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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (summer 2011)

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (summer 2011)
alaScore 85

20 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability, but there are some mixed reviews about the usability. Some have doubts about the value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (summer 2011) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 20 reviews)

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Apple Airport Extreme 5th Generation

 

Just replaced my Belkin Pre-N router and wow! I have seen a minimum of double speed increases. Even my hard-wired Mac Pro with Gigabit Ethernet is seeing over double speed increases. The nice thing is that both my upload and download speeds are now consistently faster, not just once in a while. I have 7 devices running on WiFi and one hard-wired. All are running smooth and connected effortlessly to my secured network. Thanks apple for making a great router! It's only $159 with a student discount, well worth it.

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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (summer 2011)

 

Apple's new $179 AirPort Extreme Base Station is more than twice as fast as the previous model , but its speed and good looks don't offset the lofty price tag and its subpar features compared with other routers. Apple loyalists looking for a new router...

Installing the AirPort Extreme Base Station is painless thanks to Apple's AirPort Utility, and a power boost offers increased networking performance over the previous model.

The router only has three LAN ports, network storage is limited to HFS+ formatted hard drives, and it costs more than competing devices that have more features.

The Apple AirPort Extreme cures networking headaches for novice Mac users with a simple setup, but competing devices offer Windows users more network customization and faster speeds for less.

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"My most stable 802.11n router yet."

 

Replaced $50 Marvell-based Cisco EA3500 refurb, which must reboot daily. Broadcom-based extreme BS is a better match to same BRCM-chipset based Macs, iPads and iPhones. At $85 refurb, its a bargain for reliable worry-free WiFi! 5GHz signal is stronger...

Stable, simple, fast and it just works.

Switch w/only 3 gb ethernet ports. No web browser inteface and rather simple settings options. No 20MHz channel options. Can be expensive. External supply brick is un-apple like neusance.

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"Brilliant router for all platforms"

 

A great router. It replaced a Belkin router that was always crashing and dropped several computers regularly from the network. Had previously purchased an E2500 but this also suffered from similar problems, even with OpenWrt so I assumed this was a...

Fast network speeds

No utility for Linux

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"Out of the box fast, Apple simply works!"

 

For the money and quality you won't find a better router. If your an exclusive Apple user this is a no brainer, but even if you are a PC person, this might make a believer out of you in terms of Apple products. Give it a try, Apple stands behind their...

Quality product from Apple that is initiative and reliable. Never had a single problem with this router and it's been feeding an iPhone, Macbook, iMac, 2 PC's and an iPad. I'll continue using it until they dish out a faster model!

I would say the only thing would be price, but when something works as well as this does, price becomes less of an issue.

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"Misleading review"

 

Very surprising review

A must for Mac and iOS users but not only

Quality has this price

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Powerful product

 

One of the best Apple products I have ever used!

Ease of use make this thing really amazing! Setup is easy and using it with a Mac is a dream

Design did not change and still reminds me of the old Mighty Mouse style

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Best vs. the rest

 

This thing is great. I bought the Linksys E4200 and returned it since it really was not better then my Belkin (2 years old). I then bought the AirPort Extreme and was blown away by how fast it is. With the other two routers it took about 30-40 minutes...

Fast, good range, dual band, N network capabilities

None so far

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"The cnet review is misleading/wrong"

 

It DOES work with DynDNS (http://dyn.com/support/airport-time-capsule-with-dynamic-dns/), though it's a bit more complicated than it has to be

Requires the setup app to configure

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The cnet review is misleading/wrong

 

It DOES work with DynDNS (http://dyn.com/support/airport-time-capsule-with-dynamic-dns/), though it's a bit more complicated than it has to be ; It DOES support port forwarding (http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=889) ; It DOES support...

Requires the setup app to configure ; Expensive

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Out of the box fast, Apple simply works!

 

For the money and quality you won't find a better router. If your an exclusive Apple user this is a no brainer, but even if you are a PC person, this might make a believer out of you in terms of Apple products. Give it a try, Apple stands ... Expand...

Quality product from Apple that is initiative and reliable. Never had a single problem with this router and it's been feeding an iPhone, Macbook, iMac, 2 PC's and an iPad. I'll continue using it until they dish out a faster model

I would say the only thing would be price, but when something works as well as this does, price becomes less of an issue

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