Best Wireless Router for MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thehopscotch, May 21, 2010.

  1. thehopscotch macrumors regular

    thehopscotch

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    I have read of wireless router issues with MBPs. I have the 13in, 2.26, 2GB (upgraded to 4GB) MBP. When I first got my MBP, I was having to continuously disconnect and reconnect to my router. I assumed I was having the same problems as others on this board have noted.

    Soon after, however, my work laptop (PC) started having connection issues as well...and I have to perform the same process on it...disconnect, reconnect via the laptop, and then everything will work fine for anywhere from 10 minutes to a few hours. (Note: on the MBP, things only work fine for 5 mins or so before I have to perform the action again). It seems as though the MBP is more sensitive to the router issues than my PC.

    Nonetheless, I am planning to purchase a new wireless router, since mine clearly has issues and it seems to be getting progressively worse.

    My question: Is there a particular router that seems to work better with MacBook Pros than others? Any that you guys would specifically recommend? (I need it to still work fine with a PC, as well, because of my work laptop)

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Apple Airport Extreme.

    A little spendy but works great and I plan on keeping it for a while (since the warranty is perpetuated as long as I have a mac in the house)
     
  3. avediswolf macrumors regular

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    D-Link DIR-825

    Does 5Ghz N and 2.4Ghz B and G
    Can do both frequencies at the same time.
    Will last more than a year.

    I love Apple, but their airport extreme router is junk.
    (Yes, I've owned two of them, including a Time Capsule)
     
  4. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    This has worked flawlessly for me with all of our computers (both mac and pc) and DVR's...never a single problem in over a year...best router I have ever owned (and I have owned several makes and models)...
     
  5. BlackZ macrumors member

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    Indeed, worth the price for sure
     
  6. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    I have no complaints about my Time Capsule--an original production model. It works flawlessly with my iMac, with my streaming music on Airport Express, with my iPhone, and with some recent guests and their two Windows 7 laptops.
     
  7. thehopscotch thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone! Sounds like the Airport Extreme is the overwhelming winner. Appreciate the feedback!
     
  8. avediswolf macrumors regular

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    They work great when they work.
    I may have just gotten a couple bad ones.
    Had the same thing happen to each, though... Wireless kept getting weaker until it quit working.

    The Time Capsule still works great as a backup (Now Wired, and routed through my new wireless router)

    If that many ppl say it's good now, then it may just have been my luck.
     
  9. dsprimal macrumors 6502a

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    My linksys router is perfect. no disconnects or slow speeds ever. if i had extra cash laying around i would probably get the apple airport extreme just to "match" my mbp :p
     
  10. ReallyOldGuy macrumors regular

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    My time Capsule 1st gen runs printer(s), MBA, iMac, MBP 13", Ipads, Iphones, 3 attached external D
    HDs, Apple TV and PS3 flawlessly, although the time Machine portion has the occasional brain fart.
     
  11. Moocher macrumors regular

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    I've worked with a few, but not a lot of routers. By far the easiest to set up and maintain have been by Apple. I currently have an early Time Capsule (with a new 1.5 TB drive) and two Airport Expresses. The TC puts out a 5 GHz [sic] n network. One new express is attached to the TC via ethernet cable and puts out both g and n 2.4 GHz networks. The second old express extends the g network. (For some reason, my house eats wifi.) The newer Airport Extremes can run separate g and n networks simultaneously at both frequencies (if I've read correctly), so this would be simpler if I had a newer unit. I run a lot of stuff off these routers, including a windows machine. Everything works fine.

    My wife is a tech nut and has a tech job in a Windows environment. She also prefers the Apple routers.

    Depending on your situation all you may need is an express for $99.


    Mooch
     
  12. swish2351 macrumors 6502

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    Anything will work.. I use a cisco linksys that has all this connected usually at the same time and it NEVER goes down
    • My 13" 2.4GHz 2010 MacBook Pro (Which I LOVE)
    • Mom's HP Laptop
    • Dad's HP Desktop
    • My PlayStation 3 (That thing brought down the network everyday on my OLD router)
    • Brother's Nintendo Wii
    • Mom's Nintendo DSi
    • Brother's Nintendo DSi
    • Other brother's Nintendo DSi

    That's 8 things. And it NEVER goes out. I got it at Best Buy. GREAT deal. No regrets whatsoever!

    EDIT: Here's the link. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Linksys...=9207645&st=Linksys Router&contract_desc=null enjoy your new router (hopefully)


    btw.. Apple's Airport Express was designed for Apple products use. I had one and all my Mac stuff worked fine, but PCs always dropped connection. So if you have mixed (like me) I HIGHLY recommend my router. But if you're all Apple. Go with the Apple Airport Express.
     
  13. BeestieHalls macrumors member

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    I spent a lot of time researching which router I needed for my mac. In fact, we only have macs.

    Airports are really over priced, and like someone said earlier they might not be so hot for devices aren't Apple.

    I purchased the Linksys E1000. Its one of the newest versions of Linksys routers. I got it at best buy for about 60 bucks. I couldn't be happier with it. Its easy to set up, very fast, and it hasn't dropped a connection yet. Not to mention its fast when starting up and getting on.
     
  14. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    IMHO Airport Extreme is an overpriced router.

    I have a cheap D-Link 802.11g router. It works perfectly. I don't stream 1080p videos on the network, so the 54mbps speed isn't an issue.

    Plus, it must be dirt cheap by now.
     

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