Does Airport Extreme Base Station have advantages?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by markw10, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. markw10 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    My Airport Extreme Base station just gave out this week so I need to replace it. I had the first version of the Gigabit models and I know there's a newer version out but I am also looking heavily at the Linksys E3000.
    I know the E3000 is cheaper but that is not the deciding factor. I want the parental controls that the E3000 has and it seems like the AEBS doesn't have parental controls.
    I have always tried to buy Apple products though and I want to know, am I giving up any features by going to the E3000 instead of staying with the Apple model? It seems when it comes to the actual hardware they are very similar. When I looked at the Airport Utility I noticed there is a section to set it up with MobileMe and when I did research on Google I found an article from 2008 from Apple stating that in order to use Back to My Mac an AEBS is required. Is this still the case or does it just need a certain protocol that is now available in other routers such as the E3000? Are there any other possible features that I give up by not getting an AEBS?
    I haven't really had much luck getting Back to My mac working reliably with even the AEBS but it's a feature I want to use more in the future so don't want to give this up.
    Thank you for your help.
  2. ozthegweat, Apr 27, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2011

    ozthegweat macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2007
    Well, Airport Base Station may not have a ton of features, there certainly are routers from other manufacturers which are a nerd's dream. But Apple's WiFi routers are the most reliable and stable routers I've ever had. And I have experience with Linksys, D-Link, Zyxel, Netgear, FritzBox

    Some routers crap out while doing heavy stuff like torrent downloads, others suddenly don't let a certain WiFi client connect anymore, configuring is a hassle, forwarding ports works for a minute, the next it doesn't etc.

    But not Apple's. They just work. That's what counts for me, really.

    EDIT: and regarding the parental controls: there's this part on Apple's Website:
    I don't know if this is only available on newer models or not. I didn't see anything regarding parental controls on my first gen Time Capsule, but I also haven't looked for it.
  3. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Apart from the above, the Airport Extreme is extremely easy to set up.
  4. markw10 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    Thank you for the information both of you provided. I have always liked the simplicity of Apple hardware and really want to stay with the Apple Extreme Bsae Station. That's what's making it hard to change to the Linksys E3000. As for parental controls, one feature I need is website blocking so I can block specific websites. Does the AEBS do this?
  5. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
  6. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2010
    Quick question on this...not to take it too off topic

    Do you have to have a static ip to forward ports with the airport?

    I've tried googling around but can't really get any straight forward answers.

    I need to forward ports for xbox live.
  7. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    As far as I know, you always need a static IP if you want to do port forwarding, regardless of the router used.
  8. Coolestdude macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2011
    You can do website blocking with any router if you use OpenDNS. I've found that OpenDNS is more accurate then my corporate firewalls (Fortinet & Sonicwall).

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