How is Airport extreme?

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  1. APPLEFAN8 macrumors 65816

    APPLEFAN8

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    I have a linksys wireless router thinking of upgrading to the airport extreme. What do you guys think since I do have 2 apple computers that use wireless connection and one windows? Thanks
     
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    I used an Airport Express at uni and just loved how simple it was to setup.

    Plus it was fast at transferring things over form one computer to another.
     
  3. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Oh, it's pretty extreme.

    I have one that I use to connect my MacBook Pro and iMac. It's awesome and fast. Very easy to setup and manage.
     
  4. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    It doesn't offer anything which isn't available elsewhere for less. Indeed, the core feature (routing an internet connection to multiple computers) can be had for significantly less money.

    Configuration requires proprietary software. This is of course included in OS X, but if you are using another operating system then you either won't be able to configure it or on Windows you have to download additional software from Apple before you can. Most other routers are configured using a web browser, which to me is far easier.

    Lastly, it doesn't include a modem. For me this was the true deal breaker - I would need a modem plugged in and the router, whereas my current router has a modem built in, so I have only one box using up electricity and a power socket.

    Unless you have a particular liking for burning money, look at other brands first. You could give the money you save to charity or something.
     
  5. APPLEFAN8 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well I have around 210 dollars in change I could cash that in for a new monitor or Airport Extreme.
     
  6. APPLEFAN8 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    My linksys is 4 years old I could go for a new one.
     
  7. mslide macrumors 6502a

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    I got an airport extreme shortly after they started including wired gigabit ports. I use it with 2 wired computers (1 mac and 1 windows pc) and my macbook (wireless). While I do like it, quite honestly, it's just a router. It doesn't do anything that just about any other decent router can do. Sure, it looks nice but it sits in my basement. One thing I wish it had was dynamic dns update capabilities like some linksys routers do.
     
  8. nineohtoo macrumors 6502

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    I personally use one myself. It's typical Apple imo. Good, easy to use software, but priced to match lol. If you're tech savvy, you can go elsewhere and save yourself some money unless you plan on buying used like I do.

    I used to have a good Linksys router but I upgraded to an airport express to use airtunes/airfoil to my iPod hifi. Then I wanted to attach a wireless hard drive, so now I'm in the process of backing up all my mybooks onto a 1.5tb MiniStack to run off the airport extreme. Yes, I'm having fun with a wireless room. I'm also customizing some bluetooth grado SR60s too lol.

    Back to the topic, if you can tinker with other routers, you're really better off saving money and getting one of those.
     
  9. pellets007 macrumors 6502a

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    I got tired of fooling with Linksys routers via the web browser and bought an Airport Extreme Dual-band router. The fact that its simultaneous pays for itself in my opinion. Other similar routers are priced near that figure. All-in-all I found it to be a good buy.
     
  10. viperguy macrumors 6502

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    I love mine.
    Setup is very easy.. and that`s the biggest point in it for me
     
  11. JPS macrumors regular

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    I also used a Linksys for years and became increasingly frustrated with customer service; bottom line was that they didn't support Macs. So I bought an Airport Express and it's been great ever since. Bought a second one to extend the network in the house. Resold the Linksys on eBay and made my money back.
     

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