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Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Sugar Land, TX, USA
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I tried everything from Netgear, D-Link, Belkin, and one Linksys. The box's say stuff like 5X Range, *10X* Range etc. etc.... They were all within 10-15 feet of each other in my house and fell short. The top Netgear was the marginal winner so I went with that.
Then eveyone started streaming Netflix and marginal wastn't good enough so I added Amped Wireless extenders and all seemed good - except my new AirPlay setup didn't work.
Finally I found some good info about Bonjour needing to be supported and Amped Wireless confirmed they wouldn't work. (and couldn't give me a ETA on adding Bonjour support)
Sooooo.... I went out and got an Airport Extreme and Airplay was *perfect*. But I needed the Airport to act as an extender and it will but only other Airport routers. Sooo... I went and got another Airport to act as my central wifi router and that's when I realized the Airport Extreme's range reaches my whole house just fine!
But I did need local hardwired connections that were wifi'd back to the central router so it wasn't so bad except for the cost.
In fact is worked so well that I bought a third Airport Extreme for the other end of the house. I've never had it so good. Streaming 1080p Vudu movies with not one single hiccup for a few months now. Also as you move your laptop around the house (Windows 7) it seamlessly chooses/switches to the closest Airport for maximum connection and bandwidth. (I've attemped this setup serveral times in the last decade with other equipment and it was always flaky.)
Anyway, them's my results