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Compared to a wired ethernet cable, WiFi has always been tragically slow – with the arrival of 802.11ac Should You Buy A Wireless 802.11ac Router? Should You Buy A Wireless 802.11ac Router? 802.11ac promises blistering speeds, but many consumers are just now getting around to upgrading to 802.11n, leaving many to wonder if the new version is worthwhile. Read More , the newest WiFi standard – that might not be true anymore. AirPort Extreme is Apple’s dual-band router, which means it broadcasts both at 2.4 and 5 GHz to provide suitable networks to a variety of devices. As well was the basic a/b/g/n, 802.11ac allows for a theoretical gigabit bandwidth over WiFi.

Today, I’ll be putting the device through its paces, seeing how much of a benefit I’ll achieve over the top tier router supplied by my cable company. We’re also giving an AirPort Extreme away, so read on to find out how to win!

Introducing Apple’s AirPort Extreme Base Station

AirPort Extreme retails for just under $200. For an additional $100, you can purchase a 2 TB Time Capsule – essentially the same hardware but with an internal drive fitted. This AirPort Extreme is at the premium end of routers, but by no means is it overpriced – the ASUS RT-AC66U offers a similar feature set for the same price. D-link’s  Wireless AC SmartBeam sits at the budget end at around $99, but its speeds are limited.

apple airport extreme review

In reality, you won’t hit anywhere near the theoretical speeds from most client devices which only support a single data stream. The MacBook Air firmware has just been updated to use 2 data streams at once, so you should see significant speeds when paired with the AirPort Extreme. Sadly, neither the latest iPad nor iPhone support 802.11ac yet; a number of Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy S4 Samsung Galaxy S4 Review and Giveaway Samsung Galaxy S4 Review and Giveaway Samsung's current flagship device, the Galaxy S4 marries no-compromises hardware with Google's mobile operating system, slathered with a thick layer of Samsung's own software overlays and customizations. That doesn't mean the outcome is perfect. How... Read More do have it though. Another feature of the new 802.11ac is the concept of beam forming, which means a WiFi signal is focussed on the device using it, rather than irradiated concentrically around the router. In theory, this should also allow for a longer range signal. Read more about the various WiFi standards and new dual band routers How Dual-Band Routers Can Solve Your Wireless Woes How Dual-Band Routers Can Solve Your Wireless Woes Using a router that supports the dual-band standard can significantly boost your Wi-Fi speeds in many circumstances. Read More .

Impressions

The box lifts smoothly to reveal the stark white tower inside – any additional bits are hidden in the base. It’s the classic Apple packaging that we love.

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This product is unabashedly Apple – an objet d’art. Beauty isn’t normally something I look for in a router if we’re being honest – but out of the box, this one oozes it.

Upon peeling off the protective cover, you’re greeted with that same tacky white plastic that characterised the early MacBooks.

apple airport extreme

Standing proud in a nod to the Power Mac G4 cube design, the Airport Extreme eschews the traditional front panel of endless lights and indicators which mean nothing to the average user anyway; opting instead for a single indicator light discreetly at the base.

Around the back of the device are a scant selection of ports – 3 ethernet ports, a USB port (only 2.0 though), the WAN ethernet socket, and power. Although pleasing to the eye, the vertical arrangement means unclipping one of the lower ethernet ports is impossible for all but the tiniest of fingers. It’s a small annoyance given how rarely this happens, but might be relevant to you.

apple airport extreme

Also in the box is a power cable, and a hefty selection of setup guides in various languages. It seems curious that if they’ve gone to the trouble of providing an English plug to me, why they would bother including so many setup guides in different languages?

airport extreme review

On the base of the unit is an elevated black platform with inset air inlets – a very discreet Apple logo stamped in place, despite this side facing down.

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The USB port allows you to connect a printer for sharing on the network, or a hard drive for a quick and dirty NAS. You can’t use an attached drive as a Time Machine backup destination though, which may dash any hopes you had of making your own low-cost Time Capsule – Apple has reserved that functionality for the official devices.

Setup

As expected, setup is effortless – I placed the cable box into modem mode (this disables all ethernet ports except one and deactivates WiFi completely) – and plugged in the AirPort Express. My iPad detected a new AirPort device immediately, and invited me to set it up.

setup-new-airport

There are no confusing choices of WEP or WPA security – just naming the device, the network, and the password. If you have a drive attached, the device name is what you’ll see in Finder or My Networks.

ipad-setup

Unfortunately, finding additional configuration options or information post-setup is made quite difficult by the overly simplistic AirPort Utility. For most users, the main window will present you with two icons: the Internet, and the AirPort Extreme. Click on the router for some basic information, and hover over a client for another popup. It’s not intuitive at all, and it would be nice to see graphical representations of connected clients on this screen too.

airport-utility-info

To reconfigure, click the ‘Edit’ button. You’ll find a standard set of network options, but also some hidden gems like timed access control for specific hardware addresses. There’s no explanation or helpful dialogs to walk you through setting these up.

advanced-setup

On the other hand – most users will rarely have need of entering those screens. Even attaching a network drive is a simple plug-and-play affair – within seconds of attaching a formatted USB portable drive, it was available everywhere on the network, no setup required.

