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Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation)

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Product Highlights
  • Simultaneous Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Compatible
  • WPA/WPA2 Encryption, NAT Firewall
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Port
  • 3 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN Ports
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN Port
  • Built-In Power Supply

The sixth generation Airport Extreme Base Station from Apple features simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi support. That means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. So no matter which band your wireless devices use, they'll automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest possible performance.

With three-stream 802.11ac technology, the Airport Extreme Base Station can reach data rates of up to 1.3Gbps, which is triple the 802.11n standard. 802.11ac Wi-Fi also provides double the channel bandwidth with 80MHz-wide channels providing more room for data to flow faster. If you're using a 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi device, Airport Extreme can still optimize the connection for those Wi-Fi standards as well.

Apple has redesigned the Airport Extreme to be taller with antennas located at the top of the device. Apple also increased the number of antennas to six, three for 2.4GHz and three for 5GHz. The vertical redesign of the AirPort Extreme also contributes to a smaller footprint and more desk space.

With AirPort Extreme, getting your new Wi‑Fi network up and running is quick and easy. That's because a setup assistant is built into iOS and into AirPort Utility for OS X. As soon as you plug in your AirPort Extreme and connect it to your DSL or cable modem, you can follow the simple instructions on your Mac or iOS device. There are no complicated steps to follow and no obscure terminology to learn. The setup assistant does all the work, so you don't have to.

Up to Three Times Faster Wi-Fi

802.11ac - The Definition of Fast
With three-stream 802.11ac technology, the AirPort Extreme Base Station takes Wi‑Fi speeds up to 1.3 Gbps, which is triple the previous 802.11n standard. This means up to three times faster Wi‑Fi. You also get double the channel bandwidth, with 80MHz‑wide channels providing more room for more data to flow faster than ever. And if you have 802.11a/b/g/n devices, AirPort Extreme maximizes those connections as well
Simultaneous Dual-Band Support
AirPort Extreme features simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac Wi‑Fi. That means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. So no matter which band your wireless devices use, they'll automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest possible performance
Beamforming Puts the Focus on Your Device
With 802.11ac technology comes the intelligent, powerful beamforming antenna array. Most base station antennas emit an equal and constant Wi‑Fi signal in all directions. But the beamforming antenna array knows where an 802.11ac device is on the network. Then AirPort Extreme targets its signal to that device. So your Wi‑Fi signal is stronger, clearer and faster

Designed with Performance in Mind

A Top-Down Approach to Design
For the redesign of AirPort Extreme, Apple took an approach that centered around performance. Apple made it taller and put the antennas at the top, creating a higher platform for dispersing the signal. Apple also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them - three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac wireless technology, they let you connect faster, farther and with more power than its predecessor
Smaller Footprint with More Desk Space
The vertical design not only improves Wi‑Fi performance, it also saves you valuable desk space. At less than 4 inches square, the footprint of AirPort Extreme is 64 percent smaller than its predecessor. And to save even more space, the power supply is built in

AirPort Utility

Manage Your Wi-Fi Network from an iOS Device or Mac
Once your network is set up, AirPort Utility for iOS and OS X lets you manage and monitor it from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Mac. Your AirPort Extreme, along with other AirPort base stations you have connected, appears graphically onscreen, so you can see all your settings to make changes, apply updates and more

Printer and Hard Drive Sharing

Simple and Secure File Sharing
AirPort Extreme can turn your external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi‑Fi network and access securely over the Internet. All the documents, videos, photos, and other files instantly become available to anyone on the network, Mac and PC users alike. It's perfect for file sharing, collaborative projects and more
Print Without Wires
The USB 2.0 port in AirPort Extreme is also great for sharing a printer across your wireless network. Just plug it in and everyone on your network can take advantage of one centrally available printer wirelessly

