1. xMatter's Avatar
    I am in the market for a new router, I have owned pretty much all brands throughout the years... except an Apple router. I am thinking of purchasing the 6th Gen. Airport Extreme. It would be used for normal activities like video streaming and external storage/music playback. I currently own an Apple TV, iPhone 7+, and iPad. Not that those devices matter, but I have never had any failure to date with Apple products. Since the price tag in quite hefty on the Extreme, I don't mind paying for quality and longevity... so I am looking for the pros/cons of the Extreme. I hear great things about it and minimal issues over the years.

    Beyond the Airport Extreme; Beklin/Cisco/Linksys have went downhill, D-Link and Netgear have random breaking issues. I am currently using a TP-Link Archer C7 which works when it works, but drops packets more often than not.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    02-28-2017 09:50 AM
  2. firedept10's Avatar
    I own two Airport Extremes and one Airport Express. I have used nothing but Apple routers since they were first released. I have enjoyed using them as they are simple to use and do exactly as they are supposed to do. I have an extended network throughout my home and my extremes and express do that well. Yes there are better and cheaper routers out there but since you own mostly Apple products I suggest going with their router.
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    02-28-2017 10:18 AM
  3. xMatter's Avatar
    Thanks for that! The only possible downfall I could potentially foresee is the 50 client access limit.
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    02-28-2017 10:26 AM
  4. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    We have a Netgear... it works ok, but we did have to replace our previous Netgear after 16 months... so time will tell!!!
    02-28-2017 10:47 AM
  5. Wotchered's Avatar
    Does this question mean that you in the US have to buy a router as a separate item ? (rather than coming as part of your broadband package ?)
    02-28-2017 01:15 PM
  6. xMatter's Avatar
    Some Internet providers provide a modem/router combo, but they are usually junk. Even with that, you can purchase another router and bypass the built in router.
    02-28-2017 01:25 PM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I use the Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11AC.
    02-28-2017 02:27 PM
  8. imtravis's Avatar
    I use an ASUS RT-68U. Works great for my home network (last count 50 devices online)
    02-28-2017 06:36 PM
  9. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    I have an Apple Time Capsule and an Airport Express being used as a range extender. I like that the Time Capsule automatically backs up my MacBook Pro but, if I'm being honest, I haven't been impressed with wireless performance.
    taz323 likes this.
    02-28-2017 09:01 PM
  10. mumfoau's Avatar
    Shoot I'm still using an old LinkSys router from when I got my first place in 2008. Nine years later and it's still pumping out Wi-Fi! #dontjudgeme
    Annie_i6s likes this.
    03-01-2017 05:18 AM
  11. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Shoot I'm still using an old LinkSys router from when I got my first place in 2008. Nine years later and it's still pumping out Wi-Fi! #dontjudgeme
    Dude, as long as it works, that's all that matters...
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    03-01-2017 06:26 AM
  12. mumfoau's Avatar
    Dude, as long as it works, that's all that matters...
    The only thing that matters!
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    03-01-2017 06:53 AM
  13. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    I have an Apple Time Capsule and an Airport Express being used as a range extender.
    I had the same set up until last Jan 2016 I took advantage of a Comcast bundle deal and have been using their gateway for the last year. While I don't think the Comcast set up is ideal, it's not horrible enough to get my lazy butt off the couch to bridge the gateway as a modem and go back to my Apple networking or the band new in a box ASUS RT-68U that T-mobile gave when they were promoting wifi calling a couple years back ...
    03-01-2017 09:20 AM
  14. bamf-hacker's Avatar
    I have 2 Airport Extremes and 3 Airport Expresses to blanket my house with WiFi, but I am seriously considering switching to the new Synology ac2600 router. The features intrigue me.

    Plus lately I have been getting way slower speeds when not right next to the main router.
    03-01-2017 03:53 PM
  15. xMatter's Avatar
    Shoot I'm still using an old LinkSys router from when I got my first place in 2008. Nine years later and it's still pumping out Wi-Fi! #dontjudgeme
    I still have my old Linksys and it still works as well, to bad it's only G. Linksys was fantastic before being sold to Cisco and then Belkin. At my job we won't even consider Cisco anymore.

    I am intrigued about the Extreme, hence this thread.
    03-01-2017 04:10 PM
  16. xMatter's Avatar
    I have 2 Airport Extremes and 3 Airport Expresses to blanket my house with WiFi, but I am seriously considering switching to the new Synology ac2600 router. The features intrigue me.

