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7.3 out of 10

Apple AirPort Extreme V5 (MD031)

AirPort Extreme operates in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneo Read more

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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 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 9
9.0

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station with Gigabit Ethernet

PC Advisor
21 May 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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Overall 7
6.5

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (2009)

ZDNet
18 March 2009
  • 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 and Windows users will find many other alternatives that offer a lot more features for their money.
  • 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 7
6.5

Expert Review

AppleSource
18 March 2009
  • Conclusion: Like with the previous model, Apple backs the new AirPort Extreme Base Station with one year of support, which, albeit short, is standard for wireless routers. You can, however, purchase an extended AppleCare coverage plan. Also, if your Apple computer or Apple TV is covered under AppleCare, the AirPort Base Station is also covered. The router comes with 90 days of complimentary, toll-free phone support.
  • 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 8
8.1

Expert Review

AppleSource
5 February 2007
  • Conclusion: The uncluttered 5GHz spectrum gave the best results by far, with the 100MB test file taking only 10.1 seconds to transfer. However, the performance in using 2.4GHz was disappointing -- we wouldn't recommend using this setting in built-up urban and commercial areas as other wireless network (and those darn microwaves) might cause significant interference. Our mixed-mode tests were expected, slowing the network down to almost half the speed of 5GHz in the long-range tests.
  • Pros: No Gigabit Ethernet, Only three LAN ports, 802.11n wireless standard still not finalised
  • Cons: Excellent performance in 802.11n-only mode (5.0GHz), Small, minimalist, inconspicuous, USB port for sharing printers or external drives, IPv6 and a range of security features
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