Airport Extreme question

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  1. iAtom macrumors member

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    I am planning to buy a 15" Powerbook. I want to be able to use wireless internet around my house. Is there any real reason why I would need to buy Apple's Airport Extreme base station as opposed to a less expensive 802.11g base station?

    One in particular that I am looking at is made by Netgear and I can get it here for $64.99 which would save me $115.

    I don't know anything about wireless internet so any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. krisjon macrumors regular

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    No. A lot of people run other wireless routers with the built-in AE card. The AE base station is just a really nice wireless router and is a little easier to configure/setup because of Apple's software. That's it.

    I'm no expert, but the one you mentioned should work fine.
     
  3. 0s and 1s macrumors 6502a

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    No need buying the Apple base other than its cool look. I purchased a wireless g router from eBay for $40 and it works perfect with a mac and pc connected to it.
     
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Best Buy, CompUSA, and TigerDirect have all had recent sales of g routers. I saw prices in the $20's (after rebate). Check your weekly ads and find a one.

    Personally, I've had less trouble setting my d-link up than my roomate had setting is airport base up. We both have *books and linux boxes. He had is powerbook up in 1 minute, but it took almost 2 days to get his linux box on it. I had my ibook and linux box on my d-link in about 5 mins.
     

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