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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (ME918LL/A)

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  • Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Reach data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps
  • Simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi support
  • New 6.6-inch height with smaller 3.85-inch base
  • 6 antennas located at the top allows for a faster and more powerful connection
  • Easy setup with Macs and iOS devices
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 3.8 x 6.6 inches ; 2.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00DB9WCR6
  • Item model number: ME918LL/A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (737 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 10, 2013

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The AirPort Extreme Base Station offers Wi-Fi speeds up to 3x faster than the previous generation. It features next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a powerful beamforming antenna array for higher performance and range, simultaneous dual-band support, and a new vertical design with a smaller footprint. And the AirPort Extreme is easy to set up and highly secure, letting you share your broadband Internet connection, a USB printer, or a hard drive.


802.11ac: The New Definition of Fast

With three-stream 802.11ac technology, the AirPort Extreme Base Station can reach data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps (based on theoretical peak speeds) -- up to three times faster than 802.11n Wi‑Fi. You also get double the channel bandwidth, with 80 MHz-wide channels providing more room for more data to flow faster than ever. And if you have 802.11a/b/g/n devices, AirPort Extreme maximizes that connection as well.

It features simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac Wi‑Fi, which transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. That means your devices automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest possible performance.

Beamforming Puts the Focus on Your Device

The new AirPort Extreme Base Station features the intelligent, powerful beamforming antenna array. Most base station antennas emit an equal and constant Wi‑Fi signal in all directions. But the beamforming antenna array is smarter -- it knows where an 802.11ac device is on the network. Then AirPort Extreme targets its signal to that device, so your Wi‑Fi signal is stronger, clearer, and faster.

Connect to Wi‑Fi from Any Device

Mac. PC. iPhone. iPad. Apple TV. Really, any Wi‑Fi-enabled device you have will work with AirPort Extreme. That's because it's compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac specifications.

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.

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.

What's in the Box

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


  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Six-element beamforming antenna array
  • Simultaneous dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
  • Maximum number of users: 50
Compatibility Interoperable with 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac-enabled Mac computers, iOS devices, Apple TV, Windows-based PCs, and other Wi-Fi devices
Security Wi‑Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2); WPA/WPA2 Enterprise; MAC address filtering; NAT firewall; 802.1X, PEAP, LEAP, TTLS, TLS, FAST; time-based access control
  • Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting a DSL modem, cable modem, or Ethernet network
  • USB 2 port for connecting a USB printer or hard drive
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting a computer, Ethernet hub, or networked printer
Setup and Administration
  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3
  • Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3

Product Description

AirPort Extreme Base Station Wireless Router
The intelligent, easy-to-use AirPort Extreme Base Station with simultaneous dual-band support is the perfect wireless access point for home, school, or office. It offers next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology and delivers high-performance wireless access for Mac computers, PCs, and Wi-Fi devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV.

Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Extreme gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.1 And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.

Designed with performance in mind.
With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Extreme now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them - three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.

Share your hard drive or printer.
AirPort Extreme can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos, and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a p

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Called Apple Support - they said they haven't offered PC support on this in over a year. After getting it setup, it works good. The range is good - not great like I… Read more ›
But it was worth it. The ease of setup was amazing. You plug it in, go to the app or utility on your iPhone or iPad or Mac, and configure it with a name and password. Read more ›
very good product. Just, it would be better if the manual instruction to setup it is more clear Read more ›
This router (with a good cable modem) is screaming fast. The setup was easy and it's a very slick product. Delivery was fast and well packaged. Read more ›
Easy set up, works great. Best router I've ever had. Read more ›
On mine it was just a box to check that read WIFI OFF. NOTE: I have MAC OSX Mavericks and set up was easy using airport utility. IF you do not have Mavericks I would highly… Read more ›
In fact, it has exceeded our expectations. The price is excellent considering at minimum you'd have to spend as much to get a decent netgear, belkin etc. Don't let the… Read more ›
I would recommend the AirPort Extreme to anyone whether you have an Apple or a…I love it and it is well worth the price for ease of set up, usability and dependability. Read more ›
All in all it is a great value Read more ›
Streaming was slow and constantly interrupted, especially with Netflix. The AirPort Extreme was easy to set up and well worth the price. Read more ›
I can hook it into the school network…Until I get a cohesive network in the building, it's a great value for the money, and fills the holes I need filled right now. Read more ›
I have 100Mbps bandwidth at home but really only saw 35-40Mbps with my…I was reluctant to spend so much for a wireless base station, but it was WELL WORTH THE PRICE! I'… Read more ›
Or the little cardboard base when sliding out the AE from the box needs to be longer and hold more of the weight of the extreme when taking it out. Bad packaging design. Read more ›
nice sleek design, easy to set up and performs very well. Have not had a seconds trouble with it. Read more ›
After throwing away numerous Cisco routers and other junk of assorted Chinese names we final got smart and bought…They just work, no issues and are beautifully designed. Read more ›
After initially showing great promise with its beautiful design and killer range, I soon became very disappointed in this router's performance. Read more ›
No such issues with this router, and of course it works fine with my…Heed the warnings on opening the box - this is some of worst packaging design I've seen from Apple. I… Read more ›
The quality of the internal component and design is…Dual Core 1.2ghz processor, 512MB LDDR3 ram, hidden ventilated heatsink and absolutely perfect vertical tower design. Read more ›
5th gen works…issues with quality or firmware - had to return it due to it being unable to maintain an ip address when a device was connected through Ethernet and not wifi. Read more ›
very fast. excellent finish and quality. Read more ›
Improved the quality of service on the wi fi. I had trouble downloading and that has improved now. Read more ›
This is not a router for setting up advanced networking functions, but it is a high performing router with good build quality and a ridiculously easy setup. It works very… Read more ›
So at…Apple has a reputation for simple quality and the reading I did was enough to make me take the leap and spend about $70 more for this router over the trendnet one. Read more ›
It's an Apple product, don't need to explain the awesome quality of it. The shipper had it delivered and arrived when expected. Read more ›
My experience moreover is one of convenience and…I appreciate the Apple utility which provides the user easy diagnostics and full control of the router when on network. F… Read more ›
The best part is no more dropouts, the airport is smart enough to handle…Super easy to control and maintain from any computer or phone, I wish I had bought one much sooner. Read more ›
Good coverage, reliable hardware, relatively easy to change settings, sexy appearance. Less options for advanced users. Read more ›
It's JUST like the old. Never fails, easy setup, easy settings changes, and no problems so far if it needs to power off and come back online. I HIGHLY recommend this to… Read more ›
So, for example, if the kids don't do their chores, I can easily go to my ipad, iphone or laptop/mac and turn off wifi for a specific person. Great parental control. Read more ›
I gave the 1st one to my son who was having issues with a Netgear router. The 1st worked great, installed very easy, and has a simple user control panel. This is my 5th… Read more ›
Distance: One building + One Metal Sided Mobile Home + Three Full Size RVs with vehicles parked beside the RVs, Full signal strength. In other tests we were able to receive… Read more ›
We have a decent size house and multiple devices connected, including 2 smart televisions, 5 computers (playing minecraft on all the old ones!!), multiple tablets, smart… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

