AirPort Extreme 5th gen vs 6th gen

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Z8beema, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. Z8beema macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2013
    Can anyone tell me if there's a real world difference between these? I have 160 down and 20 up for speeds and other than the a c option would be available is there any other real noticeable benefits to upgrading?
  2. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    I own and use one of each, and still use both of them. I do realize better throughput with the newer unit, but not appreciably so. My advice is that the older unit is still very serviceable - I see pretty much no advantage to buying the newer unit if the older model still serves your needs.

    I only bought a 6th gen AE because I needed another AE and the older unit had been discontinued at that time. And, I found the 6th gen AE at a steep discount at Staples. Both my AEs are solid performers, no regrets.

    My next wireless router is likely going to be Synology RT2600ac, with the sale of my two AEs pretty much funding its purchase. The RT2600ac has so much more going for it, the only knock being that it's pretty fugly…
  3. estabya macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2014
    If you are doing transfers between devices on your network that have AC capabilities you will see an improvement. Range and throughput from multiple devices simultaneously will also be improved. As far as downloading/uploading through your ISP, not so much because your internet connection probably does not use all the throughput that your current router has to offer.

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