router to get most out of 2012 mac mini wifi

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  1. shimon88 macrumors newbie

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    hi there...

    i have 2012 mac mini and tp-link 1043d router.

    my mini is located in a different room than the router and the wifi performance are quite mediocre..
    i tried to change channels with little improvement.

    so i thought to buy a new router to take advantage of the dual band capabilities of the 2012 mini.

    so what is your advise?

    of course keep it in the reasonable budget...

    thank you all
     
  2. MetalCores macrumors regular

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    Honestly the Apple airport extreme is going to be the best choice. I have had other routers in the past and they would all loose connection or have to be reset occasionally. Ever since I got the airport extreme I plugged it in and set it up and it has worked flawlessly ever since. Good range and has never lost connection or had to be reset.
     
  3. shimon88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you for your reply

    will it give me the potentially 450mb/s the 2012 mini capable of?
     
  4. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    I had problems with older routers (non 802.11ac routers) regarding the upload- and download speed. I have now a new router (supports 802.11ac and three independent data streams). My Macs, the Early-2011 17" MBP and a 2012 Mac mini have always an excellent connection to the router. My router config:
    - 50 MBit/s glass fiber connection
    - 5 GHz (reduces the range and possible attack risks; increases the available bandwidth)
    - 802.11n (do not use "automatic" settings, because this can result in unstable connections)
    - fixed channel(s) (not automatic, because i had unstable connections with this option)

    I think every router/WLAN Access Point (AP) from the last n years should support these features.

    And btw, IIRC the 2012 Mac mini showed 450 MBit/s in the Airport menu (option+click) <-- confirmed, so i think the 2012 Mac mini supports 3 independent data streams (3 x 150 MBit). My MBP shows up to 243 MBit/s (both Macs are on the same desk :confused:).
     
  5. shimon88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you.

    can you please tell me the brand and model of your current router?
     
  6. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Note: The Apple 802.11ac "Airport" devices have improved antennas, compared to previous generations. This improves also 802.11n connections.
     
  7. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Unfortunately not, because i bought the router via my ISP (no brand name visible). As MetalCores said, the Airport Extreme 802.11ac is one of the best routers for your own network at home.
     
  8. shimon88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  9. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    I think the software running on the router is also super important. I have had nothing but great experiences using various versions of TomatoUSB on my routers. The latest and greatest version is AdvancedTomato, which is a modification of Tomato by Shibby. Thus, when choosing a router, I would buy only the ones listed as compatible with this software here: https://advancedtomato.com/downloads

    Currently I'm running Tomato by Shibby (not AdvancedTomato) on by Linksys E3000, and I get consistent and good speeds to all my 802.11n devices. The Linksys E3000 was notorious as a pretty bad router, but only because of the crummy software that it came with. TomatoUSB makes it perfect.
     
  10. shimon88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    as it turns out i can't get the apple airport extreme to my country.

    what should i look for in a router in terms of technology support for the mini to work the best possible?
     
  11. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Best connection will be ethernet category 6 cable.

    Run it along the floor if you have to...
     
  12. shimon88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wire on the floor is pretty bad in terms of wife acceptance factor and it is a rented apartment so wifi is the way to go
     
  13. applelover4u macrumors 6502

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    Im running ASUS AC-1900 ROUTER and i have no problems. I can even get my wifi connections outside a good distance away. When i leave my house and drive out my complex, my phone still connects to my wifi
     
  14. applelover4u macrumors 6502

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    Thats what i plan to do. Im going to wire it along side my walls somewhat hidden or under the carpet, but I would need about 45ft of cableo_O
     

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