Alternates to AirPort Extreme?

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  1. Erastopic macrumors regular

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    So I need a new router, with my old one not sending out enough signals compared to what we pay for. So after talking with my Internet distributor, they said that I should get a new one and I thought of the AirPort Extreme.

    But is there other alternates to the AirPort Extreme that may be better for the same price? Or is the AirPort a good router for the price?

    If someone needs it to better help me, I have a Wi-Fi connection rating from 12-26 Mbit/s download speed and 0,7-2 Mbit/s upload speed.

    And I don't have much knowledge of routers so I don't know if there are other "Apple friendly" routers other than AirPort Extreme. But if thats what will be recommended I will consider the AirPort Extreme of course.

    Any advice is much appreciated! Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I have found the AirPort Extreme to be by far the easiest and most stable prosumer router you can buy.
     
  3. Celerondon macrumors 6502a

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    Airport Extreme = Easy/Fast/Stable

    I agree. The features that you are likely to need are accessible and useful. Depending on whether you want 802.11 AC speed, any of the later editions should work for you.
     
  4. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    Was there a large jump in performance between the 4th and 5th gen?
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    They were both still 802.11n, but the fifth gen. ramped up the output power quite a bit, so if you have a fringe wifi coverage area, the newer one might overcome that.

    Here is a chart from the wiki page.

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  6. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    I appreciate the info. Even though I am in an 1100 sq ft apartment, my wifi range from my Uverse gateway is terrible. Looks like maybe I should stick with the 5th gen.

    Thanks again!
     
  7. Celerondon macrumors 6502a

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    Wall to Wall Waves

    Yes, power is good! More power is better.

    Used 5th Gen Airport Extremes are available on eBay for less than $80. If you are careful you can find one in pristine condition. Do not buy a broken router! Make sure that they are sending everything including the cord and that the power supply is good. Mine sold for less than $60 and came in the original box with manual and everything. I just saw a new one for under $130 but that price would drive me to look closer at the 6th Gen Airport Extreme.

    Both of you should choose the 5th Gen over the 4th Gen.

    Ripley said it best with "I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
     
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