• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It Rules, don't understand all the Negativity!

    I bought my AE about 9 months ago. Before that in my house I had a Time Capsule Router (the square flat one) that is at least 6 years old (Ive lost count) and an Airport Express, that I bought at the same time.

    I connected, added my AE to the network, killed the WIFI on my old AirCapsule Router (so I didn't have a slower system competing as they are next to each other and connected via LAN. I kept my old Airport Express.

    It took me more than usual to set up this HodgePodge of different era Apple Wireless devices, but that's my fault as I should have used Airport Utility from the begining. Total was about 5 hours over a couple of days.

    I have a 3 Story house, of 3,600sqft. I have my AE connected to my Timecapsule on the 2nd floor. I have my Airport Express in my den on the 2nd floor. I have 2 Apple TV's 2n generation one on the 1st floor and one on the 2nd floor, directly connected to my AE through LAN.

    We have 3 MacBook Pros on wireless, 4 iPhones and 2 iPads. We have horrible cell connection in the area so all phone calls go through WIFI.

    On top of that we run a lot of streaming, airplay from the phones and iPads. I have never, ever had a problem. My connections are fast, and even my printer an old HP connected to the Airport Express through its ethernet port works great through wireless and whomever wants to print on the network.

    I really suggest that all those complainers, the 1 and 2 star people, read their instructions before complaining, since human nature being as it is, you have to dilute all those complaints by a hefty percentage, as you can attribute most of them as not flowing instructions, getting frustrated and blaming someone else for their incompetency, and in this car it being Apple that is blamed.

    Apple products are great, as per my experience, I have assembled old Apple equipment with new, and it works like a charm. The fact I have Apple wireless products that are over 6 years old is testimony to the integrity of the product and the company.

    Apple Rocks!!

    32 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to setup and great performance!

    I decided to stop paying Comcast monthly rent for my wireless modem/gateway.I purchased a Motorola Modem found on the Comcast "compatible devices" list from Amazon and bought the Airport Extreme. I put the switching out process off for a few days fearing I would need to read manuals and then possibly call Motorola or Apple for support. But I found that my just unplugging the Comcast device and putting the cable into the modem, all the lights on it came on. I then connected to the Air Port and went online and found my new network popping up. It walked me through a couple steps and in a couple minutes I was online and so far my speed seems to be about 10 to 15 % better when I check it on "Speedtest" web sites...even Comcast's own site.And the Apple router is so much nicer to look at than Comcast's as well!

    (BTW I am typing this on a MacBook 12 inch I picked up last week...no more typos caused by my fat fingers with this amazing wide key keyboard!)

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Improvement over Airport Extreme 2nd edition

    I purchased my original Airport Extreme (v2 - big flat thing) many years ago, and it worked like a champ since day one. So good in fact that I never found a reason to upgrade. After hearing rumors that Apple may not continue to manufacture the Airport and new models, I looked at the reviews for this much newer, tower-like model. I was interested in possible performance increase. Went to the store and picked it up. Set-up was plug and play, automatically transferred over my network settings using airport utility. I have a 100 mbps Comcast internet connection, and was pulling ~50 mbps on average over wifi from my older Airport. After plugging this in I was blow away by the speed test, coming in at over 150 mbps over WiFi. Incredible. Also, 4500 sq ft. house, including basement. I pull over 60 mbps in the underground basement, with the Extreme located in upstairs bedroom. My prior airport barely reached the basement, and connectivity was iffy, ~5-10 mbps. Overall, well worth the investment if you're running an older version, and if you have a large house, are in a congested wi-fi area, or have fast internet, but LAN wiring throughout the house isn't an option. Couldn't be more happy with this, don't listen to negative reviews...

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Performance

    Installed this recently and have yet to be disappointed. the range is incredible, i have a 9 room house and a 2 acre yard and i walked around the perimeter watching a youtube video and never once did the video hiccup, stutter, or buffer even at the farthest point away from the unit.
    my only regret is not buying one sooner .

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Range Extension

    We moved to a larger house. Older 6 Gen Apple Extreme on first floor and iMac in opposite side of house in finished basement. First floor reception near old router was good at 160 Mbps download, but iMac in basement was only about 6 Mbps download. Thought we'd have to put in a WiFi extender to get signal on that side of house. Instead, got this new Airport Extreme. That made a big difference. Basement iMac went from 6 to 120 Mbps download with new router. That was the only change. No WiFi extender needed. Great range increase and coverage. Great Router!

