Review: Apple Airport Extreme Base Station wireless router

We review Apple's new Airport Extreme Base Station true dual-band Wireless-N router.

The new Base Station still has only three Ethernet ports. Most routers have four. Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks

I finally got a chance to review Apple's first true dual-band Wireless-N router, the new Airport Extreme Base Station.

The new router, like the previous model, makes a great home router for novice and especially Mac users. It incorporates MobileMe for remote access and administration, offers fast wireless speeds, and has a very good range.

Savvy and Windows users, however, will find a lot of networking features missing, including the very popular Wi-Fi Protected Setup, the capability to filter Web sites, and access to manage the router's setting via a Web browser.

The Airport Extreme Base Station's great and eye-catching design will make a lot of you fall in love with it. However, if truth be told, it's not a router for everyone.

To find out more, read the in-depth review at CNET Reviews .

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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