• 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.

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  • 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

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I just like it's ease of use

    I actually needed two of these to cover my rather unusually laid out home. It's not the fault of the router itself, as you name the machine, I'd need 2 ran in extend mode in my tall home. I've gone through so many DLink routers I could scream. I decided I'd try this Apple router setup (as I feel I've exhausted all major brand names), and I had everything up, extended and secured in 5 mins.

    I'm not a network kind of guy, so I don't need all the confusing controls and frills that may be offered by other devices, I just need a fast and reliable internet bubble. Wow. I was downloading at a peak of 19MB/s, where my old 5Ghz router was pushing maybe 3MB/s (wasn't ac). I wasn't using the potential of my internet bandwidth, and this device unlocked that.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No problems here !!

    I have had mine at least 3 years , I had an older one , was in the apple store , saw this one and picked it up . I think it has had 1 update since I got it , went seamless . I use this one , my old one and a new express , for my home network . I have a large house , 2 levels , and a big yard . I get coverage over about 90% of it . Only reason I came back to the site today , looking to see if Apple had anything to compete w the new routers coming out . The Nighthawks series , advertises a faster speed , better coverage . But since the Airport has been so reliable for me , I will just stick w Apple for now !

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's pricey but it is worth the money

    Previously owned a Netgear nighthawk and it wasn't providing the right wifi speed and looked online for answers that didn't help so just brought this instead of the hassle and although you don't get a lot of settings, you can configure the basic things like choosing a wifi channel, option to turn on 5g. etc. Since Apple have an app on iOS and Mac the setup is easy. I was using a mac at the time to set this up, by going into the app it will detect the extreme and that it needs setting up. Was set up and running in 5 minutes. With Virgin so getting the 200mbps speed most of the time. I have a superhub 2 and just stuck it in modem mode and it was as easy as that.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Reliable, fast, super range, just works!

    Excellent product. Extremely easy to setup one or more of them, blazing fast internet speed, great range and most importantly stable!

    I have bought many other top of the line routers in the past, and they all eventually had a problem. The Airport extreme just works.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router ever

    This is truly a device that "just works". After I plugged it in a few years ago I have never touched it again. I have tried a myriad of different wifi routers before and all of them eventually died or became unstable. This router has NEVER failed on me. I have never had to reboot, change settings or otherwise tweak anything to make it work. Just amazing!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very happy with the airport extreme

    I had a very old airport extreme that just finally bit the dust. My network went down and I needed a replacement. I have 3 airport expresses and a network already set up with printer etc. set to it and wanted to replace the airport extreme. I looked here and read a number of bad reviews. I was skeptical but wanted to keep the network so I purchased this new model. I received it in a couple days, was able to get it up and running rather quickly and it seamlessly integrated into the existing network with ZERO issues and for the past 5-6 months has worked terrifically. Very happy with it and found that my network actually extended and sped up because of the upgrade. Also, thought for what I got and ease of use, the price was fine too.

    Thanks Apple!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Reliable and ease of use

    I've had my router since 2012, never had issues with it, still using it til this very day. Rarely had to reset it unless my Frontier Fios was acting up which would be once a year if that, it has been very reliable, and easy to manage.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best router I have ever owned. (Period)

    This router has been amazing in the 4 years that I have had it. It's a shame Apple doesn't seem to have plans to update it in the near future. From my experience, (I mostly own Apple products, so I can't review its functionality with other hardware and software devices) the ease in which the Airport communicates with my iPhone or any other device is super fast.

    The Back To My Mac Feature allows me to connect easily with my 4TB LaCie HD. I do not have to worry about the connection because it automatically shows its on the Finder sidebar. All of the port forwarding settings are automatically taken care of and to prevent you from creating conflicting port rules, Airport Utility makes sure to let you know.

    My only complaint but its not enough to bring it down to 4 stars is that I've only been able to use the WPS feature once successfully and then never again, but there are plenty of ways of configuring a printer.

    I was not surprised when the rankings for 2016 Wireless Router Satisfaction Report by JD Power, placed Apple at the top of this list. People say Apple doesn't innovate or this company did that first, I answer, "That's true, but they made sure they did it the best."

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well Built Hardware - Management Software Needs Improved

    Last time I did a tear down, I was pretty impressed. Delta Power Supply, Broadcom chipset. Fairly nice antenna array. We actually used maybe 50+ Apple AirPort Extremes in combination of a commercial enterprise installation for over 15 years and upgraded through the revisions. The software has been "dumbed down" over the years and is probably the biggest disadvantage of these. They were POE powered years ago, but draw more power that now as they require 120v outlet nearby - which worked for our installation still. They were dead reliable and when configured correctly, they handed off and load balanced traffic quite well. On the latest generation, we had one fan (yes they have internal fans now) inside with dried oil that became sticky and the unit would overheat and go into a protection mode. We re-oiled the fan and it works fine now. Excellent range and reliability - someone just needs to write a better management software for it. Would still recommend though.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One time glitch, but Love this Router!

