Looking to Buy a Wireless Router

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by anirban, May 10, 2009.

  1. anirban macrumors 6502a

    anirban

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    Hello All!

    I am looking to purchase a new wireless router, preferably with 802.11N specification. I also have several devices that run on b/g frequency, so having a router with simultaneous support (for N and b/g) would be the best one.

    Do you folks have any ideas on what router I should be looking at?

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

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    There's always Apple's Airport Extreme (or express, depending on what exactly you need).

    Check it out here: http://www.apple.com/wifi/
     
  3. anirban thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I had Airport Extreme in mind, but it seems a little expensive at $179. I really don't have much experience about the router market, but it seems that I should be able to get a comparatively cheaper router with the same capabilities.

    Or do you think that $179 is a reasonable price point for a simultaneous N/g/b router?

    Thanks!
     
  4. dsnort macrumors 68000

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    At one time there was a significant problem with the Airport Express, some sort of power regulation issue caused it to fail fairly quickly for some people.

    I bought an Airport Extreme almost as soon as they were released, best wifi router I've ever owned.
     
  5. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    I have had no problem out of mine either. It replaced a Linksys that would not stay connected.
     
  6. trip1ex macrumors 68000

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    Get the AEBS if you need dual-networking. Look for a refurb or on MacMall or Amazon or Ebay. Look for a slighty used too if you want to save a few more bucks.
     
  7. anirban thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I agree the Airport Extreme is an excellent choice, but I am not confident about the $179 price tag.

    I think I might be able to get an equal specd router for about ~$100 on the market- but I could be wrong! That's why I need your help!

    Do you think I might be able to find a cheaper router with the same capabilities, for a cheaper cost?
     
  8. dsnort macrumors 68000

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    My AEBS replaced a Linksys, which replaced a NetGear.

    Neither of those held up, always dropping out, the LinkSys was replaced twice due to failure, ( just quit working).

    Your call, but sometimes you get what you pay for.
     
  9. themacintoshman macrumors member

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    I have this netgear router, and it is wifi certified for a, b, g, and n wifi types. It was easy to set up, and it's nice and fast (at least with my Internet). It's $110, which is not bad for this quality of a router. It covers my whole house with full reception. Check it out for yourself, here's the link:
    www.netgear.com/products/RoutersandGateways/WNDR3300.aspx
    Hope that helps :D
     
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    Ae

    Try the Airport Extreme, or better, Time Capsule. Easy, works great, ho hassles.
    sek
     
  12. anirban thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Im not in the market for Time Capsule- just a router, that can allow me to share an external drive and printer.

    The Netgear 3300 looks great, but I don't think it has a USB port to share hard drives or printers. Please correct me if I am wrong!


    Darn, I think I might just bite the bullet and pick up the Airport Extreme at $179

    Also, the Airport Extreme has only 3 LAN ports. Is it possible to hook up a hub/switch to increase the number of wired ports on the device?

    Thanks!
     
  13. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Try the Belkin N+. I'm using that and it meet all your qualifications but its USB port can't share a printer.
     
  14. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...get the AEBS its fantastic with the sim dual banding and you can hook up a switch to it...
     
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  16. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    Not sure if you've purchased a router yet, but I'd get the AirPort Extreme. I had a netgear wireless b/g/n router and it worked decently, but kept disconnecting. I bought the AirPort Extreme I guess maybe 2 months ago, maybe more, and it has worked flawlessly ever since. I'll update my original thread on my impressions as well.

    It's worth the price.
     

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