Speed Testing

I’m replacing the standard n-router supplied by Virgin Media to their top tier customers (60 Mbps plan). In both cases, I’ve left the default settings – no channel adjustments were made, so the routers chose whatever they thought was the least crowded channel. For reference, here’s the technical details of the old and new networks (from the MacBook Air, mobile devices were limited to n-speeds):

n-vs-ac

Typically in a home network, it’s your internet speed that provides the data bottleneck. In my case, the slow WiFi speeds mean I couldn’t fully utilise the 60 Mbps broadband from mobile devices. To test the WiFi speed then, Speedtest app illustrates a small difference.

speedtest

It should also be noted that the higher speeds on the AirPort Extreme were much more consistent – it took a few tries to get even 19 Mbps from the old router – most resulted in less than 1 Mbps – you can see this inconsistency on the rate graphs above. This could be due to other factors of course, like network utilisation or interference, but the 32 Mbps from AirPort Extreme was obtained first time, every time. In terms of range and coverage, I saw no additional benefit for mobile devices – the signal dropped completely a few houses down the road, as always.

On a MacBook Air, speed tests were done by measuring the transfer times for a 1.7 GB file from my wired NAS. Again, no changes were made to the NAS itself.

  • Cable-supplied router, same room: 3.42 minutes
  • Cable-supplied router, upstairs: 3.40 minutes
  • AirPort Express, same room: 24 seconds
  • AirPort Express, upstairs: 54 seconds

The results show a clear 4-6x speed increase over 802.11ac compared to 802.11n.

For coverage testing, I used the free NetSpot app Map Your Wireless Network Signal Strength With NetSpot [Mac] Map Your Wireless Network Signal Strength With NetSpot [Mac] Read More to map out the WiFi signal strength; the router was placed in the same location each time. An overall stronger signal is clearly identifiable (green and yellow is strong, dark blue is weak), which would indicate that the “beam forming” aspect of 802.11 ac is working.

coverage

Should you buy the AirPort Extreme?

Although I see huge speed increases across the board – especially on my MacBook Air – I feel like Apple missed a trick here. It really shouldn’t be difficult to enable the Time Machine on a USB drive, even if it means the Airport Extreme has to reformat it for exclusive use – and why are all the (limited) device configuration options so hidden away?

The lack of USB 3.0; the lack of 802.11ac chips in the latest Apple mobile devices – it worries me that Apple aren’t being the trend setters anymore. There was a time when Apple were the first to feature USB ports and essentially kickstarted that generation of hardware – now they are simply lagging. That said, the AirPort Extreme is a capable router – far better than your average cable company is going to provide. For an instant speed boost on your home network, you could do worse.

Our verdict of the Apple AirPort Extreme 2013:
Buy it for a speed boost and sheer ease of setup; look elsewhere for advanced configuration options.
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The Winner

Congratulations, Michelle Bartley! You would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please respond before November 14 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

Send your products to be reviewed. Contact Jackson Chung for further details.

  1. Cheridene B
    November 9, 2013 at 9:02 am

    i don't have one

  2. Dirk M
    November 9, 2013 at 4:13 am

    just an old netgear and no ac

  3. Lisa Z
    November 9, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Netgear and no ac

  4. Jason
    November 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Great review!

  5. Zsolt Punkosti
    November 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    QUBS and no AC

  6. Frederick D
    November 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I have a second generation Time Capsule, and I don't own any AC devices.

  7. Juan Paulo Ducut
    November 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I have a TP-Link 3G router but no AC Devices.

  8. Corey
    November 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Linksys something

  9. BK
    November 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    It’s a Netgear and no AC

  10. Mike D
    November 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Netgear WNDR4000, NO AC devices ...

  11. Saad Sawash
    November 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I have the TP-Link TL-WR940N - and i have 2 AC devices.

  12. EJ Ellis
    November 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    It's an old Belkin and no AC. Thanks for the chance!

  13. Gabrielle M
    November 8, 2013 at 5:21 am

    We have a standard Belkin router, no ac's.

  14. Ph
    November 8, 2013 at 2:28 am

    I don't have a router so no AC either.

  15. LP
    November 8, 2013 at 2:18 am

    An old Time capsule with no AC is what I use.

  16. WB
    November 8, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Netgear at my place but no AC for me right now...

  17. AB
    November 8, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I have a linksys but no AC.

  18. Ariel Chiu
    November 8, 2013 at 12:23 am

    i have a belkin router

  19. EB
    November 7, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    No AC router here, just an apple TC

  20. Alberto Santos
    November 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Airport Express, no AC's

  21. Ascalion
    November 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I guess only my phone have AC, so it would be great to see this speed difference!

