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AppleAirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation)
 
4.7

(based on 175 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (144)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (158)
  • Reliable connection (144)
  • Fast connection (139)
  • Secure connection (129)
  • Fast (128)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (8)
  • Unreliable connection (5)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Price (3)

Best Uses

  • Home network (149)
  • Small networks (40)
  • Large networks (14)
  • Home (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • High bandwidth user (126), Low bandwidth user (34), Tech savvy (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (149), Business (17)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (131), PC (32)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally, a Router that just works!

I've used a few routers in my day. I've had Linksys, D-link, Netgear, and I'm sure others I've forgotten about. They all had one thing in common: malfunction. Each device would...Read complete review

I've used a few routers in my day. I've had Linksys, D-link, Netgear, and I'm sure others I've forgotten about. They all had one thing in common: malfunction. Each device would link up and work fine for a while but inexplicably drop the connection and either need to reboot or simply fail to work no matter what I did.

I bought the AirPort Extreme because I just wanted my wireless router to work without constant maintenance.

Boy was I impressed!

Not only had the unit not dropped one single connection since I've had it in operation (the better part of a year), the speeds established have been far faster as well!

It is not the cheapest option out there, for sure, but then again, I tried the cheapos. I will gladly pay more for a wi-fi router that does it's job without fuss and keeps on ticking.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beware The Ides of March

I've had this base station about a month and had expectations of a 5 star piece of equipment after reading the reviews., But my experience has been 3 stars at best.
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I've had this base station about a month and had expectations of a 5 star piece of equipment after reading the reviews., But my experience has been 3 stars at best.

Setup was not plug and play. The auto setup configured the station so my ISP could send and receive information while the AirPort control panel reported no internet connection. It took a call to Apple support who knew exactly what the problem was and less than a minute to change one parameter. Apparently it is a common set up error with certain ISPs. Too bad, that information was not in the manual or Apple FAQs.

I'm still working on configuring it to print and scan using a Brother all-in-one. My computer recognizes the print function but when I try to scan a document it indicates no scanner is attached. Sharing the print function wirelessly was as simple as configuring the computer to use the wifi printer.

Wifi connection to a MacBook Pro has been seamless with no drop outs to date and good connection speed. There is a brief ISP disruption when my work station comes out of sleep mode. Restarting Safari establishes a connection.

Had to use alternate VoIP setup for the station to connected to my ISP. Voice quality with the alternate setup is better than most cell phones.

All-in-all it is a good base station for Apple computers. I recommend it knowing there can be several setup issues.

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5.0

WOW - I was wireless in 10 minutes!

By The Design Nerd

from Tempe, Arizona

About Me High bandwidth user

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home network

    Comments about Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation):

    I just love my new Apple Airport Extreme! It was easy to set up and works like a champ.

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

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    5.0

    Love it.

    By Rockland

    from Nyack, 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 (5th Generation):

      Consistent!

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

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      5.0

      It just works

      By nickrjones

      from Raleigh NC

      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 (5th Generation):

      My old Linksys WRT54GSX couldn't keep up with the number of wireless devices or allow enough ports to be opened to access facetime etc. considered other routers with more features but at the end of the day I decided to get something that you unbox power up and in a few minutes your up and running without having to constantly mess around with the configuration. It's fast and reliable works with all my internet enabled devices, Mac, Win, SONOS, BlueRay and iDevices, glad I went for simplicity.

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

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      5.0

      Exactly what we ordered

      By Andrea

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me High bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Networks

        Comments about Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation):

        Quick shipment and quality product. B&H Always delivers

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Extremely powerful!

        By desiqner

        from sacramento, ca

        About Me High bandwidth user

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        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 (5th Generation):

          This router is so easy to setup and it solved all my networking problems at home....truly extremely powerful!

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

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          5.0

          Worth Every Penny

          By Z23 Studios

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          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 (5th Generation):

            I purchased this product to create a stronger wireless network for my business. Little did I know just how fast this would make my wireless devices act. I love it and it was a great buy.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            5.0

            apple airport extreme

            By Apple User

            from Orange

            About Me Low bandwidth user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

            • Average Signal Strength

            Best Uses

            • Home network

            Comments about Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation):

            Standard apple router used to extend a network. It could send out a stronger/wider signal, but it is on par with other apple routers and was very easy to install.

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

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            5.0

            THE Reliable Router

            By Chris

            from Suwanee, 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

              Comments about Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation):

              I have been searching for a RELIABLE N router for a while. While my older WRT54G which is G band has been rock solid reliable, not so with many wifi N routers I had. I tested many other brands but they all had issue, mainly dropping the wifi connection or stopped working. I even went back and used my WRT54G. After I bought the Apple Airport Extreme I found what I was looking for. It has been very reliable for months now with 7.6.1 firmware. No wifi dropping, no issues. If you looking for a reliable N router, this is THE router to get. I highly recommend it.

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

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              1.0

              Very hard to use hard drive

              By Tadpolewater

              from NJ

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Unreliable connection

                Best Uses

                • Home network

                Comments about Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation):

                I have WD extenal hard drive. I have tried connection this hard however, it is not .
                Because, not reading some hard drive model.
                Also, I have samsung ML-2010 laser printer but it not cover this drive with Mac OX 10.8.3 with this model printer.

                Now, just use with wireless router only.

                I am not recommed this product.

