Choosing an airport extreme

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by bcemail, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. bcemail macrumors newbie

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    about to get a modem and router to replace the Comcast supplied combo. I mainly use Wi-Fi just for Dorking around on my iPhone(same with my wife). TV Xbox etc are wired. Would the 5 the gen extreme be powerful enough? It's pretty cheap and gets n speed vs the 6th gen that gets ac speed. Not sure I would use anywhere close to those speeds.
    How do the ranges compare? I have one express to use as an extender. My current Comcast one is only 2.4 GHz and mostly covers the house. Thanks!
     
  2. bcemail thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. Cordorb macrumors member

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    the 5 GHz side will be faster :
    Will help too if you rename the 2.4 and 5.0 sides with different names
     
  4. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    Two additional thoughts, agreeing totally with Cordorb.

    First, as a Comcast sub, I had much better network performance after putting any wireless/wired router on a different DNS range than the Comcast cable modem (we're Netgear CM500 units, but the make/model doesn't matter) - no more timeouts or outages (I have a lengthy post to that effect elsewhere in these Forums). Second, buy the refurbished AE from Apple via refurb.me - you'll knock off US$70 and won't miss a beat.
     

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