Hi. I need advice on buying a router. I'm using an IMac, a model from circa 2007, running Mountain Lion.
My current router is an old Apple Airport Extreme base station that I bought on ebay. It's the 802.11g model. Unfortunately, my wifi connection has started frequently dying and I have to reset my cable modem and the base station. I wasn't sure, until recently, whether the issue was with the cable modem, or the base station, but someone else told me he'd had similar issues in the past with the same base station. Also, my internet connections never dropped before I'd set up wifi, when I had the ethernet cable connected directly from the cable modem to my IMac.
My needs are modest. My download speeds are only 15Mbps. And my apartment is small -- only about 600 square feet. And my wifi-capable devices are the IMac, an IPod Touch and a cheap Android phone. So, I don't need a very powerful router. It's why I purchased the Airport Extreme that I currently have. New routers, especially Apple's, seem like overkill because I don't need their power and bandwidth capabilities. Consequently, I'm thinking of finding another used router on ebay.
So, I would really appreciate suggestions of particular makes and models. I'd ideally like to find one that's as inexpensive as possible. The other major factor is the ease of setting up and configuring the router.