  22. Lauren
    November 7, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    an airport express - and 0 currently

  23. Gustavo D
    November 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I have a Linksys and 3 ACs

  24. Francis Imperial
    November 7, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I just got the Asus RT AC66U but I don't have any AC clients

  25. PAUL P
    November 7, 2013 at 5:40 am

    only have an old linksys wifi router with a single band

  26. Matthew
    November 7, 2013 at 5:39 am

    A dual band linksys router. NO ac devices yet, but I love to have future proof devices.

  27. Mac Christensen
    November 7, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I have a Belkin router that I bought from Salvation Army. Still works good!

  28. Lionel Dyck
    November 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I have a time warner router right now

  29. Linda K
    November 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I have a belkin router and no a/c devices

  30. clovis olga
    November 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I have a Linksys E2500, 4 ACs.

  31. MorePeanutButter
    November 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I have an old Apple Time Capsule, and no AC devices...yet!

  32. Antony
    November 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I have a belkin router and no AC devices

  33. flambergian
    November 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I have one router and no AC devices.

  34. Techy Nana
    November 6, 2013 at 8:09 am

    An older Apple Airport.

  35. Bill Maginnis
    November 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I have a Belkin N750DB Dual Band and I'm not sure about the Surface RT tablet I'm using from work - it might be AC equipped.

  36. Richard G
    November 6, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Linksys E4200 no a/c devices

  37. Mithun M
    November 6, 2013 at 6:51 am

    none

  38. SK Tan
    November 6, 2013 at 5:47 am

    I have none.

  39. Sergi
    November 6, 2013 at 1:04 am

    I use the router of the company, and it is very slow...no AC devices

  40. sean
    November 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I have a Verizon router and no ac devices.

  41. Fredrik S
    November 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I have no ac devices, and use a ZyXEL router.

  42. Joshua Bane
    November 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    The older model air port extreme and I don't know how many I have.

  43. Charles Heitz
    November 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I have an old and busted Aiport Express. I have 6 AC devices that could really use this new router ;)

  44. Choon K
    November 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I got like 3 or 4 routers at home but have no AC devices. Haha the contrast.

  45. Scott H
    November 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    i would use this as a hard drive wi-fi and printer server for and access point to connect to

  46. Gina F
    November 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Wireless G router with no AC devices

  47. Von Adam Martinez
    November 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    D-Link HD Media Router 1000 and no A/C Devices

  48. Von Adam Martinez
    November 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    D-Link HD Media Router 1000 and no A/C devices

  49. Von Adam Martinez
    November 5, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    D-Link HD Media Router 1000 and no A/C Devices :(

  50. Torsten N
    November 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Trendnet - newest device is a ipod touch - doubt it is ac enabled.

  51. Taylor H
    November 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

    ASUS RT-G32 router with no AC devices.

  52. Phil H
    November 5, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Wireless G router with no AC devices to brag about.

  53. Mark Dwyer
    November 5, 2013 at 3:19 am

    ZyXEL - No AC devices.

  54. Curtis
    November 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    asus rt-56u and no A/C devices

  55. Dolores A
    November 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Awesome product and great info on the review! Thanks!

  56. peter
    November 4, 2013 at 4:15 am

    netgear

  57. Paulie
    November 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

    DLink router and no ac devices

  58. Bruce Willke
    November 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    DSL router from Verizon Westell. No AC devices :(

  59. Per S
    November 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I don't have any internet router, just use cable modem.

  60. Giovanni Fiorino
    November 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I have a DLink router, without AC devices

  61. viesis
    November 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Mikrotik 751, 2 ACs

  62. ketha prathap reddy
    November 2, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Awesome giveaway!

  63. Alex
    November 2, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I own a FritzBox with one AC.

  64. abdullah
    November 2, 2013 at 5:50 am

    At Home I have Asus Rt-Ac And Have 2 Ac Devices Working On The Go .

  65. sarah oswald
    November 2, 2013 at 3:35 am

    netgear and i guess no AC since i dont know what the heck it is.

  66. Daniel Ooi
    November 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    DLink, and no AC

  67. Adrian
    November 1, 2013 at 6:49 am

    A Dlink and one AC

  68. Anna Marie M.
    November 1, 2013 at 6:45 am

    I have D-link Dir-655 Wireless Router. No AC device.

  69. Dorothy H
    November 1, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Wireless G router with no AC devices

  70. mike
    November 1, 2013 at 1:45 am

    i have a trendnet tew-652 with a half dozen devices.

  71. Giovanna Rosace
    October 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I have a Netgear router without AC devices.

  72. Laura N
    October 31, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    DLink, no ACs

  73. Maribel
    October 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Our router is comtren, no ac. So I hope to win these.

