Is the base station worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by daneoni, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. daneoni macrumors G4

    daneoni

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    So i kinda have been secretly waiting to replace my ageing D-Link B router with an Apple one and lo and behold one was released yesterday. Its perfect for me, in that i have a new 802.11n based notebook so an 802.11n router is handy.

    Wireless printing is also a huge thing for me as i hate cables and the support for HDDs is also not bad. However, this will be my first Apple router and i wanted to know if this is a good buy.

    In other words how have Base Stations held up thus far, do they have good ranges? i want this router to last at least 3 years, my previous D-Link router has lasted 4 years and its still chugging along despite the abuse with an awesome range.

    What do you guys think, should i go for it?
     
  2. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

    xfiftyfour

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    Personally, I think the base stations are overpriced.

    However, I have only heard good things about them, and many still buy for (1) the Apple logo and (2) the ease of use. I say that if you don't mind the pricetag, you won't be let down.
     
  3. mccldwll macrumors 65816

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    Isn't the cheapest non-apple 802.11n router over $100? Narrowing price difference seems to make the apple base worth considering if eliminates a lot of problems. This is not a statement/opinion but looking to further discussion.
     
  4. emptyCup macrumors 65816

    emptyCup

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    People with technical know-how, or without money, always think Apple's routers are expensive. However they are easy to use. Decide based on what is most important to you.
     
  5. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

    xfiftyfour

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    That's true for now, but mostly because N hasn't yet been adopted as a standard. Once it has been, I bet you'll quickly see the usual names (Linksys, Belkin, D-Link, etc) offering much cheaper alternatives than the Airport Base Station.
     
  6. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

    xfiftyfour

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    Yeah, that's true too. I think the Base Station is overpriced, but mostly because I have an IT guy as a fiance who handles our network with ease. I suppose if I was on my own and not wanting to sort through the jumble, then the Base Station would be my best bet.
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Mines a little over a year old, and over that year, I've had to manually reset it about 1/10th the amount of times I had to reset the Linksys that it replaced.

    The only thing I don't like about the current Airports is that you can't see whose got which DHCP assigned to them.
     

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