AirPort Extreme 802.11n (5th Generation)
This is a new true dual-band Wi-Fi router that is more compact and prettier than the previous models from Apple. You can call it as Apple’s new 5th generation base AirPort Extreme Base Station. It is the new AirPort Time Capsule without internal storage. It is a general information that 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard is the faster one and this router supports it.
You can find this router as one of the fastest and most reliable Wi-Fi routers to date. Even though it has many features to its credit, some features are lacking. When considering the looks of this router, it is very beautiful to see. For those who give importance to the looks of a router, AirPort Extreme 802.11n will be satisfying. As for the cost, this router is slightly more expensive than its peers. For those using 802.11ac-enabled devices, this router will be of great help. You will be in love with the speed of this device.
The design of this product is something I have to point out because it comes in an extremely new design. Most of the routers possess a traditional squarish tile shape, but this router comes with a rectangular tube standing 6.6 inches tall and 3.85 inches wide. You can find that this product has the same footprints of the second generation AirPort Express, but it is taller than it. So the new looks of this router are more elegant.
There is a tiny status light on the front of this device which glows green light when the device is performing well. If the device needs attention, the light will flash or turns to amber. When it comes to the backside, there are the three usual Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port. While the Gigabit LAN ports can be used to connect wired clients, such as a Mac Pro, Gigabit WAN port can be used to connect to an Internet source, such as a broadband modem. To host an external hard drive or a printer, there is also a USB port 2.0.
Setting up the new AirPort Extreme will be a difficult task for the beginners. You should have the AirPort Utility software, available for Macs, Windows, and iOS to set up this router. You can consider this router as a true dual-band router. It offers Wi-Fi coverage on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands at the same time. So you don’t have to worry about the Wi-Fi standards of your Wi-fi Client. It supports all existing Wi-Fi clients with the top possible speed.
This router also offers features like guest networking (only on the 2.4GHz band), IPv6, port forwarding, DynDNS, Access Control, and print-serving and file-sharing capabilities that are common in all routers. As mentioned earlier, the AirPort Extreme doesn’t have internal storage of its own. If you want, you can add an external hard drive to its USB port. But the drives have to be preformatted in HFS+ or FAT, it does not support NTFS-formatted drives. Using a drive, you can share the storage space and data stored on it with the rest of the network.
This router supports printers. So you can plug a printer into the USB port to enable wireless printing. You can access both the print-serving and file-sharing features via the Internet, using Back to My Mac. AirPort Extreme 802.11n also offers significantly faster performance. It offers very fast Wi-Fi speeds among the fastest on the market. Now let’s sum up the features of this device.
- New design.
- Fast performance.
- Comes with three usual Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port.
- True dual-band router.
- Offers coverage on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands at the same time.
- Supports all existing Wi-Fi clients.
- Supports printers.
While talking about the pros of this product, the main advantage is that it supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi which is a faster standard available. This product is very easy to use. You don’t have to go behind solving the complexities to use this router. AirPort Extreme 802.11n offers a very solid performance. You will get faster Wi-Fi throughout your house if you use this device. So the major pros of this product are:
- Supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
- Very easy to use.
- Offers solid performance.
The main disadvantage of this device is that even though it has a new design and 802.11ac, it does not have any major improvements from the previous generations of this brand. The flexibility of this router is also very less when compared to other popular routers. Another disadvantage is that there is no support for Time Machine backup or media streaming via the USB storage in this router. So cons can be summed up as:
- No major improvements from the previous generations.
- Low flexibility.
- No support for Time Machine backup or media streaming via the USB storage.
This product is perfect for the home-users who have 802.11ac-enabled devices. The all-new elegant design, ease of use, and great performance will be the major attractions of this router. But advanced users who need more features and customizations should go for some other option.