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Apple OS friendly wifi router recommendations

By dshihinski ·
Tags: Apple, Networking
Hi, I am looking for recommendations for a good router compatible with Mac OS? I also need the router to have about a 75 foot range so I can get a good signal in my work shop. Thank you.
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The real problem.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Apple OS friendly wifi ro ...

Is that 75 foot range. All the routers I've deployed and used in decades are Apple OS friendly. 75 feet is going to be a problem since it's most likely there are walls from here to there.

I suggest you work with what you have now and see if something (example follows) like this powerline WiFi can bridge the gap.

Example: https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-PowerLINE-1000-802-11ac-Gigabit/dp/B01929V7ZG/

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Good idea.

by dshihinski In reply to The real problem.

I didn’t know of such a gadget, do you recommend this? I’m not very computer savvy. Yes I got power from my home to the shop so the signal will travel though the wire is what you say?

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Yes.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Good idea.

Powerline kits are among the easiest ways to get from here to there.
Also, very easy to deploy (setup.)

Your last question seems to be about how they work. Here's a tutorial:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/home-networking-part-7-power-line-connections-explained/

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Router

by dshihinski In reply to Yes.

See why I’m asking is because someone told me you need only certain routers for Apple OS. That’s why I was asking. What is a good router if you don’t mind me asking because our old Asus crapped out and we dug out out old Apple router but it’s very limited and fairly slow even in the house.

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Have to disagree.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Router

While some really like Apple routers there's no need to get them. Example: Those hotspots at restaurants, offices and more work fine with Apple devices.

I don't know your budget but at our home we went with two routers. The one the ISP supplied and for WiFi 6 testing a Netgear AX12 unit (RAX120.) Remember that we get to test a lot of gear so WiFi 6 is a must have. Most can get by with units on almost all of the best seller lists like this one:
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Computers-Accessories-Computer-Routers/zgbs/pc/300189

My view is what I see there is all good. But I tend to stay away from the cheapest on those lists.

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Confused

by dshihinski In reply to Have to disagree.

I see on Amazon I can pick about 6 different ones under net gear AX12, not sure what one to pick, like I said all this tech is over my head. LOL

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Unlike Highlander.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Confused

"There can be only one" does not apply to routers. We pick them as to budget and need. Your choice as to the new WiFi 6 and budget.

For 99% or more of us, any of the routers on that page of about 90 bucks and up would be great.

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While very nice.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Confused

Most folk don't need to spend that much or need WiFi 6 today.

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"Expensive Overkill"

by mrmacfixit Moderator In reply to Confused

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