  74. Peter H
    October 31, 2013 at 9:02 am

    ASUS g-router and zero AC.

  75. Rosie
    October 31, 2013 at 6:47 am

    i have a old D-link wireless router and not AC device.

  76. Lauren W
    October 31, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Currently a 2WIRE 2701HG-B | So far (for too many years) pretty terrible device; & no AC devices.

  77. Paul Yates
    October 31, 2013 at 1:03 am

    SMC Wired router from about 9 years ago, and no ACs...

  78. Mykhaylo T
    October 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    vodafone easybox 802

  79. Sharon
    October 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    We have a western digital, no ac device

  80. Chatinai C
    October 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Zyxel, no AC device though.

  81. Cynthia S
    October 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I have a Netgear. No AC.

  82. Zakka
    October 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I have a Belkin router. No AC.

  83. M.S.Vishwanarayan
    October 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I have a linksys WRT54g which has given up and needs to be trashed. Hope to win this nice AirPort Extreme router else I will have to buy some cheaper router.

  84. Temasek
    October 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I have an old DLink router. No AC.

  85. John Espinosa
    October 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I have my old D-Link router and I don't have an AC device yet.

  86. Donald Allston
    October 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I have a Netgear WNDR3800, which is a decent consumer router. Most of my devices connect through "N", though about 3 are capable of AC.

  87. Prajwal
    October 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    no internet router it would be my first one

  88. Azrulhaiqal
    October 30, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I want

  89. maricel
    October 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Comtrend and no AC device

  90. Filomena Germanò
    October 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I've an old Netgear router, without any AC devices yet.

  91. Roman Savchuk
    October 30, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Like it

  92. Phillip
    October 30, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Netgear n900 and 1 device.

  93. Sam N
    October 30, 2013 at 6:33 am

    i don't have any routers yet :( but i do have iPhone 4 is it compatible with Apple’s AirPort Extreme Base Station ^_^

  94. Sacha Obado
    October 30, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I have a Linksys WRT310N and i don't own any ac devices yet.

    • Junior Oshiyoye
      October 30, 2013 at 6:15 am

      Linksys here too. Sick and tired of its shit too. Getting this would be a godsend. Heres to hoping my luck doesnt fail me!

  95. Abid M
    October 30, 2013 at 4:56 am

    I have TP-Link MR3420 N300 Wifi Router.. no AC Device..

  96. Pete Townill
    October 30, 2013 at 2:33 am

    D-Link and no AC

  97. Jack
    October 30, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I have an old Airport Extreme and 1 AC device.

  98. Colleen C.
    October 30, 2013 at 1:34 am

    I have a D-Link right now and no AC devices

  99. Rajee (@momsfocus)
    October 30, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Linksys router

  100. Ariel
    October 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Netgear and no AC yet.

  101. Charles Culbertson
    October 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    You said it's difficult "It really shouldn’t be difficult to enable the Time Machine on a USB drive, even if it means the Airport Extreme has to reformat it for exclusive use – and why are all the (limited) device configuration options so hidden away?"

    My Apple store said Time Machine is not supported to work on this router.

    Whattup?

  102. BigDaadee
    October 29, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I have an Airport Extreme but the Older version. Hope to add this to my collection! Thanks for the opportunity!

  103. Tomasz J
    October 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    NETIASPOT, two devices.

  104. James
    October 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    BT Home Hub :( no AC devices yet

  105. James
    October 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    BT Home Hub :( no AC devices yet

  106. Francesco Fiorino
    October 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I have a Sitecom N300, without any AC devices.

  107. Travis Faulkner
    October 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Ive got an old linksys that is crapping out on me. No AC devices yet

  108. Michael K
    October 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    cheap netgear, o ac

  109. Erika R.
    October 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Linksys router and no AC devices.

  110. George
    October 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Linksys, no AC

  111. Stéphane
    October 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Bell and no AC yet.

  112. Jan H
    October 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I have 2 routers in my home, and at least 15 AC units in different types

  113. R Lennox
    October 29, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Airport Extreme is great, but faster.stronger is better!

  114. Brenda W
    October 29, 2013 at 2:20 am

    DLink router and we dont have an ac device

  115. Aaron Gerber
    October 29, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Linksys router but no AC yet...

  116. Tom S
    October 29, 2013 at 1:30 am

    I got a Belkin router bout a year ago and have no ac devices...

  117. Andrew
    October 29, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I have a Linksys E4200v2, and no AC devices.

  118. Lee
    October 29, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Bell, and one

  119. Victor
    October 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    DLink router, one AC device

  120. Yanhua T
    October 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Linksys E1000. No AC device yet.

  121. Yong C
    October 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Linksys E1000. No AC device yet.

  122. Nick
    October 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Netgear

  123. Nick
    October 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Netgear

  124. d
    October 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    none

  125. Jamz
    October 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    airport access, one AC device

  126. Ann Robinson
    October 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Very simple Netgear router, no AC devices yet.

