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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Apple AirPort Extreme Wireless Router 802.11ac

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    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    You Can't Go Wrong With An Apple Product

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    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    My Wii fi goes along way

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    I tested my Wii fi extension and it kept me connected one and a half blocks away

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The best router

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    This router is easy to setup, fast and good performance, I will buy another one

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Better than previous model

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    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
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good deal, but not recommended unless tech savvy

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    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Perfect for all My Home WiFi Needs!

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    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent WiFi Router

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    Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.

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    The Apple Airport Extreme was easiest set for a router I have seen. Minimal steps and you are ready to go. In fact, this router walls you through the steps and you are on. Have been using this for 2 years without a glitch.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good router if you own a Mac

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    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Simple set-up, great coverage very stable/reliable

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    A local audio/video boutique recommended this as their wireless router of choice when they do custom high-end AV system installs because of it's stability, strong signal, reliability, and ease-of-et-up. They were right on all counts. Be aware this comes in that Ugly Apple Hospital White color.....it sticks out like a sore thumb located amongst all my black AV gear where it is located. Atheistically, it looks like it belongs in an emergency room. I'm thinking of either spray-painting it, or, covering it with a black sock. This is a $200-ish item, and previously I have spent $50-$75 for a wireless router, so, I made a big step up in price but it makes a marked difference in performance. Great signal strength, especially in horizontal directions. I now have no trouble with break-up or freeze-up of streaming HD video from Netflix, even when streaming on multiple devices. I pay for 16 Mbps from my cable company but my old Belkin wireless router only provided about 8 Mbps to wireless devices around my house....though the back panel Ethernet connections did pass a 16 Mbps signal to hard-wired devices. And, about every 2-4 weeks, I'd notice very slow internet speeds around the house...I would do an online speed test, and find I was getting only around 2 Mbps speed. I would need to un-plug and re-plug the electric connection to the Belkin to regain the regular 16/8 service. With this Apple Airport Extreme, I have had no deterioration in signal quality or internet speed, and, has not needed a reboot. I bought mine as a Geek Squad refurbished item, and it looks and work like new, but the Geeks forgot to include instructions....but I easily found them online. Great performance, easy set-up, stable operation. Just beware of its stark, medical-clinic white color.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Always wanted one

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    The reputation of these units is well deserved. I wanted one last time I bought a modem but was unwilling to part with the $2000 and got another common name product, which workd for 4+ years before it became unreliable... so looking for a replacement I found this refurb unit for about my proce point and decided to take the risk on a refurb. I knew Apple always uses great componenets, so I figured if it works, it will probably continue to work for a long time. What a difference! Strong signal all through my (admittedly small) house and reaches to my car in the driveway and into my back yard to listen to Apple Music while I work.Never drops a signal! Wish I had sprung for this in the first place. I'm going to attach my backup HD to the USB port for Time Machine backups. What else could you want from a router? Wired outlets are as expected.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome Product

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    I purchased the new 2TB Time Capsule the first day it arrived in the Apple stores. Set up was quite easy, even though I had existing routers on my network. The airport utility on my Mac instantly found the time capsule and proceeded to set it up. The first backup took most of the night to complete. I previously used a USB2 Hard drive to do my backups, and I knew that backing up over a network would be slower than a USB device, but I was surprised by how slow it was. Incremental backups seem to take about 10 minutes, where my USB drive was typically less than a minute. It seems to take some time to find the hard drive on the network, and then prepare the backup for download to the TC. However, I no longer have to keep my USB drive plugged in, and remember to properly dismount it each time I take my Mac on the road, so all in all I'm happy to live with the trade off of slower backups against the benefit of never having to remember to connect/disconnect my hard drive to accomplish a backup. Overall I'm very pleased and would recommend the TC for anyone who wants a simple set and forget backup solution. It also seems to function quite well as an access point, with a very strong signal even when I'm on the third floor of my house and the TC is on the first floor.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very easy to setup using my MacBook Pro

