So Now That Apple’s Airport Line Is Dead, What Should You Look To As A Replacement?

Last week the news came out that Apple was getting out of the wireless networking business. That led to the question of what wireless networking gear should you look to if Apple isn’t making their own gear anymore. I’ve got some suggestions that could help you depending on the type of user you are:

For someone who has a large home: The Linksys Velop

Mesh wireless networks are great for ensuring that large homes get the 802.11ac with MU-MIMO tri-band WiFi coverage that they need. And my current pick for that is the Linksys Velop. Setup is easy, each node can cover up to 2,000 square feet of real estate, and you have options in terms of getting the number of nodes that you need to fit your use case. If you have a large home, this has to be your first choice. By the way, Linksys has just announced a lower priced dual band version of the Velop.

For someone is a gamer or who wants speed above all else: The Netgear Nighthawk X8

Frankly, this is the fastest WiFi router I have ever tested as it was close to maximizing my gigabit Internet connection of WiFi. It allows you bond two Ethernet ports to double the bandwidth to a device that supports it (a NAS for example). And its signal range isn’t too shabby either as it managed to reach places that other routers struggle to reach. Best of all, it does this at a very attainable price point. If you’re a speed daemon or a gamer, this should be your first choice.

For someone who is security conscious but still wants speed: The Asus ROG Rapture AC 5300

Asus aims this router at the gaming crowd. But I’ve argued that for the slight speed penalty that you give up for getting it (and I do mean slight as it was only a hair behind the Nighthawk X8), you get a feature set that includes some top notch security features for your LAN that will protect you from being pwned. On top of that, it has many of the same features of the Nighthawk X8. It’s not cheap, and its looks are kind of polarizing, but you won’t go wrong if you pick one up.

While it is disappointing that Apple is out of the wireless networking business, you do have options out there that are just as good as the stuff that Apple made. The three products above are great examples of that. Just pick the use case that you fit, and you won’t be disappointed with your choice.

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