Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (Fall 2009)

The Good Fast throughput; easy to use; true dual-band; guest networking; printer and network storage support; aesthetically pleasing design.

The Bad 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.

The Bottom Line 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.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 7.0
  • Features 5.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 7.0
6.7 Overall

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Review

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (Fall 2009)

Editors' note (July 8, 2011): This is an older version of the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station. The current (June 2011) version of the AirPort Extreme Base Station can be found here.

Editors' note: Apple recently released a new revision of the AirPort Extreme Base Station, presumably to address speed and performance concerns with the older model. We tested the new model and retested the old one for this review. Only the Performance section of the review has been changed, as that is the only difference between the previous version of the AirPort Extreme Base Station and the new one.

At $179, the new AirPort Extreme is on the pricey side among high-end routers and unfortunately, it offers a relatively skimpy amount of networking features, especially for Windows users. It does, however, have high throughput speeds and the ease of use found in most Apple products. This new AirPort Extreme Base Station wireless router is the update to Apple's previous model with the same name and sleek design. The router offers two big improvements, including true dual-band Wireless-N and guest networking. These make it comparable to other true dual-band Wireless-N routers such as the D-Link Xtreme DIR-825 or the Linksys WRT610N . If you are a Mac user or in need of something simple, the new AirPort Extreme Base Station is definitely worth the investment. On the other hand, if you want more networking features and more control over your networking and remote access, check out our list of true dual-band routers.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $179
  • Brand Apple
  • Type Wireless access point
  • Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor external
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