Pure Speed: Apple’s new 802.11ac AirPort Extreme benchmarks

“While we still have much more planned in terms of reviewing the new AirPort Extreme, we wanted to get you some preliminary bandwidth numbers as quickly as possible, so here are our 2013 802.11ac AirPort Extreme benchmarks,” TekRevue reports.

“Our testing hardware consisted of the aforementioned 2013 AirPort Extreme (802.11ac and 802.11n), a 2011 fifth generation AirPort Extreme (802.11n), and a 2013 13-inch MacBook Air,” TekRevue reports. “We connected one router at a time and then measured maximum bandwidth from different locations relative to the routers.”

TekRevue reports, “We achieved nearly 550Mbps (68.75 MBps) when near the router, and speeds remained over 500Mbps even one floor down. When we started getting further away, 802.11ac lost significant bandwidth, but still noticeably outperformed 802.11n. So it’s clear that this new wireless specification is going to be a game changer for mobile devices and laptops.”

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Read more, and check out all of the benchmarks, in the full article here.

Related articles:
802.11ac wireless networking: What it is and why you want it – June 17, 2013
Teardown: Apple’s new AirPort Extreme is extremely easy to disassemble – June 12, 2013


  1. I bought both the 3TB time capsule and the extreme to extend my network, basically what I had before, but with these new ac versions, everything is faster and signal strength is stronger. Worth it for sure.

  2. What a useless waste of time comparing it to previous Airports. Go read the comparison at PC World and see how it compares to other brands when it comes to coverage, throughput and access to an attached HDD.

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