Need a wireless router

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Gioman, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. Gioman macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    A couple of months ago our D-link wireless router (not sure about the model) broke. The time has now come to buy a new one. But I am a WiFi rookie....

    - Are there any brands I should stay away from? I currently know only Belkin and D-Link.

    - The price should not exceed $100; though exceptions could be made.

    - Is it possible to have more than 4 ethernet-ports?

    - 802.11n would be ideal; seeing as I am not aware of the compatibility of the various computers in the home, which are: PowerBook (early 2005), iPod Touch, a 2007 PC, (and most likely a MacBook soon).

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    Airport Express or Extreme. Buy from Apple, guarenteed compatibility.

    Express is around $70 refurbished, and has an incredible range. 11.n also.
  3. pol0001 macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2008
    What do you need the router for? (More than 4 Ethernet ports??) Just data traffic in your network or do you also want to connect a printer or a hard drive to it?
  4. Gioman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    @ Doju:
    The Express sounds great, but, I am doubtful it would work. Why? The wireless router has to act as the router for everything else. Hard to explain...
    The Extreme would work, if you understand what I mean... but it is expensive. Also, I live in Sweden, refurb isnt available.

    @ Pol0001:
    No need for printer or hard disk.
    There are 6 computers in the house plus an iPod Touch (and maybe a MacBook soon). 2 of the computers need wireless - otherwise they have to share an ethernet cable with a Rev A PowerBook (no wifi), which is what they have been doing lately. 4 of the computers use wired internet, although the iMac could potentially go wireless.

    Are there any routers with more than 4 ports on the consumer market?
  5. Patriks7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    I would look at Netgear. They have great products and from my experience their prices are pretty good as well.
    I just did a quick search and found the WNR2000 which should fit your needs pretty well, and costs around 100$ (Amazon).
    If you want, go to
    and look for more products which you think would fit you/your budget best.
    Hope this helped a bit ;)
  6. Gioman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    Looks interesting, and is pretty cheap here in Sweden too.
    I'll compare this with similarly priced routers.

  7. InkMaster macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2007
    Nagoya, Japan
    I think anyone would be stupid to buy an Airport from the Apple store. They're so horribly overpriced there its not even funny. Look on eBay - most sellers will be perfectly fine with shipping it elsewhere as long as you're polite, pay on time etc...

    I bought my Airport Extreme on eBay also and it worked 100% perfect for 7-8 month now.

    Just a quick search...

    and hundreds more in either new, or mint condition that can be had for half off Apple's price. Just when/if you choose to buy this way, keep in mind that it would be preferred to get the MB053LL/A model as thats the second generation one which has the gigabit ethernet ports (first N Airport Extreme had only 100Mbit ports)

    If you need more ports then the 3 that are on the Airport Extreme, what I would recommend doing is getting the Airport for the great wireless speeds and range, and then getting a second router for the extra ports. For example a Linksys (absolutely love them, great products) BEFSR41 can be had for about 20-30 dollars on eBay. And if the 4 ports aren't enough you can get a BEFSR81 for about 70-80.

    If you choose to do it this way, just set the second router in bridge mode and it'll interoperate 100% with everything else on the network no matter if its connected via wifi via the Airport, the ethernet ports on the Airport or the ethernet ports on the Linksys.

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