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codycartoon
Jul 25, 2003, 12:36 AM
I was thinking of getting it...i have an iBook and it would be nice to wonder around my house and be connected... I have a dial up will it still be a decent connection? Whats the difference with airport extreme?

thanks
-cody

rainman::|:|
Jul 25, 2003, 12:52 AM
Well, dialup or broadband, Airport extreme wouldn't really help... It's more for networking, file transfers, etc. And anyway, your machine can take one or the other, and iBooks can't use AE. But it is a very convenient, highly adaptable, and highly expandable network option, i think you'l be happy with it... you'll be surprised how much use you get out of it...

pnw

macktheknife
Jul 25, 2003, 12:58 AM
Unless you have DSL or cable, wireless networking will not be worth it since it will be too slow. I currently have a wireless network set up in my house (SBC-Yahoo DSL) and it's wonderful to surf on the net on my laptop around the house.

As for the Airport Extreme vs. non-Extreme (802.11b vs. 802.11g), I would say it is not worth getting Extreme. The theoretcial speed of 802.11g is 54 mbps, but it rarely achieves it. I currently have a laptop equited with an 802.11g card and router, and I rarely get speed above 11 mbps.

tazo
Jul 25, 2003, 12:59 AM
yeah i would say if u would like wireless internet in ur house, its the only way to go. don't forget that you can take it to just about every starbucks and use it, and dont forget mcdonalds soon enough :)

Flowbee
Jul 25, 2003, 01:52 AM
Originally posted by macktheknife
Unless you have DSL or cable, wireless networking will not be worth it since it will be too slow.

I don't think it will slow down your current modem connection. You should be able to get the same speed wirelessly that you are getting 'wired'.

reflex
Jul 25, 2003, 07:04 AM
and dont forget mcdonalds soon enough :)

Now why would I want to get my beautiful mac anywhere near a greasy burger? :)

kylos
Jul 25, 2003, 09:08 AM
Dial-up or broadband, wireless is the way to go. Yes, you'll have a lot of unused wireless bandwidth if you connect through dial-up, but the point of wireless is to be wire free so the unused bandwidth is not an issue.

I'm almost completely wireless now; with my university finally getting the wifi net in I can now use my own laptop to connect at school so I can use my own bookmarks, have my email go to my own email client, and use my platform of choice. :D :D

Go wireless if at all possible.

maradong
Jul 25, 2003, 09:29 AM
Originally posted by macktheknife
Unless you have DSL or cable, wireless networking will not be worth it since it will be too slow. I currently have a wireless network set up in my house (SBC-Yahoo DSL) and it's wonderful to surf on the net on my laptop around the house.

As for the Airport Extreme vs. non-Extreme (802.11b vs. 802.11g), I would say it is not worth getting Extreme. The theoretcial speed of 802.11g is 54 mbps, but it rarely achieves it. I currently have a laptop equited with an 802.11g card and router, and I rarely get speed above 11 mbps.
well perhaps.
but with an 11 mbit airport you get about 3 mbit.

iPC
Jul 25, 2003, 12:40 PM
wireless is worth it. regardless of DSl or cable modem or 56k dial-up. to not be anchored to your phone line is very nice.

go for it! :D