Best wireless router

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  1. rleepremier macrumors member

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    So I'm looking into purchasing a new wireless router for our home. Basically used for basic Internet and video streaming. We are an apple family, No PC. Looked into the airport extreme but seems kinda pricey for what we need it for. Since we won't ever be gaming or running a server. Which wireless router do you use and how do you like it?
     
  2. mac8867 macrumors 6502

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    Netgear WNR3500. I have always been a Netgear fan and have never had compatibility issues with anything. This Wireless-N router also comes with 5 Giga-bit therenet hard cables for very fast connectivity should you ever need it.
     
  3. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    I highly recommend any router running DD-WRT firmware. It is rock solid, very stable and tons of features. I personally use an Asus GL-520GU and Linksys WRT-54G. One is the main router and the other is a wifi access point for additional range. Both were purchased for under $50 total.
     
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    I was looking at the asus. They have a pretty good deal at tigerdirect. Reviews were kinda iffy. So I went to walmart and picked up the wnr2000 but it disconnects every day and needs to be reset. I guess I'll just end up getting the asus. Or the linksys
     
  5. MartyF81 macrumors 6502

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    I have had Zero problems with Linksys/Cisco routers.
     
  6. Username02 macrumors regular

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    I've had good experiences with D-Link and Apple.

    Worst experiences with Linksys and Netgear.
     
  7. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    +1.

    Get a WRT-54G and put DD-WRT on it. Rock solid performance, no dropouts.

    EDIT: I worked for NETGEAR for about a year and some of their more expensive routers are great, but stay away from the cheap ones.
     
  8. mk1ap macrumors member

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    airport extreme for a few years with no probs but I do agree its pricey.
     
  9. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. Never had any problems. Unlike the other cheaper routers...
     
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    Might be the best cost effective route.
     
  11. Boston007 macrumors 6502

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    Gizmodo recently reviewed a bunch and this one won.

    I own a Buffalo which has been great.
     
  12. Sneakz macrumors 65816

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    Another vote for the Netgear. If your like me and live in larger sized house, it'll cover your whole house. A buddy of mine uses it and he says its worth the price.

    Airport Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule might be alright, but coverage in larger homes is piss poor. (~2500sq ft, three+ floors)

    I use a DIR-628 and while it covers my house, speeds very far from the router are around 5mbps which isn't very impressive (and starting to piss me off to be honest)
     
  13. vant macrumors 65816

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    I would be more concerned about the easiest way to get a new one when yours breaks.

    Ask Best Buy, ask any return specialist what the number one item for returns are.

    Routers are the least durable electronic products known to mankind, and with that in mind you should buy Apple simply for the easy exchange process.

    Example: My friends Netgear N150 has lost it's wireless capability last month and Netgear requires him to pay shipping. He'll be without a router for a week.

    My advice to you is to get an Airport Express or Extreme. Tack on AppleCare and you should be set.
     
  14. Thunderhawks Suspended

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    Netgears are good, easy set up, no problems. Customer service is also okay and extensive Website.

    Linksys with set up manager easy too, no problems.

    Both of these do have to be reset sometimes after power outages or so.

    Had both. Also had some of these die, they can't take power spikes.

    So protect them accordingly.

    Apple gets my vote:)
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    Set it and forget it (for many years now)

    If you have extra change buy the one with 2TB back up from the refurb store.
    Buy the warranty and you have a great router/back up in one package.

    You can also get them on ebay
     
  15. Headlighted macrumors member

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    I absolutely agree, we put DD-WRT on our latest router and it's absolutely fantastic.
     
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    Airport Extreme Base Station.

    Haven't touched ours in about 2 years. The extra cost is well worth the lack of hassle.
     
  18. jmdMac macrumors regular

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    I would agree 100% with this.

    I have only had my Airport Extreme for a few months so far, but I have had no problems whatsoever. Also, I live in a house with 5 other college students, so it is under heavy use pretty much 24/7.

    I have had both Linksys and Belkin before. I was TERRIBLY unsatisfied with the Linksys, it seems I had a problem at least once a month for the entire time owning it. The customer service, horrible. Try getting a rep. you can actually understand, if you ever get off hold.

    The Belkin seemed to work ok, but under heavy load, this router seemed to be reeaally slow.
    Needless to say, the Airport Extreme is 10 times better than any router I have yet owned.

    Hope this helps.
     
  19. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    Custom firmware that turns a crappy $40 router into something that can rival a $500 router in reliability and features.
     
  20. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Open-source firmware for consumer level routers that provides a lot of higher level functionality.

    See http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index for more info.
     
  21. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Linksys WRT54GL with Tomato firmware, nothing competes.

    Tomato>DD-WRT.
     
  22. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    Interesting. What makes you feel it is better? I am willing to give another custom FW a shot if it has more/better features.
     
  23. zkaudio macrumors member

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    Unless you actually need N speeds?
     

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