The newest AirPort Extreme base stations are designed for speed, capable of supporting the most recently developed 802.11ac WiFi standard. This advanced WiFi technology promises data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps, resulting in wireless Internet connections that are thrice the speed of connections possible in the previous 802.11n standard. In addition to this technology, AirPort Extreme features an intelligent beamforming antenna array that helps users with 802.11ac-capable devices make the most of AirPort Extreme’s high-speed connections. With all these cutting-edge features, it’s easy to see how the Apple AirPort Extreme base station ensures fast, stable Internet connections. Like all Apple WiFi base stations, AirPort Extreme is also easy to set up, thanks to a built-in setup assistant on iOS and OS X’s AirPort Utility.
The firewall in the Airport Express is not quite up to the firewall in the top ranked products, but it supports corporate telecommuters with VPN pass through, a feature lacking in a few of the others. Many people buy this product simply because it makes it easy to stream iTunes and they consider it a bonus that it is also one of the best home wireless routers. For an Apple product that includes local area network ports, step up to the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station.
For $179, the Apple Airport Extreme is a bit on the extreme side as far as the price is concerned, but it is one of the fastest routers that money can buy. Being from the Apple stable, it ensures compatibility with the iPad 2 offering simultaneous dual band transmission with three ethernet ports and one WAN port. This is the default choice for Mac loyalists.