The brilliantly-designed, new, and compact AirPort Extreme Base Station from Apple provides support to 802.11ac Wi-Fi. This incredible device is easy-to-use and it also offers a powerful performance. This post is dedicated to a small yet informative review about the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station. So, keep on reading the entire post.
Home users, specifically the Apple fans, who are the owners of 802.11ac-enabled devices, will simply prefer the latest AirPort Extreme for its all-new brilliant design, easy-of-utilization, and incredible performance. The new sixth-generation AirPort Extreme Base Station from Apple is basically the new AirPort Time Capsule but without the internal storage. And the amazing fact is that without the storage functionality, the two devices become identical (first time since the launching of Apple’s AirPort base stations). The new true dual-band Wi-Fi router has become more compact and elegant, as compared to the previous generation. And moreover, it also provides support to the much anticipated and incredibly faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. However, the features, functions, and port offerings remain the same just like its predecessors’.
And another fact is that the new AirPort Extreme device is one of the fastest as well as more reliable Wi-Fi routers to this date. But, it doesn’t provide the facility of common networking customizations. And whenever associated with an external hard drive, it doesn’t provide support to Time Machine backup as well as media streaming. In terms of the appearance, the new and brilliantly-designed AirPort Extreme is sufficiently incredible to justify the $199/AU$249 price tag and it has made this device a little bit expensive, as compared to its counterparts. In case you own 802.11ac-enabled devices, including the new MacBook Air, you’ll also prefer the Wi-Fi speed of this new device as well. You don’t need to upgrade in case you already own the previous model. You can also check out the alternatives for more options in networking and for more features.
The Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station device features a completely new design, a well-known setup process, and the same ports. Likewise, the new Time Capsule, the new and incredible AirPort Extreme device has got an entirely new design and not the conventional squarish tile shape that is in use for years. And now, it appears to be a rectangular tube (6.6 inches tall and 3.85 inches wide). That means it holds the same footprint like the second-generation AirPort Express that has come out recently, however, it is much taller. As a whole, the new router is featured with an incredible appearance and it’s more like a jewelry box, as compared to a networking device. On the front part, a tiny status light is there that glows green whenever all works are going well and either flashes or changes to amber indicates that the particular device needs attention.
On the backside, usual three Gigabit LAN ports are there for connecting wired clients, including a Mac Pro, and one Gigabit WAN port for connecting to an Internet source, including a broadband modem are there. Moreover, a USB 2.0 port is also there for hosting a printer or an external hard drive. This particular port configuration is absolutely the same whatever has been found in earlier generations of the AirPort Extreme. However, it is a disappointing factor since most of the routers on the market now feature four LAN ports and many of them already provide the facility of USB 3.0. The count of LAN ports determines the number of wired clients the particular router can provide support out of the box prior to resorting to a switch. And of course, USB 3.0 provides the support of better performance whenever you make a connection to an external hard drive to the router.
Likewise the latest Time Capsule, the new AirPort Extreme device doesn’t provide support to AirPlay, either and for which you have to get the AirPort Express device that is, for now, is still the only router that provides supports to this particular music playback feature of Apple’s. And in case you have already owned an AirPort device before, the setting up process of the new AirPort Extreme would be a familiar process to you and also the first-time users should not experience any problem. You have to own the AirPort Utility software to get the work done and it is available for Windows, Macs, and iOS.
However, in most of the scenarios, the software is already present on a Mac. If it’s not present, then you can effortlessly download it for free of cost. AirPort Utility has made the setup process very simple as well as self-explanatory. The drawback is that the AirPort Utility device doesn’t provide the facility of the same level of features and customization. As per the opinion, the new AirPort Extreme device holds no more features, as compared to its predecessor and only a handful of them. It is an incredibly powerful Wi-Fi router but it is not powerful on storage support and customization. The new AirPort Extreme device is a true dual-band router that provides support of the Wi-Fi coverage on both of the 2.4GHz as well as 5GHz frequency bands on a simultaneous basis. That means it provides support to all the existing Wi-Fi clients, irrespective of their Wi-Fi standard with the best possible speed. The AirPort Extreme device provides the facility of a collection of features that are common in routers, including guest networking (it’s only on the 2.4GHz band), DynDNS, IPv6, Access Control, print-serving, port forwarding, and the file-sharing capabilities. But, it lacks a number of features that you might expect, including QoS customization for the purpose of Parent Control, VPN server, traffic prioritizing, and so on.
Although the AirPort Extreme device doesn’t have the feature of internal storage of its own, you can easily add an external hard drive to the respective USB port. The worth noting point is that the particular router provides support to drives that have been preformatted in HFS+ or FAT, however, it doesn’t provide support to NTFS-formatted drives at all. If you want to know more about the Apple Airport Extreme Setup Base Station, you can contact the respective customer care.