Wireless Router Advice Netgear vs Airport Extreme

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  1. The_Wall macrumors member

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    Hey, I was wanting to get a little advice on a wireless router and figured this was the best place. I am debating between a Netgear Wireless 802.11 G or the cheaper Airport Extreme base station.

    I need help because my parents own a PC, and I do not know which of these will be most compatible with my Powerbook and our PC. I will take all the help and advice available.

    Thanks

    The_Wall
     
  2. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    Get the Netgear. The Airport Base Station is way overpriced, and doesn't get very good reception. Any 802.11b/g product you buy will be compatible will any computer, Mac or PC. In other words, don't worry about wireless compatibility.
     
  3. alxths macrumors 6502

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    Did you say the apple one was cheaper??

    If it is just for general usage, i bought a netgear 802.11b one for around $120 cdn and it's more then enough. The max is what, like 11 mbs? I'll never even come close to that speed. Of course, its a different story if your constantly transferring large files over a network.

    just my imput
     
  4. jrv3034 macrumors 6502a

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    I too bought the Netgear 802.11b, not g, because I found it on Amazon for $35 after rebates! It works perfectly with my G5 and my fiancé's iBook. I can't imagine why anyone would buy Apple's Airport Base Station. I'm sure it works equally fine, but the price is ridiculous. Go with the Netgear. And if you aren't using a network to share huge files, save yourself a bundle and get 802.11b. You'll never notice a difference.;)
     
  5. HasanDaddy macrumors 6502a

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    I will say though - its nice to have the USB port on the Apple airport

    wireless printing has been great

    do any other Wireless routers have the USB plugin?
     
  6. ethernet76 macrumors 6502a

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    As the Kent State IT person said, "Airport looks cool and all, but why would I pay that kind of money for a product that I can get for 100 dollars less and works better?"
     
  7. The_Wall thread starter macrumors member

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    I just wanted to tell everyone thanks for all their help, and that I am going to buy the netgear router.


    Thanks

    The_Wall
     

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