• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    Picked up the first one in Manchester Arndale this morning, I'd been waiting for this 802.11ac upgrade for a while.
    Excellent range, superb speeds, quick and easy set up, looks great.
    Supports local loopback feature which I really needed, the old standard package router I used to use has nothing on this new AirPort Extreme.
    Looking forward to using 802.11ac devices with it.
    Highly recommended, overall a great buy.

    228 of 268 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Delighted so far

    Ordered immediately after WWDC 2013 to replace an venerable Linksys WRT54G whose fading antenna power was failing.

    Delighted so far, setup was straightforward, done in less than 10 minutes from opening the box. Gigabit ethernet is delivering the full bandwidth from my cable modem for the first time and the wireless coverage is uniformly excellent in my thick walled and three storey Victorian terrace, noticeably quicker for my n capable devices. I don't have any ac devices yet to test those even higher speeds.

    Wireless sharing of a Kodak printer also working as hoped.

    Happy to recommend - nice job Apple.

    168 of 192 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with BT Infinity

    I had a BT Home hub 3 which has useless WIFI connectivity. I took the plunge with this new airport extreme although I was a little concerned as to how well it would work with the BT modem. Connecting and configuring the airport extreme with the BT modem was disconcertingly simple and quick but it works great. I'm getting 60mbit speeds vie ethernet and using a phone over wifi am getting 45mbit. Well worth the money despite not having anthing that works with woreless ac yet.

    30 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good router, but...

    As I have 3 iphones, an ipad, a Mac, an Apple TV and Macbook, Airport Extreme is the center of the network. My home server, wifi printer, other laptops and TV are also linked to the AE as the main router.

    An Airport Express is remotely connected as an WIFI extender.

    However, since the country I am living in is using UK standards, for the ADSL, I have to use a special modem for PPPoE and PPPoA bridging. Otherwise, if I use a normal all-in-one router (DSL modem and router), the AE can only be set as Bridge mode. Under Bridge mode, ports forwarding and "Guest Network" functions will be disabled.

    Now, the DSL is going to be replaced by Fiber broadband. Unfortunately, Airport Extreme still does NOT support the "VLAN tagging" PPPoE protocol. I have to probably buy another special switch that just works for "VLAN tagging".

    Come on, Apple, could you just think of the users outside the States? Please make our life simpler.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome product - solved all my network problems!

    Apple, I salute you! I used to have a Virgin Media Super Hub-2, which is the most god-awful piece of hardware that has even been designed. My internet used to drop 3-4 times a day, and each time I would have to manually reset the Virgin Media Hub. I read some blogs and saw people were recommending to put the Virgin Media Hub in to modem only mode, and then buy an Apple AirPort Extreme to do the clever stuff.

    I can tell you, the results have been transformative! Since install, I've not had a single Internet drop (installed 2 months ago), my speeds have doubled (I have 150 Mbps, but only used get around 70 Mbps) and coverage has improved throughout the house. I highly recommend this product - worth every penny and then some.

    Thank you, Apple!

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fixed all problems with BT Home Hub 5

    Like many others here I bought this to replace a BT HomeHub that was performing terribly and would drop wireless to the Apple TV if someone even just looked at their phone.

    Set up was done in about 5 minutes. Just plug the WAN of the Airport into one of the LAN ports on the Home Hub (you will need a CAT 5 ethernet cable, not included). Open wifi settings on your iPhone and there will be an option to set it up from there. No admin login or BT username / password required.

    Every device on the network now performs perfectly with no loss of signal or random moments of slow download speeds. Inc: iPhone 6, iPhone 4S, iPad Air, Sony Vaio Windows 7, MacBook Pro, some crummy Android phone (not mine I swear!), an Apple TV and a Sony PS4. All connected at once sometimes and nothing goes wrong.

    Yes it's expensive, but it's well worth it. Stop looking at it and wondering wether to buy it or not and just get one.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Used to replace our Infinity Home Hub 3 so the BT modem now connects to the WAN port on this instead. Great result, no more loss of network that was dropping several times a day, and no more spending hours on the phone to BT in India trying to resolve the issue.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superfast!!

    I purchased this to go with two new laptops we'd bought a new 13" retina and a 13" top spec Air. We have been using the BT HomeHub 3 but after having various problems with it, particularly with Airplay, I decided to swap it for an Airport extreme.

