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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11ac Wi-Fi (ME918LL/A)

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The all-new AirPort Extreme Base Station offers Wi-Fi speeds up to 3x faster than the previous generation. It features next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi, simultaneous dual-band support, and an all-new design.
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  • UPC: 0662705331195 
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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station and Wireless Router




Apple's Airport Extreme Base Station provides the perfect wireless networking solutions for both home and office environments. Smart and user-friendly, this dual-supported wireless access point has the latest 802.11n technology to provide fast and reliable Wi-Fi to any Mac computer, PC and any Wi-Fi enabled device.

Giving users 3 times faster Wi-Fi speed, the Airport Extreme Base Station has a powerful beam-forming antenna array that emits both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. It is designed to provide the best available band according to device capacity.

This Apple wireless router also serves as a common storage for anyone connected, so you can transfer, back-up, or share your files to any device -- from photos, documents, and music, to heavier files such as movies and .zip folders. Or you can also connect a wireless printer and have your documents printed at your convenience.

Designed for maximum and efficient connectivity, the number of antennas has been increased, 3 for the 2.4 GHz band and another 3 for the 5 GHz. They have been positioned at the top of the device so they can send out the signal even better.

The Airport Extreme Base Station also takes full advantage of accepting any device operating on 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac specifications, so any Wi-Fi ready device can give you online connection. The Airport Extreme also has an internal firewall that protects your network from any malware attack, so you won't have to worry too much.

If you're ready to experience fast and reliable connectivity, the Apple Airport Extreme is easy to set up! Just connect your DSL or cable modem and install it with the setup assistant from your mobile Apple device to instantly create a new wireless network. Through your Mac, you can set up through the built in Airport Utility app.

AirPort Extreme

The intelligent, easy-to-use AirPort Extreme Base Station with simultaneous dual-band support is the perfect wireless access point for home, school, or office. It offers next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology and delivers high-performance wireless access for Mac computers, PCs, and Wi-Fi devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV.

Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Extreme gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal. And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.

Share your hard drive or printer.

AirPort Extreme can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos, and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.

Designed with performance in mind.

With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Extreme now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them - three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.

Compatibility and security.

Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Extreme. Thats because its compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac specifications. And since AirPort Extreme features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.

Easy setup for iOS and OS X.

Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Extreme and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If youre using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.

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General
Device Type Wireless access point
Built-in Devices Print server
Width 3.9 in
Depth 3.9 in
Height 6.6 in
Weight 33.3 oz
Localization English / United States
Networking
Form Factor External
Connectivity Technology Wireless
Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac (draft)
Network / Transport Protocol PPPoE, DHCP, Bonjour
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Capacity Connection / user qty : 50
Status Indicators Status
Features DHCP support, NAT support, MAC address filtering, IPv6 support, VPN passthrough, IPSec passthrough, PPTP passthrough, L2TP passthrough
Encryption Algorithm LEAP, TLS, PEAP, TTLS, WPA, WPA2, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise
Authentication Method EAP-FAST
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.1x, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac (draft 2.0)
Antenna
Antenna Internal integrated
Antenna Qty 6
Expansion / Connectivity
Interfaces 1 x USB 2.0 - Type A ¦ 1 x 1000Base-T - RJ-45 ( WAN ) ¦ 3 x 1000Base-T - RJ-45
Miscellaneous
Compliant Standards UL 60950, CSA 22.2 No. 60950, EN 300.328, FCC Part 15 B, RSS-210, AS/NZS 4268, EN 301.893, ARIB STD-T66, RCR STD-33, GB 4943
Power
Power Device Internal power supply
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Software / System Requirements
OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.2.7 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80% (non-condensing)
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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station

2015-02-22
By Mike Crader 
I purchased this to replace an older model of the same make to provide the wireless speeds my new iPhones and MacBook Pro are capable of using 802.11ac technology. The added benefit of support for a guest network is like icing on the cake, my decision to choose the Apple product over other options was based on my decades of dedication to the Apple ecosystem as well as professional podcasts discussing the best options for home wireless systems. Setup was simple using the Airport Utility apps on my devices. I highly recommend this product.
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Works very well

