router: airport extreme or d link!!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by edga, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. edga macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2008
    Lake Wylie
    I'm gonna buy one of these 3 routers: airport extreme or d link 655 or 825, but i need help with a few things!!
    Got a Macbook Pro and ipod touch and emac (this one will be connected thought ethernet), if i get the airport extreme will i get n speeds or its gonna default to the ipod connection speed (b/g)?, do i get the d link 825 for dual band so i can use both without losing speed?, eventually i will change the emac for an imac (with n enabled speed).
    Love apple to dead but money wise the d link routers are cheaper ... any advantage of going d link or apple? if d link any preference: 655 or 825?
    I apologize if this has been already ask!!
  2. dylanbrown macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2008
    Go with the Airport


    I have recently bought a Time Capsule (Basically an AirPort extreme with a built in HD) and have to say it's fantastic.

    So, answering your questions....

    With any router, if you are receiving N speeds through your broadband provider, and have a 802.11 N enabled router, but allow b or g devices to connect to you network (iPod touch and eMac) this will slow down your connection.

    Now, for money, I know Apple's AirPort devices are not cheap (I paid £200 for mine!) but they do pack in some more features. With the AirPort extreme, you can connect a USB hub to it, and wirelessly share multiple USB hard drives. You can also set-up wireless printing, by just inserting a USB printer!

    If you have Leopard on your MacBook Pro or any other Mac, you can also use the hard drive connected to your AirPort extreme as a back-up drive for Time Machine, and once you get your iMac, you can use the same drive for back-up's of both machines.

    Hopefully this will help you!!
  3. edga thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2008
    Lake Wylie
  4. gsahli macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2007
    Buy Apple stuff specifically if you want the extra functions - printer and hard drive connections. Buy the cheaper models otherwise.
    I use netgear, and a cousin two blocks away uses Linksys (I help set up). We both have network printers that don't need Airport Extreme. We're both completely satisfied with routers that cost $40-50.

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