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Apple 802.11AC Airport Extreme (Launched June 2013)

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  • Up to 3x faster Wi-Fi base station
  • Simultaneous dual-band support
  • Smaller footprint. More desk space
  • Easy setup
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Technical Details
BrandApple
Item Weight943 g
Product Dimensions9.8 x 9.8 x 16.8 cm
Item model numberME918B/A
Wireless Type802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB00DCR3VV8
Best Sellers Rank 1,721 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 Kg
Date First Available10 Jun 2013
  
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Product Description

Product Description

AIRPORT EXTREME 802.11AC, launched June 2013

Box Contains

AirPort Extreme
Power supply>
documentation

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Dr Gonzo on 3 July 2013
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I bought this to replace an ASUS RT-N56U - 300Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Router. 802.11n, Hardware NAT, 5 Internal Antennas, Fast Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless HD content streaming, 3 Year Warranty which kept dropping wi-fi connections and gave erratic speeds. The second one of these I had in fact.

This brand-new Airport Extreme had just come out and I couldn't find too many reviews on it but what I could find seemed very favourable. It is also 802.11ac compliant which is no use to me at the moment but gives me some future-proofing when I upgrade my laptop in months to come. It's worth noting that it's a, b, g & n compliant too which means it will allow legacy hardware to connect with no problems.

The specs all seemed good:

It has a USB connection for an external hard-drive or printer. I'm using it for NAS and Time Machine backups. I'm a little puzzled why Apple stuck with USB 2.0 here instead of USB 3.0 - I assume they think their customers will generally only use this port for attaching a printer. A shame really, as having a USB 3.0 hard-drive attached would give a nice speed boost. Far from a deal-breaker though.

It has a dual-band transmitter which is crucial in crowded wi-fi suburbia. None of my neighbours operate on 5GHz which means I get a nice, clean signal.

It has 3 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and 1 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN port. Mine is connected to a Gigabit switch via a LAN port as I'm operating it in bridging mode, letting the modem deal with DHCP and DNS.

Setup is typically Apple and very easy via Apple's Airport Utility.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wartime on 17 Nov 2013
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My BT Hub 3 router was ok but you get what you pay for. I've been a Mac user for 35 years but I'd reached the stage with HS Fibre Optics, that my system demanded more. So after reading endless reviews, some good some poor, I took the plunge. I have four Macs using Airport and for the first time I could sit with my MacBookPro at 60 feet away in the garden and still get a very good signal. It runs cool, which is good. Setup was a bit tricky but there's loads of advice on You Tube. I was over the moon, however, with the facility to stream music from one end of the bungalow to the other and into an Airport Express linked into the phono sockets of my Quad 44 pre-amp. I can now play my entire music collection onto my hi-fi system, unfortunately making my cd player somewhat redundant. The Apple 802.11AC is the best gear I've bought in recent months.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Birch on 8 Aug 2013
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I'll keep this short: living in a reasonably sized semi-detached, with thick walls, I have a few wifi dead spots (and no chance of getting a signal in the garden!).

Originally, I bought an Airport Express to extend the existing network - this enabled me to get a reasonable signal in the garden, but there were still a few dead spots or areas that were unacceptably weak.

Having now returned the Express and reluctantly bought the Extreme, I've been able to eliminate all of these issue - Wifi strength is now acceptable throughout the house, so although it's more expensive than I would like for what I'm using it as (a glorified Wireless AP), it does do the job well.

Of note - when unpacking it, I'm glad that I had read an external review before ordering, noting that the reviewer had almost dropped the Airport when opening the box. I'd also warn that this is fairly easy to do - if I hadn't have read this beforehand, I could easily imagine that I would have done the same!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Staffy 45 on 16 Sep 2013
I bought this router to replace the BT Infinty Home Hub 3, which was terrible. Very easy to install and once setup I have found that my speed has increased, but best of all I now now stream my music library via Airplay all around the house. It does this with out any effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Harrop on 4 Nov 2013
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With some trepidation ,I decided to upgrade from an earlier model.I was unsure that it would be worth the expense and hassle.however the transfer went very smoothly, the app on my mac detected the new model and offered to transfer the settings and it was no hassle. Performance wise I have seen a very noticeable speed increase an stronger signal throughout the house,I have a a couple of airport express for use with a humax and some speakers.the furthest one away from the unit used to drop out every now and again, but now it shows a strong signal. Overall I am very pleased I did upgrade.i use airplay a lot via Apple TV and the expresses and have seen improvements there too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jack W Levell on 25 Nov 2013
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I read a lot of other people had trouble opening the box but still I dropped in on the floor. Fortunately it still works great but I'd suggest you sit down and do it on the sofa so it doesn't fall on anything hard if it slips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard S on 27 Sep 2014
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Now that I've managed to get this to work, I'm very pleased with the range of the device. It has a range about 50% greater than the previous generation (2011) model that I had before. So that's the good thing.

The problem is that the set up instructions are rubbish and - in total - it took me about three hours to get the damn thing to work, which was very annoying. This is what happened and how I fixed it: I am using the device to extend my wireless network using ethernet cables between Airport Extremes. I have a total of three Airport Extremes in my network.

The on-screen instructions in the Airport Utility are very unclear because, to extend a wireless network using ethernet cables, you need to select "Create a wireless network" in the wireless tab and "Off (bridge mode)" in the network tab. If you are extending a wireless network using ethernet cables you must NOT select "Extend a wireless network" for the router mode in the wireless tab. After three hours of trying I worked out the "Extend a wireless network" applies only if you want to extend a wireless network wirelessly. How confusing is that? I used that option with ethernet cables and my network became unstable.

I hope that helps anyone in a similar situation. Please feel free to ask questions and advice if you would like to.
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