Both have been entirely painless and have performed extremely well. The older of the two served for a decade without so much as flinching the whole time. Software support for them has been great and as far as I know, no Airport has ever been subject to mass exploits.
I’ll keep using my last gen extreme for the time being, but I don’t look forward to shopping for a new router when the time comes. There are plenty of options with great specs/performance but with nation-states and botnet owners exploiting huge numbers of routers with increasing frequency I worry about getting caught with a vulnerable unit. The firmware quality that many mainstream router companies ship their routers with is shockingly bad.
So unless you support IE6 users on your website too I don't think there is a particular reason to support an even smaller, less significant userbase.
(If your SSL/TLS settings on your website are even remotely modern and you use SNI, which everyone in the internet does, IE6 won't even bother opening the webpage at all)
In any case I guess that means no hope for an APFS update to Time Machine to make backups faster and more stable.
Apple added Time Machine support for SMB (Windows) shares in Sierra IIRC. So no need for a Time Capsule or any sort of netatalk/avahi Linux setup to emulate one.
See here for details:
""The most popular server features—Caching Server, File Sharing Server, and Time Machine Server—have been bundled with every installation of macOS High Sierra since its release in fall 2017, so that even more customers have access to these essential services at no extra cost.""
None as simple maybe, but I'm not sure I would say none as good. I switched from a Time Capsule to a Synology since the Time Capsule was so slow at disk access (max 20 MB/s)
I found TM painfully slow, and the file recover UI is just horrible.
Someone else pointed out that they rolled Time Machine Server into High Sierra as a file sharing option so hopefully that's enough to keep the feature alive...
I would love to buy an updated AirPort device if they get back to making them again, though.
It's weird, but I really appreciate that the Airport Extreme looks nice and doesn't look like giant mechanical spider. I've looked at Google Wifi, Eero, and OnHub, but the deal breaker for me is that they only have 1 ethernet port. It's mostly laziness, but I don't want to have to buy a switch. Netgear's Orbi is nice, but I'd rather wait until it actually kicks the bucket before spending $400 on a router.
I know the software is good, but the snake oil... Oy.
e.g. https://github.com/volumio/shairport-sync compared to https://github.com/mikebrady/shairport-sync
But thank you - this lead to finding https://github.com/badaix/snapcast
And I don't see ISP has any incentive to improve it.
Apple's router were definitely not the fastest, but they were dead easy to set up with Apple devices, and ultra reliable. Compared to routers few years ago, they were either, easy to crash when you push them to limit, easy to over heat, crashes every few months or once a year.
I think things has got better, but still no match for Apple. From Netgear, ASUS, DLink. Ubnt is great, but it is way to prosumers. I wish they could do consumer product that is dead simple to set up.
I have heard good things about EERO, but I haven't had a chance to test them yet.
What’s the next best router out there in terms of coverage, reliability and ease of use?
Instructions on how to activate it:
1. Significantly more expensive.
2. Hasn't been updated in years.
No questions about that, as a matter of fact I just bought an iPad Pro, which is positively awesome on so many levels. The iOS ecosystem is thriving, but I'm talking about the Mac ecosystem, not Apple as a whole.
So sure Mac laptops are great†, yet:
- Mac Mini not updated in years
- Mac Mini with four cores killed years ago
- Mac Pro not updated in years, after not being updated in years
- iMac Pro entry price is far north of 5k€
- iMac are stuck with 8GB, spinning rust, or fusion drives, which means no APFS. "stuck" because RAM and SSD upgrade prices are completely insane, which makes you enter iMac Pro territory.
- MacBook Air neither killed nor updated in years (seriously, that screen? I'm not asking for Retina at that price point but it's just objectively awful by every metric right now)
- Airport team has been reassigned/fired months ago.
- Airport devices are being killed (which is not a surprise given previous point) which is a shame in itself given how awesome they are.
- This means no official support for networked Time Machine, short of using macOS Server by buying one of the above desktop machines.
- Xserve died long ago, which means having a proper CI is hell††, running on either antiquated or unfit (hence overpriced and overspecced for the task) hardware.
- macOS team has been folded into a more general team, with iOS largely taking the fair share of it.
- This show a lot, especially compared to things that exist in both, like the Mac App Store is a joke, and OS updates being unreliable.
At that point, and despite Tim Cook proud announcements that they love the Mac, when taking a step back and looking at the big picture, although individual devices are nice, it sure looks like that ecosystem has growing holes and is proceeding through inertia. I'm eagerly awaiting future developments regarding the desktop/headless side of things over the coming years. As a thought experiment, that makes for interesting times to picture Apple without a Macintosh ten years down the road!
> and the industry follows in its wake, slowly saturating the market and maturing allowing Apple to shift its focus to the next under served user.
Privacy, reliability, ease of maintenance, hardware spec consistency, I can't find an alternative right now, the closest being getting a Lenovo laptop and some Android phone, and loading them up with ArchLinux and LineageOS, but that's high maintenance and still falls short on some of my use cases.
† Although I'm holding back the upgrade of my early 2013 13" rMBP because the MB I need doesn't exist (13", function keys + CPU w/ dual fans and 4 USB-C of the TouchBar one). A 2k€ machine from 2018 would basically be a downgrade (or at best even out) from my 2013 one, which is, somehow, a testament to how awesome my current machine is.
†† Leading to either you make-doing with your own hardware, or paying terrible price for cloud offerings. Seriously, Apple should allow virtualisation outside its own hardware for CI purposes.
Speed also dropped by 50% if I only use the google wifi directly with my modem
I am currently talking to higher tier google wifi support to see if I can do anything about it
I am both my family and our street network admin. A condition now is for them to replace with Google WiFi as makes my life so easy.
Suspect you have an issue somewhere besides the GW. They are about as rock solid as you can get.
What is really cool if you admin multiple networks the app makes it super easy.