Airport Extreme base station - do you recommend it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Vinny, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. Vinny macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking about buying an Airport Extreme base station. Can you guys give me some idea of how this performs? What are some of it's drawbacks (ie, compatibility, signal strength, security)

    I plan to use it with my new iMac as well as a PC notebook (w2k, fedora)

    I currently have a Netgear FM114P, which works pretty good. I've been wanting to get a new laser printer to use as a network printer, but the printers I'm looking at don't come with a parallel connection to mate up with my FM114P.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -Vinny

    Having more experience in this field than I care to admit, here's what I got for my home:

    The Apple Airport Extreme w/modem and external antenna connector.

    Why?

    Pros:
    -Robust fault tolerance
    -Robust interference tolerance
    -Configuration utility does not reside on the station (security)
    -Compatibility (haven't found an IEEE 802.11b/g machine that can't use it)
    -Most spherical Transmission space.
    -Compact.

    Cons:
    -Pricey (but worth it)
    -Needs periodic power cycling (I do it once a month)
    -Doesn't feature the ability to schedule connect-ability.

    Linksys:
    Pros:
    -Low-Cost (note the wording, I didn't say cheap)
    -Easy to find to buy.

    Cons:
    -Not very fault-tolerant. Hit it with too many wireless collisions and the transceiver will reset, thus dropping the connection for 2 minutes. Not a problem with less than three machines.
    -Antenna are all over the place - 'stringy'
    -Planar transmission space (relative to antenna position)
    -Administration is contained in-unit.

    D-Link:
    -Cheap

    Cons:
    All of the cons of the Linksys, but also has a very strange transmission-space shape: Two blobs. And the range fluctuates more than anything I've yet seen - so don't be near the periphery.
     

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