Google VP Marissa Mayer Loves Apple’s Airport Utility

Google VP Marissa Mayer Loves Apple’s Airport Utility

Google’s button cute VP of Location and Local Services, Marissa Mayer, has long been a self-avowed Apple fan. Heck, she once nominated Steve Jobs as the 2010 Time Magazine Person of the Year, and now, she’s openly singing the praises of Apple’s Airport range of wireless routers on her Google+ account.

On Tuesday night, Mayer wrote:

On the router question, I went out and bought a Netgear N600 at Walmart that same night. But, I had continued problems even with the new router — with range and devices getting conflicting IPs (I have a bunch of phones, tablets, Tivos, Google TVs, Apple TVs, etc.). So, for Christmas, I asked for an Airport Extreme and 2 Airport Expresses (to chain together and create a mesh with better range). I set them all up last night, got all the devices connecting, and so far so good. It’s not really a fair comparison, since there are 3 routers to the Netgear’s 1, but iStumbler showed a lot more signal strength throughout the house, rarely less than 45%.

I was really impressed with Apple’s Airport Utility and how simple it made the set-up and chaining of routers. Hard to make the experience of setting up of a home network beautiful, but at least it was easy.

I kind of wish I had gotten a time capsule for backups, but I was pretty focused on getting a good router system. Plus, that’s what DropBox is for ;) +Aseem Sood +Jeff Bartelma

Wireless routers seem to be about the one thing Google isn’t trying to compete with Apple in these days. Maybe it’s because the higher-ups know they can’t do any better?

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  • Peter Hutnick

    “I kind of wish I had gotten a time capsule for backups [. . .]“

    She can plug in any USB hard drive and use it for Time Machine backups.  In fact, she can plug in a USB hub and connect several drives and printers.

  • Aj Tk427

    Anyone else want to chime in about them?
    My dlink router is pissing me off, I don’t know what it is, but it likes to either drop the signal, reset or I don’t know what but suddenly no wifi.  It’s only short, as by the time you flip out to the settings my iPad/iPhone have connected back up again.

  • FriarNurgle

    Somebody has a crush.

  • Tombo

    I got a 1tb Time Machine in 2009, still working like a charm. The wireless is nice too. A co-worker was selling a NetGear something something 3000 something wireless router, so I took it home and set it up. It exceeded the 1 hour patients limit I have with networking, so I ended up not buying it from him. It wasn’t any faster than my old TimeMachine, intact, seat of the pants, it seemed slower.

  • SkolVikes88

    Airport is a great setup.  I have three in my house with Charter cable and 5 computers, iPads, iPhones, Sonos, Roku all running great.  The new iOS Airport Utility makes it even better – don’t need to login to a Mac to configure/check things now.  They’re fast, simple and last.  I do recommend them highly.

  • Dean Inouye

    A minor quibble, but is it REALLY necessary to describe her as “button cute”?

  • imajoebob

    Beat me to it by 5 minutes.  That’s reprehensible.  Hey, Brownlee, have you ever written, “the dashing Jonathan Ive,” or “cuddly Mark Zuckerberg?”  Of course not – it’s ridiculous and unprofessional.  This is a VICE PRESIDENT at one of the biggest companies on the planet.  Practice your misogyny on your own time, or at least buy a copy of “Journalism for Dummies.”

    Inexcusable.

  • tMyers327

    I agree, The Airport Extreme is an awesome router and the airport utility is an awesome program.  However having both the older airport express and the N airport express..i can say they are utter crap.  I’m constantly loosing connections to them, and then when I go into the airport utility they don’t even pick up…i have to factory reset them if I want to attempt to fix them.  They are paper weights right now.

  • Brianna Wu

    Really. I mean, I look up to her as a role model. 

  • morgan3nelson

    Are you “butt ugly?” Is thy why you take offense?  Marissa is a Tech Darling in the Bay Area and no one questions that she is attractive.

  • morgan3nelson

    As soon as Google – and the Button Cute Marissa Mayer – get into the networking business the conspiracy nut jobs will have a heyday!

  • Scott Jordan

    Just curious, but are your iDevices running iOS 5?  Random bursts of spontaneous dissociation/association causing router reboots seems to follow our iOS 5 devices around.  This has been reported to Apple.

    Meanwhile, Apple’s current routers are indeed excellent but lack a QoS engine, rendering them a bad choice for homes or businesses which rely on VoIP.

  • Scott Jordan

    Not recommended by Apple.  

  • imajoebob

    How’s living in the 1950′s treating you?

  • ddevito

    Sorry bud – she’s too smart.

    Out of your league.

  • freerange

    Not sure what your problem is but mine works great! I use it to extend my network at work, and also use it on the road at hotels that don’t offer in-room wireless by plugging it into the ethernet connection. It is a great device that works every time for me. You may be experiencing some other problems. Try moving it closer to the Airport Extreme for initial setup and then relocating to your preferred location.

  • Joo Joo

    oh shit. Google will launch a Gport after this

  • Ian Malpass

    Does her physical appearance matter one jot to her being a role model? Of course it doesn’t. It’s utterly irrelevant to this story.

  • Peter Hutnick

    Is that true?  It wasn’t supported in the first release of Time Machine.  But I believe that this is fully supported with current versions of Time Machine and current AEBS firmware.

    Sadly, the Mac 101 page (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT… says, “Time Machine can’t backup to an external drive that’s connected to an AirPort Extreme”, but this is demonstrably false.  :-/

  • joewaylo

    I use the cable company’s router. They added all the codes and setup for me, right away I connected to the internet. Adding devices was simple too with some of them being WPS key ready.

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