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I've been tasked with finding a new router for our office. Our budget is about $200, but would like to get the best deal we can. There are a lot of options! I have been able to narrow it down to 4:
ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router
NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
Cisco Linksys WES610N Dual-Band N Entertainment Bridge with 4-Port Switch
Apple Airport Extreme Gen 5
Any thoughts/experience with any of these, or do you have better suggestions?
I think I have it narrowed down to the Asus and the Airport.
The Asus is a bit faster, and has better range, but the Airport can be extended with the Express stations.
Has anyone had any good/bad experiences with the Airport in a business environment?
Is the Airport really worth the extra money? Any router can use range extenders.
Just as an FYI - all decent routers should be range-extendable with repeater stations/hubs etc.
We've had two basic Netgear routers covering our warehouse space with a bridged repeater router, acting as a dumb slave, at the other end of the building. It caters to about 20 people adequately enough.
imho, I'd only get an apple router if i ONLY had to cater for apple computers. Not that PCs are shit and don't work well - more that (in my opinion) Apple products work very well with their own kind, less so with other tech.
That's just, like, my opinion man.
Our office is about 95% apple computers, but we currently use a NetGear router with reasonable reliability. Mostly looking to upgrade for a speed and range boost. We are a design firm so we rely on our network and internet to be working all the time. So speed and uptime is a big selling point.
Good to know about range repeating, Ill have to try again.
Thanks for the thoughts guys, Im leaning toward the Asus as of right now.
imho, I'd only ever get networking equipment from network-centric manufacturers...
The Netgears, Ciscos, Linksys', D-Links of the world.
We recently replaced a Netgear (after over 8 years of devoted service.. poor thing) and, although we ended up just going for another Netgear (replete with gaudy flashing blue fucking LEDs) I did seriously consider 'Billion' Brand, which had good reviews and a lot of bang for its buck.