Reviews and Problems with Apple AirPort Extreme V5 (MD031)
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No I'm not a Mac, I'm a PC and I dig this!
10 September 2014
Summary: Been using one of those famous blue & black Linksys G router forever and it's been very reliable but 54.0 Mbps ain't gonna cut it these days. There were 3 other routers I had in mind: ASUS Black Diamond RT-N56U . This first caught attention because it has a so-called 'Printer Server'. For years I've been on the market for a print server to revive my old USB HP 990cse Professional printer but didn't want to spend the outrageous money for it.
Summary: I live in an apartment building with many routers and my own apt. is narrow, but almost 100 feet long with many thick walls etc. I was using the new dual band Asus and was pleased, but needed more responsiveness from 75ft on. A Netgear range explander provided some signal improvement but the whole system slowed.
Excerpt: Once I figured out this was not plug-n-play (my ignorance) this was very easy to set up and use. Perfect for home use on multiple devices without much slow down. No complaints with performace.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Fast Connection Speed, Reliable connection, Secure Connection
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.
Airport extreme does great long range wi-fi, but...
Ronald Littlefield "Hopper_Tech", Amazon
20 September 2011
Summary: ...I did not feel it was giving me the flexibility that my Netgear wireless router was giving me! My HP printer is wi-fi ready, and my Netgear router would allow me to interface with my printer via wireless connection, but the airport extreme would not support it, or vice versa. It had to be connected via network cable, then you could use it as a networked printer! This will not work for my existing configuration.
Summary: Great Little router! Works well with all my existing Windows and Mac devices and is SOLID! Replaced a linksys router that was giving me intermittent problems. I always expect great quality from Apple products!
Summary: A reviewer of the product wrote in July: "Then, while sitting about 4 feet from it, I noticed the "noise" it was making while transmitting/receiving. At first, I thought it was my desktop, so I shut it off. No luck. Turned off the hvac so I could figure out what where it was coming from. Sure enough, it was the Airport Express. Enough noise to drive me nuts." This reviewer is correct.