The intelligent, easy-to-use AirPort Extreme Base Station with simultaneous dual-band support is the perfect wireless access point for home, school or office. It offers next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology and delivers high-performance wireless access for Mac computers, PCs and Wi-Fi devices such as iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch and Apple TV.
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With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Extreme gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.
And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.
Designed with performance in mind
With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Extreme now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We 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 technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.
Easy setup for iOS and OS X
Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Extreme and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
If you're using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.
Share your hard drive or printer
AirPort Extreme can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network.
So all the documents, videos, photos, and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.¹
Compatibility and security
Any Wi-Fi 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.
And since AirPort Extreme features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.
¹Wireless printing over USB requires a compatible printer and OS X 10.2.7 or later or Windows 8, 7 SP1, Vista SP2 or XP SP3. Sharing a USB hard drive requires OS X 10.4.8 or later or Windows 8, 7 SP1, Vista SP2 or XP SP3.
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Best Buy Customer Reviews
Wow, good job apple
Posted by: Javster from: on
I originally purchased this item because I needed it in order to extend a network with another Apple product. What I got was fantastic results from a state-of-the-art router. Internet set up was a breeze, the streaming that I was trying to do work flawlessly, and Internet speeds seem to be rather increased from my old AC router. I'm used to using Netgear is an Linksys routers Because of their technology but the Apple router is definitely one of the better Apple networking products in a long time. I highly recommend it specifically because I was able to use the set of feature on my phone. This was so simple to set up. I usually would go into the networking and diagnostic and download and upload capabilities but I don't think you want to hear that here. just know that you actually are getting a solid router. I love the sleek design in the way that it is a minitower and it just goes well with all my other devices.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Reliable, easy to setup, powerful Wi-Fi signal
Posted by: JAMman from: on
Whether you're a Mac or Windows user, this Apple Extreme router is THE ONE to get. Just connect it to your modem with an ethernet cable and your Wi-Fi is set automatically and instantly. No WPS connectivity required. With a modem and Apple Extreme router in my basement (the absolutely worst place to locate these devices) the Wi-Fi signal carries to the upstairs in my 3,600 sq. ft. house -- far better than the Wi-Fi router in my Xfinity gateway modem. So I turned off Wi-Fi on the modem and let the Extreme do the work. I highly recommend this router.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
The very best Router
Posted by: Bat44 from: on
I own a lot of Apple products and when I came into The Rochester, Mn location looking to get a new router, as mine was over 5 yrs old and lost connection alot. I first talked to a geek Squad rep and he was helpful somewhat, but a Apple Rep came down the Router Isle and overheard us talking and took over the conversation in a nice way and showed me the Airport Extreme and explained why it is so awesome. I did not know Apple made routers and how well they worked. He showed me how easy they were to set up and OMG he was spot on as when I got home it made a huge difference with all my devices. I do not lose connection at all anymore and it covers over 2,200 sq feet and my home is 2856 sq feet.. I have many things that use WiFI and all I had to really do with some of my devices was just reset the internet and reconnect to the new router. This is such a AWESOME router. Once again Apple makes great products. I could not thank the Apple rep enough for his time and showing me such a great product.
It also has many great features.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: TheBestBuyGuy from: on
Already had 1 of these guys but the locations the cables were ran in the house made coverage tough.
I purchased this one as a second for added coverage and googled how to set up 2 of them.
I ended up putting them on opposite sides of the house and connecting them physically with existing Cat5 cable. When I powered the second one up it automatically configured itself with a few answered questions and immediately the wifi network was solid through the whole house!
Sleek design, simple configuration and fantastic support articles online to make setting up and using a win!
