Which to use - Apple Base Station vs. Verizon's Router

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by florencevassy, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. florencevassy macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2004
    Princeton, NJ
    I am looking to install DSL at my friend’s house where I spend some considerable time these days.

    I was looking at what Verizon DSL offers and I see that now they will give you a Wireless Router for $14.95 if you sign a one-year agreement. Has anyone used the Router that Verizon provides or know what the difference between their router and the Apple Base Stations?

    It really seems like a much cheaper alternative to The AirPort Extreme Base Station (which I have at home and I love it) or AirPort Express Base Station with AirTunes.

    Any opinions are appreciated !
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    It's just another bundle craptacular router. I had that option for my SBC/Yahoo! DSL. They were charging $39.95 for it though. I just went out and bought my own Belkin. Just be around to set up some wireless security and you might want to ask what brand their router is.

    Unless you need AirTunes or a printer server go with Verizon's. I just love my Airport Express since it's all-in-one.
  3. lanray macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2005
    I'll second the Express. Very cool. Mine works well, despite the fact that my PB doesn't do well in terms of reception. It's a blast to play iTunes from anywhere, and with Airfoil, you can do movies and such, too.
  4. thestaton macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2006
    If its the Westell 327 stay far away! It will not work via wireless with any intel based mac.
  5. TLRedhawke macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2004
    The only reason to use the Airport Express is if you need the USB print server, and AirTunes. For it to be worth the money, one must require both. The only reason to use the Airport Extreme Base Station is if you need the USB print server, and a modem.

    Your average D-Link or Linksys wireless router costs maybe $60-70 (Canadian), where the Airport Express is $165 (Canadian), and the Airport Extreme is $250 (Canadian). A wireless router with USB print server from D-Link costs about $100.

    Considering that they all work equally well, there is very little reason to throw away your money to buy an Apple router.
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I say go get a LinkSys and don't bother with Verizon's router. The Airport has always seemed a bit expensive to me. Something about Verizon selling a router sounds like a bad idea.
  7. Johnny Rico macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2005
    Actually for it to be worth the money one must desire either, not require both.
  8. mwpeters8182 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Verizon gave me a linksys router for free when I signed up for the service. It works well, and I haven't had any problems. I usually just use my iPod to listen to music downstairs, so I don't have a need for AirTunes, but like it was mentioned earlier, if you want to stream your music or have a usb print server, go with Airport Express.

  9. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    The best solution is don't even bother with DSL and get a Cable Modem instead, much faster.:cool:
  10. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Used the Westell with my iBook G4 for over a year, and it works fine, albeit spartan since it has limited range, doesn't support WPA (only WEP), doesn't support WDS, etc...

    Recently when I added an Intel iMac to the mix, and no wireless connection could be established, I turned off the wireless and still use the 327W as a DSL modem, with wireless provided by a Linksys WRT54GV4 running third party firmware, and while I still have yet to enable WPA or WDS I know it is at least possible and coverage got significantly better.

    YMMV. I actually get much better sustained bandwidth from my 3Mbps/768kbps Verizon DSL than my neighbors do from cable, as I found out when a visitor was complaining about my lack of bandwidth and it turned out he was hooked up to one of the open wireless networks in the neighborhood instead of my net.

  11. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    We have Verizon FIOS at my parents' house. Verizon gave us a free D-Link router. It isn't that bad. It's not as nice as the Linksys at my house, but it does a good job. I wouldn't purchase a router until you try the free one they give you.
  12. florencevassy thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2004
    Princeton, NJ
    Thanks a lot for the suggestions! I still haven't decided yet althought I might
    just pay the $14.95 for the Verizon Router and see it that works well.

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