    Plus lately I have been getting way slower speeds when not right next to the main router.
    The Synology router does have some sweet features, more than I actually need. I'm looking for a somewhat basic AC router that won't crap out in a year or two.
    03-01-2017 04:12 PM
  17. blaine07's Avatar
    I had a horrendous experience with Netgear 7500. Now I switched to ASUS 88U. Highly recommend it personally. It has enough power to get you through today and well into the future Having the 8 Ethernet ports is handy. My network has a plethora of apple devices, PlayStations, TVs etc and this device handles it all well. My ISP is cable and I get over 200mb download on WIFI. Quite Amazing IMO.

    ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless-AC3100 Dual Band Gigabit Router, AiProtection with Trend Micro for Complete Network Security https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016EWKQAQ...mUvbUpU2905823







    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads...outer.2020339/
    03-01-2017 11:37 PM
  18. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Leo Laporte was just talking about the Ubiquiti Amplifi HD on MacBreak Weekly. It's probably the most affordable mesh setup available today but it's also his favorite (even though Eero is a show sponsor). Retails for $350 but you can get it cheaper if you Google around.

    https://store.amplifi.com/products/amplifi-mesh-system

    Seriously considering this. I've been waiting for mesh systems to come down in price.
    03-02-2017 06:02 AM
  19. Tartarus's Avatar
    I'm using something that's called ConnectBox. It's a provider issued modem/router and it's dual band. I'm loving it since it supports simultaneous dual band.

    03-02-2017 06:21 AM
  20. Sherry_B's Avatar
    Our wireless access point is a TRENDnet (it attaches to the ceiling and looks like a smoke alarm), and our router is a Ubiquiti Edge Router PoE.
    Tartarus likes this.
    03-02-2017 05:42 PM
  21. Sherry_B's Avatar
    Leo Laporte was just talking about the Ubiquiti Amplifi HD on MacBreak Weekly. It's probably the most affordable mesh setup available today but it's also his favorite (even though Eero is a show sponsor). Retails for $350 but you can get it cheaper if you Google around.

    https://store.amplifi.com/products/amplifi-mesh-system

    Seriously considering this. I've been waiting for mesh systems to come down in price.
    We just bought one of these (showed it to my fiance' and he immediately bought it (using an x-mas gift card) after looking at the reviews for it on Amazon) and it's sitting on my desk waiting to be installed. I'll see if I can't get him to post here for you and let you know if it was easy to setup and how well it works.

    Our router and wireless access point has been giving us issues for awhile (they're old), so it was time for an update!
    Rob Phillips likes this.
    03-04-2017 12:14 PM
  22. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    We just bought one of these (showed it to my fiance' and he immediately bought it (using an x-mas gift card) after looking at the reviews for it on Amazon) and it's sitting on my desk waiting to be installed. I'll see if I can't get him to post here for you and let you know if it was easy to setup and how well it works.

    Our router and wireless access point has been giving us issues for awhile (they're old), so it was time for an update!
    Nice! Let me know how you guys like it. Apparently setup is a breeze.
    03-04-2017 12:41 PM
  23. TurboTiger's Avatar
    I've had the new Linksys Velop for a week. (you know the mesh thing)
    Works great.
    Reaches all areas of inside my house and the three spots outside that I frequently use.
    Easy setup & connect. You need to use their app to set it up. Easy.
    So far so good.
    Good Luck
    03-04-2017 05:59 PM
  24. Papajin's Avatar
    Nice! Let me know how you guys like it. Apparently setup is a breeze.
    Seems pretty decent so far... Speed is much improved. Coverage isn't nearly as good as I expected considering we have the main unit and 2 satellite units as compared to our old single access point. I was hoping to have good coverage in our driveway as our old unit tended not to reach, but even with one of the satellite units plugged in perhaps 25 feet away, the signal is fairly weak in the driveway, though functional at least.

    Setup was fairly simple, though the included docs in the box only specify a standard router setup only when I wanted to use it in a bridged setup. Still a quick search found a KB article on the subject so it was still fairly easy.
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    03-10-2017 04:43 PM
  25. xMatter's Avatar
    I use the Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11AC.
    Have you used any other brand for comparison?

    Price points are always a concern, but my experience with Apple products is you get what you pay for. So… I don't mind paying more for the Extreme.

    As for paying that price for a Netgear or Linksys, I'd say forget it. Those products have only lasted months through my experience.
    03-10-2017 04:58 PM
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