first losing connection intermittently, eventually the amber/green light failed to come on.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great!

    Everyone having a problem with the router being unreliable needs to download the airport utility app (free) and update the firmware. I was having the same problem. Every other day I had to unplug it in order to get it to reconnect. However, after downloading the app and updating the firmware I haven't had a problem in a long time. Now I just make sure I keep it up to date. Would also like to mention I have had this for a really long time. At least 2 years. Great product, wifi goes farther than other routers.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    White brick trash after 18 months of use

    I kept on getting an orange blinking light stating that it is overheating. Tried to do everything to improve its function. Designed is flawed and shame on Apple for selling a defective product. It would still work but connection was choppy and laggy and frequently had to be rebooted. Was happy with it at first but am now just annoyed I wasted nearly 200 bucks. I bought into google mesh and wow...I am happy. I forgot what fast internet was like.

    Do yourself a favor do not buy. Who cares about time capsule when that junk won’t even connect.

    6 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke in 1.5 years

    Worked great until it started overheating after 1.5 years. No apple coverage. Not happy.

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke after 18months

    Started overheating and became unrelieable after 18 moths. Apple says it's not in warranty. It was the last apple router I will buy. Overpriced junk.

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawless performance

    I bought mine shortly after they came to market. Easy to set up. Signal strentgh suited my converted factory, multi-level condo. I keep it in a clean area. Updates are performed in a timely fashion. No complaints, just compliments.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Loses signal frequently

    I’ve used only apple products in my home and this unit is the worst by far. When I first purchased it seemed to work fine; however, after a year of owning, I find myself having to unplug and replug at least once a week. My speed tests are pitiful. I’ll be searching for another wireless router that is better quality and less hassle. Very disappointed with this product.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lowers the internet speed instead

    I bought this product 6 months ago and even after going to Gigabit speed from the ISP this device kept the speed at 4-5Mbps. I don't think it is worth spending so much money on this product.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good router for average sized homes

    I have owned 2 Airport Extremes in the past 10 years. I switched to the tower model when it came out for it's updated features. Neither of these units ever gave me the first minutes worth of trouble. They just worked day in and day out. Apple made the set up idiot proof. Highly functional as well as aesthetically pleasing units.

    Apple abandoning networking hardware is not only disappointing but seemingly foolish. The growth area world wide it in this specific market would seem to me will be in average sized home dwellings who want to stay with Apple-centric digital architecture. These units have proven they are durable and functional.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Extreme - Apple's one bad product.

    For many years, I've an apple-only ecosystem. The ONLY product that isn't worth the Apple name is the AIrPort Extreme. While its setup is easy, and the interface with other products very good, it began making a shrieking noise and warnings came up that it was overheating after only a couple of years. Come to find this is a well known problem which Apple won't fix, and that Apple considers its router business a sideline at best. Apple doesn't care about its routers, so you shouldn't care about them either.

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not recommended for high density Urban; great for the country.

    I work in the wireless industry in an area that has a fairly dense urban population. It's nothing like Manhattan or anything but it has reasonable dense housing. What we have found is a necessity is the ability to change the 5 GHz channel width to 20 MHz. This is because there is such a high density of routers in the area that 80 MHz channels experience so much wireless interference that the experience is extremely poor. For this same reason the 2.4 is for all intents and purposes unusable in the evenings. Because of that AirPort Utility needs to stop adding the 2.4 network to the list of known networks when it is used. If these two issues were solved; I would give the product 5 stars.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    fan quit

    After about 2-1/2 years the fan started squealing and I got overheating warnings. Luckily there are several videos on Youtube showing how to take apart the router. I managed to remove the fan and and re-libricate the bearing & shaft. It works good again but the fan is a glaring weak point.
    Until the fan failed, it had been fast, reliable and simple to use. If it fails again, I will look elsewhere for a wireless router.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great router, very easy to setup and configure

    I replaced the Comcast Router with the AirPort Extreme and an Arris Surfboard cable modem. This combo has been running strong for well over two years. The money you'll save from not renting from Comcast will pay for a quality router.

    This is by far the easiest router to install. By that I mean you won't have to have your computer friend come over, you can do this yourself. Just use the AirPort app on your iPhone or iPad. Like other Apple products, this was well thought out.

    With support for 802.11ac it works fast with our Apple devices; Mac, iPad, iPhone, AppleTV, Apple Watch

    Like other devices that have cooling fans, keep it off the floor, away from furnace registers, up and out of the way. Almost all cooling fan failures are due to dust.

    Would I recommend this router? Yes. For large homes you may want to consider a router that supports WiFi mesh.

    Last Firmware Update I'm running: 12/12/17

    21 of 22 people found this useful