  127. Jacob
    October 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Old air port express and no ac devices

  128. shandie
    October 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    CISCO (LINKSYS)
    dont have AC :(

  129. T Voss
    October 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Very simple Netgear router, no AC devices yet.

  130. Jerry
    October 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Apple Airport Extreme 5th gen. No AC Devices.

  131. Al Franco
    October 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    A DLink router; 4 AC devices

  132. Aeryn M
    October 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Airport express and 0 AC devices

  133. Daniel G
    October 28, 2013 at 11:34 am

    ZTE ZXV10 H202N; one AC device

  134. Wesley
    October 28, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Netgear

  135. Jacob
    October 28, 2013 at 2:09 am

    1 Belkin router, 1 Asus router, and one AC device.

  136. Caroline Morin
    October 28, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Netgear and about 3 or 4 devices.

  137. Eugene Y
    October 28, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Tenda 311 R+ and 1 ac device

  138. Shyam Assoldekar
    October 28, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I have D-Link Router and 1 AC device

  139. Susie King
    October 28, 2013 at 12:45 am

    I don't have an AC device.

  140. Shawn
    October 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    No AC devices :(

  141. Debra S
    October 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    we have ONE router in the house and it's not enough I think, we have four floors and the further away you are from it, the worse your speeds

  142. Sachin Chandran
    October 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Currently own DLink D-524 pretty old one. I dont have an AC device.

  143. Tim Bain
    October 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Netgear and 2 AC devices

  144. arjayssa reyes
    October 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    prolink router. no ac devices

  145. Dorothy S
    October 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I have Netgear and 3 devices.

  146. Jackie Allum
    October 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    2 Routers and 6 AC devices

  147. Joe P
    October 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    netgear 600n and no not 1 ac device

  148. Nancy H
    October 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I have a linksys router and 2 AC devices.

  149. Laura S
    October 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I have an AT&T Netgear router and currently no AC devices

  150. Em B
    October 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I have a Belkin and I have 7 devices connected

  151. Shelbie J
    October 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

    came with my at&t account

  152. Amit Jain
    October 27, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I have a Belkin Play Max N600 HD but no ac devices

  153. Bogdan
    October 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I have a TP-Link WDR-3600 and 7 AC devices.

  154. Mihir C
    October 27, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I use a mediocre TPLink router provided by my network vendor! Not sure about the AC thing! Looking to change this one!

  155. Liju Scaria
    October 27, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I've a Nokia Seimens Networks (now Nokia Solutions & Networks router and currently doesn't have any AC devices but will have some soon.

  156. Sampath
    October 27, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Belkin Router and 3AC Devices

  157. Kondratyev Evgeny
    October 27, 2013 at 7:22 am

    ASUS WL-500gP
    no AC

  158. tat2jr
    October 27, 2013 at 6:50 am

    I have the Edimax BR-6475nD router, and no AC devices. I can't wait to get some though. Just waiting for the price to become more reasonable.

  159. Judith S
    October 27, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Don't know the name of our router but it is ancient. We have 5 AC devices.

  160. Stephanie Owens
    October 27, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I have a Linksys. Not sure on ac.

  161. Eric S
    October 27, 2013 at 4:53 am

    AT&T Netgear Router and have 5 ac devices in the home

  162. Kilgore T
    October 27, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I have an old Linksys g45 and I have 3 AC devices; one laptop and one tablet & one Smart TV... The rest toys are all Gs & Ns.

  163. Linda W
    October 27, 2013 at 1:28 am

    not sure.

  164. Mary V
    October 27, 2013 at 12:58 am

    I have a Dlink Router and 4 a/c unit

  165. Alex P
    October 26, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I have a linksys router and 3 ac devices

  166. Scot
    October 26, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I have some kind of branded router from my cable company. It does have wireless N.

  167. Bryan C
    October 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    WRT54GL, no AC!

  168. Keith W
    October 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Mine's rebadged by the ISP so I don't know the model details - I have no AC devices.

  169. Boris
    October 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    We share the internet connection with our neighbour, so no router in our place.

  170. Anonymous
    October 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Airport express and no AC devices

  171. Brian
    October 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Apple Airport Extreme.

  172. Latz
    October 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    DLINK 613

  173. Sergey Erofeev
    October 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I don’t have a router

  174. Anna T
    October 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Belkin and two devices

  175. Jeff
    October 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Tenda router / 0 AC

  176. Marlene V
    October 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    D Link router and we own 1 AC device

  177. Calien L
    October 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I only have an old netgear

  178. werry
    October 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    i have speedy free router dunno about the name

  179. Nero T
    October 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Now I'm using TP-Link WR841, a 300Mbps wireless N router. Not impressed but acceptable.

