By Todd Bernhard
People often ask me how to get better Wi-Fi reception throughout their house. I recommend Apple's AirPort routers, especially if the person is an iPhone and iPad user. The free AirPort utility app makes it easy to find and configure the routers, plus you can add a USB hard drive or printer to the AirPort router and access them wirelessly.
At $99, the AirPort Express Base Station is on the pricey end, despite its advanced features; but fortunately, you can get one for less. Staples has them for $86 for a limited time. Bes tBuy often has them, refurbished by GeekSquad, for as low as $59.99. Apple also has officially refurbished models for $65. While you might be apprehensive about refurbished products, keep in mind that these devices have no moving parts so there's very little that can go wrong. However, I have bought some from BestBuy that were still configured for their previous owner. It's not too hard to reset them to factory new condition, using the app, but still I was surprised BestBuy hadn't done that. For $5 more, you can get one certified by Apple, so that's probably the best bet.