ASUS or Airport Extreme?

jbachandouris

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Aug 18, 2009
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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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mentaluproar

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May 25, 2010
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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.
 

jayhawk11

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Oct 19, 2007
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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.
Beamforming is an 802.11ac feature, not an AirPort Extreme-specific feature.
 

mentaluproar

macrumors 68000
May 25, 2010
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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.
 

ZipZap

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Dec 14, 2007
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The ASUS implements so features (QOS...) that Apple does not. So its about what you need from a router.
 

michial

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Sep 15, 2009
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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?