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If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: May 10, 2011 08:37AM
what would it be? My brother needs to get one now so he's just going to go to Best Buy. I always order my Buffalo's but they don't carry them at BB. So what's a good choice? Netgear? Belkin? The Airport is too expensive. It's for his MBP btw.







Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/10/2011 08:38AM by bazookaman.
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: rz
Date: May 10, 2011 08:44AM
you gets what you pay for...
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: May 10, 2011 08:48AM
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rz
you gets what you pay for...

So you are saying the Apple router which costs 4 times more than a comparable non-Apple router is 4 times better?



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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: May 10, 2011 08:48AM
How about Costco?
Simultaneous Dual Band for $59
[www.costco.com]

I have installed one, they are pretty nice.

WalMart also has a pretty good selection for less money.
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: May 10, 2011 09:08AM
He prefers Best Buy b/c he has a Best Buy card...which is what I figured.



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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: kap
Date: May 10, 2011 09:14AM
LinkSys would be my choice.



SoCal for now.



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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: May 10, 2011 09:25AM
Never ever Netgear.

Never.

Ever.

At BB your only good choice would be a D-Link. Get one of the models with 3 antennas.
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: michaeld50
Date: May 10, 2011 09:27AM
I recently installed and configured a Netgear N600 for a client and was very impressed with its performance once I figured out how to turn off the darn blue lights!

[www.bestbuy.com]

Michael
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: May 10, 2011 09:31AM
I suppose that's what I get for asking for opinions.



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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: May 10, 2011 09:42AM
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michaeld50
I recently installed and configured a Netgear N600 for a client and was very impressed with its performance once I figured out how to turn off the darn blue lights!

They have lousy range, they drop connections, they heat up and they die early deaths.

Think about this: Any manufacturer who feels the need to put a big blue neon-looking light on their device is giving you a clue that it's a piece of cr@p.

How many cheap USB drive enclosures have you seen with lots of glowing lights on them? 'Same principle.
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: May 10, 2011 09:46AM
I agree with the never Netgear, worst tech support ever.

They have Belkin, and I used to get decent tech support from then, haven't tried recently.
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 10, 2011 09:48AM
I've had two Belkin routers die on me.
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: rz
Date: May 10, 2011 09:51AM
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bazookaman
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rz
you gets what you pay for...

So you are saying the Apple router which costs 4 times more than a comparable non-Apple router is 4 times better?

I would not agree that the ones at 1/4 the price are "comparable". Kind of like how PC laptops that are 1/4 the price of a MacBook Pro aren't "comparable".
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: Anthony
Date: May 10, 2011 09:52AM
I think you can get refurb AE for $100 or so.



Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. - Buddha...

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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: May 10, 2011 09:55AM
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rz
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bazookaman
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rz
you gets what you pay for...

So you are saying the Apple router which costs 4 times more than a comparable non-Apple router is 4 times better?

I would not agree that the ones at 1/4 the price are "comparable". Kind of like how PC laptops that are 1/4 the price of a MacBook Pro aren't "comparable".

Maybe 4 times is stretching it. But comparing a router to a full blown computer isn't quite the same thing. All you are paying for with the Airport is styling and easy setup. I don't think that's worth 2 or 3 times more money.



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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 10, 2011 09:56AM
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Anthony
I think you can get refurb AE for $100 or so.

New ones are $99.

[store.apple.com]

They're $69 as refurbs.

[store.apple.com]
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 10, 2011 10:05AM
Tell him to get whatever is on sale. It's pretty much a crap shoot anyway. If people here say never get a Netgear, then tell him to get whatever is on sale, other than Netgear. I paid the extra for an Airport and do not regret it.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: mattkime
Date: May 10, 2011 10:20AM
its a crapshoot. he'll buy whatever bestbuy wants to sell him.

its not that the router needs to be expensive, its just that most people can't tell the difference between a good router and a steaming pile of poo. (in fairness, its kinda difficult)



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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: May 10, 2011 10:21AM
Again:

D-Link.

Three antennas.

Easy to remember.

Hard to screw up.
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: May 10, 2011 10:25AM
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Chakravartin
Again:

D-Link.

Three antennas.

Easy to remember.

Hard to screw up.

Yup. That's what I told him. Unfortunately he needs it now and none of the 3 antenna D-Links are available in store. Nice. He's going to go check anyway and see in person.



