Apple - Geek Squad Certified Refurbished Extreme Wireless Base Station - White
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Next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi for up to 3x faster data rates*"
Secure connections and compatibility with Mac computers, PCs, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and more
All-new design with a smaller footprint
Powerful beamforming antenna array for higher performance and range
Easy setup with a Mac, Apple® iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod® touch
Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi
Connect a USB printer or hard drive and access it wirelessly
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- AirPort Extreme Base Station
- Power cord
- Owner's manual
- Wi-Fi Speed1300 megabits per second
- Wireless StandardAC, N
- Form FactorPlug-in
- Band TechnologyDual
- Frequency Band5.0 GHz
- Antenna TypeInternal
- Number of LAN Ports1
- Number of PoE (Power over Ethernet) Ports1
- Product NameGeek Squad Certified Refurbished Extreme Wireless Base Station
- Model NumberGCRF ME918LL/A
- Color CategoryWhite
- Security FeaturesBuilt-in firewall
- Data EncryptionNo
- Encryption TypeOther
- Firewall TypeOther
- App CompatibleYes
- App NameAirPort Utility App
- Auto DetectingYes
- Number of WAN Ports1
- Port Type(s)RJ-45, USB
- System RequirementsMac with OS X 10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3; iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3; Printing: Mac OS X 10.2.7 or later; PC with Windows 8, 7 SP1, Vista SP2 or XP SP3; Shared USB drive: Mac with OS X 10.4.8 or later; PC
- Bluetooth EnabledYes
- Power SourcePower over Ethernet (PoE)
- Product Height6.6 inches
- Product Length3.85 inches
- Product Width3.85 inches
- Product Weight2.08 pounds
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts90 days
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor90 days
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 335 reviews(335 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Apple AirPort Extreme Wireless Router 802.11acPosted .
I used old AirPort Extreme for years and never had problems connecting 3 iPhones, 1 iPad, 1 Mac, 3 PCs, 1 Samsung TV, Apple TV 3, Wii, PS3 So, when I saw this deal $99 for New Generation AirPort Extreme I could not resist and bought it on-line and choose to deliver it to local Best Buy. Router was Refurbished by Best Buy Geek squad. The only thing I found is small, hardly noticeable nick on top. Probably router was damaged during shipping or maybe fall down. Either way, it works just like it should. And I noticed significant increase in speed. For example WD My Cloud Network server now works twice faster. Three persons can stream movies on different devises simultaneously with no problems. Setup was easy, just like everything Apple. Couple seconds and you in business. Yes, I could buy the same refurbished router on eBay, but prefer local store, since I can inspect and return it if necessary.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
You Can't Go Wrong With An Apple ProductPosted .
Apple rarely disappoints and always works as advertised and the Airport Extreme is no different. I bought 3 Geek Squad Refurbished units and the only criticism I can give is that unlike Apple's Refurbished units, the Geek Squad units were all scratched, some were smudged, and all were covered in gobs of adhesive from what I assume had been large stickers on the sides of the units. That's the bad. The Good is that those issues are all cosmetic. They actually work just fine. I'll forgo the usual boring review & reveal a trick/ hidden menu & features I found along my recommendations for who should buy this router & who should not. Bsdically, it's the ideal router to buy for your college student (I'll explain why) among other types of consumers & home networking situations. But first, the hidden menu. In the Apple Airport Utility screen, you can hold down the 'alt' key while you click "Edit" in the Utility window to get detailed information about each of the devices connected to the network. You will see a list of your wireless clients (connected devices) either by their customized names (if you've done so), product name, or their individual IP address. Each device has a triangle icon that is a drop-down menu which when clicked, gives information on IP address, MAC address, quality of connection, data rare (connection speed), RSSI, and the PHY Mode (802.11ac or n or b or g, etc.). It is very handy. Most users don't know this hidden menu exists or that the Airport Extreme can even give you this information. I also can attest to IPV6 working beautifully on my network. Your ISP & cable modem both must support & connect to IPV6 in order to justify enabling it on the Apple Extreme, but mine did (I used a common IPV6 test site that you can find online) and my Apple Extreme has been seamlessly connecting to IPV6 sites ever since. I live in a congested area of condo living where we not only have numerous overlapping networks but also a glut of Comcast Xfinity gateways hosting xfinitywifi hotspots for general use. The Apple Extreme operating on the 5GHz weather bands has been an advantage I won't soon give up. The Extreme is actually an AC1750 router (most people don't know that) and despite lacking QoS, beamforming antennae, MU-MIMO, mesh, and some other of the newer features routers now flaunt, it holds its own against higher ac routers double or triple that - even the new Velop. In tests for throughput in small to mid-sized homes the Apple Extreme only starts to lag behind where these routers like Google wifi, Linksys Velop, etc., are engaging mesh & MU-MIMO to cover large areas and hard-to-reach corners. If you don't live in a McMansion & want excellent 4K streaming speeds, the Apple Extreme is an excellent choice. If you are a gamer in a 5,000-15,000 sqft home with 20 wireless clients, then you should be buying the Nighthawk X10 or the Asus. Despite Apple seemingly turning their attention away from home networking, the Apple Airport Extreme is still an absolutely solid router - no fuss, no muss - for those people who aren't looking to flash DDWRT or customize their router in the same way phones & srreaming boxes are jailbroken and for anyone who wants to buy a solid router they know will work out of the box with few if any limitations and little to no intervention or networking knowledge needed. It's also the IDEAL router for your college student who needs solid performance, plug & play setup, excellent manufacturer support, and can work well in extremely congested high traffic areas like apartments, dorms, & campus living.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
My Wii fi goes along wayPosted .