2015-02-10
By Mike Lewis 
My old router was starting to have problems, so I bought one of these, relying on the Apple quality that I've come to know and love and respect. Setup was a breeze and it works flawlessly.
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Blazing WiFi

2015-01-20
By AppleWithABiteOut 
We had an old Apple Time Capsule running our WiFi in the house. The router was in the basement of our ranch-style house and I thought we were getting decent speeds. We did experience some connectivity issues in our bedroom on the opposite side of the house so which seemed to be getting worse and worse. I ran a speed test and near the router I was getting 30Mbps and in the bedroom the speed dropped to about 15Mbps. Our cable internet provider promised 50Mbps+ speed so I knew something was up.

Now, with the new Airport Extreme still in the basement, we are consistently running at 63Mbps near the router and in the bedroom on the other side of the house. The internet is BLAZING in my house and I am very happy with this product. The range and speed of this router is amazing!! We have connectivity all the way to the end of the driveway now!!!

The setup was easier than any router I've ever used and it automatically connected to our Sprint Air Rave (I had to bridge the connection before).

Easy to set up, fast, and reliable...I highly recommend this product!
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Working Great

2014-12-14
By Richard 
Finally my connection issues are resolved with this device. Ever since IOS 7 and Yosemite have had many troubles keeping Wifi connected with my LinkSys router. The old router still works great with iPad2 though.

We need better visibility of Wifi settings and the impacts of interference with WiFi signals, my 2 cents at least.
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Apple AirPort Extreme

2014-11-15
By Larry 
Excellent - the purchase of this router has solved or will solve my interconnection problems. Setup was easy once I disposed (removed) of all my older software relating to routers & printers. This must be done first or things get so screwed up they don't work right. I still have to get my I-Pads & Laptop to print to the AirPort, but reception & transmission of material on the net is great with no problem. Recommended.
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Awesome and fast

2014-09-11
By Mark 
My old top of the line router from DLink would often have to be reset if a laptop went into the sleep mode. The family always bartered on who would have to reset the router. The Apple product is fast and we have not had to reset it once. It also seems to handle multiple devices better. 2 iPhones, 3 IPads, MacBook Pro, Xbox one, multiple televisions with Netflix, Apple TV , Airport Express, HP Wireless Printer nd a Dell Dinosaur Tower. Took two minutes to set up.
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Excellent Router, Needs Lion or Later

2014-08-28
By Steve Shore 
Excellent Router Needs OS X 10.7.5 Lion or Later

Very easy & quick set up. Much easier than online set up with other routers. Now I’m getting the 50 Mbps D/L speed promised by my cable company. Note: I do have a DOCSIS 3.0 modem.

I’ve set up & used Linksys Routers & they have an online set up & I don’t think they had any system requirements. I wanted to upgrade from a “n” router to an “ac” router to take advantage of more speed. I read reviews at many web sites & this Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11ac Wi-Fi had great reviews! Linksys & other brands had mixed reviews. When product arrived, I read documentation & was surprised to find I could not set it up since I still had OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. Due to
Incompatibility with PowerPC older programs, I had procrastinated upgrading to Mavericks OS X 10.9.4. I did not have other Apple devices such as iPhone or IPad which , I think, will allow you to set up the AirPort Extreme Base Station even if you still have OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. So, I had to delay installing the new router until I upgraded my O.S. But I did over the next week & when I set it up, it was fast, easy & has worked perfectly! It also looks great & has a different footprint that most routers.

Highly recommended as long as you are aware of system requirements & have OS X Lion or later or at least an iPhone or iPad to set up the Router.
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Not a reasonable replacement/upgrade

2014-07-26
By IT Manager 
I like how easy it was to set up in a mixed windows/Mac environment. Even bridging it would be easy. That said, it is NOT worth the cost since signal strength was no better than a wireless N. It did no better in "boosting" or carrying the strength needed. I have returned it and will be spending the money on a higher end "military" style AP. I still love Mac for ease of use and product integrity. That being said I again would NOT recommend this if you are looking to boost a signal beyond the average less expensive device.
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Works Great!

