Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Buying Tips and Advice

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Nov 13, 2012, 01:30 PM   #1
Val-kyrie
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Purchase New AP? Asus RT-N66U or AEBS?

Hi all.

I am currently running a Linksys WRT54G v.2 stock FW. I currently have a 10/1Mbps connection via Time Warner, but I receive closer to 15-20Mbps down thanks to my Motorola SB6141.

I have been thinking about purchasing a different router so I can have a guest network and right now the AEBS and Asus RT-N66U are both on sale for about $140 (see techbargains.com).

Two questions:
(1) Will an N-router provide more speed than my current G-router or is the 10-20Mbps down within the ability of 802.11g?
(2) I own a MB and an iPhone and my daughter has a DS. Any thoughts about which router to purchase since our household is primarily Mac-based?

[Edit: Only other consideration is that I would like to set up an NAS to be an iTunes media server and DVD/BD repository which I will hook directly into my DLNA BD player. Can the AEBS read media files from an NAS?]

Last edited by Val-kyrie; Nov 13, 2012 at 02:26 PM.
Val-kyrie is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 13, 2012, 03:19 PM   #2
bhall110
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
asus, i have the wireless ac version of that and it is rock solid. excellent range and GUI.

1 those speeds can be expected on a g connection n will help with range also it will work with more devices better.

2. i dont think it matters being mac based network protocol is the same

3. i dont understand why you would need your router/gateway to view files from your media server/nas

Last edited by bhall110; Nov 13, 2012 at 03:24 PM.
bhall110 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 13, 2012, 03:22 PM   #3
blevins321
macrumors 68030
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Winnipeg MB
No the only special feature that AEBS has in regards to audio is that you can plug speakers into it and use it as an Airplay destination from iTunes or an iOS device. It can't read media files itself.
__________________
Late 2013 15" Retina MBP; iPhone 5S; iPad Air
blevins321 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 13, 2012, 07:31 PM   #4
Val-kyrie
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
How hard is it to get IPv6 to work with the Asus?
Val-kyrie is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 13, 2012, 09:07 PM   #5
bhall110
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
i havent had the need for it yet. but if its anything like the rest of it its very easy
bhall110 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 13, 2013, 10:49 AM   #6
DaveF
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Same question: ASUS NT-R66U or new Airport Extreme. My home is all Apple, and this would be an upgrade from a 2007 Airport Extreme (that seems to have performance problems)

But I'm concerned that the router's configuraiton tools aren't OS X Safari (or iOS Mobile Safari) compatible.

In researching, this one negative review at Amazon got me concerned:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R2XMOOG...=&nodeID=&tag=

Will I be able to setup and manage an Asus router with a Mac or iPad? Or am I better off with a new Airport Extreme from Apple?
DaveF is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 15, 2013, 01:08 PM   #7
DaveNinja
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveF View Post
Same question: ASUS NT-R66U or new Airport Extreme. My home is all Apple, and this would be an upgrade from a 2007 Airport Extreme (that seems to have performance problems)

But I'm concerned that the router's configuraiton tools aren't OS X Safari (or iOS Mobile Safari) compatible.

In researching, this one negative review at Amazon got me concerned:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R2XMOOG...=&nodeID=&tag=

Will I be able to setup and manage an Asus router with a Mac or iPad? Or am I better off with a new Airport Extreme from Apple?
I was concerned about that review as well but then found this:
http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showthread.php?t=9412
which says it works fine in Safari and mentions a couple other mac users that are fine with the router
__________________
15" RMBP 2.6 GHz
DaveNinja is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 15, 2013, 06:58 PM   #8
DaveF
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveNinja View Post
I was concerned about that review as well but then found this:
http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showthread.php?t=9412
which says it works fine in Safari and mentions a couple other mac users that are fine with the router
That's actually my thread I asked there too.
DaveF is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 15, 2013, 07:09 PM   #9
designs216
macrumors 65816
 
designs216's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Down the rabbit hole
Quote:
Originally Posted by Val-kyrie View Post
Hi all.

I have been thinking about purchasing a different router so I can have a guest network and right now the AEBS and Asus RT-N66U are both on sale for about $140 (see techbargains.com).

Two questions:
(1) Will an N-router provide more speed than my current G-router or is the 10-20Mbps down within the ability of 802.11g?
(2) I own a MB and an iPhone and my daughter has a DS. Any thoughts about which router to purchase since our household is primarily Mac-based?

[Edit: Only other consideration is that I would like to set up an NAS to be an iTunes media server and DVD/BD repository which I will hook directly into my DLNA BD player. Can the AEBS read media files from an NAS?]
The TC and AEBS have a Guest Network feature but I never use it.

It is an N router but that only gets you faster in-building speeds and won't help with TimeWarner's often exaggerated and inconsistent bandwidth coming into the house.

I have devices of different manufacture on my TC network and they all play nice: BRP, Wii, PC, MBPs, DSs, Ooma, iPad, NAS and iPhone.
designs216 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 10:05 AM   #10
DaveNinja
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveF View Post
That's actually my thread I asked there too.
I ordered an ASUS N66u last night so i should know for sure in a few days
__________________
15" RMBP 2.6 GHz
DaveNinja is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:10 PM   #11
Val-kyrie
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Okay, so I purchased the Asus and all has been well. Easy setup. Considering using the custom firmware put out by AsusWRT-Merlin on the smallnetbuilder Asus forum, but I haven't had the time yet. Otherwise, I can say that this router is way faster wirelessly (of course, it is 802.11n) than the WRT-54G I was running. Very happy with no down time.

BTW, I am running this in conjunction with a Motorola SB6141. According to speedtest.net, I am receiving more down than the 10/1 tier for which I pay.
Val-kyrie is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 18, 2013, 10:15 AM   #12
DaveNinja
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
I got the router in the mail yesterday and set it up last night. I initially had the problem of the web browser UI saying "you must log of the router before someone else can log in" but i was able to solve this by unplugging all the ethernet cables except the one on the computer i was using. Some other device on my LAN must has been grabbing control of the router right after it booted up.

anyways, once i was able to access the UI everything was fine. Very easy to set up. I had taken screenshots of my previous routers UI in order to know how to get the setting correct but i some how had forgotten to grab one of the forwarded ports so i had to figure those out again, but it wasnt too difficult.

I also havent switched on the QoS yet. i need to hit speedtest.net and see what its saying my download/upload speeds are (should be like 15megs up and down).
__________________
15" RMBP 2.6 GHz
DaveNinja is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 9, 2013, 05:47 PM   #13
gguerini
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Are you still using this router? If so, I was wondering if you have plugged an USB external HD to the router. Let me know!
__________________
Traveller. Software Developer. Brazilian.
http://gguerini.com
gguerini is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Buying Tips and Advice

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wireless Printing: ASUS RT-N66U and MBA OSX 10.8 Ohlias OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion 2 Aug 26, 2014 08:54 PM
Asus N66u router and USB printer misc20 Mac Peripherals 1 Mar 19, 2013 11:32 PM
Asus VG23AH sdemicheli Mac mini 0 Jan 22, 2013 04:53 PM
Asus RT-N66U client connection speed table snyder17315 Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking 2 Jan 4, 2013 05:21 AM
Changing subsidized purchase to outright purchase jjk454ss iPhone 3 Sep 18, 2012 12:05 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:22 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC