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AirPort Extreme 802.11n (5th Generation)

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  • Package Content: AirPort Extreme Base Station, Printed documentation, Power cordFeatures, 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Connect your DSL or cable modem to the AirPort Extreme Base Station, then set it up with the AirPort Utility, available as download.
  • AirPort Extreme works simultaneously on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, allows all devices on the network to use band automatically.
  • Set up a separate Wi-Fi network with a separate password for your visitors.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0057AVXJA
  • Item model number: MD031LL/A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (724 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,406 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at June 21, 2011

Product Description

The perfect wireless solution for home, school, and business, the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station blankets your space with a blazing-fast, secure wireless network opening up a world of possibilities for home entertainment, backups, printing, and more. This 5th generation version of the AirPort Extreme operates in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands simultaneously to ensure top performance for all your devices, and it provides a Guest Networking option for easy Internet sharing. It also enables you to share your entire wireless network with up to 50 users at the same time as well as turn a USB hard drive into a shared drive that's accessible wirelessly on your network and now over the Internet.


Airport Extreme

Simultaneous Wireless-N Dual-Band Support

The Apple Airport Extreme is based on the Wireless-N (IEEE 802.11n) specification and it uses multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) to transmit multiple data streams simultaneously--resulting in data transfer speeds up to five times those of 802.11g wireless networks while also providing up to twice the range. It's compatible with Mac computers, PCs, and wireless devices such as iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch that use 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g technologies.

Mac + PC

Additionally, some Wi-Fi devices use the 2.4 GHz wireless band (such as the iPhone, iPod touch, and other devices using 802.11b/g). And other devices can use both the 2.4 GHz spectrum as well as the higher speed 5 GHz spectrum--such as 802.11n-based Mac computers and Apple TV.

The Airport Extreme operates simultaneously on both bands, without you having to choose one spectrum over the other--enabling your Wi-Fi devices to receive optimal performance in speed and range. Plus, devices that can connect to the Airport Extreme on either band will automatically use the best available band.

See how the Airport Extreme delivers fast wireless networking to any home or small business.

Gigabit Ethernet

In addition to Wi-Fi networking, the AirPort Extreme Base Station includes three Gigabit Ethernet ports for fast wired connectivity with desktop computers, network drives, and more.

Airport Utility
Airport Utility on the Mac.

Easy Setup

Launch AirPort Utility and you're just a few short steps away from creating the ultimate Wi-Fi environment. Mac users can access the AirPort Utility located in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder, while Windows users can access AirPort Utility by selecting Start > All Programs > AirPort.

Guest Networking Capabilities

Allow guests to use your Internet connection without sharing your password or giving them access to the rest of your network. Simply enable the guest networking feature using the AirPort Utility application and create a separate Wi-Fi network just for your friends. You can set up this guest network with a different password or with none at all. Your primary network--including your printer, attached drives, or other devices--remains secure.

Share both a hard drive and a printer using a USB hub (sold separately).

Sharing a Hard Drive

The AirPort Extreme can turn an external USB hard drive into a drive you can share with all the users on your network and access securely over the Internet. This feature--AirPort Disk--is a simple and convenient way to share files among everyone in your family, office, or class.

Just connect the external hard drive to the USB port on the back of your AirPort Extreme and all the documents, videos, photos, and other files on the drive instantly become available to anyone on the secure network--whether they use a Mac or a PC.

Wireless Printing

With its wireless printing capabilities, you can plug a printer into the AirPort Extreme, add it to the printer list on your Mac or PC, and start printing--all without a cable tethered to a computer. AirPort Extreme uses the Mac- and PC-compatible Bonjour networking technology to let everyone on the network take advantage of one centrally available printer.

If you want to share a hard drive as well as share a printer across a network, you can connect a USB hub to the AirPort Extreme and attach your devices to the hub. Share both a printer and a hard drive, multiple printers, multiple hard drives, or a combination.

Airport Extreme


Wireless Protocols
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Frequency Bands
  • 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz simultaneously
  • Interoperable with Wi-Fi Certified 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n enabled Mac computers, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Windows-based PCs
  • NAT, DHCP, PPPoE, VPN Passthrough (IPSec, PPTP, and L2TP), DNS Proxy, SNMP, IPv6 (6to4 and manual tunnels)
Size and Weight
  • 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches (LxWxH)
  • 1.66 pounds
  • One Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting a DSL or cable modem
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting computers or network devices
  • USB 2.0 port for connecting a USB printer or USB external hard drive
  • 802.11n wireless
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2)
  • Wireless security (WEP) configurable for 40-bit and 128-bit encryption
  • MAC address filtering
  • NAT firewall
  • Support for RADIUS authentication
  • Time-based access control