Compatibility and Security

Get Online Safely and Securely
AirPort Extreme includes a built-in firewall that creates a barrier between your network and the Internet, protecting your data from malicious attacks. When you set up AirPort Extreme, the firewall is automatically turned on
Guests for Your Wi-Fi Network
With the guest networking feature, you can set up a separate Wi‑Fi network just for guests. Use a different password or no password at all. A guest network allows access only to the Internet, so your primary network - including any external hard drive, printer, or other LAN-attached device - remains secure
Connect to Wi-Fi From Any Device
Whether you have a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, you'll be able to connect to the AirPort Extreme. Any Wi‑Fi‑enabled device you have will work with AirPort Extreme. That's because it's compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac specifications
Go Wired
If you're looking for reliable Internet access, you can also go for a wired connection. The AirPort Extreme includes three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for fast wired connectivity with a desktop computer, network drive, DVR or other wired devices
Wireless
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Six-element beamforming antenna array
  • Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • 32.5 dBm maximum radio output power (varies by country)
  • Channels 1-11, 36-48 and 149-165 approved for use in the United States and Canada
  • Channels 1-13, 36-64, and 100-140 approved for use in Europe and Japan
  • Channels 1-13, 36-64, and 149-165 approved for use in Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand
  • Compatibility Interoperable with 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac-enabled
  • Mac computers, iOS devices, Apple TV, Windows-based PCs and other Wi-Fi devices
  • NAT, DHCP, VPN Passthrough (IPSec, PPTP and L2TP), DNS Proxy, IPv6 (6to4 and manual tunnels)
  • Security Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2)
  • WPA/WPA2 Enterprise
  • MAC address filtering
  • NAT firewall
  • 802.1x, PEAP, LEAP, TTLS, TLS, FAST
  • Time-based access control
  • Interfaces Simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac wireless
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting to a DSL mode, cable modem or Ethernet network
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port for connecting a USB printer or hard drive
  • 3 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting a computer. Ethernet hub or networked printer
  • Number of Users 50
    Electrical and Environmental Requirements 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz, input current, 1.5 amp
  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95°F / 0° to 35°C
  • Storage temperature: -13° to 140°F / 25° to 60°C
  • Relative humidity (operating): 20% to 80% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Agency Approval FCC Part 15 Class B, Canada RSS-210, EN 300-328, EN 301-489, EN 301 893, ARIB STD-T66, RCR STD-T33, AS/NZS 4268: 2003, UL 60950, CSA-C22.2 No. 60950, GB 4943.1-2011
    System Requirements Setup and Administration
  • iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 5 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3
  • Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3

    Wireless Device Access
  • Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification

    Shared Printing with a USB Printer
  • USB printer
  • Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later
  • PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8

    Shared USB Hard Drive
  • Mac with OS X v10.4.8 or later
  • PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8
  • Dimensions 3.85 x 3.85 x 6.6" / 9.8 x 9.8 x 16.8 cm
    Weight 2.08 lbs / 0.94 kg
    Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation)
  • Power Cord
  • Printed Documentation
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    AppleAirport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation)
     
    4.8

    (based on 100 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (89)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (77)
    • Fast (72)
    • Reliable connection (70)
    • Fast connection (66)
    • Secure connection (58)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home network (68)
      • Small networks (23)
      • Large networks (9)
      • Upgrade (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • High bandwidth user (65), Low bandwidth user (9)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (60), Business (21)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (66), PC (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The easiest setup ever!!!

      I can't believe how easy it was to setup this thing up.. and I did it all from my iPhone. I was waiting for more configuration to go through, but everything was setup...Read complete review

      I can't believe how easy it was to setup this thing up.. and I did it all from my iPhone. I was waiting for more configuration to go through, but everything was setup automatically. I was done in like 2 minutes. Crazy!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not nearly as good as expected

      It's been five years since I changed my wireless router, during that time, my family has added more Apple products than any other brand. This router was easy to set up through my...Read complete review

      It's been five years since I changed my wireless router, during that time, my family has added more Apple products than any other brand. This router was easy to set up through my iPad, but almost immediately, my children, wife and I noticed that the reception was weaker -- not stronger -- in most parts of our house. For the first time ever, our iPads and Mac lost their Internet connection in the kitchen. I restored the five-year-old Linksys WRT400N and regained a strong signal. Not sure why the older Linksys model is outperforming the latest Apple Airport Extreme. I returned the new router to B&H, which processed the refund quickly and efficiently.

