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    what router do folks use with their Mac? new router suggestions?
    Hi,
    I am getting a new Mac for home use and am ready to upgrade my wireless router as well. I have been using an Airport express for years, which doesn't support .ac.
    My new Mac will be 802.ac compatible . Another thing is I want to be able to hang a HDD off the router USB port and use it as shared storage.

    I want a router that works well with Macs.

    Any suggestions? ... good success stories?


    Thx,
    Rob
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    Hi Rob

    As I assume you live in the Sates (NH?), the best I can do is link you to this USA article comparing what they thinks are the pros/coms of the best five on the market:

    http://www.gadgetreview.com/best-wir...ng-mac-overall

    This might help too:

    https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-wi...view-2498.html

    Ian
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    Yes, live in New Hampshire.

    Ugh .. the better rated ones are > $200. I'm keeping my budget at $150 max.

    I googled this question and got all sorts of reviews with all sorts of results.
    My goal is a simple to setup router that is a step up from my AE.

    Years back I had a Linksys router and it was a PITA to setup and get configured properly.
    Now, I'm an old fart and have no patience for that. : )
    Plus, I've been spoiled by Apple products ease of setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by albireo13 View Post
    I want a router that works well with Macs.
    Quote Originally Posted by albireo13 View Post
    Years back I had a Linksys router and it was a PITA to setup and get configured properly.
    I don't think it's so much what router works well with Mac's...it's more about what you mentioned you want a router that's easy to setup.

    I have WiFi 2 routers. An older model Apple Time Machine (which of course has the hard drive inside for backups)...but mostly using the WiFi router supplied by my cable company (free).

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    As you mentioned with your old Linksys router...you want something easy to setup. Traditionally the manufacturers of routers went out of their way to make setup easy for Windows users...but usually left Apple users mostly in the dark. Definitely look for something that is easy to setup. Which may mean looking for a router that specifically says it has a setup procedure for Apple products.

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    You have to buy a router in the US?? In the UK your broadband supplier provides them, generally free.
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    I have Comc@st for my ISP and they do not offer wireless routers, or make any recommendations. I've already tried.
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    Apple still sells Time Capsules (Wifi Router + hard drive for Time Machine backups). I know it costs more ($299) than what you mentioned was your budget ($150)...but they are pretty nice & convenient.

    https://www.apple.com/shop/product/M...e-2tb?fnode=7f

    Then there's the Airport Extreme for $199. Same as the Time Capsule...but without the builtin hard drive for wireless backups:

    https://www.apple.com/shop/product/M...treme?fnode=7f

    Some folks are opposed to purchasing anything used. If you don't have an issue purchasing something used...I would go to eBay & purchase one of these units used & save some $$.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    This is the one provided by my UK broadband supplier. It provides wifi for my MBP, TV, digital recorder, iPhone and iPad, sometimes several at once. About 35 on Amazon. I use two wifi extenders plugged into my electric sockets.

    Don't know whether this will be available in the US, though it is manufactured in Taiwan http://www.mbreviews.com/d-link-dsl-...router-review/
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    Now, I'm an old fart and have no patience for that. : )
    Plus, I've been spoiled by Apple products ease of setup.

    Then blow your estimated budget and get the Apple AirPort Extreme that's only $50.00 over. And one of the top wireless routers made and easy Apple setup and support.




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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Then blow your estimated budget and get the Apple AirPort Extreme that's only $50.00 over. And one of the top wireless routers made and easy Apple setup and support. - Patrick ======
    As long as he realizes that Apple is out of the Airport making business and will likely drop support for their Airport devices when they become obsolete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    As long as he realizes that Apple is out of the Airport making business and will likely drop support for their Airport devices when they become obsolete.


    And by that time they'll probably need another replacement. Maybe.
    In the meantime it'll just work with easy setup.

    For my experience with our AirPort Express replacement, I wouldn't hesitate at all.




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    router upgrade from AEBS-n?
    I've been using and Airport Extreme-n Wifi router for many years now. It has been very reliable and I loved the plugnplay setup! Now, I am getting a new Mac 27"- 2018 with 802.11ac and think it's time for a router refresh.


    My setup:

    router in TV/living room
    4K smart TV and my Mac in same room, connected via Wifi to router (minimize cables)
    ipads and iphones either upstairs or in finished basement

    I know I should use cable connection for the Mac and the TV (same room as router) and I may still do that but, my wife isn't too keen on the idea of running cables in the room.

    So, I am considering upgrading router to the AEBS-ac, the .ac version of the Apple router. I know it's not the fastest out there but, at least it doesn't look like a big, black alien spider sitting in my living room!

    I also like Apple's ease of setup of the Apple router.


    Question: Is the newer AEBS-ac worth the upgrade from the AEBS-n? Will I see a difference?

    Are there better options/router models that are just as easy to setup?


    Thx.
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    I'd like a router with good range. The Google OnHub looks interesting.
    Anyone use one?
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