ASUS or Airport Extreme?

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  1. jbachandouris macrumors 601

    jbachandouris

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    I just received a refurbished RT-N66R router from New Egg. All devices connect (even the crappy netbook), but one...the HP running Vista.

    Both New Egg and Asus think the router is bad, so I can return it with no restocking fee.

    So, ASUS, 'Old' Airport Extreme, or 'New' Airport Extreme (thinking of future purchases that will have a/c). Opinions?:confused:


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  2. MCAsan macrumors 601

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  3. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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    an ASUS ac router flashed to one of Tomato firmware's offshoots would be nice, but beamforming gives the airport the edge. I reluctantly grant the airport a win here.
     
  4. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 601

    jbachandouris

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    The Asus is a N router not ac.
     
  5. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Is this a question?

    :D
     
  6. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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    ASUS sells great AC routers too.
     
  7. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a

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    Beamforming is an 802.11ac feature, not an AirPort Extreme-specific feature.
     
  8. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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    Doesn't beamforming require directional antennas? The only ASUS routers I have seen have omnidirectional antennas, except for one upright black diamond patterned N router.
     
  9. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    The ASUS implements so features (QOS...) that Apple does not. So its about what you need from a router.
     
  10. michial macrumors 6502

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    Do the specs for the n portion of the new Extreme have 300 or 450 Mbps?only the ac devices will benefit from the beam correct?
     

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