I tested my Wii fi extension and it kept me connected one and a half blocks awayI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The best routerPosted .
This router is easy to setup, fast and good performance, I will buy another oneI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Better than previous modelPosted .
I had the previous extreme. So getting this was an easy choice. The old one just wasn't reliable anymore, so I decided to bite the bullet and get a new one. It was worth it. As always, the setup wax pretty easy. I just had to plug in all of the passwords and numbers of the local one. I wish there was a way of saving and importing the settings from an old extreme to an old one though. They made one large improvement in this one. The power cable is just a straight cable now. No gig power block in the line for my cat to knock off (again).I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good deal, but not recommended unless tech savvyPosted .
As other reviews say, it comes in a brown box, no instructions, set up for someone else's network. So far, so good with mine after one week and some setup time. If you are not tech savvy, I recommend just paying the extra to buy a new one. I spent over an hour getting it set up, including googling to figure out the problems, and simultaneous problems with my cable internet going down at the same time (Murphy's Law). Here is a summary so maybe you won't have to spend as much time. 1. Before taking your current network offline to install the AirPort, download the AirPort Utility from the Apple iOS app store or use the airport utility included with a Mac. This will be used later to set it up. 2. Factory default reset. Press and hold with a pen or straightened paperclip the tiny reset button on the bottom back of the unit. While continuing to hold the button, reconnect the power cord. Keep holding the reset button until you see the tiny status light on the front start to flash amber rapidly, which should occur after about six seconds. It takes a bit of dexterity to push the button and plug in at the same time. Another person could help. The Apple support web site has more info. https://support.apple.com/ 3. Use the AirPort Utility to set it up. It pretty well guides you through it. There is probably more help on this on the Apple web site, but I did not use it. Things seemed to be all OK after this step, but after about 1/2 hour of use we had connectivity problems. See the next step. 4. I had problems with the "Internet" in the AirPort utility showing "Connection" as "Disconnected" a short time after repeated soft resets of the AirPort using the utility. In other words, it was indicating that the cable modem the router is connected to was not connected to the internet. Checking the cable modem showed that it was connected. Some more googling showed that there have been problems with some cable internet providers and IPv6. To solve this problem, use the AirPort Utility, tap/click on the router icon and tap/click "Edit". In the iOS utility, tap "IPv6", then "Configure IPv6", then set to "Link-local only" (default is "Automatic"). This turns off IPv6 through your internet service provider but keeps in for your local network. You can research this if you want, but seeming experts say there are security issues using IPv6 and my speed tests show there is no impact to performance. 5. Enjoy your new router! If your situation is like mine, you should be up and running. I expect these steps may change in the future as technology changes, but hopefully this will help some people save some time in the meantime.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Perfect for all My Home WiFi Needs!Posted .
I have always been a devoted apple product user and when my first generation apple Time Capsule started to go on me I started looking into a new option. I have been using this base station for some time now and love it. Since it was a refurbished model the Geek Squad failed to remove the last users settings on it so I had a bit of stumbling effort getting it removed and set up new for me. But once I got passed that it was super easy to set up and connect all of my devices. I even connected an ethernet hub to it to extend its reach out to some of my wired devices. The Wifi signal is very strong but I expected it to have more distance and since it is set up in the rear of my home, when I am near the front of or out in the front yard of my house the signal starts to weaken and fade out. It has yet to drop any of my connect wifi devices, nor have I had to restart it like I used to have to do regularly near the end of my old Time Capsules life. If I had the extra money I probably would have went with the next level up that has a built in hard drive for time machine backups. But I was able to connect a usb external hard drive and use that external hard drive to back up all my apple computers to it via time machine. Which in my opinion is kind of a better option anyway since one of the main reasons I had to get a new wireless base station was because the hard drive was failing in my old Time Capsule. And by using an external hard drive instead of an internal hard drive, it makes replacing it less expensive than replacing the entire wireless base station. This is a great device and essential to our family's digital life as well as to our business needs.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good router if you own a MacPosted .
