Airport Extreme Base Station Worth It?


roblawton

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Oct 12, 2007
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I recommend the Airport Extreme to anyone who uses a Mac, especially if you have an Apple TV.

The 5GHz network makes a LOT of difference when transferring files across your network and streaming to/from the Apple TV.

I'm not sure about the PS3/Xbox WiFi capabilities off the top of my head, but the iPhone will only connect to a 2.4GHz network, which is fine for what you will use it for.

The MacBook and ATV will connect to the 5GHz and you'll be nice and fast there.

If you can afford it, get one.
 

iThink Apple

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Aug 27, 2011
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I recommend the Airport Extreme to anyone who uses a Mac, especially if you have an Apple TV.

The 5GHz network makes a LOT of difference when transferring files across your network and streaming to/from the Apple TV.

I'm not sure about the PS3/Xbox WiFi capabilities off the top of my head, but the iPhone will only connect to a 2.4GHz network, which is fine for what you will use it for.

The MacBook and ATV will connect to the 5GHz and you'll be nice and fast there.

If you can afford it, get one.
Right now I have this router. is it worth getting The Airport Extreme?

http://homestore.cisco.com/en-us/Routers/Linksys-E3000-HighPerformance-Wirelessn-router_stcVVproductId97826163VVcatId551966VVviewprod.htm
 

roblawton

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Oct 12, 2007
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Preston, UK
To be honest, if that's working fine at the moment, I'd say stick with what you've got and save the money.

If you've got cash to burn and want to Apple-fy your setup that little bit more... Then go for it! That's what I did!! :D
 

iThink Apple

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Aug 27, 2011
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To be honest, if that's working fine at the moment, I'd say stick with what you've got and save the money.

If you've got cash to burn and want to Apple-fy your setup that little bit more... Then go for it! That's what I did!! :D
Forget about the cash....Will I get a better performence?? Thats what I want to know!
 

JasonR

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Nov 11, 2008
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I've owned quite a few different routers from different Manufacturers, and hands down the Airport Extreme has been the most reliable, trouble free, and has been the fastest router I've owned. I have owned both Macs and PCs. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. :D

Sometimes I hate saying that because people just claim I'm a fanboy. But hey...it just works and if it ain't broke don't fix it...
 

roblawton

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Oct 12, 2007
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It's also great to show off...

My brother came round with his Windows Laptop, connected to the Airport Extreme and he got a pathetic 20MB/s.

When I connect using my MacBook Air, I get around 37MB/s! :D
 

hafr

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Sep 21, 2011
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It's also great to show off...

My brother came round with his Windows Laptop, connected to the Airport Extreme and he got a pathetic 20MB/s.

When I connect using my MacBook Air, I get around 37MB/s! :D
20 and 37 MB/s to/from where?
 

roblawton

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Oct 12, 2007
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Preston, UK
You got a 37 MB/s internet connection?
Good ol' BT Infinity!

They offer up to 40MB unlimited, when I ordered they estimated my speed to be 27.7MB/s but once it was connected, I'm getting 37/38MB regularly!

Awesome speeds with nearly 10MB upload too!
 

hafr

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Sep 21, 2011
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Good ol' BT Infinity!

They offer up to 40MB unlimited, when I ordered they estimated my speed to be 27.7MB/s but once it was connected, I'm getting 37/38MB regularly!

Awesome speeds with nearly 10MB upload too!
Could it be that you're confusing MB with Mb?
 

bjm2660

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Jun 7, 2011
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Virginia
I've owned quite a few different routers from different Manufacturers, and hands down the Airport Extreme has been the most reliable, trouble free, and has been the fastest router I've owned. I have owned both Macs and PCs. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. :D
I couldn't agree more. When I was just getting into the Apple ecosystem I scoffed at the price of the Airport Extreme Base Station. Instead, I bought the Belkin N750. http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/31530-belkin-n750-db-wireless-dual-band-n-router-reviewed
According to that chart posted earlier, it ranks near the top in terms of theoretical speed. However, my experience was atrocious. Setting it up was a pain. There was a bug in the password entry that caused everything I typed to be doubled. I had to type out the password in a different program and paste it in--ridiculous. The proprietary software for managing the networked printer was inoperable. It provided the internet connection just fine, but failed in all of the extra features (which was why I bought it). After part of a day of frustrations, I thought, "there must be a better way." I returned it and sprung for the AEBS and haven't looked back. It was easy to setup. I can tweak settings from my iPod touch, MBP, or MBA. I have a usb hub attached to connect a hard drive and a printer. All computers can connect to both. Before we sold our Lenovo, it connected like a charm too. I've been known to take it with me to visit my grandparents and set up a wireless network with their DSL connection. Plug a few wires and it's good to go.
 

qtrim

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Oct 7, 2011
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As a slightly OT question, I need to buy some new cordless phones. Should I get 5mhz phones, or stick with 2.4 to stay out of the routers spectrum? Or does the AEBS see what channels are busy and stay off them?