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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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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.
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Update 1: I also noticed that it would drop connection when it gets hot but a cool off period and a restart usually resolve the issue.
Ever since we moved to a 2-story 2250 sqft new house, we've been struggling with extremely slow Wifi connections :( My hubby plays online game on Xbox Live all the time and he's constantly frustrated with the lags he experience during gameplay.
We tried a lot of things (changing settings, changing DNS, changing channels, called ISP to troubleshoot, changing locations of wireless devices, etc.) and blamed our ISP and even suspected the very thick insulation of the house causing that slow connection, but never suspected the very high rated Medialink router we bought on Amazon was the problem (my iMac actually sits very close to the router and got extremely slow connection from time to time). We finally suspected our router but thought we might give it some more time and see if the connection will improve, but sadly, that never happened :(
Thank God we found Airport Extreme!! Thank God for Apple products!! They never disappoint!!
The set-up was a bit complicated for us because we were lazy and elected not to remove the battery from the modem and just plugged the power cord out. That turned out to be a huge mistake because we only got our iPad connected after setting up with our iPad but not our iMac or our PC laptop. Thank God we found a very nice solution from the Apple support forum and made things right the second time :D (This time I used my iMac to set that up through Airport Utility. I personally think it's better than using iPad for setup because it's much more detailed.)
After we got the little green light on the Extreme, we experienced unprecedented speed ever since!!! We used to only have 2.X or below mbps download speed and 1.X or below mbps upload speed (that was painful I tell you!) but now, we got 20+ mbps download speed and 20+ upload speed (We're supposed to get 18 mbps download and 4 mbps upload speed with our Internet plan :p I have no idea how Airport Extreme helped us achieve that speed!! :p)!!! My hubby is extremely satisfied with his online gaming experience now and I'm SUPER HAPPY with our purchase!!! :D YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY~~~~~~~~~Bye bye slow connection~~~~!!!!
So I ordered this latest version of the airport extreme September 2012. I couldn't be happier with it! I turned off the Uverse wireless, unplugged the old Airport Express and installed this Airport Extreme in a central location in my home. I have great signal all over my house and even out on the driveway. The connection speeds are much improved and surfing the web wirelessly is much more enjoyable now. I highly recommend this router for anyone with Apple products. It's a little more expensive than most, but it just works great.