Tall AirPort Extreme 2013 Vs Flat 2011

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  1. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    I have the last generation of the flat AirPort Extreme from late 2011. I was considering picking up a refurb 2013 tall model as I would hope it could give some slight increase in range and would be a smaller footprint on my desk.

    Was this genration a definite improvement over my 2011 unit? Thanks.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I found that I have better reception, and as a plus my newer devices run on the AC format, and so overall performance better with them as well.
     
  3. powerbook911 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Great thank you. My one concern is 2013 is pretty old now so I'll probably buy and a 2016 model will debut but at least I'll only pay the refurb price. Thanks again!
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The 6th gen. offered performance gains even for wireless N clients plus is all around a faster router. Furthermore, the 6th gen. officially offered Time Machine support for USB hard drives so you could use it like a Time Capsule! I use a 6th gen. both at my home and my school and both handle marvelously even under significant load.
     
  5. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    But the SNMP monitoring is gone for good, no?
    Just asking from my own perspective, I understand that SNMP may be irrelevant for OP.
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Yes. SNMP functionality has been deprecated in the new models.
     
  7. dont24, Feb 3, 2016
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    I also have a 2011 and looking to update to a 2013 time capsule model. 2GB refurb'd time capsule is $180. I'm worried about all the hdd failures in the reviews. Better to get an extreme and add a usb drive for time machine? Or should I just go with the $180 refurb'd time capsule?
     
  8. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Then get the TC and plug a USB drive into it as well. Select both as TimeMachine targets and both will have alternate snapshots of your machines. This gives you the simplest, cheapest and most basic HDD redundancy.
    You can also add USB drive a bit later, if you want to schedule your payments a bit.
     
  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Personally, I would go with the Extreme simply for flexibility. When Apple updates the Extreme, you can go ahead and update the router without upgrading your hard drive if you choose.
     

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