Reviews and Problems with Apple AirPort Extreme V5 (MD031)
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My most stable 802.11n router yet.
6 January 2014
Summary: 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 than EA3500, even though both use discreet PA chips.
Pros: Stable, simple, fast and it just works.
Cons: 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.
Summary: I am I guess you can say downgrading from the latest airport extreme base station to this older model Airport Extreme. That being said I definitely do not think of this as a downgrade. Not only do I get to attach multiple hard drives and a printer to my router it has much better range than the airport express. 5Ghz connection speeds are stellar sometimes showing up as 400Mbps on windows laptops. I have nothing to complain about and this was a used item too.
Excerpt: Being Really Fast Compensates for other Big Flaws I recently switched from PC to Mac and bought a Macbook Pro. While I was at the Apple store spending way too much money, I decided that I'd drop another $179 to purchase their new Airport Extreme Router. The thought of surfing 5x faster was really appealing, especially since I have had ongoing problems with my home Linksys router. Once I got the router set up, it swiftly delivered on its promise of fast speeds.
Excerpt: This was the first wireless router I was able to hook up my Apple laptop, mac mini, 2 PC desktops, one with Windows 98 and other with ME and two laptops one with Windows 95 and Vista. Now I just have one printer and I am loving it. I might be high price, but speed and distance is great. Service was great with help setting up all computers. Would give 5 stars if not so pricey.
Excerpt: I have been using an Airport Express for a while, and I got the Airport Extreme for my mom - who uses a PC. I set it up for her last Christmas while we were visiting, and she hasn't had any problems with it since. The only drawback that we have found is that she can't run her stereo from it (like the express). It works great for long ranges too - she often sits outside in her yard to surf the net, and there isn't any problem. It works equally well for Mac & PC computers.
easy, reliable, but short range, Apple airport extreme router
9 September 2012
Excerpt: Airport Extreme router was easy to set up on my macBook Pro using the airport utility already on my laptop with OS 10.5.4 2.5 ghZ intel core 2 due, 2GB 667Mhz DDR2 sdram. My only problem with the product is the weak signal. I cannot get a signal in the room directly under the unit (wood floors) and I cannot get a signal on the front porch - a distance of about 25 ft away. I get a strong signal at the door but once I go outside - nothing, even with the door wide open.
Excerpt: I purchased the Apple Extreme Base Station because of the problems I was having with my Linksys g wireless router. I would lose connection more than twice a day, was limited to the distance we could be from the router and had on many occasions called the local ISP to see what might be wrong. This router was located in the room where the computers were set up.
Excerpt: Wowza this thing is the best router ever created. Not only is it dual-band meaning that you can connect both an 802.11n and 802.11b/g device yet still take full advantage of the 802.11n. This is different than other routers because the speed gets downclocked to 802.11b/g bandwith if you are sharing it does not have simultaneous dual band capability. As the price price, yes it is expensive but I have never had an easier time setting up the router.