What's in the Box

AirPort Extreme Base Station, power supply with cord, printed documentation

Product Description

The AirPort Extreme Base Station from Apple is a compact Internet router with powerful wireless capabilities. The router allows you to share your Internet connection between several computers via the draft 802.11n wireless protocol. It also features three standard 10/100/1000Mbps RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet ports. The router is also fully backwards compatible with legacy 802.11a/b/g devices. A USB port is present for printer and hard disk sharing. The router also features a firewall to protect you from malicious software that can attack your computer from the Internet, as well as wireless security to insure that your data remains private. It includes configuration software for both Mac OS X and Windows, making it a true cross-platform solution. Power Requirements AC: 120VAC, DC: 12VDC, 1.8A.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Set up was easy and no upkeep required and easy to alter settings when needed. Keeps both iMac and MacBook backed up with zero effort by myself. Read more ›
However, this is more than capable of my needs for wifi. Not disappointed, set up was reasonably easy. Read more ›
This replace an older generation AirPort Extreme (the round one.) Set up was extremely easy using the AirPort utility on my MacBook. Took less than 10 minutes. Read more ›
Amazing. The set up was absolutely intuitive and flawless. It has extended my home/office WiFi network across my whole house and is super fast. Read more ›
My new Airport Extreme is (so far) performing flawlessly - I have a…Set up was unbelievably easy - configuring my last router was a real pain in the butt by comparison. I… Read more ›
Works great, fast and stable. If you have an iPhone the installation is quite simple. So far is working very well Read more ›
Though, I have to say so far it has been a great experience. The signal is strong and constant. I have not had to restart it at all, like with the other routers I have had. Read more ›
All of my devices, phones, and gaming systems ALL connected without ANY problem and the signal is quite strong throughout my home. My only concern is that the the Airport… Read more ›
It solved all my problems with connectivity between my…All connections are holding solid now and, as well, I have coverage virtually end to end in my rather large house. Read more ›
Overall, its a good, reliable router. Connection is always good. Apple notify you of updates for its firmware and software, and its distribution of ip's is consistently good. Read more ›
Once set up, it is so reliable you forget…The wireless signal is so strong that I can sit outside in the backyard and watch a movie on Netflix and it never skips a beat. Read more ›
Is a much better router than the Linksys I was using. Signal is very good. Have been using about a month. Read more ›
The range is adequate, the speed is decent, the app for it on OS X is decent, but the windows version is lacking. Read more ›
My latency decreased from 35 ms to 25 ms according to a before and after speedtest (this includes both…Browsing, downloading, and general speed has been much improved. O… Read more ›
Apple performed as expected from toy company. Signal strength dropped 10db and when I tested internet speed it was 2mbs slower then buffalo. On first day wifi dissapered… Read more ›
Good speed, AirPlay works like a charm, which was sluggish with existing wifi router even with 5ghz mode. Internet speed is also good Read more ›
The positive side is that apple products…I say this because I recently switch from iPhone to Samsung and the connection speeds (not download speeds) are much quicker. Read more ›
I had many problems with the router, but the deal breaker and the one that…Oddly the ethernet speed was hobbled whenever the wireless speed was slowed due to interference. Read more ›
It really just works. The range is excellent and it's FAST! Read more ›
Definitely recommend this product,…Range is great, but we have a frame home with good wiring, and few neighbors with wireless routers close enough to create interference. Read more ›
It took longer to unbox it than it did to setup my network. The range is great and signal is strong. Recommend it? Read more ›
I think this router is very disappointing for the price. The range is good but not great. The tools are limited. Read more ›
No dropped signals. The range is great! I have the NHL Game Center package and the picture quality through an Apple TV is great! Read more ›
Now onto why the router gets a 4 star after all of that. The wireless range is amazing. I live in a two story stucco house. Read more ›
I like the fact that the configuration is really simple for either Mac or PC. The performance is good with strong signal, fast speeds and good covering range. Read more ›
I used my IPhone to configure all settings without ever tunring on a computer to connect to administration page. The guest network feature is great. The router has also… Read more ›
Features: This is the latest and greatest from Apple, but many features are lacking comparing to the models I mentioned above and in my case, to the Linksys EA4500. Many… Read more ›
Due to personal reason, I do not want to mount…Anyway, the configuration part was very easy; however I did have to play with it a bit (few hours) to setup a guest network. Read more ›
This thing is very fast and setup was seamless. Having a seperate guest network is great. Read more ›
I finally caved and replaced an old Linksys 802.11g router I had with this product. The feature set is great. I'm sharing a 2TB HDD via the USB port and have set up a guest… Read more ›
