Airport Extreme worth it?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by nhlducks35, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. nhlducks35 macrumors regular

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    Right now I currently have a Actiontec mi424wr that has single band 802.11n. I get about 30-35 mbps DL and 20 mbps UL using wifi (I'm paying for 50 DL/25 UL). I was wondering whether or not it would be worth it to get a airport extreme AC version and bridge it with my actiontec router.
     
  2. richard13 macrumors 6502a

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    Mill Creek, WA
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    Do you have computers with AC wireless hardware? If not then you probably won't gain anything by getting an AirPort Extreme AC. If you do then you should see a significant difference in your Transmit Rate. I definitely see a difference. It's especially noticeable when downloading big updates and during Time Machine backups.

    I too have an Actiontec router for my internet service (not sure what model it is, but it's a few years old). I put it in bridge mode and use my AirPort Time Capsule as my router.
     
  3. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I recommend doing it the other way. I would personally bridge the Actiontec router and use the AirPort Extreme for DHCP and NAT.
     

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