6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 3, 2013 4:40 PM by brsw
Jelle Kanters Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello everyone,


As of late my Airport Extreme base station has been acting a little weirdly. Once every couple of hours it stops working, supposedly shuts down and reboots. After 10-30 seconds it works again but, as a gamer, these disconnections can be very annoying. I have tried downgrading the software and resetting it.


I feel the need to say that our network is used by 12 clients:
- 4x smarthone

- 1x mac mini

- 2x laptop PC

- 2x desktop PC

- 1x wireless printer

- 1x TV
- 1x Airport express, extending our network to the upper floors


I hope someone out there can help me with this problem. Feel free to ask me about any specific details of our network.


Thanks in advance,


Jelle Kanters

(The Netherlands)

Airport Extreme base station, Windows 7
  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,755 points)

    Extreme should hold 50 clients without a problem. Could there be a brief moment of power loss from the socket itself?

  • fblom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am searching these forums because my Airport Extreme also crashes.  Firmware 7.6.1.  I've seen other posts about this as well in this forum -- some that think it is related to attached USB drives perhaps consuming too much power.  But I have no USB devices attached.


    The airport just occasionally appears to crash.  You don't see it via the Airport Utility, though the unit is powered on with a green light.  If I unplug it and plug it back in, it works again.  Until the next time, perhaps 10 minutes, or perhaps several days, it crashes again.

  • MDI_Maude Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem as fblom, and its driving me crazy. It started about 6 days ago on a wifi setup that was previously working just fine!?  So I hope somebody will be able to explain whats happening.  I am using OS X Lion and Airport Extreme, which was updated 2 days ago.

  • Jelle Kanters Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay, so what I did to solve this: I reset my airport extreme, throwing all the port forwards and reservations out. I put my settings back in and it works just fine... You can reset it by sticking something into the reset button on the extreme - something like a pen or pencil.

  • Cerniuk Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    This happens with all the Apple airport products. They are extremely flakey. I have 2 time machines and 1 AirPort Extreme. They all do this.


    The bargain basement units work better. Not buying Apple airports routers again.

  • brsw Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having this problem as well. I've had the Airport Extreme for years with no trouble. Extremely reliable with lots of heavy use. Never a hickup.


    Last few weeks its rebooting every few hours. I can't tell what's causing it. I haven't changed configuration on it in a long time. I do have a USB hard drive attached, but it has its own power supply.


    It currently is running version 7.6.4.