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    Pretty easy to setup using my MacBook Pro. I like the fact I can not broadcast my SID so everyone in the neighborhood can see. The range and speed is good. I have it located in the center of my house. I have my external WD drive hooked up to the USB and use Time Machine to backup my MacBook Pro wirelessly....The first backup wirelessly takes a while so be patient. I can see every device connected to my Airport Extreme which is good. Very intuitive, easy to setup and looks nice sitting on the shelf.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The verdict is still out

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    I believe this is going to be a great product for our family. It was very easy to set up and all of our other Apple products were quickly recognized and connected. I enjoy the ease of sharing our printer with this device. It was a bit tricky with our last router. Since the router is in a different location than our previous one, I am not sure if we are getting the same signal strength or distance. I will need to place the router in the same location as our last router to test if the change in location is the cause of having a weaker signal in some areas.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Quality, Great Speed, Great Price

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    Apple Airport Extreme is the end all of WiFi routers. Easiest setup for anyone with an iOS or MacOS device. This things is meant to last for many, many, many years to come. If you have a internet package capable of speeds greater than 100mbps and less than 1,000mbps this things will last till the end of time. You can add unlimited Apple Airports to this one hub and “mesh” your whole house together. Much cheaper alternative than the new Mesh routers.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I have Wi FI on all 3 floors.

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    I paired this with the Airport express. And I now have Wi Fi on all three floors of my house. The base station is on the third floor close to my router and the express is on the first floor. I do not have a Mac computer but I do have an iPad. You do need an iOS device in order to set this up. I have ATT DSL, three floors in a brick home. I have tried different things over the years, Netgear WN2000RPT worked ok, but the signal would not reach the first floor consistently.TP-Link AV500 Powerline gave me a weak signal if one at all. This worked. I was considering buying a mesh Wi FI system but they are all very expensive. Buying refurbished saved a lot of money. About half of the normal cost. And you can still get Apple help with a refurbished product. I had a phone tech talk me through set up.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice fast router

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    Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.

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    Noticed WiFi response was much fast than my old router when connecting Apple devices

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Serves its purpose

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    I bought this refurbished Airport Extreme to replace a refurbished Airport Extreme that I purchased through Amazon. I was extremely disappointed that the Airport Extreme that I purchased through Amazon stopped working after approximately 5 months (I paid $20.00 less that the full price but at the time thought it would be worth the money. I found this refurbished Airport Extreme through Best Buy at a price that I could not resist. I told myself that if this Airport Extreme stopped working like the one I purchased through Amazon then it would be worth the price I paid. I only paid $99.00 for this Airport Extreme through Best Buy. So far so good, no problems with the device. Only time will tell.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Seamless Integration in a Mac Environment

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    I've used Apple AirPorts since the first generation of devices and have always found them easy to install and maintain. This is my third AirPort Extreme AC that I've installed. In truth, it's overkill. The other two provide more than adequate coverage, especially for N-Band devices. Mainly I want to provide a stronger signal for AC coverage so that I can utilize U-Verse gigabit internet more effectively. Newer AC devices seem to connect to the AC band easier and maintain a better throughput speed than older devices that are also using AC. I expect this to a degree, but was surprised to the extent I found it to be true. Primarily I've used Apples hardware because of ease of use and seamless integration with their products. Would highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Product is great but have some flow in Best Buy

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    I use Linksys CM3008 modem with this wifi router. Working great with Apple airport extreme Base. The only trick to set up is, first set up Apple router without connecting the modem and once you get green LED on the router, then establish the connection between modem and router. Meanwhile, you can update MAC id with your internet service provider. Best Buy sold this item as refurbished, but when I run product warranty coverage I came to know that the product is 18 months old. BestBuy should have sold it as 'Used.' device rather than Refurbished. Also, the device was not reset properly. I should have asked refunding some amount. I have doubt that BB would allow publishing my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend