New Airport Extreme Ac Vs Netgear R7000

How good is Apple Airport Extreme Ac router (ME918LL/A) compared with Netgear ac1900 router?

Wireless ac

The wireless ac (802.11ac) is the 5th generation of Wi-Fi technology that has been introduced into the market since few years ago, most networking vendors have been competing to offer new generation of wifi products based on wireless ac technology. You can mention Netgear with its R6300 wireless ac router with USB 2.0 port in its first release and the second version comes with USB 3.0 which is 10x faster data rate throughput than USB 2.0. In addition, it comes with beamforming technology for solid wifi connection to clients, it’s like a jet fighter that locks the enemy with its air-to-air missile weapon.

Product performance

Like Netgear, other vendors including Linksys, Asus, D-link and Buffalo introduced their first wireless ac routers as well. Not all vendors were lucky with their debut in wireless ac routers, even though at the end they could work out to fix some minor issues to lift the performance better. Linksys EA6500 received only 3.5 out of 5 star customer ratings in Amazon. Buffalo received better ratings of 3.7 out of 5 star slightly higher than Linksys. What about Airport Extreme wireless ac router? See also comparison between Netgear R7000 and Time Capsule.

Airport Extreme ac Vs R7000

Unlike other vendors which introduce various models of wireless ac routers, Apple introduces only two wireless ac routers i.e. Airport Extreme AC and Time Capsule. The other one is still based on wireless N600 technology – the Airport Express base station. Guess what Apple loyal users responsed to these products? Excellent, you can compare Airport Extreme with Netgear R7000 wireless ac router.

Some vendors experienced less favorable ratings in its debut; you can mention Asus with its RT-AC66 router which experienced a firmware issue at the first time it was released. However Asus didn’t take long time before finally fixed the firmware as soon as possible, and now you can see that Asus wireless ac routers are getting excellent ratings today. Apple always makes sure that its product released into the market is the final product that will perform in its best, eliminating possible failure in all aspects. So that’s why you can assure that Apple Airport Extreme wireless ac router will not be disappointing.


Apple Airport Extreme AC Router

Apple Airport Extreme AC Router


How Apple Extreme is compared with new Netgear R7000 wireless ac1900 router? So far this R7000 router receives good ratings in Amazon.

Spec Comparison table

The following table compares the two routers, just comparing the main specifications.

Table 1 Airport Extreme Vs R7000

Airport Extreme Netgear R7000
Wifi speed









Antennas 6-elements array Beamforming antenna technology on top of the tower 3x detachable External antennas with Beamforming
Ethernet ports 3x Gigabit LAN and 1xGigabit WAN ports 4x Gigabit LAN and 1xGigabit WAN ports
USB port 1x USB 2.0

Supports storage, printer and DLNA compliant

1xUSB 2.0 and 1xUSB 3.0 ports

Supports DLNA, Time Machine compatible, printer and storage

On-Off buttons N/A Yes, Wi-Fi On-Off and Power On-Off buttons
More features AirPort Utility – to help setup easily Prioritized bandwidth for streaming videos or music; Airtime fairness to prevent network lag when slower devices connect;
ShareVault software – automatic backup to USB-connected storage;
DDNS service for FTP with customized URL
Amazon rating 4.6 out of 5 stars 4.3 out of 5 stars
Price $180.00 $177.00



Both routers differ in speeds particularly in 2.4GHz band, but they deliver the same high speed up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz band with AC devices. Airport Extreme comes with 450Mbs in 2.4GHz band while R7000 comes with 600Mbps. Regarding the total bandwidth, it is a good idea to consider new Netgear Nighthawk X6 – a three band wireless ac router with a total bandwidth of up to 3200Mbps – ideal for larger home with more wifi devices.

With this theoretical speed, you should upgrade your computers to catch up the speed for better data rate throughput. Netgear offers you A6200 wireless ac USB adapter, or you may also consider Asus AC1200 (USB-AC53).

Netgear R7000 wireless ac1900 router

Netgear R7000 wireless ac1900 router


Both routers use the same BeamForming antenna technology for solid wifi client connections. Apple puts 6 antenna arrays on top of the router; you know that the router is designed different than the previous models with tower form factor. This assures a better range compared with the previous models which are designed with flat body lying on the table. With higher antenna position on the top, the range performance is better.

Netgear R7000 is also designed differently compared with the previous models; it is equipped with three detachable external antennas with high power amplifier for much better range and performance.

Learn more introduction about R7000 through this video (courtesy by Netgear and Youtube):


Port interfaces

As usual Apple equips their routers with three gigabit LAN ports only, compared with other routers that generally come with four LAN ports. I think most users are not complaining with fewer ports because typically only one or two desktop computers connect directly to the router using UTP network cable. At home I use two ports for connecting to the server that is equipped with two Gigabit NIC ports. other mobile devices connect wirelessly including the kid’s laptops, Android mobile devices and other smart-phones.

USB ports can change your mind in selecting which router you should choose. The two routers come with different number of ports. Airport comes with only one USB 2.0 port while Netgear R7000 comes with two different USB ports, one port is USB 2.0 and port number 2 which is located in front is USB 3.0 port.

Both routers receive excellent customer ratings in Amazon. However, Airport Extreme receives average customer rating higher (4.6) than R7000.

Enjoy either Airport Extreme or R7000 the best to meet your business needs. Ready to decide which one you need? Learn more spec details each of them and purchase from Amazon:

  1. Click here for R7000 spec details and read excellent reviews in Amazon.
  2. Click here for Airport Extreme and read how excellent the reviews in Amazon.


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