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AirPort Extreme 802.11n (5th Generation)
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- Package Content: AirPort Extreme Base Station, Printed documentation, Power cordFeatures, 1-Year Limited Warranty
- Connect your DSL or cable modem to the AirPort Extreme Base Station, then set it up with the AirPort Utility, available as download.
- AirPort Extreme works simultaneously on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, allows all devices on the network to use band automatically.
- Set up a separate Wi-Fi network with a separate password for your visitors.
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After reading the other reviews, I knew this was going to be quick and easy. I started a pot of coffee thinking I could enjoy a cup while plugging in the AirPort Extreme Base Station (AEBS) and configuring it. Here are the steps:
1. Attached an ethernet cable from the AEBS to my ISP connection. Plugged in the AC adapter and power cord. AEBS powered up. Status light flashed green for a second, glowed amber for several seconds, then flashed amber until the AEBS was configured from a computer.
2. From my MacBook Pro (wireless access works fine for this step), the airport utility app had already launched and was waiting for me (otherwise, go to Applications\Utilities\AirPort Utility.app). Followed instructions that included typing in a router name and two passwords. The default AEBS configuration selects channels and RF bands automatically to optimize speed.
3. Plugged a spare hard drive (in my case: Mac OS Extended (Journaled) formatted 1 TB HD) into AC outlet and the USB port. As soon as the HD had started, it showed up as a MBP network drive device on 'Finder'. I then created a folder, transferred a file, and read it back.
At this point, the coffee machine beeped to let me know my coffee was ready. I was done before the coffee was even ready - about three minutes from opening the box to being operational! Gotta luv it.
Basic Performance Testing:
Not about to let the coffee go to waste, I proceeded with some performance testing.Read more ›
My setup: 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, 1 PC, 3 Macs.
So, not being an Apple fan at all, I closed my eyes and bought the new Airport Extreme N because I'd read and heard many times about its speed and range and how outstanding they were. I deliberately purchased it so that I could return it without penalty. But I'm not taking it back to the store!
The Asus Black Diamond is a good router - but the Airport Extreme provided a much snappier connection at a notably greater distance. Once settling into position and speed, it is quite stable and impressively solidly built.
Four stars are because of the lack of clarity on the Apple site in finding the installation utility for Windows (7) and the fact that even their tech support wasn't very knowledgeable about Windows installation. The software could be better designed for Windows. Tech support should be more knowledgeable - they wouldn't discuss my Droid finding the router connection - they'd only talk about an iphone!
For Windows - two important hints: As of November, 2011, you are looking for the installation file called Airport Utility 5.5.3 for Windows; google was the fastest way to locate it. There also seems to be difficulty getting the setup utility to recognize the router when on 5g. Just move your connection to 2.4 and I've had no problem having the software recognize the router instantly in case you want to make channel changes etc.
So it's 5 stars for the Airport Extreme and I took back one star because of difficulties in dealing with Apple personnel and their site when it came to setting up for windows and/or any phone other than an iphone.
ASUS Black Diamond RT-N56U. This first caught attention because it has a so-called 'Printer Server'. For years I've been on the market for a print server to revive my old USB HP 990cse Professional printer but didn't want to spend the outrageous money for it. Here I am trying to upgrade my router and this included the added feature; so I'm actually killing two birds with one stone! Read the reviews, has good specs, good performance but I didn't like how it crapped out on people for no reasons after a few months.
ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band N900. Discovered this better one with a better processor. Read all about it, same thing -- router seems to go out for no reason. Though ASUS seems to reply on all the negative comments here on Amazon and offer to help, but according to the reviews it seemed like a merry-go-round process and never ending problems. This is definitely the last thing I needed when it comes to customer support -- especially for a near $200 router. For this, ASUS is definitely out of the game.
Linksys EA4500 App-Enabled Dual-Band N900. Up to about now, I realized that most routers have at least one USB port on the back to host either an external Hard Drive or Printer.Read more ›
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It was all that I researched and the seller shipped it on time. Thank you.Published 1 month ago by James
this isn't a powerful unit its only good for 15 feet and after that it go down in strength, my old Motorola modem is a lot better, I wouldn't buy this for any distancePublished 1 month ago by Harold J. Souza
Hands down the best (by far) router I have ever owned or used. Once set up correctly this thing is rock solid and has handled networks with 15-20 devices simultaneously putting... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've always used non-Apple wireless routers but the Airport Extreme made it easier than ever to connect all my devices and signal rarely drops. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johnny Martyr
I have purchased five of these Airport Extremes for expansion of my home and work networks. I would recommend these for expanding a network if you can purchase them for $20-$40. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William Wallace
Works great. This is my first Wifi Router with NAS and i bought this one specifically for the NAS function. I have paired my NAS to TV via nexus player and works like a charm. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mudassar K