Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (Fall 2009)
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: MC340LL/A
- 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.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $229.99
- Reviewed by: Dong Ngo and Eric Franklin
- Reviewed on: 12/07/2009
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.
Rock Solid & Best Performance
by sarusan68 on January 20, 2012
Pros: Reliability, ease of setup, excellent range, dual band & auto channel adjustments
Cons: Get's a little wam and not designed to be placed on its side
Summary: Having used and worked with a variety of WiFi routers from different manufactures over the years, I decided to try the Airport Extreme more than a year ago and glad ...
Summary: Having used and worked with a variety of WiFi routers from different manufactures over the years, I decided to try the Airport Extreme more than a year ago and glad I did.
Other than when I am making adjustments to the settings (or messing them up), this unit has been rock solid and has been 100% problem free.
Linksys, Netgear & D-Link do not even compare to the Airport Extreme.
Another thing I like about this unit is that it requires specific software to access and adjust settings rather than using a web browser for better security. I know a lot of people have written that this is a bad thing, but the software works so much better and adds more security.
Overall I highly recommend this unit, and if you have a large house, office space or need more signal coverage just buy the Airport Express to extend your range.
Cool with best signal transmission.
by waqarlife on June 7, 2011
Pros: - Easy Setup with Mac
- Good Looking
- Strong Signals
Cons: - Price
- Coverage is equal to other brand routers. Users require more coverage
Summary: Best among all existing routers.
Summary: Best among all existing routers.
Networking made easy
by yankeeysrule319 on January 31, 2011
Pros: This a very simple router to configure and every laptop mac and windows in the house connects flawlessly. The range is excellent and compared to the actiontec router that came with Verizon Fios, coverage is phenomenal. Even my droid connects easily
Cons: The only problem with this router is that my ipad wont connect; it shows that its connected to the router but when you click on safari you are warned that safari cannot connect to the internet. Strange that an ipad wont connect to an apple router.
Summary: Great router with good coverage but looses a star for not working with an ipad. However, it may be how the ipad works with dual band routers versus the router ...
Summary: Great router with good coverage but looses a star for not working with an ipad. However, it may be how the ipad works with dual band routers versus the router itself that is causing the problem because everything else from my xbox 360 to my droid connects without hassle.
by qosmioamit on September 28, 2010
Pros: Dual frequency router, fast data transfer, easy install, supports printing, external HDD, sleek small design
Cons: doesn't support scanning on older printers, has 3 ethernet ports (other routers in the market have 4 ports)
Summary: Kudos to Apple for creating another masterpiece! The Apple extreme base station is a fast and easy to use setup router. I agree it is faster to install it on ...
Summary: Kudos to Apple for creating another masterpiece! The Apple extreme base station is a fast and easy to use setup router. I agree it is faster to install it on a mac than a pc, since the Airport Utility software is built-in in mac. However, the setup procedure doesn't change. Once setup, it is very easy to add guest networks, share printers, or external HDD. It has a wide range too. I am extremely satisfied with my router purchase. Thanks Apple!
BEST WIRELESS ROUTER OUT THERE
by mstage96 on September 2, 2010
Pros: Fast, reliable, absolutely NEVER loses its connection or speed. Sleek design and typical Apple good looks!!
Cons: Can be a little difficult to configure things like how to set it at getting the highest speeds, be patient. Rather high price is worth it.
Great for Mac Users not sure about Windows users
by jsnowbordr47 on August 6, 2010
Pros: Beautiful industrial design. Reliable and fast wireless connection. Dual Band mode. Gigabit Ethernet. Ease of setup. Setup requires proprietary Apple Software.
Cons: Setup requires proprietary Apple Software. Only 3 ethernet ports
Summary: I have a Mac household and I've always had trouble with non-apple routers. I've had D-Link, Belkin, Ativa, Buffalo, Linksys, and Netgear. Each always started out fine but ...
Summary: I have a Mac household and I've always had trouble with non-apple routers. I've had D-Link, Belkin, Ativa, Buffalo, Linksys, and Netgear. Each always started out fine but would start failing after a year or so. So I decided to invest in a higher quality router. I almost bought a Netgear dual-band for $150, but I decided I might as well go with Apple since I have only Apple computers.
The dual band feature is great. All my other routers were single band and I'd never be able to take advantage of the N connections in my Mac Pro and Macbook Pr because I still run a Powerbook G4 with 802.11b and a Macbook Pro with 802.11g. With the single band having a B or G on an N network meant you never actually got to use N or even G, at least not to their fullest potential.
I was very surprised by the ease of setup once I installed the software. At first I didn't like the idea of needing software to configure the router as opposed to having a web based solution, but it works so much better than any of the web based interfaces of any routers I've ever had. And because it's integrated into my OS directly it makes a lot of sense to me, since I'm not exactly a networking genius.
That said, it still is annoying to have to install the software on any computer I want to give the ability to manage the network. At least you don't need to have it installed just to connect to the network. There's good and bad points to having it integrated into the OS rather than in a browser, but now that I've experienced both types, I'll stick with the latter.
As for the ethernet ports, it's not that big of a deal for me and probably 85% of consumers out there as we now live in a wireless society, but you still need them. I want all my gigabit enabled computers to be able to take advantage of the network, not just 3 of them.lol
Overall, great router with very few nitpicky negatives. I'd say the dual band mode and the ease of use are well worth the price of entry for your average Mac consumer. The gigabit ethernet and beautiful industrial design are just extras.lol
If you're on Windows, look elsewhere, there are more affordable, easier to use (for your OS), and better options for you. This is a Macintosh router first, the Windows compatibility is more or less an afterthought.
by robinaustin on July 11, 2010
Pros: I purchased a MacBook in March and AirPort extreme in May - easy to set-up and no issues after 2 months
Cons: None found
Summary: If you have a Mac I will say buy this product.
Summary: If you have a Mac I will say buy this product.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: MC340LL/A
- Description: Introducing the AirPort Extreme Base Station. The AirPort Extreme is the perfect wireless solution for home, school, and business. As it blankets your space with a blazing-fast, secure wireless network, it opens up a world of possibilities for home entertainment, sharing files, printing, and more. Surf the web, chat, send email, or exchange photos from any computer or from your phone. Print or access a shared hard drive - wirelessly. Set limits for when your kids can access the Internet. Secure your network with a firewall and strong encryption. Even use AirPort Extreme as the perfect companion to Apple TV.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Wireless access point
- Width 6.5 in
- Depth 6.5 in
- Height 1.3 in
- Weight 1.7 lbs
Processor Memory / Storage
- Optical Storage None
- Storage Removable None
- Form Factor External
- Connectivity Technology Wireless
- Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11b,
- Network / Transport Protocol Bonjour,
- Remote Management Protocol HTTP,
- Features MIMO technology,
MAC address filtering,
- Encryption Algorithm WPA2,
- Authentication Method RADIUS,
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.1x,
- Antenna Internal integrated
- Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Expansion Bays None
- Expansion Slots None
- Interfaces 1 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A,
1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 ( WAN ),
3 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45
- Compliant Standards AS/NZS 4268,
CSA C22.2 No. 60065,
FCC Part 15 B
- Power Device Power adapter - External
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Microsoft Windows XP SP3,
Microsoft Windows Vista SP1,
Apple MacOS X 10.5.7 or later
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80%