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    ABSOLUTE BEST HUB FAST AND POWERFUL

    MY LAST AIR PORT EXTREME LASTED 10 YEARS BEFORE I REPLACED IT, NEVER A PROBLEM OR A HICK UP. WE HAVE THREE APPLE TV'S 4 COMPUTERS 5 IPHONES AND 2 IPADS, TWO PRINTERS AND 5 KINDLES IN USE AND NEVER A BURP OR A HICK-UP, SET UP WAS A SNAP, CHARTER COULD LEARN A THING OR THREE ABOUT NETWORK GEAR FROM APPLE, WE HAVE GONE THROUGH 4 OR FIVE ROUTERS FROM CHARTER AND THE AIR PORT KICKS DUPPA, CHARTER STILL ISNT AS GOOD AS THIS UNIT IS. NOW I JUST NEED TO GET SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY TO GET ME A NEW IMAC, 10 YEARS WITHOUT A PROBLEM IS HARD TO BEAT, YES THEY COST MORE BUT YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Performance

    Replaced a 5th Gen that still worked fine but wanted to add the additional band available with this unit. I run 4 extenders via 4 Airport Express and the transition to the new AirPort Extreme was flawless. I have used all sorts of routers in the past but once I moved to Apple AirPort Extreme life was grand!

    I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants great coverage and stability. These devices are built by Broadcom to Apple specs and quality standards.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME!!!!

    This is an amazing,easy set up, stylish (no ugly antennas), most powerful router I have ever owned. Range is superb in my 2300 sq ft. Single story home!!
    Wifi connection to all my devices are always at full strength. Down and uploading movies is super fast and smooth!

    Bought a second Apple extreme for the garage. It's even easier set up because all you need is to plug the power and let the 2 pair up. NO 2nd Ethernet connection wire needed. It's that super easy! Not only do I have strong wifi connection in my house, I also have strong connection in my garage and back yard. Perfect for the 2 places I spend the most time in!

    Highly recommend.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy set up and fast

    Recently switched my service and they gave me a new modem (TC8715D) and my old router didn't work. Since we have a 4k TV I decided to buy this as the other routers seemed to be around the same price and were not beam forming. I picked this up after a recommendation from a friend and I couldn't have been happier. We get full bars and fast across our place. TV loads faster than ever and no buffer!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    3x faster download speeds compared to Airport Express....

    I had an an old Airport Express that I purchased about 6 years ago. It was working normally, however, I noticed that my webpages were taking longer to load and the streaming video from my Apple TV were sputtering and buffering. I wasn't sure what kind of improvement I could expect by upgrading to an Airport Extreme, but in one word: BLAZING FAST! My download speeds are now almost tripled. Shortly after setting up the system, I had to run the speed test several times just to make sure it was really true. My webpages on my Macbook Pro and iPhone load almost instantaneously. Streaming video from my Apple TV is now sputter free....

    Setup was ridiculously easy using the Airport setup utility. I timed it: I plugged it in at 5.46pm and by 5.57pm I was enjoying super fast speeds. Highly recommended. All my settings from my old Airport Express were seamlessly transferred to my new Airport Extreme.

    It would be a shame if Apple discontinued manufacturing these routers because there is no comparable product that offers such a painless and pleasurable user experience.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best router ever

    This router was super easy to set up. Just watched one youtube video and I was able to set it up in less then 10 minutes. I know nothing about networking and things like that.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine

    i have a BT hub/router. Problem was signal kept dropping out and coverage poor.
    So, as a mac household, it seemed sensible to disable the wireless function on the bt router and connect an APE to disseminate the wifi signal. I have 3 kids & a spouse constantly on the home network. Dead easy to set up (including parental controls). The system works great, looks great (i hate those tacky looking things with antennae sticking up) & we've not looked back. thank you apple.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixes all wifi issues

    I love this device. We have been Apple fans for so long, I can't believe we overlooked this product. We have had constant wifi issues with nearly 20 clients on our third party access point/router. I have been told by reputable authorities that too many clients can be difficult for a consumer wifi access point. Using the same router, turning off it's wifi, and using the Apple Extreme has solved all problems. I can now get great wifi in parts of the house which were previously dead. And speeds have improved everywhere else. This product is the most overlooked product on Apple's whole product line. IT IS AWESOME!

