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Apple's latest AirPort Extreme may look different on the outside, but it still provides the same experience with some updated speeds. The new AirPort Extreme supports the latest WiFi band, 802.11ac, and in testing CNET found speeds "very fast." CNET also says the AirPort Extreme features the same familiar setup process and that even new users to Apple's network product "shouldn't have a problem." After testing the router, SmallNetBuilder says that "in the end, it's not really a bad router ... but if you're looking for more routing features ... there are better options."

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CNET Jun 26, 2013

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.

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PC Mag Jun 28, 2013

With the new AirPort design and the inclusion of 802.11ac, it's plain to see that Apple is taking steps forward with its networking devices. Cupertino's latest AirPort Extreme is not on the bleeding edge, as far as speeds and feeds go, but it is beautiful and "just works" out of the box.

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MacLife Sep 23, 2013

If you don't have the latest MacBook Air, there's no reason to upgrade... yet. Otherwise, the AirPort Extreme continues to offer superior ease of use, at the expense of a few advanced bells and whistles.

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TrustedReviews Sep 4, 2013

The most attractive, well crafted router on the market is sadly a letdown. The AirPort Extreme may have added 802.11ac to a great redesign but its performance falls flat and functionality is heavily compromised compared to other next gen alternatives.

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SmallNetBuilder Jul 15, 2013

Fans of Apple's earlier routers have probably already bought or plan to buy the AExAC. And in the end, it's not really a bad router. But if you are looking for more routing features, Windows file sharing that works and better draft 802.11ac performance, there are better options.

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evlnte evlnte

I am very pleased with the hardware and improved signal range and bandwidth. My gripe remains the odd number of ethernet ports and limited networking feature set. Still the easiest router to configure.

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TheTodd TheTodd

Hands down without a doubt the finest wireless router I have ever purchased. In terms of range and speed I feel it's out delivering on what Apple promised.

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gmccarson1 gmccarson1

I've used many devices over the years for my home network. The network is probably a little more extensive and complicated than necessary but that's just me. I have to say that the airport express was by far the easiest network device to setup and create a new network or extend an existing...

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avol avol

Definitely the best WiFi router that I've ever had. At this time I was unable to validate 802.11ac, but N and G protocol devices performing way more reliably. Range expansion is noticeable better. Previously I was unable to walk far outside without connection drops, now, I can probably drive...

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kolebee kolebee

I could hardly be happier with this AP/router. Crazy fast ac performance, fresh new form factor, easy to configure (as usual), and I haven't had to think about it once since I set it up when I bought it at launch. My only complaint is that the snazzy new(ish) configuration app looks fancy but...

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