Best Atheros 802.11n router for C2D MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by EstorilM, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. EstorilM macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2007
    Whelp, to make a long story short - I'm fed up with my OLD 802.11a/b DLink router, transferring files between my PC desktop and MBP is disgustingly slow.

    I figure as long as Apple finally released the N firmware update for the Atheros card in my MBP, I might as well get a draft N router.

    From what I've read, the Netgear pre-n routers with the Airgo chipsets are the best performers, HOWEVER this will likely not be the case if you use the Atheros XPan chipset in the MBP, so am I to believe that the best option for me is to go with a router that uses the Atheros chipset? I should think so...

    Anyways, that narrows it down to the D-Link routers (DIR-625, 635, and 655) I suppose I could get the Belkin N1 but it looks like a toy and costs too much for what it is.

    Best Buy has the 625 on sale for $79.99! :eek: I'd rather get the 635 with the additional antenna but from what I've read on anandtech it's only good for a slight range increase, and minimal speed increases (if any.)

    Hm, does anyone own one of these things? I'm just looking for some guidance here!
  2. EstorilM thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2007

    The "enabler" still isn't out yet. I'm an idiot.

    That "free" firmware update does NOT enable 802.11n, as had been rumored around the internet recently. It's simple a revision of the current Airport firmware.

    My guess is that they won't release this till the Airport Extreme routers start to ship at the end of Feb. :( Even then, it looks like it will still be $1.99 (which I understand to a certain extent, their story about how they are required to charge some kind of fee for a "significant product enhancement" that expands on a products initial performance.)

  3. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    Well, ideally, the one to get would be the European WRT300N v2.0. It has an Atheros chipset. In the states I'm not sure what would be best since I have yet to test the 802.11n functionality of any router, particularly my own WRT300N v1.0 with its Broadcom chipset. I think most of the interoperability problems that existed with early draft hardware have been worked out, but we'll have to wait for the 802.11n firmware update before we can truly know.
  4. EstorilM thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2007
    I agree, from the firmware updates posted on D-Link's website for the Atheros routers, there have been a number of updates that solve problems with the Marvel and other draft-n chipsets out there. It seems like everyone's finally getting somewhere with the draft research and all.
  5. ventro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2006
    I own a DIR-625, it's great. Never shut off or crashed since i bought it, and I use a buttload of torrents, downloads, etc. Heavy duty and high quality. Haven't tried its N capabilites yet, obviously.
  6. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    I am actually in the market for something similar, since I ordered a APX and my housemate was asking me for a recommenation of a PC compatible 802.11n USB adapter that he can get so he can get good file sharing speeds.

    Then I realised something, none of the adapters on the market currently explicitly mention that they are draft 2.0.

    I think it is wiser to wait, since between draft and draft 2.0 the differences can be quite significant.
  7. Merlyn3D macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2006
    I would recommend any of the linksys wrt's that will run dd-wrt. dd-wrt is the best thing for your router since sliced bread.
  8. EstorilM thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2007
    I don't know about the non-n routers from linksys, but from the reviews that I've seen that router was consistently the worst performing of the bunch, in range, speed, reliability, compatibility, etc. I wouldn't suggest it from what I've seen.

    I ended up going for the DIR-655 from D-Link, I figure if the 802.11n wait is too long I can use the gigabit capabilities for guaranteed speed and stuff. :D
  9. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    What reviews?

    DD-WRT is the best thing since sliced bread. You can even run OpenVPN on those things!
  10. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    Sorry to say this, but the DIR-655 when mixed with my network, effectively killed it. My internet upstream died (30 Kbps reported, instead of the normal 368), and my wireless 802.11n clients performed WORSE than 802.11b clients. I just bought one, and am having to take it back since it can't even perform as well as my WRT54G.

    I agree with the other poster who said "wait".
  11. macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2006
    Draft 2.0 is exactly the same as the draft 1.1 that has already been announced. It's just that they are going to rename it to draft 2.0 when they formally approve it.


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