Apple Airport Extreme (5th Gen) Review

Wireless Repeater Apple Airport Extreme (5th Gen)The Apple Airport Extreme 802.11N (5TH GEN) is Apple’s flagship multi-functional wireless device. It can be used as a router, wireless access point or wireless repeater. This is the newest model, with dual-band Wireless-N support as well as full backwards compatibility. Happily, this device is compatible with both PCs and Macs, featuring software for PCs to install and manage the device. It has guest networking features that allow guests to have internet access but restricts them from other parts of the network. An often-asked question about this device is whether it can be setup as a repeater – it certainly can, you only need choose that mode during configuration. However, it will only work as a repeater if the main router is another Apple Airport device.

Wireless Repeater Apple Airport Extreme Features:

  • a/b/g/n support
  • Multiple modes: Wireless Router, Wireless Access Point and Wireless Repeater
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet connectors
  • USB port
  • Guest networking capabilities


  • Very easy to configure – particularly for a Mac
  • Supports both Macs and PCs
  • Dual-band support


  • Slightly more cumbersome than other devices to setup on Windows and more expensive – a PC-only household may be better off buying a different brand

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