New Router: Apple Extreme or D-Link 655

numbersyx

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Need a Gigabit router and am torn between the Apple Extreme and D-Link Xtreme N 655.

Anyone got any thoughts on which one I should go for (now that Apple has upgraded its AEBS to gigabit). Which has the better performance? Value for money?

Thanks....
 

md63

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The AEBS has the 5Ghz frequency which Dlink will introduce on its DIR-855, which hasn't been released yet. If you want full N speed on the AEBS, you need to use 5Ghz, while the DIR-655 uses channel bonding on the 2.4Ghz frequency which will give you full N speed. The AEBS doesn't not use channel bonding on the 2.4Ghz frequency.

The question is the compatability of the routher and the computer wireless card. If you have an N enabled mac, then it shouldn't be an issue. If you're mixing various vendors, then you may only get 130Mbps.

The DIR-655 gets many good reviews and seems to be the most highly regarded N router on the market. I have used D-link equipment and have generally found it to be good and easier to configure if you're coming from another router manufacturer. I use the AEBS because I have a mac and wanted to use the 5GHz spectrum which is generally less crowded. If you're buying on-line, the price premium for the AEBS is about 50% over the D-link
 

numbersyx

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Sep 29, 2006
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The AEBS has the 5Ghz frequency which Dlink will introduce on its DIR-855, which hasn't been released yet. If you want full N speed on the AEBS, you need to use 5Ghz, while the DIR-655 uses channel bonding on the 2.4Ghz frequency which will give you full N speed. The AEBS doesn't not use channel bonding on the 2.4Ghz frequency.

The question is the compatability of the routher and the computer wireless card. If you have an N enabled mac, then it shouldn't be an issue. If you're mixing various vendors, then you may only get 130Mbps.

The DIR-655 gets many good reviews and seems to be the most highly regarded N router on the market. I have used D-link equipment and have generally found it to be good and easier to configure if you're coming from another router manufacturer. I use the AEBS because I have a mac and wanted to use the 5GHz spectrum which is generally less crowded. If you're buying on-line, the price premium for the AEBS is about 50% over the D-link

Thanks for the info. I also found this link to be very helpful:

http://creatiocontinua.org/?cat=13

I also have a MBP Core 2 Duo. With the above, it seems like the AEBS does have the edge.