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Excellent packaging and Easy Setup
Posted by: knicka from: on
I have had the Airport Extreme for only about 24 hours. However, like all the Apple products that I have owned, this one was very well packaged. Not unlike some jewelry.... Setup was quick and easy, about 10 minutes total only because I was double checking the included instructions, which were detailed enough for me as a non-techie. I have had (and wife also), Apple phones, Apple TV and Ipad. Upload and download speeds are little above what I was experiencing with a Actiontec PK5000 (with no 802.11N or AC), but latency is about the same. We are rural and only have DSL at about 15Mb/sec. At these "speeds", it was not expected to show any advantage over the Actiontec upload/download speeds, however, how it handles simultaneous multiple streams appears improved. If this product fails or falters, I will update my review. Of course, it is a nice and slick looking product, with no damage found upon un-boxing it, and all components that were supposed to be included were there. I did have to use a separately obtained CAT 5 jumper to connect it to the router.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
I Like Apple Products, But Not All Are Great
Posted by: hobie1978 from: Johnson City, NY on
I do like Apple products, but why do they all have high ratings? These routers are not that great. I wanted to give one a shot. I actually bought this and a Time Capsule and created an extended network by connecting them together via Ethernet cable. The devices were fairly easy to set up, but I did have the AirPort Extreme crash every time I tried to rename it. So I had to leave it with the default name. Wi-fi performance was lacking, and Netflix and HBO Go would often buffer while watching. I'm an IT Pro and the lack of proper management tools doesn't really do it for me. I can see how this would be good for someone who doesn't push the limits of their networking and doesn't care about configs. This router just didn't light up my world. I went back to my Asus Router and have had zero issues. This product is def. not for everyone.
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Solid Stable and Fast
Posted by: z9999 from: on
I have used many linksys/cisco and netgear routers in the past with many issues. For the last several years, I've been using Apple Airports without issue. I upgraded from a 5th generation AirPort to this wireless AC model.
There is a noticeable difference in how quick pages load (snappiness) and in stability of the connection while using Apple products with wireless AC (retina iMac, 2015 MacBook, iPhone 6, MacBook Pro).
Overall, it was worth the money. It was a solid upgrade with noticeable improvements in speed from the 5th generation AirPort. It's been plugged in and once its been set up, its never been restarted or anything. It just works day after day wirelessly at very near the same speed that you're getting from your internet provider. It makes a wireless internet connection (over AC) feel almost exactly like a gigabit wired connection.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Best wifi access point on the market
Posted by: Techsavoy from: on
In the last year I have purchased a number of connected home wifi devises that need a good wifi signal for them to perform properly. The basic wifi connection I was getting from my cable provider was not cutting it. So I upgraded to their super duper wifi router. Big mistake, although I had some improvement it was still marginal. I called my cable provider and told them my problem and they said to upgrade my wifi signal to 75 Mbps for additional $50 dollars a month. I did see some improvement but again it was marginal. Then my friend told me about the apple AirPort Extreme base station and highly recommended this. Desperate I ran down to Best buys where I have purchased a number of connected home devices. I purchased the AirPort Extreme, took it home, plugged it into my cable router and set it up with apple support. When I hung up with Apple my son was in the adjacent room and ask " Dad did you do something to the wifi ? it is amazingly fast. When I heard that I went around the house checking all my devices and found " through my apps" that my devices were working at there optimum performance. It was a miracle that my friend recommended the AirPort Extreme to me. If you really want a product that does the job. Get an apple AirPort Extreme I highly recommend it.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Excellent wifi router
Posted by: MissAmy from: on
I have been using an Apple Time Capsule as my wireless router for my home. My home is quite large and the interior walls are covered with sound absorbing wallboard as well as insulated. These features limited the range of my Apple Time Capsule wifi router so I opted to put in a remote AirPort Extreme at the opposite end of the home to give my full wifi access throughout my home. The Airport Extrem was an excellent choice, I now have a well balance strong wifi signal throughout my home and outside porches. It was very easy to install as an extended router without using cables. The performance of this unit is flawless and based on my AirPort Time Capsule, which is 8 years old, I expect the same length of service from the new AirPort Extreme. I wold recommend the AirPort Extreme to my friends and family.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: AVGuy101 from: Texarkana on
i have had just about all the latest routers on the market and could not seem to have them keep up with the demanding use that i put on them on a day to day basis. I am very intuitive when it comes to the technological age due to being an aviation electronics technician. i find myself always looking for better and with the Apple Airport Extreme i found it. The extreme replaced the Netgear R6300, which replaced the linksys AC1200. Both were great routers but could not keep up with the gaming, surfing, multiple connected devices....ect.. The apple tech referred me to the airport extreme and after installation i understand. i performed checks all on of the devices and checked my online gaming and it was lightning fast compared to the others. The best thing is that it doesn't just connect apple devices. I have just about everything non apple and some apple devices hooked up and i couldn't be happier. I would recommend this to anyone trying to get the most out of their router and some. - best plus is that it allows up to 50 device connections.