I own two Airport Extremes, a fifth generation and the latest sixth-generation, with the two operating together to extend my wireless network via a Powerline network adapter. This setup worked beautifully, with the sixth generation Airport Extreme sharing a disk (used for Time Machine) and a USB printer over the network. Then the sixth generation AE developed faulty ethernet ports and somewhat erratic performance. If Apple were still developing their own routers, I'd have replaced it. But knowing that they have shut down their networking division, I found myself in the market for a replacement. I settled on the Synology router, as it seemed to have the highest number of reviews claiming it to be very Apple-like. I set it up recently. Unboxing it, I was wowed (and a bit saddened) by how huge it was. The Airport Extremes aren't that large, and the vertically-oriented 6th generation certainly has a very small footprint, but this was even larger than the routers I've used before the Airport Extremes. And having to screw in antennas - haven't had to do that in years, as the Airport Extremes don't have that, either. The power adapter had a mini-brick, which was also a let-down compared to the Airport Extreme's simple plug. Once it got going, I was pretty impressed. There are iOS apps (which are nice, but not as full-featured for setup as the Airport Utility app), but I did the setup on my computer and was really impressed. Router control panels have changed a lot since the last time I used a non-Apple router, I guess; it felt more like I was working in a computer's desktop space than doing a web-based settings pane. Really sleek. The Synology has a lot more options than the Airport Extreme did. It's both a blessing and a curse; just as an example, getting IPv6 working with the Airport Extreme was fairly straight-forward and basically involved reading about two things, but I found myself on a web forum discussion and following the troubleshooting of others to get it working on my end, as there were a lot more options to sort through. But I got it working, and then it was on to funner things; setting up my router to allow me to use my home connection as a VPN when I'm away from home; setting up SNMP (network monitoring heuristics, which Apple had included in their routers but stripped out in the sixth generation); and a bit more. Setting up my Time Machine drive involved having to re-format the drive. Whereas computers would recognize the drive easily with the Airport Extreme, here they would recognize the drive, but then I'd have to log in to the router's account (or, a user account I made on the router specifically for Time Machine access) to access the drive. It was a one-time login, but a small inconvenience that I didn't face with the Airport Extreme. I hit a snag with the printer sharing, though. It was a pretty seamless process with the Airport Extreme: just plug it in, maybe check an option to share it, and every computer seemed to know what to do with it. With the Synology, though, despite enabling Bonjour printer broadcasting, my computer couldn't see it. After spending close to an hour trying to troubleshoot it, I ended up connecting the printer to my computer. That's one I'll have to solve later. I'm the type who used to love tinkering with my electronics, customizing everything, learning what every setting and option was... and the Synology brought me back to some of that. No doubt, it is far more powerful and customizable than the Airport Extremes are. At the same time, those days that I enjoyed those activities were the days when I was in college, and even before. I had a lot of time back then. Now I'm working, I have a family, and problems like the printer represent frustrating time sinks rather than fun challenges that involve more learning. I don't regret going with the Synology RT2600ac router - in fact, I'm so impressed that I'm considering buying into their other products, when I have need of them - but it rekindled my sadness over Apple's decision to shut down their router division. Long story short, the Synology RT2600ac (and probably other modern routers) is a pretty amazing piece of technology, and my guess is that the Airport Extremes are going to start looking dated pretty quickly over the next few years. But as advanced as the Synology is, and as amazing as its user interface is (particularly compared with routers from the past... possibly even present), the Airport Extreme still wins for ease of use and trouble-free setup, at least for Mac users. If Apple ever reopens their router division, I'd consider switching back.