Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (summer 2011) comparison

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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (summer 2011)

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (summer 2011)
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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (802.11ac)

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (802.11ac)
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Apple AirPort Express Base Station (Summer 2012)

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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (Winter 2009)

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Apple AirPort Express Base Station

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Price $179 at 1 store $199 at 2 stores $97 to $99 at 2 stores $179 at 1 store $64 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.4 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.5 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 10 reviews 4.0 stars out of 1 review 1.5 stars out of 1 review 3.5 stars out of 37 reviews 3.0 stars out of 82 reviews
Release date June 21, 2011 June 10, 2013 June 11, 2012 March 09, 2009 July 01, 2004
The Bottom Line The Apple AirPort Extreme cures networking headaches for novice Mac users with a simple setup, but competing devices offer Windows users more network customization and faster speeds for less. Home users, especially Apple fans who own 802.11ac-enabled devices, will love the new AirPort Extreme for its all-new elegant design, ease of use, and great performance; advanced users should look elsewhere for more features and customization. The new Apple AirPort Express Base Station is a decent upgrade to the previous generation, but it doesn't have much beyond its supersleek looks to impress us when compared with its peers. 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. This is among the best compact wireless-networking devices available.

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CNET Labs maximum throughput tests with mixed 802.11b/g and draft N, MIMO clients (at 10 feet, in Mbps) Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 16
Packaged Quantity 1
Info unavailable 1
1
1
CNET Labs maximum throughput tests (at 10 feet, in Mbps) Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 25
CNET Labs long-range tests (in Mbps) Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 11.1
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
5 GHz
Info unavailable 2.4 GHz
5 GHz
Info unavailable 2.4 GHz
Device Type Wireless access point
Info unavailable Wireless access point
Wireless access point
Wireless access point
Capacity Connection / user qty : 50
Info unavailable Connection / user qty : 50
Connection / user qty : 50
Info unavailable
Power Info unavailable Info unavailable AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Info unavailable AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Info unavailable IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11n (draft)
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11g
Data transfer rate Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 54 Mbps
Weight 1.7 lbs
Info unavailable 8.5 oz
1.7 lbs
0.4 lbs
Product Description Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station - Wireless access point
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Enclosure Type External
Info unavailable External
External
External
Dimensions (WxDxH) 6.5 in x 6.5 in x 1.3 in
Info unavailable 3.9 in x 3.9 in x 0.9 in
6.5 in x 6.5 in x 1.3 in
1.1 in x 3 in x 3.7 in
OS Required Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
Microsoft Windows XP SP3
Microsoft Windows Vista SP1
Apple MacOS X 10.5.7 or later
Info unavailable Apple MacOS X 10.5.7 or later
Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows XP SP3
Microsoft Windows Vista SP1
Apple iOS 5
Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or later
Apple MacOS X 10.4.8 or later
Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP
Apple MacOS X 10.3 or later
Apple MacOS X 10.2.7 or later
Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty
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Optical Storage None
Info unavailable None
None
None
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