AirPort Express vs Modem/Router combo

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mdehoogh, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. mdehoogh macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2012
    I have AT&T U-Verse right now but will be switching to TWC soon. TWC gives the option to buy your own modem if you don't want to pay a monthly equipment fee. I've been using a 2wire gateway provided by AT&T and it has worked alright but I have wanted to try out Apple's AirPort offerings...

    My two options:

    Motorola SBG6580 - cable modem with built in wifi router, $135


    Motorla SB6141 and an AirPort Express - $90 for the modem and $100 for the AirPort

    The main differences that I see: AirPort has simultaneous dual-band while the Motorola appears to let you select one or the other (not 100% on this) and the Apple also gives AirPrint (which works very well in my experience) and AirPlay audio (though I already have an Apple TV so I wouldn't use this). The Motorola says it offers wireless printing but I'm not sure if it would be as seamless and easy-to-use as AirPrint.

    Anyone have suggestions on which route I take? I like the idea of getting an Apple router since I have a number of other Apple products, and will likely buy a Mac within a year or so. At the same time, I like the idea of the cheaper all-in-one modem/router.
  2. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    Go for option 2 if you have apple devices. Macs work well with the AirPort Extreme and Express dual band setup.

    I know it costs but you might want to think about the extreme too. It is gigabit and has a switch. And the latest model supports time machine on a external HDD. All depends on your budget and whether you make large file transfers across your network.
  3. drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    Another vote for option 2. In my case I have a Draytek Vigor ADSL modem that works fine with AE devices. Try getting the cheaper AExpress unit and a modem, then if it works OK, swap it for an AExtreme when you get a Mac.
  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Personally I prefer that the cable co. own the modem, if the monthly service fee isn't terrible (I think I pay $3/mo). Reason is that anything from the modem back becomes THEIR problem, less finger-pointing if there's an issue.

    I do recommend the AirPort routers, they work great.
  5. Old Zebra macrumors newbie

    Old Zebra

    Mar 6, 2013
    I'm on a Cox Communications cable with a Motorola SB6141 connected to an Airport Extreme (ac). Haven't had a single issue since upgrading to this combination. Also works fine with Apple TV (2G).

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