    What can I say, I'm so impressed with it, so easy to set up, so easy to manage and all achievable from an iOS device or a mac. What I really wasn't expecting was such a bump in my broadband speed, on the BT HH3 I was averaging about 20-30mbps on BT's infinity service, using the Airport it shot straight up to over 70mbps. I had read this had happened with other users of the AIrport extreme on BT but didn't know how much of an issue my HH3 router was until I replaced it.

    One small issue I did have was with my Xbox Live. It seems to default to Moderate NAT settings but a few Youtube videos soon showed me how to switch it to stay open.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    At least 2x better than new D-Link 865L

    Based on internet reviews i got a D-Link DIR 865L due to its top review here www.altomdata.dk/d-link-dir-865l
    The D-Link didn't cover my house good enough so I bought the new AirPort Extreme.
    The AirPort feels like running double speed and the coverage is full all over the house.
    Further benefits in the AirPort is that the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz bands are joined into one SSID making network sharing a lot easier than the D-Link as it runs two SSIDs one for each band.
    Also the AirPort allows my VPN tunnel I couldn't get to work via D-Link.
    The AirPort is allowed in the living room due to nice design and not stored away like the D-Link so that a simple way to improve network quality

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb!!

    In my naivety, I just assumed for years that the home hub 3 router supplied by BT for BT infinity would be the perfect match to deliver the best performance for my wifi. God knows we pay enough for the service. However, recently the wifi has been very erratic with dropouts and really slow speeds. I just assumed that I needed to tweak channels and settings. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I did a bit of research and opted for the Airport extreme as we run loads of Apple products. Low and behold, as all the other reviews say, set up is so simple it took less than 5 minutes and my wifi speed is now a constant 37mbps. a good 50% better than anything the home hub 3 had ever given and so far no drop outs. Definitely worth every penny and stylish too.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Replace BT HUB

    Was have problems with poor signal strength, coverage and drop out with my BT 5 hub, I had tried everything to try and fix this replacing the face plate new patch leads etc still no improvements. Purchased this on Fri after checking it out on the online reviews as one of the top ten routers checked some issues with the online chat service to confirm this was the right item for me. It arrived the next day, took about 10 minutes to set up including installing my old BT DSL modem (the white box). Coverage is great, signal strength is improved and speed is slightly faster, but the main improvements is all my devices can be online at the same time including down loading with no issues. I have only set it up for the 2.4GHz wi-fi and this works great for my requirements. I am going to get an Apple Express next to extend the wi-fi signal to my garage and garden next.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Immediate imrpvement to Wifi in our house

    Absolute gem! Immediate improvement to speeds throughout the house from the Virgin Media Super Hub we have been using for a few years. Switched the super hub into modem mode and had this up and running in 5 mins. Really, really pleased with the results!

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great bit of kit for any home.

    After many issues with my Virgin (not so) Superhub and getting to the stage where I needed to reset it every day to get a decent connection I decided to upgrade to an Airport Extreme as almost everything I own is from Apple. Out of the box its a smart looking item and after setting my Virgin Superhub to modem mode and following the simple instructions during the Airport Extreme set up process I was connected within a few minutes. Once I had worked my way round the house (3 storey solid brick construction) updating the connection on all my devices (2 imacs, macbook pro, 2 Apple TVs, 1 work laptop, ipad, iphone, B&W A7 airplay speaker, epson wireless printer etc) everything worked perfectly and download speeds increased by around 30%. I was well please with my purchase. The only issue I had was the Bowers and Wilkins A7 airplay system constantly cut out and disconnected from the network meaning I had to go through the A7 set up process many times over the first few days. Very frustrating! However this was resolved by just turning the Airport Extreme off and on. Problem solved and since then I haven't had a single drop out.
    I have now had the Airport Extreme for a week and I have had no other issues. Very please so thought I would post an honest review and highlight all the kit it works perfectly with and the kind of home the Airport works well in as many reviews don't mention this information and this info really helps when researching something like a router. It's no more expensive then a good none Apple router so for me it was money well spent. Finally the signal in the garden has always been almost no existent but now I have a decent connection there to, maybe I will add an airpot express to the set up just to beef this up a little to.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quick and Easy Setup - Piece O'Cake

    I did a fair amount of research before taking the plunge and purchasing this great piece of kit. I've been suffering for sometime with my iMac dropping of my wireless network, we are a house of iPhones, iPads, windows laptops and gaming platforms. I was getting fed up of playing second fiddle to my sons Xbox!!!

