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Apple AirPort Extreme V5 (MD031)

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Overall 6
6.0

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (summer 2011)

CNET
7 November 2011
  • Summary: 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.
  • Pros: 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.
  • Cons: 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.
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Apple AirPort Extreme

consumersearch.com
16 January 2011
  • 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
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Overall 6
6.0

Apple AirPort Extreme

PC Magazine
16 December 2008
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station

PC Magazine
16 December 2008
  • Conclusion: This router, though pricey, has some unique features and is an obvious choice for Mac networks.
  • Pros: Can operate at 5 GHz. USB port for sharing a printer or storage device.
  • Cons: Expensive. No Web-based administration interface. Lacks Gigabit LAN ports.
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Overall 6
6.0

Apple Airport Extreme Base Station with Gigabit Ethernet

PC Magazine
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.
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Overall 7
6.7

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (Late 2009)

ZDNet
1 February 2010
  • 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
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Overall 8
7.9

Expert Review

AppleSource
2 January 2010
  • Excerpt: 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 better value alternatives.
  • Pros: 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
  • Cons: Fast throughput, Easy to use, True dual-band, Guest networking, Printer and network storage support, Aesthetically pleasing design
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Overall 6
6.0

Apple AirPort Extreme router

MacWorld
10 September 2009
  • Conclusion: The Airport Extreme is a good product but there are other options with more ports and functionality. It was a leader but is now back in the pack.
  • Pros: Easy USB sharing; integration with Apple services
  • Cons: Only three Ethernet ports
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Overall 7
7.0

Apple Airport Extreme

MacWorld
9 August 2009
  • Excerpt: Other than the inbound internet connection, there are just three Gigabit Ethernet ports on the device. There’s also a USB port for connecting either a printer or storage device. Wireless is covered off with 802.11a, b, g and n.
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Overall 9
9.0

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station with Gigabit Ethernet

PC Advisor
13 June 2009
  • Summary: Apple has made fast even faster. The AirPort Extreme Base Station, in its first incarnation, achieved unprecedented speeds for Wi-Fi network transfers. Even in less-than-perfect conditions, the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station with Gigabit Ethernet beat its 802.11g predecessor.
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