Airport Extreme vs Netgear, etc. ?

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  1. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a

    Eldiablojoe

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    Im thinking of upgrading my Netgear router to an ac-band router. Can someone please enlighten me why I would drop $199-$299 on an Airport Extreme or Airport TimeCapsule as opposed to a $100 on a Netgear or D-Link router?

    Thanks!
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    The latest AE has a lot of reach...more than a $230 Linksys that I compared it to for one job. That's on the 2.4GHz channel.

    I haven't seen any router with a good, wall/floor penetrating 5GHz channel.

    It all depends on your logistical and use situation. You may not need the range or even the processing power that the more expensive routers have.
     
  3. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The plus sides to the Extreme is elegant design, solid reliability (never had to reboot mine), solid performance, and amazing capability. We use an Extreme as the router of a 150 client AirPort network without issues. Netgear and D-Link make nice equipment, but I found that they only last 1-2 years.
     
  4. Eldiablojoe thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This is only for an open-concept single-family residence about 2000 sq ft. It's my laptop, the other-half's laptop sometimes, and about 4-6 Apple devices (iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, guests, etc.).
     
  5. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Either will work but I have had better luck with reliability and support with the AirPorts.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Keep in mind that you can buy a refurb Airport Extreme from the Apple refurbished products store online.

    Makes the AE more attractive...
     
  7. Eldiablojoe thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, I'm sold. Just trying to figure out if I should buy with a new 12-inch (soon I hope) MBA to share the Apple Care or if my current router is starting to take a dump now (huge variance in speeds via speedtest).

    Thanks everyone !
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    AppleCare on a Mac covers an AirPort purchased up to two years before the purchase of the Mac. You could order the AirPort right now and it will be covered by the purchase of your Mac in the future.
     
  9. Eldiablojoe thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ohhh! That's good to know. I will be trekking down to my local Apple Store in the next coupla days :)
     
  10. Ipadlover29, Feb 11, 2015
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    Ipadlover29 macrumors 6502a

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    I recently tried the Apple airport extreme and netgear r7000.

    I ended up keeping the netgear r7000.

    What I liked and didn't like about each one:

    Netgear r7000

    Pros

    Cheapest $180
    Very good range
    Fastest speeds
    Tons of features and settings
    Two USB ports
    One usb 3.0 port
    Very Mac friendly with support for wireless time capsule and iTunes server
    Traffic monitor
    vpn support
    Qos
    Can install custom firmware
    Dlna
    Ftp
    AirPrint support (turn older printer into an AirPrint one by installing software)

    Cons

    Not as easy to setup as Apple AirPort Extreme
    Don't get extended warranty for free like the Apple AirPort Extreme
    Navigating through settings can get confusing

    Airport extreme

    Pros

    Easy setup
    Easy to use
    Apple build quality
    Looks good
    Space saving design
    Apple support
    Better security

    Cons

    Only one USB port
    USB port is 2.0
    No qos settings
    No ftp server
    No dlna
    Speeds were slower than netgear
    Range was no as good as netgear
    More expensive than netgear $200
    Have to use same password for both networks
    Only 3 ethernet ports
    No web interface
    Very limited settings that can be controlled or changed
     
  11. Altemose macrumors G3

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    No you don't.
     
  12. Sfdoddsy macrumors newbie

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    I had both an R7000 and Airport Extreme.

    The R7000 had slightly better range and speed when checking transmit rates, but they were pretty similar in real world speeds.

    I returned the Netgear.
     

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