WiFi Router advice needed

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jbachandouris, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. jbachandouris macrumors 601

    jbachandouris

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    I am considering upgrading my wireless router from G to N. Thing is my Linksys G router (10 years old) is still working well.

    I have a Netgear N300 that I installed at Mom's (for when I am there of course), so I thought about swapping them out.

    I have Roadrunner Turbo. I do not play games.

    Here's what I know:
    An N router can't magically give you more speed then is physically coming into your house. The main difference I see is range and network performance (between computers on the same network) and bandwidth (allowing a better streaming video experience).

    So, should I use mine until it dies, install the N300, or save up for an Airport Extreme (I say save, because iPad 3 is my next purchase, hopefully)?

    Opinions needed.
     
  2. ablashek macrumors member

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    Save Save Save all the way.

    I made made the mistake of buying mediocre Wifi Routers with N, N+, and any other gimmick companies put on the box these days to sell you essentially the same thing. In the end of the day, I ended up going for an Airport Extreme. (Airport Express´s I used it for my 3 story house for a year or two. Its great but the Extreme has much better signal strength).

    So right now I have it configured this way, Office - Extreme. Home - Extreme. Mom´s Home - Extreme.

    Seriously, I could have saved a lot more money by just buying Apple from the get go.

    And if your house is not so big, maybe you have an apartment. Go for an Airport Express. I use it all the time, and its great. Works great for Downloading, Some Streaming, and Surfing. Plus its cheaper.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

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    The AEBS is no more or less reliable than pretty much any other wireless router of decent quality. The N300 is fine for casual use, and actually can have a lot more utility than an AEBS in terms of advanced features or firmware upgrades.
     

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