Apple AirPort Extreme

With all due respect to the other authors on Wire and Frost, I’m of the opinion that it is acceptable for a tech person to decide that simplicity and reliability outweigh the ability to flip and tune every switch and knob on the device. That was the situation I was in recently when my several years old router started needing regular reboots in order to function properly. Before I begin, I will just state that I just needed a router for normal everyday use. Connecting to my work VPN, streaming movies, online gaming, and the sort. Nothing too advanced. The Apple AirPort Extreme ended up fitting my needs perfectly.

I wanted something that I knew would work and that wouldn’t cause me much of a headache. I researched all the normal router brands, read varying reviews on ease of setup, reliability, and differing technologies. In doing my due diligence, I also checked Apple’s offering, the Apple AirPort Extreme. Ultimately, I chose this product based on my own experience with Apple’s reliability and ease of setup and several positive reviews from friends and coworkers.

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station

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Last updated on September 17, 2017 12:10 pm
Apple AirPort ExtremeExtreme Specs

Height

6.6 inches (168 mm)

Width

3.85 inches (98 mm)

Depth

3.85 inches (98 mm)

Weight

2.08 pounds (945 g)

Wireless

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac1 Beamforming antenna array

Ports

4 1Gb/s Ethernet Ports and 1 USB Port

Bands

Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

Number of Users

50

Apple AirPort Extreme

Ease of Setup – 5/5

After ordering the Airport from Amazon, setting up the modem was a breeze using the Apple AirPort ExtremeUtility app on the iPhone. Setup can also be done through a Windows PC, but let’s be honest, if you are considering an Apple product, you have either an iPhone or iPad.

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Design – 4/5

It’s a white, rectangular box. Typical Apple styling. My only complaint is that the styling does not match my mainly black devices that are near where I have my router located. I will say that personally I find the understated styling a welcome alternative to the offerings from other vendors that are starting to look more and more like the face huggers from the movie Alien.

Speed 4/5

Certainly not the fastest router on the market, but I have never had any issues streaming multiple programs in HD.

Reliability 4/5

apple airport extremeI have to first confess that after the first day, I had a lot of issues with the router dropping connection to DNS servers. After a lot of research, I finally found that my ISP, Cox Internet, has been having a difficult time with the rollout of IPv6. And because the Apple AirPort Extreme defaults to using IPv6, this was causing my issues with DNS. To fix the issue, I had to go into the setup App > Internet > Internet Options > Configure Ipv6 : Set it to Link-Local Only.
After this configuration was made I had no issues and I have had no drops. That is the only thing stopping me from giving reliability a 5/5.
In case you are wondering, it works with all devices, not just Apple. I have multiple PCs, streaming devices, and even a Windows Phone connected to the router with no issues. Yes, I have a Windows Phone in addition to my iPhone.

Final Verdict – 4/5

apple airport extremeI would repurchase this router without hesitation. The router was configured in no time and has never given me any issues. This was exactly what I was looking for in a router. It would easily get a 5 out of 5 if it didn’t also come with the infamous Apple high price. But, you get what you pay for, and for me it was worth the price.

 

 

 

AirPort Time Capsule

If you’re looking for a wireless router and a backup solution, the Apple Time Capsule might be what you’re looking. The Apple Time Capsule combines the Apple AirPort Extreme with either a 2TB or 3TB backup disk. You can then use it to backup OS X devices wirelessly.

Apple Time Capsule 2TB

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Last updated on September 17, 2017 12:10 pm
Nelson Santiago
I’m a professional developer by day, working with everything from C# to Java. Primarily I do C# work, but in my free time I like dabbling in Python and Bash scripting. I also love tech gadgets, photography, and gaming. I enjoy writing about my latest toy and sharing my findings.
9 Total Score
An Elegant Wireless Router

I would repurchase Apple Airport Extreme without hesitation. The router was configured in no time and has never given me any issues. This was exactly what I was looking for in a router. It would easily get a 5 out of 5 if it didn’t also come with the infamous Apple high price. But, you get what you pay for, and for me, it was worth the price.

Ease of Setup
10
Design
10
Speed
8.5
Reliability
9
PROS
  • Extreme Easy To Setup
  • Clean Design
  • Simple to Manage from iPhone
CONS
  • High Price Tag
User Rating: 4.5 (1 votes)
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