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 cord

    Tech Specs

      Size and Weight

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

    Connections and Expansion

    Built-in power supply

    Ethernet

    Gigabit Ethernet WAN port

    Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports

    USB

    USB 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

  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 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

      281 of 332 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Unreliable after year and half

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Broke After 16 Months - Not Covered by Apple

      This router looks and works great, but is unreliable (filter on the one-star reviews to see what I mean). Apple will not replace even though the device is fou This router looks and works great, but is unreliable (filter on the one-star reviews to see what I mean). Apple will not replace even though the device is four months out of warranty. I am very disappointed especially considering the high price of these units. My advice to owners of Airport Extremes that are still in warranty: return the Airport Extreme as soon as you hear a fan noise -- I waited too long.

      • Written by Anthony B from Reston

      250 of 295 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Broke After 16 Months - Not Covered by Apple

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Do Not Buy!!!! Drops signal all the time!!!

      I bought this around a year ago. Had problems then. Contacted apple support. They walked me through a few thing. It work Great for around 6 months. The stupid t I bought this around a year ago. Had problems then. Contacted apple support. They walked me through a few thing. It work Great for around 6 months. The stupid thing keeps dropping connection. Ive done all kinds of resets etc... I had a Netgear for over 6 years with no problems. I just wanted to get an extreme since everything else I had was apple. I repeat do not buy one of these! biggest waste of money even for an apple fan!!!!!

      • Written by JOSHUA C from Panama City Beach

      248 of 309 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Do Not Buy!!!! Drops signal all the time!!!

    • 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 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.

      • Written by Larry C from Martinez

      Is this review useful?Good router for average sized homes

    • 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 interfac 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.

      • Written by Craig R from Tulsa

      6 of 7 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?AirPort Extreme - Apple's one bad product.

    • 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 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.

      • Written by Caleb B from Salt Lake City

      6 of 7 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Not recommended for high density Urban; great for the country.

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