Summary: You also can't stream digital content from an external USB drive to a device such as a Roku box, a function many routers are capable of. You can, however, host up to 50 guests on your network, but only on the 2.4 GHz band. The AirPort Extreme has one USB 2.0 port, three Gigabit LAN ports and one WAN port. It includes a firewall to help protect against threats.
Pros: Good range, coverage, Excels with Macs , mixed networks, Easy to use
Cons: Not the best for Windows users, Not much customization, Fewer connection ports than rivals
Summary: The AirPort Extreme Base Station is a great wireless router for Mac or novice users who need something that's simple, nice-looking, and works well for their homes. Savvy Windows users will find many other alternatives that offer a lot more features for their bucks.
Cons: Limited networking features; picky support for USB external hard drive; only three Ethernet ports; no Web interface; no remote access for Windows users; supports only 50 clients; only OS X 10.4 or later can access storage feature.
Excerpt: As usual, Apple sets its products apart visually from the competition. In this case, the Apple AirPort Extreme router resembles a large, collapsed marshmallow. Although the AirPort lacks many of the features that other wireless routers in our roundup have, it certainly serves its intended purpose and target audience in providing basic and secure wireless network access for Apple laptop and desktop systems. The system is Wi-Fi compliant and can support Windows PCs.
Apple Airport Extreme Base Station with Gigabit Ethernet
14 December 2008
Conclusion: This is a solid draft-n router choice for Apple users, who get the usual sleek Apple design and easy setup, along with dual-band capability, but Windows users will largely be left out in the cold.
Pros: Good performer. No appreciable throughput drop with WPA2/AES security. Easy Mac-based setup. Can share a USB hard drive over an Apple network.
Cons: Apple-centric—not much thought given to Windows users. No firewall, even though this is intended as a home Internet gateway. Awful performance with security other than WPA2.
Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station with Gigabit Ethernet
14 September 2007
Summary: Apple has taken a seemingly minor upgrade of the AirPort Extreme Base Station and made it into a major improvement. Owners of the first model of the 802.11n Base Station who need speed may be slightly chagrined at how far Apple has boosted performance in just a few months. But the company has now set a high bar that it can improve on little with the current 802.11n and Ethernet standards underlying the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station's networks.
Summary: The AirPort Extreme Base Station is a great wireless router for Mac or novice users who need something that's simple, nice-looking and works well for their homes. Savvy Windows users will find many other alternatives that offer a lot more features for their bucks.
Pros: Fast throughput, Easy to use, True dual-band, Guest networking, Printer and network storage support, Aesthetically pleasing design
Cons: Limited networking features, Picky support for USB external hard drive, Only three Ethernet ports, No web interface, No remote access for Windows users, Supports only 50 clients, Only OS X 10.4 or later can access storage feature