Something I read in today’s NY Times has us wondering whether or not we should put our AirPort Extreme out to pasture:
“How old is my router? If it’s more than five years old, you should definitely replace it. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission removed restrictions that had limited the wireless transmission power of Wi-Fi routers, allowing new routers to be 20 times more powerful than they were before. Upgrading to a newer router will probably be one of your most life-changing tech purchases.”
We figure it’s somewhere around 8-10 years old. But it works fine and we haven’t had any problems with it so far. We do stream Netflix From the internet and VOD and it rarely gets wonky, but the times it does we always attributed it to our service provider.
Should we stay or should we go? We live in an apartment, and the AirPort Extreme is centrally located; a mesh network wouldn’t be necessary. Would a newer router make a noticeable difference? Any suggestions and recommendations of routers would be most welcome.