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

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

  1. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

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    New Jersey
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    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

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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    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

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    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

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    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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