Users' questions

Does AirPort Extreme need to be plugged into a modem?

Does AirPort Extreme need to be plugged into a modem?

The setup assistant helps you enter the appropriate settings. If you are using your AirPort Extreme to connect to the Internet, you need a broadband (DSL or cable modem) account with an Internet service provider (ISP), or a connection to the Internet using an existing Ethernet network.

Why do I need an AirPort base station?

These are great features to have alongside your current home network. In essence: an AirPort base station augments your current network with a layer of Apple services, and provides you with a much better wireless system.

How do I setup my AirPort Extreme as an extender?

On your device, go to Settings > Wi-Fi, then tap the name of your base station (for example, “AirPort Extreme 0affff”) listed under “Set up new AirPort base station.” Follow the onscreen instructions. The setup assistant automatically provides the best solution for extending your network.

Can I connect my AirPort Extreme to another router?

The AirPort Extreme must be set up in a Router Mode of “Off (Bridge Mode)” when it connects to another router on the network. It may or may not already be set up that way depending on how you have things set up now. You can check the setting in AirPort Utility to see what it looks like now.

Can I use AirPort Extreme as an external hard drive?

The AirPort Disk feature in this device allows you to plug an external hard drive to the port to act as the storage, since the AirPort Extreme has no internal storage. When you plug in the drive, you can share the data and storage space on it with your network.

Is the Apple AirPort Extreme a router or modem?

It has only one Ethernet port so it is not a router, nor can it provide a Wi-Fi signal: An example of a modem/router, which is also called a gateway is shown below. Note that the device will have multiple Ethernet ports and produce a Wi-Fi signal.

Can I use Apple AirPort Extreme as a wireless extender?

The AirPort Extreme can only wirelessly “extend” the signal from another Apple wireless router. It cannot connect to the Hitron modem/router using a wireless connection and extend the Hitron network that way.

Is the Apple AirPort Extreme outdated?

Apple’s sixth-generation AirPort Extreme was released in 2013, but the AirPort Extreme it and its AirPort brethren were officially discontinued in 2018.

Can you use an AirPort Extreme to extend a non-Apple network?

You cannot extend a NON-APPLE wireless network with an Apple router by wireless. The Express can Join a wireless network. It will then become a wireless to ethernet bridge.. but it cannot extend.

Can I use an Apple AirPort Express as a wireless bridge?

When set up to extend an existing wireless network, Airport Express becomes a ethernet to wireless bridge, with a dhcp server running on the ethernet port. This is a great way to connect any computer that has ethernet, but no wireless capability to your wireless network.

Can I use an Apple AirPort Extreme as a wifi extender?

You will only be able to use the AirPort Extreme to extend a wireless network provided by another Apple router if your goal is to use a wireless connection between them.

Is the AirPort Extreme a good router?

SUMMING UP. The Airport Extreme is indeed one of the best wifi routers out there. The 11n band specifically blows the competition to chunks, especially at longer distances. It is super easy to set up if you have a Mac or an iOS device such as an iPhone or an iPad.

What kind of wifi does AirPort Extreme have?

AirPort Extreme is a fully featured Wi-Fi base station that provides simultaneous dual-band wireless networking using the 802.11ac specification. When you set up your AirPort Extreme, it creates two high-speed Wi-Fi networks:

Can you back up a Mac to the airport?

Unfortunately, Apple expects you to use the AirPort wireless to back up your Macs or use a wired Ethernet connection from the Mac to the AirPort. For that reason, Apple does not officially support the type of setup that you are trying to achieve.

How do I set up my AirPort Extreme?

To set it up: Open AirPort Utility, located in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder. Select your AirPort Extreme and click Continue. If you don’t see the AirPort Extreme you want to configure, choose it from the Wi-Fi status menu in the menu bar. Follow the onscreen instructions to create a new network or extend an existing network.

Where is the airport ID on a base station?

The AirPort ID, also known as the Media Access Controller (MAC) address, is printed on the label on the bottom of the AirPort Extreme Base Station next to the AirPort symbol, and on the power adapter side of the AirPort Express Base Station.

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