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      5.0

      Great Router

      By Jordan

      from Lawton, Okla.

      About Me High bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast
      • Fast Connection Speed
      • Reliable connection
      • Secure Connection

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home network
        • Large Networks
        • Small Networks

        Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

        Apple always exceeds my expectations. This router is really great!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Solved our wireless woes

        By Samy's grand dad

        from Martinez, CA

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Fast Connection Speed
        • Reliable connection
        • Secure Connection

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home network

          Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

          We are an Apple/MAC family. All of our devices are humming right along since we incorporated this wireless router to our home network. The reliability, strength of signal and connection speed on both floors of our home and on all our devices have been excellent. So are very favorably impressed with this product.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Great Service, Best Price

          By Suz

          from Connecticut

          About Me Low bandwidth user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast
          • Fast Connection Speed
          • Reliable connection
          • Secure Connection

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home network

            Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

            We needed a new Apple Airport Base Station, found the newest model (6th Generation) on B&H website, they had the best price and delivery.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            Easiest set up ever

            By Andy

            from USA

            Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

            This was the easiest access point set up I've ever completed! It took me less than 5 minutes to get up and running and the coverage and speed are fantastic.

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            5.0

            The perfect router

            By fizfarm

            from Newton, NJ

            About Me High bandwidth user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Fast Connection Speed
            • Reliable connection
            • Secure Connection

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home network

              Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

              Soon easy to set up - works perfectly!

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Very Nice

              By RiverRat

              from Eastern Shore, MD

              About Me High bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Fast Connection Speed
              • Reliable connection
              • Secure Connection

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home network

                Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                Have replaced earlier version of Airport Extreme with this new model. Wanted to make use of the increased power, and it delivers. Older model wouldn't provide connection in lower level of home. This one does in spades! Usual Apple excellent quality. Trivial to set up.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Improved Results

                By NY Matt

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me High bandwidth user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Fast
                • Fast Connection Speed
                • Reliable connection
                • Secure Connection

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home network

                  Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                  My internet works much better now after switching from Airport Express to this Base Station.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Apple at its best!

                  By Chris the Mac lover

                  from Washington, MI

                  About Me High bandwidth user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fast
                  • Fast Connection Speed
                  • Reliable connection
                  • Secure Connection

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home network

                    Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                    From the beauty of it's simple appearance, to the ease of set-up, the Apple Extreme Wi-Fi router is Apple design at it's best. Fantastic coverage of every inch of our 2400 sq ft house, from the basement to the street! You will not go wrong in purchasing this item!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By Kdawg

                    from CA

                    Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                    I use this Extreme to relay the AC signal to the far end of my house. I've got a Time Machine AC as my primary. Everything was easy to set up and works great.

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                    5.0

                    Good Solution For Me

                    By Jangbu

                    from Ashford, CT

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                          Bought this unit to replace an older, increasingly unstable Airport Express (required constant resets).I have limited networking knowledge and modest needs: WiFi to several computers,phones, and a printer in various places in the house.Set-up is a cinch. Two screens, five minutes, and you're done. Once set-up was complete, all network devices connected without drama.The range of this unit easily exceeds that of the older Express. I can now stream music/radio while working outdoors (within 100 feet of the house).For someone requiring more sophisticated options there may be more cost effective solutions available. For me, the stability and ease of set-up was just what the doctor ordered.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          3.0

                          Powerful

                          By Jerry

                          from Sarasota

                          Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                          More confusing to set up than I thought. Using with a Verizon Fios router. Thought it would just boost the signal but it wants to take over the entire network. Used Apple support and Genius bar I am still somewhat confused. It seems that Apple does not always play well with others.

