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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by twix123, Nov 26, 2011.
What wireless routers do you recomned for the ipad 2. What brand and how fast should it be.
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I don't think there any specific brands that you need to worry about. Any of the major players are fine. My iPad is working very well with Time Warner's new roadrunner extreme modem-router combination which is actually beyond b/g/n. Linksys, Netgear, Apples brand, etc, etc.
You shouldn't have any trouble using any of he major ones.
I'm gonna hijack this thread for a general router question.
Is there any value in having one of the newer routers? I've had one of those old blue Linksys routers for years. I notice that a lot of sites are running sales on newer routers that all claim to be faster than older models. Am I missing out?
Yes! I had one of those old routers and finally upgraded to the lowest price Linksys 1000 N router. The difference is very obvious....faster, more stable, more secure, and well worth the minor investment. In fact, wal mart had the Cisco Valet on sale for $25 on black Friday (same company as Linksys). I plan to install it at my moms house and she doesn't even use wireless....ha ha. It's for my occasional need when I visit.
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Well the 802.11 Wi-Fi wireless standards are well defined so that brands & models should all work fine w/ the iPad; speed is a main issue if you want to stream audio and especially HD video, so obtain the fastest standard possible if that is an issue (i.e. G or N, the latter being the fastest) - routers are inexpensive, so if you are only running the older B standard and need to stream AV at a faster & more reliable rate, then an upgrade would be a consideration -
The wireless N are not just faster but the range is considerably better and the integrity of the connection with multiple users is vastly greater.
Just to add to the conversation, as mentioned, the current standard, 802.11n is considerably better than it's predecessors in both range, speed and security. That said the iPad employs 802.11g architecture (fully compatible with 802.11n) but favors WPA or WPA2 security for a stable and secure connection, something that may not be available in older Wi-Fi routers (which generally only offer the older and not-very-secure WEP protocol).
The Apple Airport Express Gabriel recommended earlier is a good option. We have FiOS broadband and the Wi-Fi modem/router supplied by our ISP is in bridge mode so that I can utilize both an Apple Airport Extreme and an Apple Airport Time Capsule (which is basically an Airport Extreme with a built-in hard drive) in our house. Apple's Airport Extreme is pricer than standard Wi-Fi routers, but both it and the Time Capsule required almost no setup, no maintenance and work phenomenally well with our iPad and all of our "iDevices".
I am certainly no wifi expert; however, I have the Linksys 4200 and I LOVE it!!! So easy to set up for a lay person such as myself and it just WORKS!!! Works beautifully with my iPad 2 and iPhone 4. Very fast - faster than 3G.
When I am home that's all I use with my iPad as I am on the Verizon 2GB and would go broke otherwise without the router just using paid 3G data.
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