Help selecting a wireless router (USB storage & HD media)

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by swwack91, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    Hi folks,

    I'm looking to get a new wireless router and was hoping you could help me make the choice. I'm pretty familiar with a lot of tech, but wireless & networking is definitely my weak point.

    Here are the requirements/questions:
    • Dual band
    • Streaming 1080 to an aTV3
    • Is there a max 802.11n speed aTV can receive?
    • USB port for attached storage (Will this connection be fast enough to stream 1080 to aTV?)
    • Are any routers capable of supporting a USB bus-powered hard drive?
    • I've heard some mixed reviews about some routers because they won't spin down an attached hard drive. It'd be great to find a router than deals with a drive well.
    • Preferably max $150. Beyond that gets to where I would consider cutting out features over paying more.

    My list currently has:
    • Netgear WNDR4300
    • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router N750
    • D-Link Cloud Router 2000

    Any helpful discussion is seriously appreciated! :D
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Airport Extreme. It's a great router that'll fit your budget and needs. Plus it's very easy to configure and very reliable.
  3. swwack91 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    I don't know why I totally overlooked Apple's options...

    Can anyone attest to streaming 1080p video (decent bitrate) from a drive attached to an Airport to an aTV? Is its USB port powered?
  4. jerlgrain macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2012
    Our router is dying as well. I've been considering an Airport Extreme as well. I doubt that Apple will refresh it this week, but hope they do.

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