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Hi,
What is a reasonable lifespan for an Airport Extreme? I've had mine for around 3 years and it stopped working last night. Is this something that can be repaired or do I just have to buy a new one?

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New one.

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Thanks, I updated the firmware and restarted it. It's back online. At first it didn't look like it was going to work but after having a "refresh" sent from the cable co. it went green. I did the "refresh" after installing the firmware/restart of Airport.
 

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I've had my Airport Extreme Base Station for about 5 or so years and it works fine. Keep it updated and it shouldn't be an issue.

Short of some sort of electrical issue that blows it away, there is no real lifespan for these things short of you looking for new features that the old device doesn't support..
 
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I think I bought mine approximately 2-3 years ago, if I bought it with my Macbook Air. If I bought it with my iMac, it would be more like 8-9 years old. Either way, it only ever had to sit in one spot, unmoving. It died yesterday. Nothing lasts forever.
 
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As with most eternal Apple products it's best to keep them elevated with a space for air flow, using two shorter pencils chopsticks or similar etc., and keep all stuff away from being piled on top as well. They'll easily and quickly die if they get overheated.

It seems odd that Apple still doesn't use better heat dissipating (and matching ;) ) aluminum instead of plastic for their external products. :(
 

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It seems odd that Apple still doesn't use better heat dissipating (and matching ) aluminum instead of plastic for their external products.

LOL, my old plastic White MacBook used to get fairly hot around the hinges - where the vents were located. I operated that MacBook for 4 years in clam shell mode at home and never had a problem with it overheating. It was a sturdy machine.
 
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LOL, my old plastic White MacBook used to get fairly hot around the hinges - where the vents were located. I operated that MacBook for 4 years in clam shell mode at home and never had a problem with it overheating. It was a sturdy machine.


Well, at least those Macs had some vents, but a lot if not most of their external devices have none!! :|
 

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