7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2013 10:31 AM by luxuryliner67
parkskye Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

HI,

 

I am not very technicial but here goes.  I have a Netgear N150 wireless modem router DGN 1000. from that I have 2 ethernet cables going to my Mac and my wifes p.c. I was thinking of upgrading the router as its quite old now, If I buy an apple airpot express or extreme will this do the same job, I am also looking to get a wireless signal about my home for my I Pad and smart T. V.  I still want my Mac and my wifes p.c. hard wired to the router.

 

Thanks

 

M

  • LowLuster Level 6 Level 6 (12,050 points)

    Yes any router, which is what the Apple Airports are, with WiFi built in will work. It doesn't have to be branded by Apple.

     

    Personally I don't care for the Apple models. You need to install and use the Airport Utility app to be able to control them, make changes to them. With any other router all you need is a web browser to access the setup pages and all settings on the routers. Apple included that utility with OS X but for a Windows PC to have any access to its settings you have to install that utility and I don't think they have one for Linux.

     

    Also most other routers are less expensive and have more features.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (90,935 points)

    Correct. Note that as your old router is also a modem, you will have to keep it, because the AirPort Express hands Extreme aren't modems.

     

    You might want to keep your devices connected to the old router as they are connected through Ethernet. Then, you can use the AirPort Express or Extreme for other wired and wireless devices

  • parkskye Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks for your help.

     

    OK I should keep the netrear bit of kit, My Mac and my wifes pc are wired in to it, I am struggeling to get a wi fi signal upstairs for My i pad, If I get a airport express or extreme will this give me a strong signal to get connected to the internet upstairs do you think.

     

    Cheers

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (90,935 points)

    If you set it to extend your wireless network, they should work without any problem. Note that the AirPort Extreme may give you a better wireless signal. See > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4145

  • luxuryliner67 Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)

    Extreme model is better, can work both at 2,4 and 5,0 GHz bands, the latter avoiding interference with cordless phone, high tension electrical cables and many other thing.

    But I have a doubt: being "upstairs" may give you a low signal and low performance. How far are you going to be from the router? If the distance is too much you may need a repeater (happened to a friend of mine).

    Cheers

    Simon

  • parkskye Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    The router is really directly below where I want my signal upstairs. Will the airport extreme get plugged in to the area beside my Mac and the router. If I struggel to get a signal with the airport can I add a repeater upstairs, Is a repeater an Apple product ?

     

    Thanks

  • luxuryliner67 Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)

    Hmmm... I don't think Apple builds repeaters but (I'm not sure!!!) Airport bases can be made working also as repeaters trough Airpot Uitility's settings. Better get a third party dhceap repeater, IF NEEDED!!!

    Cheers

    Simon