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

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                4.0

                Straight forward works fine

                By Shooey

                from Ct

                About Me Low bandwidth user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home network

                  Comments about Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation):

                  Wrks right out of the box. Set up is easy. A little pricey.

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

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                  5.0

                  Great product!

                  By Dave

                  from Central Ohio

                  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 (5th Generation):

                    I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a wireless router! It was easy to set up, and it works great with all of my wireless devices!

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

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                    3.0

                    Beware The Ides of March

                    By DPLLC

                    from Phoenix, AZ

                    About Me High bandwidth user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Connection Speed
                    • Reliable connection
                    • Secure Connection

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Set Up

                    Best Uses

                    • Home network

                    Comments about Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation):

                    I've had this base station about a month and had expectations of a 5 star piece of equipment after reading the reviews., But my experience has been 3 stars at best.

                    Setup was not plug and play. The auto setup configured the station so my ISP could send and receive information while the AirPort control panel reported no internet connection. It took a call to Apple support who knew exactly what the problem was and less than a minute to change one parameter. Apparently it is a common set up error with certain ISPs. Too bad, that information was not in the manual or Apple FAQs.

                    I'm still working on configuring it to print and scan using a Brother all-in-one. My computer recognizes the print function but when I try to scan a document it indicates no scanner is attached. Sharing the print function wirelessly was as simple as configuring the computer to use the wifi printer.

                    Wifi connection to a MacBook Pro has been seamless with no drop outs to date and good connection speed. There is a brief ISP disruption when my work station comes out of sleep mode. Restarting Safari establishes a connection.

                    Had to use alternate VoIP setup for the station to connected to my ISP. Voice quality with the alternate setup is better than most cell phones.

                    All-in-all it is a good base station for Apple computers. I recommend it knowing there can be several setup issues.

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

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                    5.0

                    Apple!!!!

                    By Mark B

                    from Cincinnati, OH

                    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 (5th Generation):

                      Easy to use and fast....
                      Works great with Mac and PC.

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

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                      5.0

                      Its working

                      By omosono

                      from Chepachet, RI

                      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 (5th Generation):

                        For home use this was a wise choice. I have several Apple products and this router is seamless to operate. The compatibility of Apple to Apple is well worth the price. I do not need any thing else like more ports or usb 3.0 etc. as other routers offer. No software to install other than a free app for Air port utility & your in. My Mac wireless speeds have increased and I Pad & Touch are just as fast. Hope to connect a NAS soon.

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

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                        4.0

                        Overpriced

                        By Usefulbells

                        from Weston, FL

                        About Me Low bandwidth user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast Connection Speed
                        • Reliable connection

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Set Up

                        Best Uses

                        • Home network

                        Comments about Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation):

                        I am a "senior techie"; maybe a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. I usually setup devices without help but this item required two calls to Apple tech support.

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

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                        5.0

                        AirPort Extreme Base Station

                        By Old Chub

                        from Southern, 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 (5th Generation):

                          I recently changed over from a Linksys/Cisco home network to the AirPort Extreme. We did not have any problems setting it up. In fact I would have to say it was the easiest router I have ever set up. Worked right out of the box and we are using it with PC's not Macs. If you have any issues with Linksys/Cisco I would highly recommend the Apple Airport Express to replace it.
                          The USB port allowed us to attach the label printer and ext HDD to the network using a hub.

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

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                          5.0

                          The Best Wireless Router out there!

                          By LabelSensei

                          from New Bedford, MA

                          About Me High bandwidth user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Expand Your Network
                            • Home network
                            • Large Networks
                            • Small Networks

                            Comments about Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation):

                            I needed a wireless router for my Art Department that would also serve as a mini inline router so I could network in a few more devices like a scanner, a Windows PC and a Mac. The beauty of this device, as with all Apple devices is the simplicity of installation. Just plugged it in, ran Airport Utility and used all the default settings.. Bingo! It works like a charm. I even plugged in a USB printer to share on the network! It looks nice and is low profile without those wacky antennae you see on most wireless routers, and, of course, the packaging was top notch.

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

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                            5.0

                            Fantastic Wireless Router

                            By Initiator

                            from Cerritos, 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 (5th Generation):

                              I've been a proud Apple user for many years. Recently, I needed to replace a flaky Linksys wireless router that needed to be reset several times a week. After looking at my available options, and reading positive reviews for the AirPort Extreme, I decided to buy this. I am glad I did. I couldn't be more pleased with it. It really does live up to its positive reviews. It's simple to setup and extremely reliable. Yes, you could pay less for something else, but you get what you pay for.

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

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                              5.0

                              best router

                              By herofighter

                              from Burbank Ca

                              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
                                • Large Networks
                                • Small Networks

                                Comments about Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation):

                                I had a medilink router . i had to set it up every day on my sony tv for nexflix to work . I got the Airport Extreme ..The set up was so easy. I like the one led light . so simple. if its a steady green your net work is working. Its been a steady green since a installed it. no more multiple flashing
                                lights that you don't know what they mean. the nexflix works great. the speed on my computers are amazing. the unit looks really neat

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

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                                3.0

                                Terrific for Mac, not for iPhone 4S

                                By Kayak Dan

                                from Washington DC Metro Area

                                About Me High bandwidth user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Unreliable connection

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation):

                                  Clean and easy set up with MacBook Pros, but iPhone 4S could not connect. It would be a shame if Apple is forcing hardware upgrades across the board but I have to wonder.

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

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