Skip navigation

Does My Airport Extreme Handle Bandwidth Better than a Netgear?

374 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 16, 2013 1:44 PM by Tin Omen RSS
Hollywood Guy Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Dec 16, 2013 11:08 AM

This may be a random question.  Please forgive my long set-up.  (I'm somewhat ignorat when it comes to wi-fi.)


The wi-fi at my in-laws is extremely slow.  I've checked with their Internet provider and they seem to have a fast connection.  (I've also tested it with and it was fast on their hard-wired computer.)  They have a cheap NetGear wireless router and I'm thinking this maybe the problem.  My guess is that whenever multiple devices are connected to the wi-fi (like, when people come over for the holidays), the router simply divies up the bandwidth equally.  In other words, if they're getting 18MB/s and we have 9 devices that are connected to the wi-fi, each device is getting 2MB/s.  That obviously becomes a problem when we want to use more bandwidth on one or two of the devices (like watching a movie) while the other devices just need minor bandwidth (for checking mail or reading a webpage).


Here are my questions: Could that possibly be the case with that cheap NetGear router?  And, if so, would replacing it with an old Airport Extreme I have help resolve that problem?


Here are the rest of the details: The Airport Extreme I have is Model Number A1143 (I don't know how to tell if it's a MA073LL/A or MB053LL/A).  And, unfortunately, I don't know the model number on the NetGear wi-fi router.



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), Aperture 3.4.5


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.