  180. alexey
    October 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Zyxel Keenetic Lite and 6 devices

  181. ?????? ??????
    October 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I don’t have a router

  182. ?????? ??????
    October 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I don’t have a router in my home

  183. Dmitriy S
    October 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    D-Link DSL-2640U and no AC devices.

  184. Hal jenner
    October 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    No router or AC device

  185. Mihovil P
    October 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    no ac devices and d-link with openwrt

  186. Carmela
    October 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    no routers in my home, and no AC devices....

  187. Giuseppe
    October 26, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I don’t have a router in my home and also don’t own AC device

  188. Silvia
    October 26, 2013 at 11:57 am

    i only have an old 3com router, that is not an AC router

  189. Claudio
    October 26, 2013 at 11:54 am

    only a 3com router, but is not AC

  190. Julian
    October 26, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Netgear router, zero AC devices.. soon (maybe ;)

  191. Jie Y
    October 26, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I don't have a router in my home and also don't own AC device.

  192. Philip Clemente
    October 26, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I Have tenda as my b/g/n router with no ac devices, i would eally want to have one!

  193. Poignant T
    October 26, 2013 at 8:13 am

    d-link and no devices

  194. Milos D
    October 26, 2013 at 7:07 am

    D-link router no ac

  195. Ramesh K
    October 26, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Love this giveaway

  196. Anish
    October 26, 2013 at 5:12 am

    We hav xlink router and connect 2 devices

  197. Prabhath K
    October 26, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I have D-Link as my router and no AC devices.

  198. Mark P
    October 26, 2013 at 4:55 am

    I have Prolink as my router and no AC devices.

  199. Va D
    October 26, 2013 at 4:38 am

    D-Link DIR-865L, 3

  200. Aditya Bhatt
    October 26, 2013 at 4:35 am

    No Router in my house.

  201. Elysia S
    October 26, 2013 at 3:47 am

    linksys and no AC devices :(

  202. Sharon
    October 26, 2013 at 3:26 am

    D-link router with 3 devices

  203. brad
    October 26, 2013 at 3:17 am

    d-link router, no ac devices

  204. Ferdinand Angeles
    October 26, 2013 at 2:56 am

    D-link router. We have more than 5

  205. Luke Wojick
    October 26, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Hmm I'm pretty sure it's a media link N router. Still haven't made the jump to AC yet because I don't have any AC devices. Most of them still on G or just adopted N

  206. Christian A
    October 26, 2013 at 2:34 am

    A linksys EA4500... I think has 2...

  207. savannah
    October 26, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Netgear no ac

  208. Stephen
    October 26, 2013 at 2:11 am

    One Belkin and Zero

  209. Jody D
    October 26, 2013 at 2:11 am

    No router, WIFI on laptop, No AC

  210. Jasmin Jat
    October 26, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I have a TP-Link gotta get something I can afford.. No AC device. I really hope to get this home. Great review as always :)

  211. Sean M
    October 26, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Linksys and no AC devices

  212. David Hughes
    October 25, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Just have a generic Linksys router. No AC devices as far as I know...

  213. Brady Wallace
    October 25, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I don't own a router or any AC devices

  214. Steve Z
    October 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Cisco something or other, nowhere near as good as this!

  215. Catherine
    October 25, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I have a D-Link not sure of the model and no AC devices.

  216. Muhammad Hadi N
    October 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I have D-link router from Telekom Malaysia and I get it for free after installing internet at my house. There is AC device at my house.

  217. Aneeshwar G
    October 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Belkin N150 and No AC devices.

  218. David L
    October 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    NVG510 and 0 AC!

  219. ALICIA M
    October 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    d link

  220. jane jakins
    October 25, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    linskeys

  221. CZ
    October 25, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Netgear Router and 4 AC devices in the house

  222. Lori Bahn
    October 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Netgear and its awful no ac

  223. Alexander
    October 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I have a cheap netgear router. No AC yet

  224. Irwin
    October 25, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    dlink and no ac devices

  225. Roc Patterson
    October 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Motorola gs510. no AC devices.

  226. MG
    October 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Linsksys WRT160Nv2 and no ac devices.

  227. Linda F
    October 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Belkin No AC devices

  228. Denis K
    October 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    D-Link DIR300nru

  229. kr00zn
    October 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I have an Apple Time Capsule. I don't believe I have any ac devices yet.

  230. Andrew
    October 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Linksys. I don't own any ac devices.

  231. Antonio R
    October 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I have a Belkin and no AC devices.

  232. molaro
    October 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    ATT uVerse Router, one AC

  233. Nick T
    October 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    D-Link

  234. Jim
    October 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    dlink

  235. Haci C
    October 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    One with NO AC

  236. Roberto Rother
    October 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Netgear router and no ac devices

  237. Mahesh K
    October 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Belkin router and no ac devices.

  238. Naama Shalom
    October 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I have D-link router and no ac devices.

