new router upgrade from my Apple Extreme?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by albireo13, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. albireo13

    albireo13 New Member

    Feb 8, 2010
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    I have an Apple Airport Extreme 802.11N dual band router. It is about 3+ years old. We have 2 MACs, 2 iPads, cell phones, etc running in our house. Performance has been ok but, I want to increase range and improve reception, as well as dial up performance if I can.

    So far we have used it for web surfing and streaming music, via SONOS. No problems but, I also want to create a shared drive off the router and use that for media storage and streaming ... mostly music and pics.

    I am considering the newer Apple Extreme AC. However, other options seem to offer better performance.
    My other candidates:
    Netgear Nighthawk.

    Would this be a waste of money? What do other folks use for their routers?

    albireo13, Jan 12, 2016
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  2. albireo13

    Cory Cooper Moderator

    May 19, 2004
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    Hello and welcome.

    Personally, I prefer the Apple AirPort devices over third-party units...especially if most of your devices are Apple products. The current AirPort Extreme 802.11ac transmit power is between 1.5 and 2 times stronger than the previous models - 32.5 dBm maximum vs 20 dBm maximum.

    I am not sure what you mean by "as well as dial up performance if I can."

    I use several AirPort Extreme and Express units in my home, and have never had any issues whatsoever.

    Cory Cooper, Jan 17, 2016
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