Airport Extreme the best router for us?

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  1. lovinwaves macrumors newbie

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    ***My main question I am asking is is this worth the money, or should we save some money and just get a LInksys Router??****

    I'm a noob, so sorry if this is a stupid question.

    We have a 4 year old Linksys router. It needs to be replaced.

    DH just bought a Aiport Extreme and wanted me to make sure this is the best option for us before we open it.

    Not sure what specs you need...

    - New macbook pro (primary user, and will be used A LOT)
    - iPod Touch
    - 4 or 5 year old G5 iMac
    - potentially 2 iPhones in the future
    - need to be able to print on a printer hooked up to the PC in the basement (this is a huge issue for me since we always have 'spooling' errors, maybe because it's my mac trying to print through a PC???)


    Hooking it up to a PC running on XP. The PC is about 9 years old, but has had some upgrades.

    We have Standard High Speed Online (up to 10 Mbps)
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Airport Express cannot be used as a wired router as it only has one ethernet port which will be taken up going to the modem. Airport Extreme is what you want.
     
  3. lovinwaves thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oops, it's the Extreme. I will change my title. Thanks :)
     
  4. bruinsrme macrumors 603

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    the Airport Extreme has some nice features to it.
    it is a gateway router, usb printer server and has the ability to support two seperate networks.
    then again, I have a netwrk printer and my $40 linksys performs just as well and better with the xboxes
    like they say your mileage may vary
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    In that case its fine. Mine has been hard at work for nearly 3 years now.
     
  6. lovinwaves thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is it worth it to spend the extra money to get the apple router, or shall we choose a cheaper Linksys router? DH works at Best Buy and probably gets a decent discount on Linksys routers (not the apple ones though).

    My main problem right now is that I can't print anything. There seems to be issues with my macbook pro connecting with his ancient PC downstairs (which the printer is hooked up too). I believe it's called a spooling issue? Will this Extreme fix that problem??
     
  7. ArmCortexA8 macrumors 6502a

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    Firstly, I have tried every brand router available, but they all failed within months or just out of their warranty as most are cheap plastic garbage. I bought my first Apple Airport Extreme back in 2007, setup was new to me as this was my first apple router but I figured it out, including port forwarding etc. Back then the Airport Extreme had no dual band support or gigabit Ethernet.

    Secondly, This router ran 24/7 for 3 years and never missed a beat. Within the last week, it started dropping all wireless connections for no reason and intermittently. This was a sign it was starting to die, as Ethernet directly from the modem worked perfectly. But 3 years is a damn long run, in fact it's lifetime surpassed every other router I have owned. Now that is quality.

    I purchased the new model only a couple of days ago with more features, and actually AU$30 cheaper than the previous model, and it performs faster than ever. It also supports print sharing via Bonjour. I recommend the Airport Extreme.
     
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  9. ArmCortexA8 macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed they are the best and I won't buy anything else.
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    The spooling issue is with your PC so I doubt the AEBS can solve that. You can, however, hook up the printer to the AEBS (if its a USB printer) and print from either Mac or PC. This is the better solution as it does not require the PC to be on to print.
     

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