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

    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
    • 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

      63 of 75 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

      62 of 73 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

      74 of 98 people found this useful

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

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      New Purchase

      Despite an upgrade by my ISP yesterday to their newest router/modem along with increase to 50mbps internet speed, still had a few dead spots in my 1600 sq. ft. Despite an upgrade by my ISP yesterday to their newest router/modem along with increase to 50mbps internet speed, still had a few dead spots in my 1600 sq. ft. house that were present before the upgrade. ATT tech tried everything and informed me that they would come out and run ethernet drops to the rooms with dead spots. The price was reasonable, but decided to try AirPort Extreme first despite the mixed reviews. Picked one up this afternoon from local store (14 day full return open box policy), 5 minute setup. Before AirPort Extreme, master bedroom had virtually no wi-fi coverage, Apple TV4 literally had less than 1mbps on multiple speedtests yesterday. After AirPort Extreme, over 20mbps and holding steady over multiple speedtests. Two iPhone 6plus, two iPad 3s, 3 Apple TV4s, 1 MacBook Pro, 1 iMac, and 1 Mac Mini all connected seamlessly and getting well over 20mbps in various locations with no dead spots. Have not connected the non-Apple products yet but will soon. Hopefully it continues to work properly, will report back in a few months. Question, is it best to disable the wi-fi signal from ATT router and just keep the AirPort Extreme wi-fi signal active, or does it matter? Both are active now but wondering about any long-term issues if I keep both wi-fi signals active.

      • Written by Rodney C from Indianapolis

      Is this review useful?New Purchase

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Drops signal about 5 times a week

      I own both an AirPort Extreme (APE) and an Airport Time Capsule. The latter rarely, if ever drops signal, while the former drops signal about 5 times a week. Th I own both an AirPort Extreme (APE) and an Airport Time Capsule. The latter rarely, if ever drops signal, while the former drops signal about 5 times a week. The Time Capsule is the router for the network and the APE extends the network. The network ran fine for years until the APE replaced an older AirPort base station. Now it is intermittent as noted. Warranty ran out prior to the failure, so there is no fix. Apple's advice is to unplug it and plug it back it in. That works fine, until the next failure. It does hold the signal through one day so that is of some consolation. I am waiting for it to completely quit and then replace it with something else. I would not buy another one of these units. There must be a design flaw as this appears to be a common failing in the APE.

      • Written by John M from COLUMBIA

      Is this review useful?Drops signal about 5 times a week

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Peace of mind

      Ten years ago I was used to battling with routers. Dropped connections, flaky Wifi that disappears the moment your more than a step away, constant logging into Ten years ago I was used to battling with routers. Dropped connections, flaky Wifi that disappears the moment your more than a step away, constant logging into 192.168.0.1 to reconfigure and reset those darn things. Enter AirPort Extreme. Bought one in 2009 or 2010, TimeCapsule actually, and it's been running ever since. Never dropped a connection, consistent Wifi performance. So solid I forgot how to log into it to change settings once day. Recently I thought it's time to upgrade. Mesh networks, etc. Netgear dropped connections, and displayed passwords in plain text in setup screen (really?), Linksys wouldn't even connect the Wifi satellites, and iOS app kept locking up. Brought it all back and got a latest Airport Extreme. Back to peace of mind. Sold as ever. AC wifi performance consistent and nearly as good as Netgear mesh network throughout my house. Apple, you're doing a thing or two differently than the other router manufacturers. Keep at it, and don't abandon this market!

      • Written by Mathias S from Palo Alto

      Is this review useful?Peace of mind

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