Wifi router

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by tl01, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    For a very small business office...with 3-4 computers and a few printers... what router would you get? The one I am leasing from my internet provider is crap. They even said so...not sure what that means. But anyway, indeed something better. I have always used Airports but as I understand apple is no longer developing them, so is it time to try something else?
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I think you're right about Apple dropping their routers but the Airport Extreme is still available and I imagine will be supported for several years. Also, you have to admit it sure is a lot nicer looking than those multiple antennae types most make.

    What you presently need depends on your office use and on what speed you're getting from your ISP.
  3. kschendel macrumors 65816

    Dec 9, 2014
    How large an area do you have to cover? what distance from router to the farthest device? Are lines of sight clear or are there walls in the way, if so what construction (eg concrete block, simple drywall)? How simple or complex are your security requirements (such as VPN, spam filtering, encryption)? Do you need multiple networks or is it OK to have everyone on the same local network? How much interference do you get from other wifi networks in the building? How important is mass file transfer locally? How fast is your external (WAN) link? How much local computer-to-computer / computer-to-device traffic is generated and is it steady or bursty?

    Lots of questions to be answered before you can get a good answer.

    If what you need is basically a home router in a home-sized area that can handle a half-dozen or so devices, with nothing especially demanding going on, you can put any decent router in there. TP-Link, Netgear, etc. For example, the TP-Link C50 is cheap, has decent if not exceptional range, and will get the job done if you don't have massive amounts of local network traffic.
  4. tl01 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    Change of plans...I am thinking of getting google wifi for my house...with the three pack and then bringing my AirPort Extreme from home to the office.

    My office is about 800 square feet with just a few walls. It is very simple. You can almost see anywhere in the office.

    I like that google wifi will let me pause the wifi for my kids more easily than the Disney circle thing I have.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Your "change of plans" sounds like a good course of action.

    Before you settle on google wifi, investigate the other providers as well.
    I'm using the Linksys Velop and it's pretty good.

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