Yesterday, I had a very lucky find. While cruising through Kijiji looking to see if I could find any deals worthwhile I stumbled across a brand new Airport Extreme Base Station for $80! Needless to say that I immediately contacted the seller and set up a time to pick it up.
I went out, switched out my Rogers SMC modem/router for just the straight modem, and then went to pick up the router. Upon getting it home, I noticed that Rogers had given me a faulty modem (the coaxial input fell out of the router when I picked it up) but after a quick walk to the closest Rogers plus, I got home and was on the internet within moments.
I've already noticed the speed increase from the 802.11n, up from 802.11g, but that is one of the smallest joys I have already gotten from this router. Right now I have our workhorse "family" computer that sits in the living room and runs Windows XP for just surfing the internet and serving as a media center for the Xbox 360, running online using Wireless G technology, while I run on the Wireless N band. I have tried to set this up on other Dual Band routers in the past, and it is a pain trying to get this to work, and most of the time it simply just downgrades the signal to Wireless G. With the Airport, I simply turned it on, and it figured all of this out on it's own.
My favourite aspect however, is the lovely usb port on the back, which currently has a hub plugged into it, which has: a 500gb External drive, a Two-drive External harddrive enclosure (with a 250gb and a 1TB drive in it) and a Canon IP 4500 printer. And with only running a simple wizard, all of them work perfectly.
All in All, I am very pleased with this router, and while it may not be anywhere near the power and complexity of those I work on at school, I have no problem suggesting this router to anyone I know.