• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best router I have ever owned. (Period)

    This router has been amazing in the 4 years that I have had it. It's a shame Apple doesn't seem to have plans to update it in the near future. From my experience, (I mostly own Apple products, so I can't review its functionality with other hardware and software devices) the ease in which the Airport communicates with my iPhone or any other device is super fast.

    The Back To My Mac Feature allows me to connect easily with my 4TB LaCie HD. I do not have to worry about the connection because it automatically shows its on the Finder sidebar. All of the port forwarding settings are automatically taken care of and to prevent you from creating conflicting port rules, Airport Utility makes sure to let you know.

    My only complaint but its not enough to bring it down to 4 stars is that I've only been able to use the WPS feature once successfully and then never again, but there are plenty of ways of configuring a printer.

    I was not surprised when the rankings for 2016 Wireless Router Satisfaction Report by JD Power, placed Apple at the top of this list. People say Apple doesn't innovate or this company did that first, I answer, "That's true, but they made sure they did it the best."

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well Built Hardware - Management Software Needs Improved

    Last time I did a tear down, I was pretty impressed. Delta Power Supply, Broadcom chipset. Fairly nice antenna array. We actually used maybe 50+ Apple AirPort Extremes in combination of a commercial enterprise installation for over 15 years and upgraded through the revisions. The software has been "dumbed down" over the years and is probably the biggest disadvantage of these. They were POE powered years ago, but draw more power that now as they require 120v outlet nearby - which worked for our installation still. They were dead reliable and when configured correctly, they handed off and load balanced traffic quite well. On the latest generation, we had one fan (yes they have internal fans now) inside with dried oil that became sticky and the unit would overheat and go into a protection mode. We re-oiled the fan and it works fine now. Excellent range and reliability - someone just needs to write a better management software for it. Would still recommend though.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One time glitch, but Love this Router!

    This router was purchased in May of 2014. Even with 1 issue at the 12 month mark where the router worked, but Mac Air Port Utility couldn't see it, it has been running well. I did a reset to factory default to fix it.

    This AirPort Extreme network has the following attached: 2 Windows Desktop machines, 2 MacBook Pro machines, 2 iPhones, 1 Android phone, 1 iPad, 2 Apple TVs (1 - 3rd gen, 1 - 4th gen), and 2 smart TV's. I share a older printer on the USB port with the PC's and Mac's, and there is a home security video system and a Wink hub on it as well. It never requires a regular power reset like my old router did. It is used in a 2000 Sqft single story home. The wireless works in the front and back yards.

    Airport Extreme has been the most trouble free device I own! There haven't been the phone calls from home that the internet doesn't work because of this router!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the $

    My first Airport Extreme (2010) is still going strong (old roomie has) 24 hours day /7days a week for last 7 (!!) years without a hiccup. I moved and purchased another Airport Extreme for my new place (2015) and same thing- just keeps going and going with an iMac, 2 MacBooks, iPhone, 2 4th gen Apple TVs, wireless printer, smart TV, 10 iHome smart outlet & PS4. Advice: set it up on something (like spools of thread) so air flows-not flat on shelf. I think this is the secret for long life of AirPort-gets air flow!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport extreme 5th generation

    I bought my airport in 2012, it is still going and not only that technology is just catching up to it. I have download 320mbps upload 25 and it can handle more just what i am paying for right now. It did not start dropping till cable company put new modem in. I am sure it is the modem and not the airport. Plus called the other day and they help me figure stuff out 5 years after i bought it. Best support ever. I see bad reviews on the new ones but I got to tell you it has been the best router. I am on pc also, but switching to a mac. I love apple, way ahead of the game. 5 year for 200 bucks is a deal. That is 3.33 a month, cheaper than you can rent a router for.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product—Easy to Install and Manage

    I bought my current Apple AirPort Extreme router five years ago, and it’s been going strong since the day of its installation. The signal is strong throughout the house, but I’ve added a couple of Apple AirPort Expresses to stream music to a couple of different parts of the house. Managing the AirPort Extreme is simple—whether I’m using my MacBook Air, my iPad, or my iPhone; and my wife’s Windows laptop connects with absolutely no problem.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Still a terrific duel band router.

    This works great and is so simple to set up. Unlike some other dual bands, Apple's routers use both bands and you don't have to differentiate them. It just switches to whatever is cleaner and faster.

  • 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 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).

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  • 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 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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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 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.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 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 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.

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  • 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 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.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING

    This product is really amazing, I've buoyed 5 of them to my house and my business and is really helpful and easy to set up.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't agree with poor reviews

    I have 2 airport extremes and 3 airport express and not one of them have ever had an issue for over 3 years. I am disappointed that Apple has decided to exit this space because their WiFi products have been fantastic. Not only are they easy to install, can automatically find each other and pair into a cellular WiFi setup, they were the only products on the market for home use that supported more than 16 connections (AirPort support 50). I also leverage the AirPlay feature as well as the USB port for time machine. Bar none, there are no better products on the market. For all those people who are reporting one star, I can say that their responses are an exaggeration at best. Most of mine are located inside in a well-controlled environment, but I also have one express located outside by my pool where it is humid and 95 degrees all summer. It has lasted over 2 years now, which was a surprise. I figured I would have to replace it every couple of years. Though still a bit anecdotal, I have probably more airport extremes and expresses than average in my house and have not had a single failure. There was one release of the software a couple of years ago that was problematic, but Apple fixed it almost immediately. Apple please bring them back with a new innovation. Fantastic product.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to install & reliable after a year in service

    Installed for about a year now. Has been rock solid. In tests with my older Airport Extreme A1408 and Airport Express A1392, this unit provides greater wireless speed and distance throughout the home. Works great as a router or in bridge mode. A++

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My favorite router

    Looks great, has pretty decent reception, and is a treat to manage using the iOS app. Sleek, user-friendly, and reliable.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding product

    Had mine for almost two years now, at the beginning had the same problems most others describe, but made a search for that on the Apple website and found out that it is a common problem with subscribers to certain cable companies. They offered a solution which I performed, and haven't had a single issue since. Works great with my two Apple TV devices, as well as my I-phone, and I-pad. Great network reliability.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so excellent

    I spent a lot of time researching new systems (Orbi, Amplify, Eero, etc.) to upgrade my home wifi. And spent some time talking to Apple by phone and at the store. Finally pulled the trigger on an Extreme and two Expresses, and so far the system is working flawlessly. Setup was as easy as advertised. Took me two minutes to set up each device using my iPhone. A firmware update occurred without affecting the system. So far I have excellent wifi reception throughout the house and on the back patio - even next door to the in-laws house. Better than what I had with the Verizon router and a 2G/5G wifi extender. And only one network name instead of three. I've moved both Expresses twice to optimize coverage, and within 90 seconds each was back up and running. Moved the Apple products over to the new wifi first, and setup was a snap. Have also migrated Nest products with no problem. We'll have to wait and see if I run into problems after 12-18 months as some reviewers have experienced. So far I couldn't be more happy.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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. 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.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 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 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!

    7 of 8 people found this useful