Airport Express vs other Wireless N routers

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by 2ms, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. 2ms macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2002
    I live with housemates and we need internet + wireless access to it. I have 2 housemates in a small house. I watch netflix streaming movies fairly often and do not want it to kill the internet speed for my other two housemates.

    My housemate is buying the router and has a max of about $100 to spend. Are there good reasons to buy a linksys or something in that price range over an Airport Express? I expect the Airport Express probably has less range? But by how much and whether or not speed or quality of signal within that range would be lower is something I have no idea about.

    Can anyone shed some light on this topic for me? I'd prefer an Airport Express, but if it would be slower for people than a linksys of same price, then perhaps the Linksys'd be better. She can't afford the Airport Extreme.
  2. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    The airport express is wireless-N, which will give you good range and very good transfer speeds. Does everyone in the house have wireless-N capable laptops or desktops? Running in b/g/n compatible mode will affect your speed more than which N-router to purchase.

    In short, the Airport Express is a great choice. It also allows for central access to a printer or network HD for everyone, and not all n-routers do.
  3. numbersyx macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2006
    For the router itself I would go with a D-link 655 - now quite cheap with great reviews. It has gigabit ethernet as well...
  4. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    :apple:Yeah go airport express but if a laptop dosent have N it will have less range and speed. (Any router applies!):apple:
  5. 2ms thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2002
    I'm wireless N but I doubt the other two are. Would their being G make the router switch completely to G or would it be able to give me N while they get G?

    If the latter was the case, I could just put it in a place in the house that is closer to them while I do just great with my N access.

    Aside from that though, is the Airport Express really as "powerful" as other N routers? I would think since it's smaller it must have smaller or fewer or whatever antennae. For example, why would someone drop the coin for an Aiport Extreme unless it was a lot more powerful than the Express which is like half the price?

    Just curious. If you all say the Airport Express should be plenty powerful for a small house then I'll take word for it, but I am curious what, if any, it's disadvantages would be relative to something larger like a Linksys or D-link N router.

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