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

      172 of 196 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

      157 of 179 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

      167 of 204 people found this useful

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

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Overheating problems 1 month after warranty ran out

      Works great when it worked. Reliability issues just outside of warranty (purchased June 2016, error messages starting in July 2017). Airport Extreme overhea Works great when it worked. Reliability issues just outside of warranty (purchased June 2016, error messages starting in July 2017). Airport Extreme overheats (noisy fan), causing the Airport Utility to pop up and interfere with whatever I'm working on, just to show me an error message I cannot possibly address. Very disappointed with product quality. Engineering seems to have spent more time analyzing MTBF data to establish warranty coverage rather than to delight customers. Adding insult to injury, I'm also not happy with my failing Airport Utility disrupting my workflow to remind me of the poor design and support for my $200 Apple product.

      • Written by David L from Lewistown

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Overheating problems 1 month after warranty ran out

    • 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 rout 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).

      • Written by Brent J from Duryea

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?#1 Router to a router addict.

    • 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 gra 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.

      • Written by Gary H from Manteo

      Is this review useful?Rock solid for three straigh years.

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