Router recommendations

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  1. webpoet73 macrumors regular

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    I have a 4th Gen Airport Extreme but the transfer speeds are not as good as I would like, so I have looked a refurb 5th Gen because I can't afford the 6th Gen... so are there any other routers similar to the 5th gen AE that I should look at? Asus, Netgear, etc. I have about 120 bucks to spend...

    Thanks!
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Since you seem to be happy with AirPort but want a new router I would check out a refurbished Extreme 6th generation. The 5th generation is not a bad router at all but the 6th generation is noticeably faster and stronger.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    http://www.smallnetbuilder.com

    Look over router reviews this site. If you don't care about having the latest 802.11AC wifi, there are a lot of good inexpensive options there.
     
  4. webpoet73 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately, I can't spend the money even on a refurbed 6th gen ($170) when the refurbed 5th gen is affordable ($85). half the price. the 6th gen would have to be 2x as good or more for me to consider it. The wife won't go for one that expensive. I was looking at Netgear in the 100 dollar range (WNDR4500).
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    For N900 class routers like that Netgear, check out the ratings here. The top rated Asus there is $40 less than the Netgear on Amazon and looks like it has a lot of good reviews from Amazon readers. Might be a good fit for you.
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I used a 5th generation AirPort Extreme as the head of a 105 client wireless network. Occasionally we got up to 140 clients across my eight APs and the Extreme. It is a fantastic router and well worth the money if you are okay with having N and not AC. The only reason why I upgraded to the 6th generation at home was so I could put the 5th generation at school for my Eagle Project.

    In my experience, the Netgear WNDR4500 and 3700 are not good under load. A local school had them installed as APs and they had a whole slew of problems with anything over 7 clients connected and not even downloading. The engineer is obviously no longer with them and a new one is installing the proper equipment. I never had good luck with Netgear even at home in terms of reliability and stability. By the time you spend $100 on a Netgear you are at $200 because you need to buy two in two years.

    In summary, get that 5th generation Extreme and you won't be disappointed.
     
  7. webpoet73 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't need ac. We only own one device that has ac. Everything else is N (either 2.4GHz or 5GHz) or G.

    I am going to take another serious look at the AE 5th Gen. I also considered the Asus RT-N56U. Seems to be getting pretty favorable reviews. From the reviews I read, the 5th Gen AE is 2x as fast as the 4th Gen AE and that suits me fine. I just need better range out of a router (and in turn better transfer speeds).
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Once again, I highly recommend the Extreme.
     
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  10. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Anything is possible but I don't think so.
     
  11. crazyxzer0 macrumors 6502

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    my favorite router right now is the Dark Knight router from ASUS.
     
  12. webpoet73 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Tight budget...

    These are in my price range:
    Asus RT-N56U ($89)
    Apple 5th Gen AE Refurbished ($85)
    Netgear WNDR4300 ($89)
    TRENDnet DRU812U ($115) [even though I don't need ac and is a bit above my budget...]

    The easiest solution is the AE as it can be just inserted into the network and I could keep my current AE and run a third router....
     
  13. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I would go AirPort then...
     

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