• 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!!

    35 of 40 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...

    23 of 24 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!)

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 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.

    23 of 25 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.

    21 of 23 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.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 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.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 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

    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

    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.

    17 of 21 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.

    13 of 14 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.

    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!

    12 of 12 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.

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  • 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).

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 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

    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.

    12 of 13 people found this useful