    This router was purchased in May of 2014. Even with 1 issue at the 12 month mark where the router worked, but Mac Air Port Utility couldn't see it, it has been running well. I did a reset to factory default to fix it.

    This AirPort Extreme network has the following attached: 2 Windows Desktop machines, 2 MacBook Pro machines, 2 iPhones, 1 Android phone, 1 iPad, 2 Apple TVs (1 - 3rd gen, 1 - 4th gen), and 2 smart TV's. I share a older printer on the USB port with the PC's and Mac's, and there is a home security video system and a Wink hub on it as well. It never requires a regular power reset like my old router did. It is used in a 2000 Sqft single story home. The wireless works in the front and back yards.

    Airport Extreme has been the most trouble free device I own! There haven't been the phone calls from home that the internet doesn't work because of this router!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the $

    My first Airport Extreme (2010) is still going strong (old roomie has) 24 hours day /7days a week for last 7 (!!) years without a hiccup. I moved and purchased another Airport Extreme for my new place (2015) and same thing- just keeps going and going with an iMac, 2 MacBooks, iPhone, 2 4th gen Apple TVs, wireless printer, smart TV, 10 iHome smart outlet & PS4. Advice: set it up on something (like spools of thread) so air flows-not flat on shelf. I think this is the secret for long life of AirPort-gets air flow!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport extreme 5th generation

    I bought my airport in 2012, it is still going and not only that technology is just catching up to it. I have download 320mbps upload 25 and it can handle more just what i am paying for right now. It did not start dropping till cable company put new modem in. I am sure it is the modem and not the airport. Plus called the other day and they help me figure stuff out 5 years after i bought it. Best support ever. I see bad reviews on the new ones but I got to tell you it has been the best router. I am on pc also, but switching to a mac. I love apple, way ahead of the game. 5 year for 200 bucks is a deal. That is 3.33 a month, cheaper than you can rent a router for.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product—Easy to Install and Manage

    I bought my current Apple AirPort Extreme router five years ago, and it’s been going strong since the day of its installation. The signal is strong throughout the house, but I’ve added a couple of Apple AirPort Expresses to stream music to a couple of different parts of the house. Managing the AirPort Extreme is simple—whether I’m using my MacBook Air, my iPad, or my iPhone; and my wife’s Windows laptop connects with absolutely no problem.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Still a terrific duel band router.

    This works great and is so simple to set up. Unlike some other dual bands, Apple's routers use both bands and you don't have to differentiate them. It just switches to whatever is cleaner and faster.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    #1 Router to a router addict.

    I have literally bought every premium router on the market over the past 2 years and this is by far and away the most reliable, easiest to use, and FASTEST router I have. I own the Airport Extreme 2TB which I bought about 9 months ago. Since then I have bought the Netgear Nighthawk, Asus (I call it The Spider), most recently Linksys AC2200, oh and a Linksys WRT1900. I'm not counting the cheaper routers I have also bought. I have been looking for a "faster", more "reliable" router when in fact the Airport Extreme has never given me a single problem. That's the problem! Why is it so gosh darn good? I remember paying over $300 for the 2TB version thinking I would be taking it back. And to be honest it has been the best investment I have made as far as routers go. If you want quality buy this router, if you want junk buy one of the others (they are all the same; i own them all).

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Rock solid for three straigh years.

    I bough two Airport Extremes to replace an older Airport Time Capsule 2 Tb. I use a roaming network to provide seamless coverage throughout my house. I have gradually morphed my home into a retrofitted smart home with dozens of wifi devices such as thermostats, light switches and multiple Echos to control them via voice. I also have a complex media set up with a dozen A/V components. There are four adults, each with multiple wifi devices; iPhones, iPads, laptops, etc. in our home and on line often at the same time. These modems have performed flawlessly for three years running. The Airport Utility makes setup a breeze (I have over 50 reserved IP via MAC address). The routers never drop signal, always connect at blazing speed (ac at 300-500 mbps), provide excellent range and are far more reliable than my old Linksys and NetGear routers as are just so much easier to manage. Sure, other products have more features, but as a wifi router, these have been high performance stalwarts for me.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very happy with this router

    This is my second AirPort Extreme router, and I've owned it for more than 2 years. The first extreme I bought 7 years ago, and gave it to a friend when I moved into a bigger place and bought this one. I've never experienced any problems with the hardware or signal - it's been rock solid and hassle-free. I own a 2,600 sq. ft. home built in 1936, so the walls and floors are solid. My internet connection enters the house in a corner of the basement, so that's where I have the AirPort Extreme. It's powerful enough to run an AppleTV, upstairs in the opposite corner of the house, along with my office Mac, on the main level but also in the opposite corner of the house. Very happy and hope to keep it for many more years.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router ever

    I have been using mine for the last two years. I have lived to two different locations, both with three floors, and I have never had an issue with the signal no matter where I am in the house. Simultaneously, we are constantly using Apple TV, Ipads, Iphones, laptops and other various wireless technologies and have never had an issue. I do not understand why Apple would want to cancel making such an awesome product.

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