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                          5.0

                          The best!!!!!

                          By jbs

                          from PA

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Enhance Experience
                            • Replacement
                            • Upgrade

                            Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                            There is no other router on the market better than this one! The wifi speed is as good as it gets with 802.11 ac. The setup is so easy it's a joke. Takes a minute and your wifi network is ready to go. As usual, Apple delivers with another high quality product. Look no further for another router, this is it! This is my 4th airport extreme. Never has one failed on me. I upgrade every couple years, and find homes for the model I replace. All are still working and in use today.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            1.0

                            Just like the rest

                            By Naz

                            from Simi Valley, California

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Lacks Power
                            • Slow

                            Best Uses

                            • Upgrade

                            Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                            It does not have the range, my internet speed is at 200 Mbps at the modem upstairs. I only get 15 Mbps down stairs, this what the other routers gave me. so I wasted my money

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Great Product!

                            By PC

                            from NJ

                            Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                            Replaced a fairly new and expensive router with the AirPort Extreme, and the difference was immediately noticeable. Such a superior product with set up as simple as can be.

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                            5.0

                            very easy to set up with iPad or iPhone.

                            By Remy

                            from San Francisco

                            Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                            very easy to set up with iPad or iPhone.

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                            4.0

                            Good... but not as good as earlier one..

                            By Macs since 1986

                            from Tennessee

                            About Me High bandwidth user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast
                            • Fast Connection Speed
                            • Secure Connection

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home network

                              Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                              I have an older Airport Extreme... not certain what model, but it's one of the flat ones. I love it... still use it at home. Bought another house, needed wireless, so I got the 6th generation Airport Extreme.

                              With my older version, I can go outside the house, at least 100 feet or more, and have a decent signal. With this newer one, I'm not getting a signal more than maybe 35 feet, and the newer one is actually elevated more than the older one.

                              Haven't called Apple yet... maybe I'm doing something wrong. Installing it was WONDERFUL!!! Plug it in, type in the network and password and bang... it's installed. Just wondering WHY it's not reaching out like the older version... you'd think with more antennas, it would reach farther.

                              Overall, I still like it... just hope Apple can make it reach out and touch me.. farther.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              Faster WiFi Connection!

                              By Take 45

                              from Lake Hopatcong, NJ

                              About Me High bandwidth user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Fast
                              • Fast Connection Speed
                              • Reliable connection
                              • Secure Connection

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home network

                                Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                                Great WiFi base station. I have two tiro's two mac and two iPods streaming WiFi to this base station and it handles them all with great speed and connectivity. Great upgrade from previous Airports.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                5.0

                                Great tower

                                By norski

                                from seattle

                                About Me High bandwidth user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Fast
                                • Fast Connection Speed
                                • Reliable connection
                                • Secure Connection

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                                    First time to convert to wi-fi in my house....extremely simple and seamless with great power for all my devices in my 2 story house...couldnt be happier....

                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    good product

                                    By birdiesgirl

                                    from corpus christi, tx

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                                    Product arrived as scheduled. Easy to set up. Works good. It is an apple product what more can you say!

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                                    5.0

                                    No-Hassle Purchase Experience

                                    By KDW

                                    from Arlington, VA

                                    About Me Low bandwidth user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Fast
                                    • Fast Connection Speed
                                    • Reliable connection
                                    • Secure Connection

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home network
                                      • Small Networks

                                      Comments about Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (6th Generation):

                                      The product (Apple Extreme Base Station) was cheaper here than any other vendor. The shipping was expedited and free. And everything came on time and in order.

                                      Couldn't ask for anything more than that. An ideal online shopping experience. Would recommend and return to B&H for future purchases.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • PC

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