• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very user friendly and reliable

    I've had my unit for well over 2 years now, and it's worked very good. The signal is strong, we have our 2 DVR's, desktops, security camera, thermostat and so on connected, in other words, the unit is under constant 'strain' and the performance has held up well. We had one minor issue where our devices couldn't connect to it, so we took it the apple store and they performed a master reset, and the problem went away!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    solid

    I have 2 of these operating now, and one older airport extreme, at 3 different locations. I have had to restart the older of the two later model airport extremes a couple of times, which was not a problem. I have had 3 of these in the past, which I updated for speed and range because they got old. They still work. One is an ancient plastic knob that I re-used as an extender for awhile in a less security- minded time. I've used other routers as well, which were also good and much less expensive, but I use these because they are reliable and simple, and performance is good with all my apple stuff. I am about to update the one older airport extreme (about 7 or 8 years old), which is in Asia on static IP, because I'm recently experiencing slowing internet and suspect it may be afflicted with the memory exploit that has recently been pointed out on older Broadcom wi-fi appliances. I got a performance upgrade when I installed the new firmware on that router, but it slowed down again, possibly due to the IP being static, and I don't feel like restarting it often to reset the memory. It still works fine, though. Performance also may be improving with the security updates apple has been rolling out in the last couple of weeks.

    I'm not a huge fan of apple the Company, except for my 2013 mac pro and genius bar friends. I use its products because they are strong and are easier to protect from worms and viruses, in my opinion. I use them because I am lazy and not super smart. So far, the airport extremes have lived up to my perception of reliability and strength (and expense). I saw some critical ratings, so I thought I'd post about my experience in case someone is worried about it. Maybe some bad components slipped through QA, but that isn't something I've seen yet. My one criticism is that these routers are a little too simple, and do not provide the cool admin options for network security and extension that are standard on less expensive routers, if you want to tweek things.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    still only 3 ethernet outputs

    Airports have always been good, solid routers. But in this age of multiple devices and internet security systems and so forth, some of us need more than 3 ethernet ports. There is no reason a top-of-the line router can't have 5 ports. Apple has a tendency to push wireless for everything (MacBooks have lost most of their ports). I don't like it, and will have to look elsewhere. Will still give 4 stars for quality.

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