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    worth the extra $

    After some concern about the high price I bought this unit to replace my Linksys EA4500. The ea4500 was considered a great router but we never got good coverage and the speeds were not great. I must have spent 10 hours over the last while playing with settings and turing things on and off trying to get this thing to work as advertised. As usual, you get what you pay for! The Extreme was up and running in 5 minutes, coverage was spectacular and we were finally getting the speeds we pay for (Cogeco). Our family has 4 iphones, 3 macbooks and a few ipads. File sharing is now a (simple) reality with this great little device. Buy this if you want a router that works as advertised, especially if you are a mac household.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great expansion to my network

    I had to upgrade as my ISP's cable modem with wireless only supported 30 devices. With 45 users at the time, it was difficult to get connected with devices that were taken out of the home and then back later on. I got an AE, turned off bridge mode, setup the same SIDS with the same password and now everyone can connect just fine. I do have to restart the extreme on the rare occasions when the ISP changes the firmware in their Arris cable modem ... the AE won't re sync without a quick reboot. Added a second one later when a lot more devices were added to the LAN.

    The WAN has 150mbps, and we regularly get that and up to 170mbps performance now. Didn't need/want Time Capsule as I have several WD Mycloud NAS devices. Everyone in house has iPhones and iPads and printers - both wireless and AirPrint, and each tv also has an apple TV, also a number of PCs (Windows 10 and Windows 7 and ubuntu and redhat Linux, and 1 old Unix server).

    Haven't even seen a pixelated screen in 6 months, although 4 Apple TVs are regularly streaming. I do most configuration changes and admin reviews using the Airport Utility on my Air 2 or iPhone SE, and rarely using a Windows 10 laptop. Now up to over 70 LAN devices including HomeKit devices.

    As all LAN work is using the Apple Extreme, most in-house traffic has no impact on the ISP data limit now; in the past, even LAN traffic seemed to use WAN data capability some of the time. Now, my iTunes movies on NAS only seems to access the WAN for DRM verification.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Impressive gain over previous generation

    I updated to this version of Airport Extreme from the previous generation. It solved a lot of connectivity issues. My Apple TV and Tivo units are downstairs and on the opposite side of the house from the wifi transmitter. The speed bump and stability of connection improved so dramatically with this new unit that I can see movies, etc... instantly and flawlessly in HD. Areas that previously could not connect now connect and signal strength is better. Nice job!

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Blazing fast!!

    I have been using Comcast as my ISP and was using router provided by it until now. However despite a good internet package I was never able to get stable and decent internet speeds. After fair amount of research I decided to invest in AirPort Extreme. There are many routers I considered before going for Extreme and the primary reasons were ease of setup, security, speed and of course the looks. I have to agree AirPort Extreme has all the qualities as mentioned on the company's website but the quality which stands out the most is the stable and blazing fast connection it provides. The only hiccup I had while setting it up was related to the Comcast router where I had to call the customer support to disable the wifi on the existing router, otherwise the setup was a breeze. Many would argue that there are better routers which provide more functions and customization but how many of us actually need those functions. I wanted a hassle free router and that's exactly what AirPort Extreme is all about.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Another 5 star review. Mine is a refurbished unit and worked great. It appeared new as any product, with the plastic cling wrap and typical packaging. This replaced my previously rented B/G wireless router from Verizon, which worked fine but lacked N and AC speeds. My new ISP (Charter) would provide a wireless access point but they charge $5 a month, so I was using the Verizon unit. The Airport Extreme connected to the Charter provided router and worked perfect out of the box. Mine does not have the hard drive (don't think I need it) so I can't comment there. I run a Roku 4, an iPad Air, iPhone 6, and my PC is on wireless as well and all connect and run at provided speeds - about 65 Mb/s down and 5 up. The furthest point I use the equipment is roughly 50 feet and the signal is strong through a standard wood frame single story. The $5 I save per month pays the refurbished unit off in about 2 years and I think is well worth it vs the rented unit. The refurb is a excellent value and offers the same warranty as a new one, so if you have the opportunity to get one, it's a good deal.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Please keep making this great router!

    Sad to hear rumors that Apple will not making the Airport Extreme in the near future. After I heard this, I bought this latest version, and I have been very happy with the easy setup and extremely fast transfer speeds. I have been very happy with the reliability of my previous Extremes. I am getting 240 Mbps download speeds with Xfinity Blast Pro, and the range is much better than my previous router. Buy this router before they stop making them!

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works just fine

    I bought an Airport extreme for the studio where I had poor reception for my old Airport. Plugged it in and was up and running in just a couple of minutes. It's speedy, reliable and easy to set up.

    10 of 12 people found this useful