AirPort Extreme 4th Generation?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by talwarsirav, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. talwarsirav macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2016
    Hi All

    I built a new house for my family 1 year back. I already have 2 Airport Express Base Stations and wished I could get a new AirPort Extreme.

    Some Internet research advised me to wait for a new generation. But it seems that Apple has decided to stay with the 3rd Generation.

    Would you advice me to wait for a new generation or buy the current generation as my primary wifi router?
  2. mctrials23 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2013
    If you built your own house I assume you ran CAT5/6 cable around the house. In which case you could simply use the airport expresses to give you the wireless coverage you need.

    I don't think the airport extremes are likely to be anywhere near the best wifi routers going either these days. They are quite old now.
  3. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I wouldn't buy a new Airport now.
    As Coastal posts above, they are no longer being developed. Kind of a "dead end", even though they continue to work.

    New house?
    With ethernet?

    I'd suggest you consider one of the new "mesh" type systems, such as:
    - eero
    - google wifi
    - ubiquiti
    - netgear orbi (not yet a true "mesh", but similar)

    eero and google wifi can do ethernet "backhaul", the orbi has a third, dedicated wifi channel to handle that.

    Lots of reviews on these.
    Check reviews and Q&A's on amazon, as well.

    I'm still on an older Airport Extreme, will probably move to the Orbi by April or May...

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