2014-06-24
By David H 
Easy to install with Airport utility.
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New Airport Extreme

2014-02-13
By Dennis 
This is a great upgrade to the older models. Even if your electronic equipment is not equipped with the latestes Wi-Fi technology, this unit still increases throughput on your household Wi-Fi. Additionally there is about a 25 - 30% increase in range on the signal. I can now get a signal anywhere in my yard.
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Stronger signal and Cool Running Device

2014-01-28
By Stan Kolbe 
Very positive reaction to the new ac base station as it is much stronger in coverage and runs cool with plenty of connection ports. I have many Mac devices and a base station / time machine that also connects to the new Extreme without an issue and without configuring. This was a smooth transition to much improved technology...
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Airport extreme Base Station a Winner

2014-01-21
By N Paul Bryers 
i had an older router that was not reaching well to the other end of the house. I bought the Airport Extreme Base station that reaches through the whole house with no problems. Its USB port enabled me to attach a Hard Drive that functions with the Mac Time Machine enabling the laptop to back up wherever it is in the house. It integrates well with my MAC system. Not only that it looks good sitting on the corner of the desk without ugly antennas protruding from it..
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Airport Extreme

2014-01-21
By NCG 
Very pleased with the router. I had upgraded the cable modem a few months ago with a much higher speed model, but it didn't seem to make much difference. I was using the an older Airport (about 6-7 years old). I decided to buy a new router, and since we're Mac users, I paid the 'Apple premium' and bought the Airport Extreme. In my case, connection speed suddenly became 4 or 5 times greater. So apparently, it wasn't the modem that was the bottleneck, it was the old router. Another benefit, is that I would typically have to unplug the old modem/router several times a week to reboot because my Mac devices could not connect to the internet. Since I've been using the new router, I have not had to reboot once.
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Great WiFi

2014-01-02
By Gary Burkhardt 
I got the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11ac Wi-Fi to replace an older AirPort Extreme and a Linksys router. It does the job of two routers and the W-Fi works great.
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Great Upgrade From Previous Version!!

2014-01-02
By Ravi Verma 
- Amazing Performance
- More reach (distance) than the previous gen Apple Router
- USB port just as great as before
- Tower design not my fav part, but its for a reason
- Smaller footprint on the desk
- LED display light is just sufficient even for the living room
- PRICE is the best in this store
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Excellent product

2014-01-01
By GK 
Very stable and strong access point. Scalable in that I was easily able to extend the my existing wireless network. Only con is that it's a bit pricey but in this case you do get what you pay for.
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Quick easy setup, great coverage

2013-11-08
By Bob 
It took about 5 minutes to set this router up. Coverage is better than my old Linksys. It solved the streaming video problems I was having with Airplay from my iPad. Overall a great product.
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Great product & fast installation - Apple Airport Extrememe

2013-11-07
By Irv 
I was was able to configure this device in less than 5 minutes. Configuration was done on my Iphone 5. All wireless devices and users were connected effortlessly. Areas in house that had no internet before now have 2 bars. Very very satisfied with this product. Store shipping was really FAST!!! Another 1st time satisfied customer. I’ll be back for future purchases.
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Airport Extreme

2013-11-05
By Marc 
I am using the Airport Extreme as a base station hub for back up drives for my computers. It also serves as the WIFI generator in my home. The unit works well and was easy to set up. The signal strength of the WIFI signal is not as strong as my original router so I may have to turn that back on to work certain items, like a bluRay player in the back bedroom. Other than that, the product has been great. The personnel in the store were great and very helpful.

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Great product

2013-09-18
By Cayden 
Works perfectly, easy to install and automatically migrated settings from my old wireless network ... very fast.
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