Up to $100 to spend on a router at Best Buy - help?

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  1. mrzeve macrumors 6502a

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    So I'm really sick and tired of my piece of crap Belkin router - believe its the n150. Essentially, whenever I download a really large file (say an Xbox One game via the store) it craps out and I need to reset it and reset my modem.

    I've had enough. I have a credit at Best Buy so I'd like to make a purchase there.

    Setup:
    - SMALL NYC Apt (<500 sq ft)
    - Xbox One
    - iMac
    - iPad (2x)
    - iPhone

    Thats basically it. I'm leaning towards the Airport Express, simply because I've heard they pretty much never have to be reset. But perhaps there is a $60 Belkin one people swear by? Looking for some first hand accounts here
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I think the AirPort Express would work extremely well for you. Like many others, I've used one for many years with excellent performance.
     
  3. mrzeve thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ever need to reset it? Or reset your modem?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Very rarely. Maybe once or twice a year.
     
  5. MCAsan macrumors 601

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  7. akhilleus macrumors member

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    Are you renting your modem from your service provider? If so, you might want to look into a modem/router combo. I bought one for about ($130-150 I think?) a year ago and I'm so glad I did. One box to do everything I need and it saves me the stupid modem rental fee each month over the rest of its lifetime. Thing's got good range and power too. Mine's the Motorola SGB6580 if you're curious.
     
  8. mrzeve thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I actually have my own modem for my internet already. So not paying the fee.

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    Seems a bit old?

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    Yeah seems like there are some deals to be had.
     
  9. illusionx macrumors 6502

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    I bought an Asus RT-N12 for 15$ refurbished. Flashed its with dd-wrt and this thing is marvellous.

    Else, an airport express will so what you need.
     
  10. Menel macrumors 603

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    Older but superior.

    Extreme has 3 gigabit ports for local network.
    3x3:3 stream antenna, for upto 450mbps link rate for 5ghz.

    The Express has 1 10/100 port for local network.
    2x2:2 antenna, for upto 300mbps link rate for 5ghz.

    The express is probably enough for your network, assuming your iMac will connect wirelessly.. Especially if it's basically free due to BestBuy credit.
     
  11. mrzeve thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do you think the $85 extreme linked in this thread is a better deal than the express?

     
  12. Menel macrumors 603

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    yes
     

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