which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

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which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by sil2017 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:59 am

I have Spectrum internet service with the Motorola surfboard S86141 modem.

It is time to purchase a new netgear nighthawk wifi to replace my old apple AirPort Extreme base station.

I have an iMac with Mac OS Catalina.

There are netgear nighthawk on sale at bestbuy:

Nighthawk AC2600, Model:R7000P-100NAS. for. $160

Nighthawk AC2300. Model R7400-100NAS for $90

I don't play video games but I do need wi fi internet to hook up my Arlo security system, internet surfing, phone, and smart tv.

Which of the above would be best?

I am not technically inclined so I want a very easy set up.

Also, if not the above two, what would you recommend? I like to get a good deal on cyber Monday if possible.

TIA

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by 9liner » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:14 am

My Netgear Orbi mesh WiFi system has worked flawlessly for my home. Most bundles are on sale now either as Black Friday or cyber Monday deals.

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by sil2017 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:22 am

I just read about netgear orbi.

Read the netgear website but it is so confusing. So many models . How do you know which one to buy?

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by regularguy455 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:36 am

9liner wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:14 am
My Netgear Orbi mesh WiFi system has worked flawlessly for my home. Most bundles are on sale now either as Black Friday or cyber Monday deals.
+1 on a mesh system. This is definitely the future of networking. It solves the noisy network problem, is scalable, and maintains stable speeds far from the primary router.

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by Dottie57 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:44 am

regularguy455 wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:36 am
9liner wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:14 am
My Netgear Orbi mesh WiFi system has worked flawlessly for my home. Most bundles are on sale now either as Black Friday or cyber Monday deals.
+1 on a mesh system. This is definitely the future of networking. It solves the noisy network problem, is scalable, and maintains stable speeds far from the primary router.
What do you mean about the noisy network problem? I live in a condo with upwards of 20 networks around me. Would mesh be a better option?

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by tedgeorge » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:46 am

if it's just you, then go with the cheaper one. It doesn't sound like you are going to be pushing the limits and its easy to setup. The nighthawk series is great and easy to manage. If you're having coverage issues, you can even add an extender to reach those far places. We have a lot of devices and only one older nighthawk router currently and it works fine.

If you're trying to cover a larger area, then mesh may be a better option. It's more expensive but might be worth it for coverage and convenience.

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by sil2017 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:50 am

I live in a single family house, 1400 square feet and only one level.

Which netgear orbi or nighthawk?

Most importantly is the compatibility with my Motorola modem, spectrum internet service (used to be time warner) and arlo base station.

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by apex84 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:56 am

When I wanted to upgrade from our Airport, I went with the Synology Router RT2600ac. The software is updated frequently. I am not a networking expert, but when I did my reading, concerns about security of routers seemed to be a problem.

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by 9liner » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:56 am

sil2017 wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:50 am
I live in a single family house, 1400 square feet and only one level.

Which netgear orbi or nighthawk?

Most importantly is the compatibility with my Motorola modem, spectrum internet service (used to be time warner) and arlo base station.
https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Orbi-Who ... s9dHJ1ZQ==

This may be slightly overkill (3 access points) for what you need but it’s a phenomenal price and cheaper than those systems with only two satellites.

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by Point » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:00 am

I replaced my airport network with the Netgear Orbi triband, and the modem for connection to cox with the Aris surfboard docsis 3.1 Gig modem.

It works extremely well. And it’s very fast.

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by regularguy455 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:02 am

Dottie57 wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:44 am
regularguy455 wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:36 am
9liner wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:14 am
My Netgear Orbi mesh WiFi system has worked flawlessly for my home. Most bundles are on sale now either as Black Friday or cyber Monday deals.
+1 on a mesh system. This is definitely the future of networking. It solves the noisy network problem, is scalable, and maintains stable speeds far from the primary router.
What do you mean about the noisy network problem? I live in a condo with upwards of 20 networks around me. Would mesh be a better option?
Potentially. The common alternative to mesh is using a wireless repeater. I tried this solution for years and the results were poor. After upgrading to mesh, all my connectivity problems were resolved (I bought Google WiFi).

Here’s a more in depth explanation of the difference: https://www.pcmag.com/news/363527/whats ... -mesh-syst

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by Conch55 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:07 am

I have a Nighthawk X4 AC2350 (R7500). It provides adequate coverage for two of us with generally 8 devices attached across the 2.4 and 5 GHz networks. It's a couple of years old now and cost around $130.

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by elcadarj » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:14 am

sil2017 wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:22 am
I just read about netgear orbi.

Read the netgear website but it is so confusing. So many models . How do you know which one to buy?
If you're a Costco member, Orbi-mini two pac, 4000 sq ft coverage for $129: https://www.costco.com/netgear-orbi-min ... 98382.html

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by sil2017 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:26 am

9liner wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:56 am
sil2017 wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:50 am
I live in a single family house, 1400 square feet and only one level.

Which netgear orbi or nighthawk?

Most importantly is the compatibility with my Motorola modem, spectrum internet service (used to be time warner) and arlo base station.
https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Orbi-Who ... s9dHJ1ZQ==

This may be slightly overkill (3 access points) for what you need but it’s a phenomenal price and cheaper than those systems with only two satellites.
Good price but can I just use one satellite instead of two when I set it up?
Also, amazon doesn't say free return so does it still have the 30 days return policy?

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Re: which netgear wifi for replacement of airport extreme base station

Post by 02nz » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:18 pm

I would recommend Eero instead. A 3-pack is an even better deal than Orbi, $160 today: https://www.amazon.com/Introducing-eero ... 07WMLPSRL/

A 3-pack of either is overkill, you need (at most) one satellite. You don't have to plug in the third if you don't want to. Or you can just buy 2 of the 1 pack, $70/each with today's Cyber Monday deal.

No worries about compatibility, I've used dozens of routers and mesh systems, none has ever had a compatibility issue with a Motorola modem.

Eero seems to get more consistently positive reviews than Orbi. Orbi's units are also physically HUGE (those things are almost 9 inches tall!), Eero is more decor-friendly. Orbi is capable of higher speeds because of its dedicated backhaul (Eero Pro has this but not Eero), but unless you have superfast internet service (faster than 200 Mbps) this is moot.

(I've not used either system, only Ubiquiti's Amplifi and Unifi systems and Google Wifi, which all work well, too. I'm a bit biased against Netgear as both Netgear routers I've used failed within a couple of years. And those Nighthawk things are hideous.)


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