Wireless router recommendation

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by alanlindsay, May 28, 2008.

  1. alanlindsay macrumors member

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    Hi, could someone please recommend a reasonably priced wireless router for use with my Penryn MBP. I use cable to connect to the internet, what sort of range would you expect with these things in a brick house? Also are their complications from running from having draft n and g computers on the same network? Thanks very much

    Alan Lindsay
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It's difficult when you say reasonably priced, I'd say the Linksys WRT600N is a top notch router that's reasonably price, but it's $280. It you can set one band to N-only and another band to Mixed, so you can run 2 networks on the same router on different frequencies without any interference.

    If you already have an existing router and you just want an N-router, I'd say the Airport Extreme is a very good investment; just set N to 5GHz only and it should have no interference with your G network.
     
  3. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    Get the AirPort Extreme Base Station. Yes, it costs more than most routers, but it's darn worth it. I literally gave away a Linksys 802.11g router a couple of years ago because I so hated the firmware interface.

    If you use a lot of video (i.e. rip your TV shows and movies from DVDs like I do), you can use the AEBS kind of as a file server. I store all the video files on a couple of hard disks. You can also set up Time Machine to back up this way now, but I haven't tried that yet.
     
  4. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Brick built houses certainly do reduce the range of a router, but the Apple Airport Extreme Base Station has a greater range than many and is more likely to cope in that situation... :)

    My only gripe with the AEBS is the lack of an adsl modem, thats is a real pain ... :(
     
  5. geekygoddess macrumors member

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    What about a Time Capsule? It is just like an Airport Extreme, but also has a hard drive so you can do wireless back ups as well. Only $299 for 500 GB and $499 for 1TB. Just a thought:)
     
  6. alanlindsay thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies. I like the look of the AEBS and TC500Gb. I have just a few more (newb) questions.

    1. Can I connect my existing wired network no problem?
    2. Does the AEBS/TC seamlessly combine 802.11n & 802.11g ?

    Thanks very much
     
  7. maestrokev macrumors 6502a

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    No problems intermixing g and n networks. With the AEBS n speeds drop if a g network card is also accessing as it can't use the entire 5GHz bandwidth.
     
  8. Bobioden macrumors 68000

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    Yes to #1.

    I have my iMac, and a Windows XP desktop, both wired, along with my Wireless MPB all connected to the AEBS.

    The Macs are on the same network so I can Screen Share, File Share, and Print to my Laser and InkJet printers.
     

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