Airport Extreme 802.11N Overview
I’m running both Mac and Windows in my house, using a decent wifi N router for my network, but after I found that wireless connectivity is sometimes not robust, also my Mac was struggling to get a constant wireless performance with my Netgear, I purchased this Airport Extreme 802.11N (5TH GEN).
I did research about the performance, and I was impressed by the ability to connect USB hard drives, printers and other devices via the W-LAN.
Without doubt, Apple is known as a manufacturer that always cares with the product’s design and packaging.
The Airport Extreme 802.11N (5TH GEN) arrives packed in another box for protection.
Inside the packaging box, you will have the minimum, the Airport Extreme 802.11N (5TH GEN) itself, the power cord, and the manual in several languages.
Airport Extreme 802.11N (5TH GEN) Features
The Airport Extreme 802.11N is a very simple device. It looks like a bigger charget with a slim body that make you easier finding a place for it beside the other plugs you have.
It is sleek, you will find no buttons, but a reset usual button that’s hidden which you will probably never use.
One light on the front of the Airport Extreme 802.11N to display the status with different colours.
At first, I was honestly a little doubtful about having my USB hard-drive wirelessly but I’ve been positively surprised.
I am able to do saving, sharing or even backing up files with both Mac and Windows.
It is definitely not the fastest solution but I am pleasantly satisfied with the backup files or sharing speed.
I made a full backup of my system, roughly 50GB and it took 6 hours to complete.
If I want the fastest, I would go for the Apple’s Time Capsule, but of course that will cost more!
Regarding the wireless performance, it is excellent and this device outperforms our previous N Wifi’s speed and performance.
It gives a consistent good signal, all over my whole house and even outside, the garden.
With a home PC doing a backup with the USB of the Airport to one of my USB SATA Hard Disk and another computer is on the Internet, I still get 150 Mbs persistently using a Macbook in a room, really not bad.
I also had 2 Hard Drives, and a printer connected via a USB, and it worked with no problem whatsoever surprisingly.
The configuration and setup process is fairly easy to me.
I just needed to run my Airport utility to set up my network but it was not complicated at all from that point.
My Windows systems easily found the station immediately, the Macbook and my Windows 7 computer had no apparent issue.
Airport Extreme 802.11N (5TH GEN) in Summary
In summary, my Wifi speed and performance have amazingly doubled, I’m really pleased with this Airport Extreme 802.11N.
The great plus is I am able to bacup my datas from any of wireless networked devices and I can print photo USB printer too.
Connecting a Hard Drive and printer to my Airport Extreme via 4 port works without issue!
I am very well pleased with this Airport Extreme 802.11N (5TH GEN) and happy to recommend this device to anyone.