Best paired with apple products but works with PC as well. Has USB port for printer to share on network & works great with Apple TV. Read more ›
Turns out from talk in the forums that WPS has been disabled in this…When someone asked why, the answer was that Apple doesn't feel wireless network printers are secure. Read more ›
The range is perfect as I can now go all the way to the far end of my backyard and still have a signal. The option of using a shared drive across the network is nice too. Lo… Read more ›
P…My network is not simple but we had no problem setting it up in less than 3 minutes with various level of security, USB drives and separate network for guest and resident. Read more ›
Just to be clear on this, I did try the Cisco E4200, which, according with people who knows about wireless networking, is the best wireless router out there but the range… Read more ›
Holy crap, what a huge difference. The PC and Macbook Air in my bedroom are on wireless, which is where I had the most issues with the network "being slow". After going on… Read more ›
Best wireless access point I've ever owned. Unit is easy to use and is very stylish. My wireless works everywhere in my home and with complete high speed. Read more ›
I switched from a Linksys WRT54G router and have never been happier. The router was very easy to connect and install. Right away I noticed a 30-40% increase in signal… Read more ›
I have numerous Apple devices, and it works for some but not all. I was actually shocked that Applr would produce a product this difficult to use. Read more ›
This base station is sleek and easy to use. It was easy to set up with password protection and even a guest network option. Read more ›
If you have a large house and need to…The included Airport Utility is easy to use and has basic and advanced modes for you to select, depending upon your comfort level. T… Read more ›
--Airport Utility, while very easy to use, definitely lacks a lot of technical information; if you want to see things like active DHCP leases, traffic amounts, etc. you're… Read more ›
For the price, This Is Poorly Made ... Worked fine for 14 months, then died. Talked to Apple about it and all they had to say was, "that happens" ... I would say… Read more ›
It would be nice if there were more than three LAN ports as I like to have all of my home…I was able to buy this model refurbished, so the price was excellent. I… Read more ›
My wife's old dell seems to have a new kick to it and so far it's…If the price was lower it would be perfect,but we all know if it's a apple it's going to cost a lot right? Read more ›
This was what I needed, arrived very quickly, at a decent price. Read more ›
I didn't feel like paying for the latest AE, and since I don't have any 802.11 AC devices yet (or for a…Looked around, found this little gem for a very nice price! :) Read more ›
Probably not the best value but my time is worth something and I am working productively within minutes of opening the box. Read more ›
I love how i can integrate the hard drive and have a almost backup with time machine from my mac with this. Upgrading the software is easy and fast! Really i couldnt have… Read more ›
The software is what makes the difference. EVERY other router I have ever had had software that was poorly written and usually very slow to respond. It is no fun digging… Read more ›
Signal strength is as good as my…Cons - my PC's wireless cannot establish connection due to 802.11a, router interface is difficult to tweak, pricey compared to rivals R… Read more ›
A good strong…It's a little more expensive than some others but, the interface is really nice, you can keep it simple or drill down and go crazy with any level of settings. Read more ›
Our son was visiting us this week and after hearing my dilemma, he took me to the Apple store and I purchased…The set up was easy and the software download was very simple. Read more ›
1. Configuration on Windows is just bad. The Airport is only configurable via the Airport Utility, which on Windows is an outdated and broken piece of software. It is never… Read more ›
AirPort utility makes it easy to add devices. Great little unit in a nicely designed package. Read more ›
We have a 3 Macbook pros, an Imac, Ipads,…This router, the power cord, and packaging also not only give you the impression of great design, but perform to expectations. I… Read more ›
I also found out that Time Capsule do the…Overall good device, great design but stay away from backing up with it unless if you are from those lucky ones for whom it works. Read more ›
Setup is the ultimate in simplicity. Beautiful design. Plug it in and off you go. Read more ›
Elegant simplistic design we know Apple for. It's extremely simple to setup and more importantly it stays online without dropping signal or requiring a reset like the other… Read more ›
a) Great looking device, simple design as with other apple products. You wouldn't mind putting it on your entertainment stand. Read more ›
Overall, the unit works well and is incredibly easy to install if you want a generic setup. When needed, Apple's phone support is the best. Read more ›
I downloaded the software…There is no telephone tech support, and online support isn't useful when your internet connection through the router is obviously not working. I… Read more ›
Hopefullyone day Apple will start funding their…You gotta love their products when they work, but when they do not work it can be a nightmare to get decent support. Ju… Read more ›
I returned the airport extreme and settled for a netgear dual band with 300mbs on both bands simultaneously, same mediocre USB support speeds, ability to create 4 networks… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