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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: datbeme
Date: May 10, 2011 10:38AM
I prefer D-Link, and when I thought my router crapped out several months ago, I DID have to go to Best Buy because I needed replacement immediately. But they no longer carry D-Link—or at least they didn't in December. The Best Buy droid said he thought D-Link is no longer making routers and recommended Belkin. I knew this was BS, but since I needed a quick fix, I went ahead with it and figured I'd return if necessary.

I was actually pretty impressed with the ease of setup on the Belkin, but I eventually determined that my existing router was still OK. I thought about keeping the Belkin as a spare, but I didn't have a single ounce of guilt when I returned it to BB a couple weeks later.
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: May 10, 2011 10:51AM
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datbeme
I prefer D-Link, and when I thought my router crapped out several months ago, I DID have to go to Best Buy because I needed replacement immediately. But they no longer carry D-Link—or at least they didn't in December.

They had them in December. I sent quite a few people to BB to catch holiday sales on them.

The web site says they're available in stores.
[www.bestbuy.com]

...

If BB stopped carrying D-Link, that'd suck because other than the most expensive Cisco-branded Linksys routers they'd have no decent routers to sell.
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: May 10, 2011 10:56AM
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bazookaman
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rz
you gets what you pay for...

So you are saying the Apple router which costs 4 times more than a comparable non-Apple router is 4 times better?

Yeah; I was wondering the same thing.



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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: May 10, 2011 11:07AM
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DaviDC.
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bazookaman
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rz
you gets what you pay for...

So you are saying the Apple router which costs 4 times more than a comparable non-Apple router is 4 times better?

Yeah; I was wondering the same thing.

If he spends an hour or two messing around trying to get the Netgear or whatever else he gets working....yea. The Apple one is worth it. Plus, if he has Applecare on his MBP, the basestation is covered and he can call Apple or bring it in to a store to troubleshoot. Try and do that with a POS Linksys, Netgear, or Buffalo.



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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: Forrest
Date: May 10, 2011 11:14AM
I've bought two Netgear routers and never had a problem with either one. Most recent purchase was the Netgear WGR614 about three years ago.

Only router that ever died on me was an Apple Airport Express. It completely died after three years - no power.
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: May 10, 2011 11:25AM
I don't understand all of the negativity towards NetGear routers. The only problem I ever had with one was when I fried it trying to update firmware, that in hindsight didn't really need updating. Setting it up was very easy.

I bought 2 refurb AirPort Expresses & one still works while the other just up & died. I recall spending far more time & effort getting those things set up than I ever did on a NetGear router.

The notion that Apple routers are somehow superior is totally misguided, IMHO. Overpriced, yes; better, no.



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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: May 10, 2011 11:48AM
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Chakravartin
The web site says they're available in stores.
[www.bestbuy.com]

Negatory. If you look at the description, it says "Available online or order in store". So you can order them online OR go to a store and order them. If you select store availability, they all say "ship to store".



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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: May 10, 2011 12:26PM
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bazookaman
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rz
you gets what you pay for...

So you are saying the Apple router which costs 4 times more than a comparable non-Apple router is 4 times better?

I guess rz is saying that.

So, tell me: Where can I get a router comparable to the Airport Express for $24.75?

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All you are paying for with the Airport is styling and easy setup.

You forgot a few things like long-term reliability, flexibility, features and functions, etc.



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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: Gareth
Date: May 10, 2011 02:35PM
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bazookaman
Maybe 4 times is stretching it. But comparing a router to a full blown computer isn't quite the same thing. All you are paying for with the Airport is styling and easy setup. I don't think that's worth 2 or 3 times more money.

Airport Extremes have gigabit ethernet and simultaneous dual band wireless. Every try to price a regular router with those features? They aren't cheap. And then finding one in a brick and mortar store?

The one example I can think of offhand is the D-Link DIR-825. $150 @ Best Buy. Airport Extreme is $179.
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Re: If you HAD to by a router at Best Buy...
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: May 10, 2011 07:19PM
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bazookaman
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Chakravartin
The web site says they're available in stores.

Negatory. If you look at the description, it says "Available online or order in store". So you can order them online OR go to a store and order them. If you select store availability, they all say "ship to store".

You don't have the "Check Stock In Stores Near Me" option on the left side of the page? There are some in stock locally here. There were some in stock locally here. It now says that there are none within 50 miles.

Hmm... There's also a "Collection: Online Only" option that shows all of the same routers.

Okay, maybe as of today they no longer sell D-Link in their stores.

In which case, I suggest that you send your brother to Office Depot.
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