Updated 5 Apr 2016

Apple

Airport Extreme

Snapshot: The Apple Airport Extreme is a dual-band wireless router that has 6 antennas and 3 ethernet ports. How did it perform?

Airport Extreme
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$399

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Test results

Overall score
81
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Good performance.
  • OK speed on the 2.4GHz band.
  • Very good speed on the 5GHz band.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Supports MIMO.
  • Supports beamforming.
  • Is Fibre ready.
  • Has 3 ethernet ports.
  • Supports 802.11 n/ac.
  • Has a guest WiFi network.

But

  • No integrated modem.
  • Doesn’t have WPS.
  • Came with an unsecure network setup.
  • Isn’t tri-band.
  • Doesn’t have 3G/4G passthrough.
  • Can’t be wall-mounted.
  • Isn’t DLNA compatible.
  • Doesn’t have preset parental filters.

How we test

Overall score

  • Performance (60 percent)
  • Ease of use (40 percent)

Performance is based on throughput speed on 2.4 and 5 GHz including the performance of the dual 5GHz smart features and manual performance on tri-band routers.

Ease of use is based on assessment of installation, software install/wizard, menu layout and configuration.

Key data

Model

Price guide
$399

Specifications

Total throughput (Mbps)
488.8
2.4GHz speed (Mbps)
88.8
5GHz speed (combined throughput, Mbps)
400
5GHz speed (single band, Mbps)
400
Maximum claimed speed 2.4GHz (Mbps)
450
Maximum claimed speed 5GHz (Mbps)
1300
Tri-band
×
Antennas
6
Antenna placement
Internal
Dimensions (W x D x H) [mm]
98x98x168
Weight (g)
955

Features

MIMO support
Beamforming support
Fibre ready
Ethernet LAN ports
3
USB 2.0
1
USB 3.0 ports
0
DLNA
×
Default Wi-Fi access
Open
Installation wizard
Quality of Service
×
Preset parental filters
×
Parental filters (URL/keyword)
No/No
Controls for wireless access or internet scheduling
Integrated modem (ADSL2+)
×
USB drive sharing
Guest network WiFi
WPS support
×
3G/4G passthrough (via USB cable not supplied)
×
VOIP
×
Wall mountable
×