Apple Extreme Died

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  1. iMacGuru macrumors newbie

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    My 8 month old Apple Extreme died! I'm thinking of replacing it with a third-party router that can reach more of my house. What would you recommend?

    Thanks..
     
  2. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    I've tried all sorts of brands but in the end came back to Apple stuff.

    As far as being able to reach more of the house, I believe current best practice is to place multiple access points. So simply claim a new extreme under the warranty, and get an additional Airport Express for the top floor (or the other side of the house).

    To link them together, put Ethernet cable in place, or if that's absolutely not possible, get a Homeplug set of adapters.
     
  3. 960design macrumors 68000

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    I did tons of research and it came down to the ASUS RT AC3200 Vs the Airport Extreme. In the end I went with the extreme over the asus for its life expectancy. Been running an Extreme at home and one in the office now for a couple of years. The office one was killed by lightning, but covered by insurance; so that one is now only three months old now.
     
  4. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    It should have a year warranty, so definitely get it fixed no matter what you end up doing. Can sell it, give it away, etc.
     
  5. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, and it also gets covered under any Apple Care policies you have.
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    IMO the AC1900 class of routers are the price/performance sweet spot right now. The site SmallNetBuilder has good and through reviews. If wifi coverage is your priority, I would start at this link and filter for AC1900 then also filter in the dropdown for wifi range. The Asus RT-AC68U and Netgear R7000 do well on wifi range and are both pretty popular.
     
  7. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    I have a 4th gen Airport Extreme with WiFi off and now have two UniFi AP LR access points. I have started with one of their legacy products. The device was rock solid stable but range was very similar to the AE 4th gen. I have since upgraded to one of the new dual band LR units released 3 months ago. I like it a lot and decided to get another one. At some point I'll get a third one. With that I think I will have a SOLID 5Ghz coverage everywhere.
     
  8. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    Are they still managed with that Java-based management software?

    Besides that, it seems like a great choice. Ubiquiti seems to have a very, very good name in the wireless network business. Multiple (low-powered) access points will always beat a single high-powered AP.
     
  9. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    After trial and error with several models, settled in on Linksys 3500 and a Time Capsule to extend and to use as remote backups for family laptops. For me it's been solid.
     
  10. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it's running on Java...
    but you don't need it on constantly. If you want captive portal for guest you need to run the software, otherwise once the WAPs are configured you can shut it down.
     
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