    Simply unboxed the AirPort Extreme, plugged it into the existing super fast fibre optic broadband router, and literally 3 minutes later I was up and running with superb speed and connectivity......HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    WiFi range should be much better

    This is a good product in say, an office or open space. We use one at work and have been very happy with it. It's easy to set up and does most of the things that your average user would want (don't buy if you expect advanced options!).

    However, the range very quickly drops off if you go to another room or upstairs ie a fairly standard home setup.

    I bought this as a home router to replace a BT Home Hub 5 but disappointingly, the (free) BT WiFi range is a lot better than the (rather pricey) Airport Extreme 802.11 AC.

    Sorry Apple but I expect better than this!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Airport Extreme.

    Over the past 6 months I have had continual issues with our BT HH5, especially with Apple products, BT replaced our router 3 times with the same issues, i have spent hours adjusting settings on the HH5 but the same issues came back, dropping out 6-8 times a day. BT's technical department are useless, never returning calls or actually sorting the issue.

    However i decided to purchase the Airport Extreme over other routers that are available with similar specs.

    If you are an Apple household, Macbook pro's, iPhones iPads etc and are having issues with your ISP's standard router, don't waste anytime and just get the Airport Extreme!! It is expensive however i believe you get what you pay for. Set up is so simple, had everything up and running in 10 mins, It just works.... After setup i did a speed check and it has doubled our speed to 68mbps download and 22mbps upload, we have a lot of items online at the same time and it doesn't slow down at all. It also looks fantastic! Thank you Apple I'm completely satisfied and relieved that the children are not continually complaining!!

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade over previous extreme, which was good!

    Purchased to prepare for when i get new Mac and as I needed better coverage in very large house.

    Worked straight from the box and gave immediate improved speed and coverage even on existing 802.11n which is all my old MacBook has. Streams HD from BBC iPlayer where before often struggled to get standard def.

    But!!!! Be careful opening the box! I thought the reviews mentioning this must be being picky but I did take note - please do open it over a table or something soft. It does not come out of the box how you expect, or how Apple hoped it would either! If you are standing up and holding each part of the box in each hand as you open it YOU WILL DROP IT! - unless you have three hands and so can catch it as it falls!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous

    Fabulous piece of kit.
    Replace my BT Hub 3 with this. The set up was a doddle. Two pieces of information Network name, password and the job was done.

    Couldn't believe it, had to check to see if security was set up and it was.

    I run a iMac and three iPads and a HP printer all wireless on BT infinity 1 and my speed is 30 down and 6 up and solid.

    Couldn't be more happier.

    Shaun

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Seriously amazing!

    I've been messing about with various routers over the years, I've always had problems with one thing and another so I decided to take the plunge and treat myself to an Airport Extreme, OMG after 10 seconds setup it works like a dream, blisteringly fast, I should of moved over to apple routers years ago. Yes they are a little expensive, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for! I would highly recommend anyone to purchase this, even the complete novice would have this up and running in seconds! As always with Apple products, it simply works!

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A big improvement for my home WiFi.

    I purchased this Apple AirPort Extreme as my current internet router WiFi had a few black spots in my house and was not really that good. This has 100% improved my home WiFi and made using all my Apple and iOS devices so much quicker on my home broadband.

    Good Points:

    - Very easy to set up and install.
    - Easy to set up with either my iOS device or Mac.
    - Has improved and increased my range of WiFi within my house and outside in the garden.
    - I like the fact that I can choose my one WiFi password and name of the AirPort Extreme.
    - The design of the AirPort Extreme is well designed and looks great in my house. The fact that it only has one light on it keeps the overview of the design very clean and simple.


    Bad Points:

    - When using the iOS app, to enter the settings page you have to enter a password, there was nothing that I could find that said that the password was the password used to get on the WiFi network. When I contacted my local Apple Store and Apple Care neither could tell me which password was required to enter the settings page on the iOS app.

    - The functionality of the AirPort Extreme is very basic but it does have some good extra features but the instructions that you get with it or what you can find out online don't really tell you how to use them.

    - It says online that when you go in to the settings of the AirPort Extreme you can see which devices are online with the router, you can see this but it only shows the IP address of that device not the name of the device, even my old free router from my IP provider showed me the name of each device online.


    Overall, if your looking to improve your home WiFi and get better range in your house and have more devices online at once then this AirPort Extreme could be the device for you. Its basic in features but makes up for it in other areas. Well worth the money and having a house full of wireless devices including several Apple devices this AirPort Extreme fits in perfectly with everything.

    7 of 9 people found this useful