Buying new router, Airport Extreme vs everything else

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by iMarvin, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. iMarvin macrumors 6502

    iMarvin

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    Hey guys, my d-link dir-300 is due for an exchange soon because it's getting sluggish. I don't have any clue what to get besides an Airport Extreme, but i think the price is kinda ridiculous. Is there any advantages of getting an Airport Extreme vs. other?

    I have a 100/100 mbit connection with 2 computers (one iMac and one windows 7 pc) and 2 iPhones, 1 iPad and Apple tv connected to it, what do you recommend?

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    A refurbished AE
     
  3. jbachandouris macrumors 68040

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    I'd be interested to know the answer as well. I have an OLD Linksys router (wireless ABG Turbo Boost). I upgraded to Road Runner Turbo (20MB down and 2MB up).

    Time for wireless N?

    Connected devices:
    MacBook Pro
    HP Pavillion Notebook
    iPad 2
    iPhone 4S

    Hardwired to router (via network cable):
    HP Officejet Printer
    AT&T/Cisco 3G Microcell

    Rarely are more than 2 devices accessing the internet at the same time. The printer is almost always on standby. Will wireless N really make a difference?

    Is the Airport Extreme the best option or should I spring for Time Capsule?
     
  4. khollister macrumors 6502a

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    The Asus Black Diamond RT-N56U is a fantastic wireless router you can pick up for about $130. Very high performance with an excellent antenna design. This is one of the most recommended in tech circles on the basis of throughput.

    You save $50, gain a little better performance but give up some Apple convince and features (wireless network extension for instance).

    Most of the sub $100 units have various issues from what I see lately.
     
  5. iMarvin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Refurbished isn't an option, we don't have refurbs in Sweden. :mad:


    But what are those special apple features?

    Ill take a look into the asus one for sure! Thanks! :)
     

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