Best Wireless Router

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BlueGoldAce, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

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    What would everyone here recommend for a good wireless router? I have been looking at the airport extreme...but I would like everyone's advice here.

    I have a late macbook pro, ipad 3, iphone, older windows laptop, xbox 360...etc. All running over the router, and I live in an apartment, so there are competing signals.

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    -Blue
     
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    This.

    I replaced a Dual-band Time Capsule with a Netgear N600 (WNDR3700 I think) and both 2.4GHz and 5GHz is far better. I was using the TC with a BT router, now the N600 replaces both boxes.
     
  4. BlueGoldAce thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So it would be best to avoid the airport extreme? Even though I have a majority of apple products?

    Thanks, I appreciate the help.
     
  5. blueroom macrumors 603

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    I have a WNDR-3700, great router. If you want to stick with Apple the Extreme is also excellent. Try www.smallnetbuilder.com to compare.
     
  6. BlueGoldAce thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The dlink n600 is on sale for $30 on saleaday. Seems like a great deal. Any disadvantages to this compared to the airport? I assume the lack of gigabit Ethernet is not a big deal in a wireless environment?

    I apologize, I know my share of technology related tech.... But I am at a loss when it comes to routers.

    Thanks
     
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    I currently have the Asus RT-N66u and it's great. Great range, speed, reliability, and it looks awesome. It's a bit pricey, but it was definitely worth it.

    I've heard great things about the Netgear WNDR3700, but never had used one before. I did use Netgear's WNDR4000 - it was good, but it's not as good as the Asus I have now. I've also used a D-Link DIR-655 that served me well for a couple years.

    If you can, I'd give the Asus RT-N66u a look - or even its predecessor, Asus RT-N56u, which also has gotten some rave reviews.
     
  9. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    The AEBS is a fine router, but the added value you get isn't worth the Apple tax in my opinion.

    Correct.
     
  10. BlueGoldAce thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I will be sure to look a the listed recommended routers. Just curious, does the new airport support 450mbs on both bands?
     
  11. Al1n, Apr 16, 2012
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    +1, if you can afford it go for the Asus. I just bought one and man it's a beast. It looks awesome too.
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  12. Mike Valmike macrumors 6502a

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    I would disagree with seemingly everyone else here. I won't touch a router other than the AEBS or Time Machine because it's hassle free and it just works... and works well. Set-it-and-forget-it USB sharing, trivial to set up home and guest networks, etc. And I do tech support for my family so there's no way I want to be on the phone trying to step them through "OK now type in 192.168.1.1 and tell me what it says..."

    Unless you enjoy that sort of tech geekery, just get the Apple router.
     
  13. bjm2660 macrumors 6502

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    This. You can't beat their reliability and ease of use. My AEBS ended many months of router headaches. Who knew it could be so easy?
     
  14. BlueGoldAce thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The hassle free "ness" of the airport extreme is what attracted me as well. There is just a few things I am unsure on:

    Does the Airport extreme support 450 mbs in both the 2.4ghz and 5ghz bands?

    I assume that this router is great for HD media streaming, and etc. If I am wrong please correct me.
     
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    The linksys e3200 is a fantastic one as well. I have ddwrt put on there, works great.
     
  19. KidCharlemagne macrumors newbie

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    +1 for the AirPort Extreme.

    Just get it. It's a great router and super easy to deal with.
     
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    Over the years, I've had net gears and dlinks, and in 2009 decided to try the airport extreme. Best decision ever I have to say. Great range, and the fact that has 5GHz Wifi makes it great to use with your Apple devices.

    In 3 years of use, I think I've had to reset it once.
     
  21. BlueGoldAce thread starter macrumors 68000

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    How does it compare to the NETGEAR WNDR4500? I found that router on sale today. I plan on doing a lot of video streaming, so would the netgear be better due to its n900 technology?
     
  22. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I prefer the Airport Extreme because I prefer an "all Apple" environment. Smallnetworkbuilder has reviews of routers but they are pretty biased against Apple gear and often test the first AEBS version that comes out for each generation, publish the results and then ignore any Apple firmware updates even if they mean the router would score better if they ever found the time to re-test it.
     
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    This link shows SmallNetBuilders were using the latest firmware [7.52] in their review http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wire...-apple-airport-extreme-gen-5-reviewed?start=1 so I'm not sure if your point is valid?

    I too am pondering whether investment in a new router might better serve our home but am now considering a non-Apple product for superior performance.

    Any further testimony of experience with alternative routers would be appreciated.
     
  24. lamboman macrumors 6502

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    The only issue with the AirPort is that it can be annoying restrictive in its configuration. It's not a big deal, but it can be annoying.

    In terms of performance, the Asus will be slightly quicker, but not enough to make a huge difference. Range will probably be a tad better. However, stability and reliability have always been the strong point of the AE, and I'm willing to bet that the Extreme might be slightly superior in that respect. Mine is rock solid, as was my previous router (original AirPort). Everything in between that has been so-so at best.
     
  25. JoshGlzBrk macrumors 6502a

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    I love my Apple products, but I draw the line when it comes to this.

    There is absolutely no reason to buy an Airport Extreme over other class leading routers out there that perform just as well and are just as stable. I just find it completely ridiculous to pay twice as much for a router that cannot be configured to do something a $100 router can do.
     

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