575 of 589 people found the following review helpful By Paulmoh on August 18, 2013
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I am a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). I am going to describe this router in non technical terms.

This is a replacement router for a Cisco E4200.

there is a lot to like about the new Extreme, I am going to briefly say, it is very easy to setup, you are not overwhelmed by multitudes of blinking lights and the ports are intuitively marked. The Airport Extreme Software is a pleasure to work with. Even if you are challenged by setting up a wireless network, you should know that setting this one up can be as easy as setting up a wireless password. Most features you want upfront are enabled by default. You really don't need to know much to start your journey.

For you, what will inevitably be an indication of good performance is the range, quality of signal and reliability of each feature so let's get to it.

The set Up
Verizon FiOS+upgrade
Connected a 2400x1200 Laser Printer via the Ethernetport.
Connected a 2 Terabyte external Hard Drive, in effect turned this in to a Time Capsule
Location, Basement, two floors beneath me, Far North East corner of the house.
Simultaneous connections from a TV to Netflix, a Gaming laptop to Steam, an iPad, A Desktop and everyone's cell phones at home (hodgepodge of Android and iOS devices)

the goal was to tax the CPU, not Monitor Verizon's network; So the focus was on the router during heavy loads while printing, accessing the hard drive and connecting to the internet.
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182 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Russell S. on July 4, 2013
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I've purchased my base station a week ago, and finally it arrived last night. I was extremely happy to get my paws on it, and after reading all of the reviews below, I knew exactly how this package needs to be open.

***For those that havent seen any reviews, once you will take off the outer plastic cover, make sure to put the box on a table, and lift the top part off, that way nothing will fell down on your feet, furniture of floor of the room, breaking everything or anything on its way down***

Once the you've got it open, hopefully without damaging anything, you can begin your setup. My advice is to power down your modem from ISP, while you are unwrapping Aiport Extreme Station. When all of the wires are connected to the station, power up your modem and then the station. Fire up Airport Utility from your Mac, Windows or iOS, and start messing with settings. When your station is found by Airport Utility, you can select it and click on Edit, go through screens and different option, everything is self-explanatory. For those that like to hide their networks, there is an option to make hidden network. There is also an option for IPV6 which is enabled by default, but if you wont need it, you can disable it. Anyhoo, setup was a breeze and my network was up and running in less than 3 minutes, that is including updating firmware to 7.7.1 on Extreme Station, limitation of IP addresses in DHCP option and reassigning from 10.0 starting address to 192.168 for a private addresses on my LAN.

I'm still in my honeymoon stage with this product. This is my first Airport product, as I've been using linksys (used to work there) and then switched to Netgear...I've got to say, this router is the most impressive one yet.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Erik S. Johnson on September 9, 2013
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I purchased a new (latest gen) 2 TB Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme pair to replace my venerable but aging Apple AirPort network. The old network was asked to perform some impossible tasks -- such as providing reliable wi-fi between the two separate buildings that make up my home, as well as to offer decent speed and reliable transmission to allow Skype, FaceTime, and GoToMeeting services to work well without jitter or frame loss. Generally, the equipment was able to deliver, but often I would get strange signal fade due to the saturation of wi-fi in my neighborhood. I had a total of six AirPort Extreme or AirPort Express nodes in the network, and I'd characterize availability at about 99%. Still, getting a strong and reliable signal to some of the outlying locations was challenging through so much drywall, siding, and distance. Thus, my decision to give the latest generation of these products a shot.

Long story made short: I've been using the new TimeCapsule and AirPort Extreme for a week now, and they have performed absolutely flawlessly. Based upon a quick test of the new nodes and their beam forming antennae arrays, I decided to take a chance and reduce my rather complex extended AirPort network from the previous six nodes down to a total of two latest-gen units (the two I am reviewing here) and one of the older AirPort Express units in my garage. I consistently get a transmit rate of 243 Mbps between the new nodes, and a solid 54 Mbps with the 802.11b node in the garage. Performance has been flawless, and I have had zero problems with connection drops, channel drift (as a result of spectrum congestion), or choppy performance.
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