I bought this for two reasons: to extend my existing Wi-Fi network and to add 802.11ac. Because my primary router is the 3rd generation Apple Airport Extreme, this 5th generation would play nicely when extending its Wi-Fi via Apple's Airport Utility. This generation has been redesigned to be a vertical-standing tower with more antennas and more output power. I did notice better signal strength on my existing devices that were on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11n networks. While the 802.11ac network met expectations for speed, I was surprised that with beam-forming (it's in the 802.11ac specification, and intended to direct the wireless signal for better connection), its range is not noticeably better than 5 GHz 802.11n (which does not use beam-forming, as I understand). If centrally located in a small single-family home, this would work well as a single router. It is easy to set up and administer, but that's if you use a Mac, which has the Airport Utility bundled in the OS. A scaled-down version of Airport Utility is available as an iOS app, but the desktop version is required to set up the first time. Since there's no web interface to administer an Airport Extreme, you have to install Airport Utility on a Windows PC, which I wouldn't recommend if you're PC-only. Linux users are also out of luck. However, once set up, the router works fine connecting to Linux, Windows, and Android devices (as it should!). I had reservations about buying a refurbished unit, but the one I received had no scratches or blemishes, and operates (to my unprofessional eye) like it were new. (FYI, for anyone also wants to extend their network with two Airport routers: in Airport Utility, the option to "extend an existing network" means to turn the second router into a wireless repeater, which can cut speeds by as much as 50%. Because I could run Cat 6 Ethernet cable between the two routers, I wanted to turn the second router into an access point, which is the "create a new network" option that requires you to enter all the SSID and password info to match that of the first router.)I would recommend this to a friend
Q: QuestionWhats the return policy on an item like this "refurbished" it is standard Best Buy? Are there an re-stocking fees? thanks in advance.
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer As I recall, it came with a warranty and I read nothing about any restocking fee. I think it said you could return to any Best buy store. Mine was flawless and works just fine. It came with no manual but all info you need is available on apple.com. It was a significant savings compared to a new one. This AC router is definitely faster than the old wireless N extreme router I replaced.
Answered by Billybob
Asked by Question.
- A:Answer It will vary by device, but each one is tested by Apple or Geek Squad and certified as working properly. They are also guaranteed under warranty with Geek Squad.
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Asked by Ernie.
- A:Answer It’s the same as from Apple, 1 year
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Q: QuestionWill the airport extreme improve my wireless connection in a back room of my house. Do I need to buy additional parts or does the AE transmit to any type of computer. If this does not improve the wifi will I be able to return it?
Asked by LindyLou.
- A:Answer Lindy transmit distance depends on many factors that are quite complicated. Primarily distance and the environment between where you install the AE and when the clients will reside that communicate back to the AE. If you have normal home construction with wood stud walls and sheet rock and little to no interference you should expect the AE to cover about 50 Meters or 150 feet. Any variation to the construction or interference will reduce the speed of the connection. The AE will support any computer that adheres to the 802.11AC or previous standards for either 2.4Ghz or 5.7Ghz wireless bands. Check the computer and if it has a wireless card it will indicate what 802.11 standard it supports. (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) are all supported by the AE. I have never had an issue returning items to Bestbuy within the allotted timeframe by the return policy. It is shorter for electronics so be sure to check and make sure you have time to install and test.
Answered by Dbyford
Q: QuestionCan this iphone be used for Verizon?
Asked by Bomber.
- A:Answer No, this can only be used to speak to the internet. You may only call the internet, but the internet may also call you. For a product that can be used with Verizon, you must get a cellular device with a keypad for calling other things than the internet.
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Asked by Dr1434.
- A:Answer It clearly says Geek Squad.
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Asked by Ace.
- A:Answer 6.5in x 4 in
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Asked by Cholo.
- A:Answer Yes. I have 3 of these scattered around my house. They're all working together, and are maintained through the AirPort Utility on iOS or Mac.
Answered by John