Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Nov 2016 17:54 UTC
Apple

Apple Inc. has disbanded its division that develops wireless routers, another move to try to sharpen the company's focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apple began shutting down the wireless router team over the past year, dispersing engineers to other product development groups, including the one handling the Apple TV, said the people, who asked not to be named because the decision hasn't been publicly announced.

Apple hasn't refreshed its routers since 2013 following years of frequent updates to match new standards from the wireless industry. The decision to disband the team indicates the company isn't currently pushing forward with new versions of its routers. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the company’s plans.

You can pry my 2013 AirPort Extreme from my cold, dead hands. After a long string of terrible routers, I have nothing but positive experiences with it, and have zero intention of replacing it with anything else.

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Trouble Free Routers
by Peter Besenbruch on Mon 21st Nov 2016 22:43 UTC
Peter Besenbruch
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2006-03-13

I guess I've been lucky. In the mid 90s, I purchased a Linksys single port, wired router to go with my cable modem. I replaced it in 2011 with the newly introduced Linksys WRT45GL, which was really the old style 54G before Linksys had wrecked it. I flashed the 54GL with Tomato, added a bit in the router ad blocking, and turned it loose.

It reboots when there is a power failure. Otherwise, total stability. When people speak reverently of their trouble free routers, I know what they mean. I don't need the range or speed of N, or A-C. I like reliability. Amazon still sells this thing new. If they still do when this one goes, I'll get another one.

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