Airport Extreme 802.11AC - worth buying now? update in the works??

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by eoren1, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. eoren1, Nov 29, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2014

    eoren1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2007
    I'm in the market for a new Airport Extreme as I currently use an Airport Express (bought 9/2012) with a 2nd gen Airport Extreme as a wireless extender. I find that most of my devices are favoring the 2.4 spectrum and I get daily pauses in web use and/or streaming that makes me think my current setup is not ideal.

    With an iPhone 6 and Retina Macbook Pro, I should be able to take advantage of the 802.11ac and use a new Extreme as the main station with the Express acting as an extender.

    The only issue I have is the current Extreme was released in June 2013 and there are other routers coming out with newer (better?) chipsets for the wireless signal and maximizing throughput (i.e. MU-MIMO)

    Any thoughts on where the current Extreme stands and thoughts on a new one coming soon?
  2. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    I think a new airport probably wont come out until late 2015 refreshes.
  3. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland

    I do not predict a new AirPort until at least mid 2015. That being said, the current Extreme is fantastic and very capable.
  4. osofast240sx, Dec 2, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2014

    osofast240sx macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    the AE and TC will handle all of these thoroughput variations.

    2.4 GHz with 802.11n 2x2 antennas = 300 Mbps
    2.4 GHz with 802.11n 3x3 antennas = 450 Mbps
    2.4 GHz with 802.11ac 3x3 antennas = 600 Mbps
    5 GHz with 802.11ac 2x2 antennas = 900 Mbps
    5 GHz with 802-11ac 3x3 antennas = 1300 Mbps

    iPad air 2x2 MIMO
    Haswell Mac 3x3 MIMO

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