Which wireless router are you running with your MBP?

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  1. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

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    Which wireless router are you running with your MBP ?

    I can't make up my mind on which one to get.
     
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    I have a 4th gen AirPort Extreme "n" as my main router, and a 1st gen Extreme n for extra range. I don't have any problems with them, but I'm going to need a separate router soon when I upgrade my broadband due to no 802.11q support in the AirPort. Presumably that's not required in the US (or Apple would probably support it!)
     
  3. M5RahuL macrumors 68020

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    I was running the Asus RT-AC66U and it's amazing!! Highly recommend it...

    Then, got the new Airport Extreme w/3 TB TC (gift), so now am using that works great, as intended, but I miss some advanced features from the Asus.

    If I were buying, I'd recommend Asus. :)
     
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    I currently have a 2nd Gen Wireless-N 1TB Time Capsule. It does lack some higher level features I like found on other routers but it has been reliable and works well. Realistically, how much do you need to mess with your router anyway? I also like it's simple clean design that just blends with Apple's products.

    After using it for years I plan on replacing it soon to take advantage of Wireless-AC. I'm not sure yet but I'm considering the following options:

    Wireless-AC 2TB Time Capsule
    Wireless-AC Airport Extreme + WD MyCloud 2TB
    Other Router + WD MyCloud 2TB

    I prefer to have all Apple products for this purpose because I'm sure of the compatibility and good looks but I'll admit I'm curious about my other options. Whatever I pick will need to be an improvement of what I already have and blend in like the Time Capsule.
     
  6. raptor402 macrumors 6502

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    I was using Airport Express 2nd Gen (N) until last week, when I swapped it out for a Linksys WAP300N since the Express just didn't have that range.

    I planned to use the express to extend the Linksys network but that didn't work out since Apple WiFi access points only extend other Apple networks. I now plan to return the Express as the main access point and use the Linksys as an extender.

    On a side note, has anyone else experienced bad WiFi range on Airport Expresses on smartphones and small devices?

    Regards
    Raptor
     
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    Time Capsule 2TB (edit) here as well. I manage it with Airport Utility 5.6, which has many additional features compared to the newer utility version shipped with Mavericks.
     
  9. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    That is so annoying the 5.6 is the best version of Airport Utility. I been using it myself but it stopped working with Mavericks. How did you get it to work.
     
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    I'm using asus rt-56u and it works great except with one thing. It has two usb2 ports that support HHD, so i can use it as a ftp server. but my mac can only read the disk, not write. even when i have changed the privileges to read/write for just that login account to the ftp server.

    I've tried NTFS formated drive with paragon. will only read.
    I've tried mac os x extended. will only read.
    I've tried exFat, can't even use the disk in the router then.

    The router has the latest firmware, and I use mavrics on my rmbp.

    Can't figure out whats wrong and its driving me nuts!
     
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    +1
     
  15. GSPice macrumors 68000

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    4th gen AEBS, wishing I had Time Capsule for wireless TM backups to connected USB drives. :D
     
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    First Gen 500GB Time Capsule--6 years and still going strong. :)
     
  17. Pinksteady macrumors 6502a

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    Likewise, and this is the very reason why my next router won't be made by Apple.
     
  18. Justinhub2003 macrumors regular

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    Apple Airport Extreme (2011 model before design change)

    And its been the best router I've ever used. Probably rebooted in 3x in 2.5 years
     
  19. Nive macrumors member

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    Using a Linksys EA6700, 802.11ac works wonders.
     
  20. Ai-apple macrumors regular

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    Mine is Linksys E4200. It's been working well but might need to update to Linksys EA6900. How is it comparing to Asus RT-AC68U?
     
  21. Hitch08 macrumors 6502

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    I am using an Asus RT-AC66U as my main router. I have an older 2TB TC setup for backups.

    The one thing that is a bit of a bummer with this setup is that I can't use the "Guest" wifi setup on the TC. Apparently the TC needs to be the primary router, or running as a bridge to another Apple router, for the "Guest" wifi to function.
     
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    I have the 802.11n version of the Airport extreme base, not sure which generation that is. It works well enough. I also have and old (1st or 2nd gen) TC I use in bridge mode to extend my wireless network.

    I've been thinking of upgrading the my routers lately to get a better handle on my wireless infrastructure (more control) but so far I've not really decided to spend any money.
     

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