457 of 478 people found the following review helpful By Cary Champlin on July 26, 2011
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Although setup is quick, it is the high performance 802.11n dual RF bands and the creation of my own cloud storage (HD on USB port) that makes the AirPort Extreme a best-in-class choice!

After reading the other reviews, I knew this was going to be quick and easy. I started a pot of coffee thinking I could enjoy a cup while plugging in the AirPort Extreme Base Station (AEBS) and configuring it. Here are the steps:

1. Attached an ethernet cable from the AEBS to my ISP connection. Plugged in the AC adapter and power cord. AEBS powered up. Status light flashed green for a second, glowed amber for several seconds, then flashed amber until the AEBS was configured from a computer.

2. From my MacBook Pro (wireless access works fine for this step), the airport utility app had already launched and was waiting for me (otherwise, go to Applications\Utilities\AirPort Followed instructions that included typing in a router name and two passwords. The default AEBS configuration selects channels and RF bands automatically to optimize speed.

3. Plugged a spare hard drive (in my case: Mac OS Extended (Journaled) formatted 1 TB HD) into AC outlet and the USB port. As soon as the HD had started, it showed up as a MBP network drive device on 'Finder'. I then created a folder, transferred a file, and read it back.

At this point, the coffee machine beeped to let me know my coffee was ready. I was done before the coffee was even ready - about three minutes from opening the box to being operational! Gotta luv it.

Basic Performance Testing:
Not about to let the coffee go to waste, I proceeded with some performance testing.
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219 of 237 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Reyes on July 6, 2011
Just to be clear on this, I did try the Cisco E4200, which, according with people who knows about wireless networking, is the best wireless router out there but the range was not as good as the Airport Extreme. I have a town house and the router needs to be in the basement, the E4200 signal did reach the second floor, but with more than two devices connected to the router, the signal dropped so much that was unusable. With the Airport Extreme, no problems at all, the signal is fast enough with two or more devices connected. An additional perk is that with the E4200 you can use the USB port just for storage but not for a printer, but with the Airport Extreme, you can connect an USB Hub and have a printer an a external Hard Drive connected at the same time. This router is a keeper.

My setup: 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, 1 PC, 3 Macs.
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131 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 16, 2011
I live in an apartment building with many routers and my own apt. is narrow, but almost 100 feet long with many thick walls etc. I was using the new dual band Asus and was pleased, but needed more responsiveness from 75ft on. A Netgear range explander provided some signal improvement but the whole system slowed.

So, not being an Apple fan at all, I closed my eyes and bought the new Airport Extreme N because I'd read and heard many times about its speed and range and how outstanding they were. I deliberately purchased it so that I could return it without penalty. But I'm not taking it back to the store!

The Asus Black Diamond is a good router - but the Airport Extreme provided a much snappier connection at a notably greater distance. Once settling into position and speed, it is quite stable and impressively solidly built.

Four stars are because of the lack of clarity on the Apple site in finding the installation utility for Windows (7) and the fact that even their tech support wasn't very knowledgeable about Windows installation. The software could be better designed for Windows. Tech support should be more knowledgeable - they wouldn't discuss my Droid finding the router connection - they'd only talk about an iphone!

For Windows - two important hints: As of November, 2011, you are looking for the installation file called Airport Utility 5.5.3 for Windows; google was the fastest way to locate it. There also seems to be difficulty getting the setup utility to recognize the router when on 5g. Just move your connection to 2.4 and I've had no problem having the software recognize the router instantly in case you want to make channel changes etc.

So it's 5 stars for the Airport Extreme and I took back one star because of difficulties in dealing with Apple personnel and their site when it came to setting up for windows and/or any phone other than an iphone.

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By 80sGuy on August 10, 2012
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Been using one of those famous blue & black Linksys G router forever and it's been very reliable but 54.0 Mbps ain't gonna cut it these days. There were 3 other routers I had in mind:

ASUS Black Diamond RT-N56U. This first caught attention because it has a so-called 'Printer Server'. For years I've been on the market for a print server to revive my old USB HP 990cse Professional printer but didn't want to spend the outrageous money for it. Here I am trying to upgrade my router and this included the added feature; so I'm actually killing two birds with one stone! Read the reviews, has good specs, good performance but I didn't like how it crapped out on people for no reasons after a few months.

ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band N900. Discovered this better one with a better processor. Read all about it, same thing -- router seems to go out for no reason. Though ASUS seems to reply on all the negative comments here on Amazon and offer to help, but according to the reviews it seemed like a merry-go-round process and never ending problems. This is definitely the last thing I needed when it comes to customer support -- especially for a near $200 router. For this, ASUS is definitely out of the game.

Linksys EA4500 App-Enabled Dual-Band N900. Up to about now, I realized that most routers have at least one USB port on the back to host either an external Hard Drive or Printer.
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