AirPort Extreme

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  • Overview

    The intelligent, easy-to-use AirPort Extreme Base Station with simultaneous dual-band support is the perfect wireless access point for home, school, or office. It offers next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology and delivers high-performance wireless access for Mac computers, PCs, and Wi-Fi devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV.
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    Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

    With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Extreme gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.1 And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.

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    Designed with performance in mind.

    With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Extreme now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them — three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.

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    Easy setup for iOS and OS X.

    Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Extreme and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you’re using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.

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    Share your hard drive or printer.

    AirPort Extreme can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos, and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.

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    Compatibility and security.

    Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Extreme. That’s because it’s compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac specifications. And since AirPort Extreme features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.

    What’s in the Box

    AirPort Extreme

    Printed documentation

    Power lead

    Tech Specs

      Size and Weight

    • Height: 168 mm (6.6 inches)
    • Width: 98 mm (3.85 inches)
    • Depth: 98 mm (3.85 inches)
    • Weight: 945 g (2.08 pounds)2

    Wireless

    IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac1

    Beamforming antenna array

    Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

    Number of Users

    50

    System Requirements

    Setup and Administration

    Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3

    iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3

    Wireless Device Access

    Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification

    Shared Printing with a USB Printer

    Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later

    PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8

    Shared USB Hard Drive

    Mac with OS X v10.4.8 or later

    PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8

  • Apple TV Models

  • 3.5 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic

      Picked up the first one in Manchester Arndale this morning, I'd been waiting for this 802.11ac upgrade for a while. Excellent range, superb speeds, quick and e Picked up the first one in Manchester Arndale this morning, I'd been waiting for this 802.11ac upgrade for a while. Excellent range, superb speeds, quick and easy set up, looks great. Supports local loopback feature which I really needed, the old standard package router I used to use has nothing on this new AirPort Extreme. Looking forward to using 802.11ac devices with it. Highly recommended, overall a great buy.

      • Written by Norman L from Manchester

      226 of 265 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fantastic

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Delighted so far

      Ordered immediately after WWDC 2013 to replace an venerable Linksys WRT54G whose fading antenna power was failing. Delighted so far, setup was straightforw Ordered immediately after WWDC 2013 to replace an venerable Linksys WRT54G whose fading antenna power was failing. Delighted so far, setup was straightforward, done in less than 10 minutes from opening the box. Gigabit ethernet is delivering the full bandwidth from my cable modem for the first time and the wireless coverage is uniformly excellent in my thick walled and three storey Victorian terrace, noticeably quicker for my n capable devices. I don't have any ac devices yet to test those even higher speeds. Wireless sharing of a Kodak printer also working as hoped. Happy to recommend - nice job Apple.

      • Written by Dave C from BIRMINGHAM

      166 of 190 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Delighted so far

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Unreliable after year and half

      This was a nice product for a little over a year but now it constantly drops the connection. I have to unplug it and plug it back in daily. I thought I was havi This was a nice product for a little over a year but now it constantly drops the connection. I have to unplug it and plug it back in daily. I thought I was having internet connection issues with my cable provider but turns out it is the airPort Extreme. Too bad, I like apple compatibility and simplicity but the reliability for this product is not there. I do not recommend this.

      • Written by Jerry S from Peoria

      61 of 73 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Unreliable after year and half

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Don't Buy

      I would not suggest buying this product because of the reliability issues that others have mentioned. I had this router for less than a year and a half, and it I would not suggest buying this product because of the reliability issues that others have mentioned. I had this router for less than a year and a half, and it just started dropping signal. I tried performing a factory reset and haven’t had any luck. After performing the factory reset, it just hangs on the connect Ethernet cable step in airport utility. I took it into the apple store and talked to apple care, and they confirmed it was a hardware issue. I would recommend going with another manufacturer after this router functioned for less than a year and a half and costs $200.

      • Written by Ryan R from Homewood

      2 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Don't Buy

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Overheating problems.

      Worked great for one year. then conveniently started making lots of noise. I found out that the unit was or thought it was overheating. now, about 14 months aft Worked great for one year. then conveniently started making lots of noise. I found out that the unit was or thought it was overheating. now, about 14 months after I bought it, starts 'overheating' off and on several times a day. My suggestion to you is take it in as soon as you hear it start making load noises. Or, if you are out of warranty, you can take the bottom off and blow out any dust that is in it with a high pressure air gun. It helped a little bit.

      • Written by Shawn A from Pewaukee

      0 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Overheating problems.

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      solid

      I have 2 of these operating now, and one older airport extreme, at 3 different locations. I have had to restart the older of the two later model airport extrem I have 2 of these operating now, and one older airport extreme, at 3 different locations. I have had to restart the older of the two later model airport extremes a couple of times, which was not a problem. I have had 3 of these in the past, which I updated for speed and range because they got old. They still work. One is an ancient plastic knob that I re-used as an extender for awhile in a less security- minded time. I've used other routers as well, which were also good and much less expensive, but I use these because they are reliable and simple, and performance is good with all my apple stuff. I am about to update the one older airport extreme (about 7 or 8 years old), which is in Asia on static IP, because I'm recently experiencing slowing internet and suspect it may be afflicted with the memory exploit that has recently been pointed out on older Broadcom wi-fi appliances. I got a performance upgrade when I installed the new firmware on that router, but it slowed down again, possibly due to the IP being static, and I don't feel like restarting it often to reset the memory. It still works fine, though. Performance also may be improving with the security updates apple has been rolling out in the last couple of weeks. I'm not a huge fan of apple the Company, except for my 2013 mac pro and genius bar friends. I use its products because they are strong and are easier to protect from worms and viruses, in my opinion. I use them because I am lazy and not super smart. So far, the airport extremes have lived up to my perception of reliability and strength (and expense). I saw some critical ratings, so I thought I'd post about my experience in case someone is worried about it. Maybe some bad components slipped through QA, but that isn't something I've seen yet. My one criticism is that these routers are a little too simple, and do not provide the cool admin options for network security and extension that are standard on less expensive routers, if you want to tweek things.

      • Written by David M from Carson City

      Is this review useful?solid

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