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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 73 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (65)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (57)
    • Fast (54)
    • Reliable connection (53)
    • Fast connection (49)
    • Secure connection (42)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home network (51)
      • Small networks (20)
      • Large networks (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • High bandwidth user (52), Low bandwidth user (6)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (42), Business (19)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (51), PC (8)

      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

      Faster, stronger than 5th gen Extreme

      By Timeflies

      from Atlanta, GA

      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
        • Small Networks

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

        This 6th gen Airport Extreme is the finest home/small business router I've used. The range is far superior to other brands and older Airports, both the Extreme and Express, even when daisy chaining multiple devices to join the existing network. I've used the older Extreme, which this 6th gen easily surpasses. With the added frequency and range of the 6th gen Extreme, many home users can eliminate the use of multiple routers and bridging. We were replacing a home office Express that delivered and performed perfectly fine, bridged to another Express in the family room for Apple TV, gaming and Netflix streaming. This Extreme has a better antenna and more powerful frequency range than any Express, so we eliminated the bridge and now get super fast wi-fi throughout the house. Plug 'n' play set up; Airport Utility did all the heavy lifting, with no need to fiddle with the attached existing broadband modem. We do not use the USB, which would likely slow performance, understandably.

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

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        5.0

        easy to set up, great range

        By tkwl

        from Lafayette, IN

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Reliable connection

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home network

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

          Set up was easy. The WiFi range is better than old model.

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

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          5.0

          Fast and the right price!

          By d

          from Carver, MA

          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):

            The Airport Extreme covers my whole house wifi with good signal strength and fast downloads. I couldn't be happier.........

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

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            3.0

            Not nearly as good as expected

            By jk

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Low bandwidth user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

            • Slow Connection Speed
            • Unreliable connection

            Best Uses

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

              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.

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

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              5.0

              Great product, duh

              By Nate

              from Oakland, CA

              About Me High bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Home network

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

              Apple products are definitely on the expensive end of things but I believe you truly get what you pay for when it comes to their products. I replaced a 1 yr old Linksys EA3500 N750 Dual Band Wireless N Router with the Airport Extreme and can say the range of my network is much broader and stronger throughout the house.

              Granted I use all apple products but don't think this has anything to do with it. The airport extreme is built well, looks good and is easy to set up and configure.

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

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              5.0

              Great range, easy setup!

              By Brimac

              from Pacific NW

              About Me Low bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Home network

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

              I use this in coordination with an Airport Express and an older Airport Extreme as a bridge. This new base station has great range!

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

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              5.0

              What I expected and delivered as promise

              By Dr. B

              from Mesquite NV

              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):

                I carefully researched what product to buy when I realized I needed a router. I have always had MAC computers and it was only logical that the router that looked best in reviews for my computer was an Apple product.

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

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                5.0

                Extremely Fast!!!

                By Edtorious

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me High bandwidth user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Home network

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

                I thought my cable was so slow but when I switch from Time Capsule to this, my internet speed went from crawl to lightning speed!!! My Time Capsule is kinda old anyway. I don't know if it's the design or the chips inside it but it works! Wherever I'm at the house, internet speed stayed lighting fast. I'm glad I made this upgrade.

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

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                5.0

                Awesome product.

                By Just me

                from Jackson, TN

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

                I own three of these. Very easy to set up. Works great. I buy most of my apple products from B&H. Great price and no sales taxes in Tennessee !!!

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                5.0

                If you use Apple Tv, then buy this.

                By Evan

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me High bandwidth user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home network

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

                  Point of view: I cut the cord and only stream. My old router dropped the connection, so we could never get through a movie without it stalling. Since I bought this, streaming has been perfect. Also, the AC wifi is very fast if you have an AC device.

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

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                  5.0

                  Great!

                  By Ketajo

                  from SLC, UT

                  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):

                    Set up was easy, and it works! Need I say more?

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

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                    5.0

                    Definitely Stronger Wifi

                    By S. McG

                    from Fort Worth, TX

                    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
                      • Small Networks

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

                      I replaced a previous version airport extreme with the new, 6th generation base station. I have 2 airport express units used to extend the wifi signal. Without replacing the express units, I have seen a 20% increse in wifi signal strength. I don't have any 802.11ac gear but I am still happy with the upgrade. The stronger signal at a farther distance is great.

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

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                      5.0

                      I love the Time Machine support

                      By Ringhome

                      from Tucson, AZ

                      About Me High bandwidth user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Only Usb 20 Port
                      • Only Usb2 Port

                      Best Uses

                      • Home network

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

                      I use it as a replacement for my gen2 Airport Extreme. It is being used in the Dual-band mode, both bands at once for best interference mitigation.

                      What I love most is the Time Machine support. I don't need it for myself, but my wife's laptop is difficult to get -- always in use. So, wireless backup via Time Machine. It spins-down the drive when it's not in use.

                      It's sleek and elegant, as well.

                      It has a USB 2.0 port for a shared drive. It will handle a bus-powered 2.5" drive. Would've been nicer if it were 3.0.

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

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                      5.0

                      Extremely nice and fast Apple router!

                      By Tutaboy

                      from Seattle, WA

                      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
                        • Small Networks

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

                        This Airport Extreme Base Station router is superb! A very reliable and consistent performer across the board. Very easy set up. Got it up and running in 5 minutes. It's a bit pricey, but I guess you get what you pay for. If you want consistency and reliability, this is the product you would want to get!

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

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                        5.0

                        Solid Product

                        By Brett

                        from Ipswich,MA

                        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):

                          Easy to setup. Walks you through the settings. Very good WIFI strength

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

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                          5.0

                          Easy set up as breeze

                          By pigikids

                          from Temple city, CA

                          About Me High bandwidth user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home network

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

                            Easy set up
                            Great range
                            handsome looking

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

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                            5.0

                            Fantastic, Fast, Strong Signal!

                            By SC

                            from La Quinta, CA

                            About Me High bandwidth user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Large Networks

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

                              Provide coverage of my large lot & home.

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

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                              5.0

                              The answer to all of my wi-fi issues

                              By Brett

                              from Alpharetta, GA

                              About Me High bandwidth user

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • I Cannot Think Of 1

                              Best Uses

                              • Home network
                              • Large Networks
                              • Small Networks

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

                              I have a 3 level home and was using a router with extender. I had constant connectivity issues based upon location in the house. This airport extreme is AWESOME. No need for an extender and it is lightning fast. It easily covers the entire house. I have 2 imacs, 3 apple tv's, 3 ipads, 6 iphones, and 4 mac laptops connected and have had zero issues with bandwith or speed.

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

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                              5.0

                              Apple Extreme speed an easy

                              By Mark G

                              from Texas

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

                              Easiest setup ever, got it to support 3D movies streamed to my Samsung TV. It does a great job.

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                              5.0

                              Airport Extreme

                              By Di

                              from Palm Springs, CA

                              About Me High bandwidth user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    Airport Extreme has been great. Had an old Linksys and it was time for upgrade. Easy set up. Greater range than before. We do have both Apple products and PC products and all connected fine except one older PC. Still can't figure out why. Otherwise, extremely happy with purchase.

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

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