Wireless Router

rpearlberg

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I currently have the D-Link DIR-625 which i've had for almost 5 years. It's time for an upgrade. I don't need anything too fancy, just one that puts out a strong signal. Medium sized house, 2 MacBooks, 2 iPads, 2 iPhones.

What should I get??
Apple Airport Extreme?
Others?

Thanks!
 

rpearlberg

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We don't really play music in the house and my wife and I share our iTunes libraries, we have a wireless printer...

Do I need the extreme for the best/strongest/furthest signal?
 

GGJstudios

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We don't really play music in the house and my wife and I share our iTunes libraries, we have a wireless printer...

Do I need the extreme for the best/strongest/furthest signal?
I have a similar set up to you, minus 1 iPad. The AirPort Express has done everything I need it to do for the past five years, including streaming music and movies.
 

rpearlberg

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I have a similar set up to you, minus 1 iPad. The AirPort Express has done everything I need it to do for the past five years.
Thanks. And for half the price. I just want to make sure the signal goes throughout the house...(which isn't that big).
 

apunkrockmonk

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You can always get the express and if the signal isn't up to par you can return it and snag an extreme.

If I'm not mistaken there is no restock fee at the Apple store.
 

sick z33

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Sep 20, 2008
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The Express is an amazing little router. I would grab one unless you plan on upgrading to AC wireless later on your devices.
 

rpearlberg

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The Express is an amazing little router. I would grab one unless you plan on upgrading to AC wireless later on your devices.
Don't plan too...just the devices I listed, and obviously not using all of them at once!
 

GGJstudios

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what is the latest model of the airport express? is there a new one coming?
The one on the Apple site was released in June, 2012. As Apple just announced a new AirPort Extreme with 802.11ac, a new version of the AirPort Express may be coming soon.
 
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michial

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How would you rate the express vs the new extreme? Do either have 450 Mbps for the n range, seeing as I only have a 2012 cmbp. I need long range from upstairs to downstairs in a big house but I don't have ac devices. I've heard the ASus rtn66u has 450mbps and long range but I'd be willing to pay the extra 50 for the new extreme IF it has the same range and throughput as the ASus.

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Thanks in advance
 

michial

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If you need long range the beam forming in the new extreme will be of great value.
Not unless you just bought a brand new 2013 MBA with ac tech. None else benefits from it according to the apple.com site though they say All others will benefit from the 3x3 antenna for 2.4 and 5. But is that 3x3 only 300 or 450 Mbps?
 

rpearlberg

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We are getting AT&T Uverse next week and I just realized that they provide a wireless router. Is it still worth it to get the Airport Extreme Time Capsule so I can still do wireless backups?
 

FoxFifth

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We are getting AT&T Uverse next week and I just realized that they provide a wireless router. Is it still worth it to get the Airport Extreme Time Capsule so I can still do wireless backups?
I'm on Comcast so not sure about AT&T but Comcast charges a monthly rental fee for providing the modem/router. I provide my own modem and router. It's a better way for me. There are plusses and minuses but something you may want to look into.
 

rpearlberg

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I'm on Comcast so not sure about AT&T but Comcast charges a monthly rental fee for providing the modem/router. I provide my own modem and router. It's a better way for me. There are plusses and minuses but something you may want to look into.
It's $6/month for the modem, and the wireless router is included...
 

ssspinball

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Aug 6, 2008
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It's $6/month for the modem, and the wireless router is included...
Buy your own used modem for like $20-$30 on ebay and avoid that monthly fee. I did with TWC Road Runner and it was a no-brainer decisions. I even bought the exact same model for $25 totaly that they wanted to perpetually rent to me! :rolleyes:
 

rpearlberg

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Buy your own used modem for like $20-$30 on ebay and avoid that monthly fee. I did with TWC Road Runner and it was a no-brainer decisions. I even bought the exact same model for $25 totaly that they wanted to perpetually rent to me! :rolleyes:
Let me see if I can find out which they plan to rent me, then I can look for one. And then I'll still need to buy the Apple Airport...