"Best vs. the rest"on by jpbeef
Pros Fast, good range, dual band, N network capabilities.
Cons None so far.
Summary This thing is great. I bought the Linksys E4200 and returned it since it really was not better then my Belkin (2 years old). I then bought the AirPort Extreme and was blown away by how fast it is. With the other two routers it took about 30-40 minutes to download a TV show in the worst part of my house, with the AirPort it took only 4-8 minutes. I have 3 Mac laptops, 2 Xbox 360's, apple TV, printer, and 2 IPhone's, running on the network. I have 20mbs from Comcast. With the other two routers I would only get 6-10mbs (at best, usually less) with speed tests and with the Airport I get 15-20mbs almost constantly. You can get it refurbished on the Mac/apple website which makes it just as affordable as the competition. Good luck with your wireless endeavors.
Pros Stable, simple, fast and it just works.
Cons Switch w/only 3 gb ethernet ports. No web browser inteface and rather simple settings options. No 20MHz channel options. Can be expensive. External supply brick is un-apple like neusance.
Summary Replaced $50 Marvell-based Cisco EA3500 refurb, which must reboot daily. Broadcom-based extreme BS is a better match to same BRCM-chipset based Macs, iPads and iPhones. At $85 refurb, its a bargain for reliable worry-free WiFi! 5GHz signal is stronger than EA3500, even though both use discreet PA chips.
Pros Fast network speeds
USB storage that actually works
It *does* support port forwarding
Decent config UI compared to the glitchy Java-based web UIs
Cons No utility for Linux
AirPort Utility 6 missing featuers
Summary A great router. It replaced a Belkin router that was always crashing and dropped several computers regularly from the network. Had previously purchased an E2500 but this also suffered from similar problems, even with OpenWrt so I assumed this was a hardware issue. Purchased the Extreme and was amazed about how stable it was. I hate the phrase 'it just works' but it is surprisingly close to this. The setup is reasonably easy but I preferred to use AirPort Utility 5.6 to fine tune the settings of the router. Lost 1/2 of a star purely because of the missing features of version 6 of the Utility.
Pros Quality product from Apple that is initiative and reliable. Never had a single problem with this router and it's been feeding an iPhone, Macbook, iMac, 2 PC's and an iPad. I'll continue using it until they dish out a faster model!
Cons I would say the only thing would be price, but when something works as well as this does, price becomes less of an issue.
Summary For the money and quality you won't find a better router. If your an exclusive Apple user this is a no brainer, but even if you are a PC person, this might make a believer out of you in terms of Apple products. Give it a try, Apple stands behind their products, if you're not satisfied simply return it, however unlikely that may be.
Pros A must for Mac and iOS users but not only
Cons Quality has this price
Summary Very surprising review
The increased performance is mainly due to the switch to Broadcom BCM4331.
DynDNS is available
Port forwarding is available
FAT Drives are supported
MAC adresses can be set using the standard utility menu
Performance is also monitored using this program. It gives the communication mode, the rate,
the signal level and the noise
A simple utility can give the speed thanks to SNMP. Have a look at AirPort flow.