Hello everyone, sorry for the very late reply (I haven't been home much this summer and convincing my dad to upgrade took some doing from a distance).
We ended up going with the Airport Extreme and it looks like we'll be returning it; my dad had told me our phones were 2.4GHz, but he had forgotten we got new phones a while ago that were 5.8GHz (and whenever I was home for a short bit I always forgot to look at them for myself)...And, of course, as soon as you turn one on, it totally kills the 5GHz band from the AEBS. Since we're only using the 2.4GHz band now anyway, we'll return this one and I'll probably pick up the Buffalo router you suggested, NT50. It's $57 on Newegg/Amazon right now and that's like a third of what we paid for the AEBS.
I also managed to convince my dad to physically move the router to a different room (it was originally downstairs on one end of the house...Yuck!), and that has significantly improved the wireless coverage (I don't think we'll need to worry about doing WDS anymore, which is nice, even though we could buy 2 of those Buffalo's for 2/3 what we paid for the AEBS).
Too bad about the 5GHz, though. I had faster speeds on SpeetTest.net than I'd ever had before. If it wasn't for the phones we'd probably be keeping the AEBS, but since it's not worth it we'll return it and sped $61 total (including $4 one-day shipping
). And another upside is, I'll be able to mess around with DD-WRT
So thanks for the advice everyone! Wish I had had the information to accurately follow it earlier
. I guess it'll all work out in the end.
Well maybe we won't be getting the Buffalo. My dad would like a router with a USB port so we can move a printer, and the DIR-655 fits that bill (it's in stock at a local Office Max). I've got a feeling he'll want to go with that one.