  239. Jack Stout
    October 25, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Airport Extreme 2012, no AC devices

  240. Eibert D
    October 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Fritzbox 7170, no AC devices yet

  241. Stoja Todoric
    October 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    D-link router and no ac devices.

  242. Dragana Todoric
    October 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Belkin router and no ac devices

  243. Paul W
    October 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    NETGEAR DGND3700, no AC devices.

  244. cesar
    October 25, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Cisco-Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router and one ac

  245. Mile Zec
    October 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Motorola, no ac devices

  246. Nikola Todori
    October 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    D-Link router, no ac devices

  247. Mandip D
    October 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    TPLink but no AC!

  248. Paul
    October 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    linksys ea6500 and one ac device

  249. Victor O
    October 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    One router, and no AC devices (I think).

  250. Xenios K
    October 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I have an Airport Extreme (the first generation concurrent dual band model) This would be a nice replacement to get some more range. Currently I have no ac devices around.

  251. John P
    October 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I have two. One provided by my Cable/Internet provider and one from Belkin. I'm looking to replace that one however as it's only A/B/G and more devices are using N than before.

  252. Sharon Harding
    October 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Motorola

  253. Prasan H
    October 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    V hav a D-link router and dont no abt ac devices

  254. Jim
    October 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    have the old airport extreme base station

  255. Mishaal F
    October 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    i dont know.... only my brother knows about stuff like this...

  256. Casey
    October 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Apple Airport

  257. magykmaster
    October 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I have the old extreme base station. Not sure how many ac devices I have in my house.

  258. Kristian S
    October 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Linksys router. No AC devices.

  259. Bart Hamburg
    October 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Apple airport extreme

  260. John
    October 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I use a Linksys WRT54GH. Poor me :( Although I have zero AC devices, an upgrade would be a godsend.

  261. Pedro
    October 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Motorola, and a crap load.

  262. David B. Bitton
    October 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Sophos UTM 9

  263. marla
    October 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    No idea, doing this for my husband.

  264. Prabhdeep S
    October 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    TP Link WR49 and none

  265. Luis Alberto Scandurra
    October 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Tenda N Router and no AC devices.

  266. John H
    October 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I have an old D-Link router. About 5 or 6 Devices.

  267. Amy Flores
    October 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Net gear router, one AC device.

  268. Bowler4Ever
    October 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Comcast N Modem/Router Combo, no AC devices.

  269. Jonathan N
    October 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Asus ac router, my desktop PC has ac wifi too - but that's it.

  270. Chuck
    October 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Lynksys 6200v2 with 2 AC devices

  271. Jennifer Herman
    October 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    D-Link 5items

  272. Leoner G
    October 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Belkin router, no AC devices

  273. Rodolfo L
    October 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Linksys dual N, no AC devices.

  274. Don C
    October 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Airport Time Capsule. 5 AC devices

  275. Bill
    October 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I have an earlier airport extreme

  276. Dennis D
    October 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Linksys and none.

  277. moorandro
    October 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Cisco router, and no AC devices

  278. Jason N
    October 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Cisco E4200 I got as a refurb from Cisco a couple years ago. No AC device yet but that'll be changing soon.

  279. Adeel A
    October 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I have Repotect router at home and 5 AC devices.

  280. Von Adam Martinez
    October 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I have here an Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router with 2 connected devices

  281. David Harlow
    October 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I have a POS Netgear router that's at least 10 years old, no AC devices...yet.

  282. Mario
    October 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    There is one Belkin Wrt54g router and zero AC devices.

  283. Tammie H
    October 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Linksys with 3 AC devices

  284. DUKKA SUDHAKAR
    October 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    DLINK ROUTER AND 1 AC DEVICE.

  285. Melroy D
    October 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Yes please!

  286. Marco
    October 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    ASUS router. No AC devices at the moment but xmas is soon.

  287. James A
    October 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Netgear N150 Wireless and no AC :(

  288. Steve
    October 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Netgear

  289. Brian Smith
    October 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I have a Tlink router supplied by my ISP and, having just switched everything from MS to Mac, this would be a great win

  290. Roger C
    October 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I have the NVG510 from AT&T Uverse and a very old, pre-N, Airport Extreme.

  291. Rafael Kireyev
    October 25, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    tp-link

  292. Johnny
    October 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I have an e4200 but no ac devices

  293. Robert B
    October 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    An old Linksys router.

  294. Fred van West
    October 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I have a pre-N router that I need to replace soon so an Airport Extreme would be a good choice!

  295. RICHARD SKUSE
    October 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    BT Home Hub 2. No AC devices.

  296. Mark Wood
    October 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Sky hub - No AC devices

  297. Pan Ziyue
    October 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I have a D-Link DIR-255 router, as well as another 2Wire router provided by Singtel (my ISP).

