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

      152 of 173 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

      138 of 157 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

      150 of 183 people found this useful

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

    • 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 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.

      • Written by David J from Longmont

      4 of 5 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Very happy with this router

    • 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 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.

      • Written by Jimmy S from Cranberry Township

      2 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Best router ever

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      The Extreme works for me!

      I have three (3) floors, with the Airport Extreme in my basement and we have 3 Apple TVs, an older Airport Extreme, a few Airports and an array of wireless devi I have three (3) floors, with the Airport Extreme in my basement and we have 3 Apple TVs, an older Airport Extreme, a few Airports and an array of wireless devices (including a couple of SmartTVs). We have a wired and wireless and the Airport works great. This is after a 1 year and no significant issues. I would highly recommend the Airport Extreme.

      • Written by DYLAN R from Concord

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?The Extreme works for me!

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