Airport Extreme replacement ?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Philgr, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. Philgr macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2005
    Lakes - UK
    Hi I currently have 2 airport extremes providing upstairs and downstairs coverage in my house, one is the newer 5Ghz/2.4Ghz extreme and an older 2.4Ghz version

    Recently i have been having issues with the newer version locking up and requiring reboots.

    So i am looking for a replacement solution to cover the house.

    One function i would like to keep its the timed access function as i use this to restrict my kids usage past 10pm - otherwise they will spend all night online :(

    Thanks in advance

    Phil G
  2. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    Might I recommend you check out smallnetbuilder site. They are an excellent source for learning about routers plus have a large variety of routers that are tested including some newer technologies such as the "mesh" catagory routers and similar.

    In this day and age, there is no reason not to get a router in the "1900ac" (or written ac1900) level as your new baseline. Various makers have their entries into this field and I admit that in particular, I find the Netgear r7000 and its Asus counterpart to be excellent options. There are others as well and you may also want to look at Netgear's Orbi set up along with some mesh systems by other makers (though the price does go up for these multi-router options).
  3. KennethS macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2011
    Sorry for the OT question, but I am ideally seeking a non-WiFi router. Due to the location in which I need to site the router, the WiFi is useless to me and I disable it on my current router (Netgear D6400). I am finding it hard to find a quality router that does not include WiFi, and feel I would be paying for wireless features I will not use. Any recommendations for a wired-only router?
  4. 2manygs macrumors newbie


    Jun 10, 2015
    Midlands, UK
    I replaced all the airport extremes (8 in total) in my hotel last year with Ubiquity Unifi gear, not had a single problem and the optional companion app seems pretty thorough.
  5. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    +1 on the Ubiquity Unifi units, a setup is in one of my temp offices (with masonry walls) and it just works.

    The unit that intrigues me now for my next move, a personal move that will have multiple separated structures, was just released and I saw it at CES and recently written up on Hexus and CNet, the Synology RT2600ac. The video review by CNet's reviewer did hook me on its feature set, including VPN/NAS options/assignable bandwidth options. It's not pretty, but it will likely be my next buy - Synology's app store puts it on top for my next router purchase…

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