Great Product, Very Much Impressed!!!
All in all, I'm very happy with my purchase. Everything works great and exceeded my expectations (I was concerned about pairing my extreme station with my repeater, but there is no need for it anymore, so...hello fleabay!!!) I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new router.
Supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi, is easy to use, and offers solid performance
Home users, especially Apple fans who own 802.11ac-enabled devices, will love the new AirPort Extreme for its all-new elegant design, ease of use, and great performance; advanced users should look elsewhere for more features and customization.
To sum up, I'll let the Router Ranker detail tell the tale. The AExAC ended up with a #6 rank and total rank score of 5.0 This puts it below all of the current-generation AC1750 class routers, except for the very disappointing TRENDnet TEW-812DRU. It also ranks above Buffalo's first-generation WZR-D1800H, but that is the only AC1750 router that hasn't been retested with the new wireless test process.
Idiot-proof, wireless setup, Revamped design boosts performance
With the new AirPort design and the inclusion of 802.11ac, it's plain to see that Apple is taking steps forward with its networking devices. Cupertino's latest AirPort Extreme is not on the bleeding edge, as far as speeds and feeds go, but it is beautiful and "just works" out of the box.
Class leading design and build quality
The most attractive, well crafted router on the market is sadly a letdown. The AirPort Extreme may have added 802.11ac to a great redesign but its performance falls flat and functionality is heavily compromised compared to other next gen alternatives. Apple detractors argue the company is about style over substance. That isn't true, but sadly they are right in this case.
Revamped design boosts performance, Attractive form factor
Apple has never really been heralded for its networking technology. Yes, the design of the hardware is beautiful, and notorious for being easy to setup and manage. With the new AirPort design and the inclusion of 802.11ac, it's plain to see that the company is taking big steps forward.
However, beamforming and 802.11ac have already arrived in other vendor's routers, so this isn't anything revolutionary.
Doesn't have much range
My cable provider just installed this modem. It works OK, but its range is limited. Unlike other routers that I've owned, this one does not have any antennas to extend its range. I would not purchase this router for this reason. OK if you simply want WIFI in near proximity to the router, but not adequate for whole house coverage.
Performs like a higher end unit
The Cisco SA 520 lives up to its Small Business billing, but doesn't meet the requirements for the Pro designation, lacking adequate tools for managing a remote office endpoint for larger infrastructures. Given the specs for the device, that's a shame, because it definitely performs like a higher end unit, offering advanced features including 802.1p, CDP (Cisco Discovery Protocol) RADIUS and syslog support.
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