  298. Cosmin M
    October 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    DIR-615 with 4 devices connected to it via LAN

  299. niku
    October 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I own a wireless router provided by my cable company, which loses connectivity as soon as I am in another room :(

    I own 1 AC device, the new retina MBP, that would love the speed bumb =)

  300. Keri Jones
    October 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    We have a BT router which was sent when we updated our internet service. We have 2 AC devices

  301. Defcon.mcr
    October 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    This would be perfect. My router that I got with talk talk is useless. Always losing connection when more than one person is on it. It would also help as I use a macbook pro so it'll work seamlessly with it

  302. Shaun Robertson
    October 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    No ac yet

  303. Ste
    October 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    BT Home Hub 2. No AC devices.

  304. Carolyn B
    October 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I have TrendNet with 2 connected devices!

  305. Serg
    October 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    No AC devices. Tp-Link.

  306. Craig P
    October 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Netgear Router and 8 AC devices

  307. Kiril Golov
    October 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Tenda WR316R router-working perfectly... No AC devices yet :)

  308. Aaron N.
    October 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I have one Cisco switch running DD-wrt, and two Cisco Access points inside. One outdoor cisco running DD-WRT to shoot signal throughout my backyard. They are old and need to be replaced.

  309. likefunbutnot
    October 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Can you manage one with a web browser yet? I've had an Airport Extreme sliding around in the back of my car for a couple years because the customer who bought it (assuming "most expensive router" must be "best router") only had a couple game consoles and an Android tablet and none of those things could talk to it in order to get it set up. Whoops.

  310. Gord
    October 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I don't use a router.

  311. Alexander G
    October 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Zyxel and 2 devices

  312. K
    October 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    1 Ubee router and no AC devices yet.

  313. Ramon Miguel Canillas
    October 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    We have here a router that was packaged with our local ISP's plan. I think it was locally produced. That said, it might not be the best and most reliable, so a new one would definitely be useful. As for AC devices, we have 2. :)

  314. Kathleen Hoch
    October 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Nothing happens when I click on enter.

  315. Ryan C
    October 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I currently have a TP-LINK WR1043ND router. No AC devices yet...

  316. Akshay Lakhmani
    October 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I don't have router.

  317. John D
    October 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    none of it now

  318. Eric
    October 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Linksys, No ac devices yet.

  319. arif togoo
    October 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    nice review.

  320. wschlotter
    October 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I have one router hooked up, Belkin n600, and 0 AC devices.

  321. Denise Carrion
    October 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Verizon router and 1 AC

  322. Kristen T
    October 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I have an older apple airport w/3 connected decices.

  323. Junil M
    October 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I have a digicom router and have about four or five devices connected to it.

  324. Kim Johnson
    October 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Netgear and 4 devices

  325. Anthony
    October 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I have a Netgear ADSL/wifi/firewall box that is quite old but still works, and does everything well enough. I own zero AC devices so far!

  326. Grace
    October 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Have a W Net router. Was super easy to set up compared to my old one. No Ac devices.

  327. John K
    October 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I have a Vizio 549XWR100.
    No AC devices yet. Upgrading to GS4 soon though.

  328. Geoff Heys
    October 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Already have this and it's WAY better than the previous generation model - faster AND better coverage.

  329. Diane W
    October 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    We have a Linksys router about 6 -7 devices.

  330. Scott H
    October 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    need a new wifi router badly hope i win good review as well thank for that if i do not win it i might buy one

  331. metric cook
    October 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Apple was never a 'trend setter' in the hardware side of things just the most expensive. When everyone had USB 2, apple was still suck on USB 1.1, I was so pissed after I bought iMac I just should have returned it....

  332. sergio
    October 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    ASUS RT-AC66U and no EC devices

  333. Dany B
    October 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    The router I have is the Asus RT-N56U, I dont have any AC devices yet.

  334. Siddharthan V
    October 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I have a Belkin G, Cisco G and a Netgear G router. No AC devices.

  335. SM
    October 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I've got the original version of the Airport Extreme, no AC devices yet.

  336. Derek Rubright
    October 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I use a Belkin F9K1108 router. I have no AC devices in the home right now.

  337. James
    October 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I'm using an ASUS RT-AC66U but currently don't use any AC devices.

  338. Justin
    October 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I have a NETGEAR N600. And no AC devices...yet

  339. Michael B
    October 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I have a Netgear Wireless N router and about 6 devices that support AC. I think it's time for an upgrade!

  340. mroubas
    October 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I use the standard WiFi router that comes through my ISP, but I'm hoping to upgrade soon. I don't have any AC devices at the moment, but I expect that to change over time so I'm definitely looking at AC routers.

  341. Chris
    October 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I've currently got "The Dark Knight" but it's not AC and it's pretty big and ugly compared to this nice looking one!

  342. Neil T
    October 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I have a Belkin dual band N router. I don't have any AC devices....as yet.

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