I recently upgraded from Windows to a Mac, and now I have two Macbooks. Would they work better with my wireless if I got an Apple Airport a/b/n router? (I couldn't find anything about this on Google or anywhere else.)

  • What doesn't work well enough with your current router that you are hoping to improve on? Are you having specific problems? The Airport routers work very well - I have an Extreme and several Express models, but don't just buy one because it's from Apple.
    – barryj
    May 8, 2011 at 8:31
  • the one i have is fine, but i was curious if there are any advantages of getting an apple router to match the computers. Similar to if you have a netgear router have better connectivity with netgear wireless cards
    – Drewdin
    May 8, 2011 at 14:12

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It's not so much that AirPort routers will work "better", but I can guarantee that setup of AirPort routers when using Mac computers is much easier than other routers. The AirPort Utility really makes setup a breeze!

This comes from years of experience as a network admin and having personally owned/used at least one of just about every major brand of home router. If you can afford an AirPort router, you won't regret the purchase.

  • Thanks for the info, i am not a network admin but i do consider myself network savvy. I have a netgear wndr3700 right now but i dont own any windows machines anymore. I figured that maybe an apple airport router might work better or be more compatible as both are made by the same vendor. I have to do some more research, thanks again!
    – Drewdin
    May 7, 2011 at 22:53

The Apple Airport router will work better in the sense that it allows you to use some additional features, including "Wake on Demand" (included with Snow Leopard):

The Wake on Demand feature of Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard lets your Mac continue to share items (such as music, printers, files, or your screen) when it is asleep.

  • thanks, are there any other goodies i should know about?
    – Drewdin
    May 8, 2011 at 1:58
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    You can stream music to speakers connected to an Airport Express.
    – Graham
    May 8, 2011 at 2:03

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