Airport more expensive than APX

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SuperCompu2, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

    SuperCompu2

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    Why is it that the Original 802.11b Airport card is more expensive than the newer 802.11g Airport Extreme? It seems as though this should be the other way around.

    thanks
     
  2. liketom macrumors 601

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    supply and demand

    Apple does not make them any more , and demand is high

    hence prices
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Supply & Demand?

    Low demand, lower supply, higher price.

    Just look at the prices for really old RAM...
     
  4. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    yeah, the APX cards aren't backwards compatible with machines that require the original cards. that means there's still going to be a bit of a demand for them, and since there's no supply (not "new" supply, anyways), the price is high.
     
  5. SuperCompu2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks guys, i wanted to get an Airport card for a PowerMac I'm going to be buying in a bit. Anyone know of a cheap location for the older AP cards?

    thanks
     
  6. RGunner macrumors 6502a

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    A better idea for PowerMacs

    Buy a PCI Airport Extreme card which has the Broadcom (needs to be correct) chipset.

    Sonnet sells one currently that works flawlessly, and it supports 802.11G and B.

    Linksys produced one for a while, as well as Buffalo, Microsoft and several other vendors.

    Silly to pay $100 for 802.11b..

    The Sonnet is a sure fire fix. The other brands you need to research to find the right version of the card. I currently have a Sonnet, a Buffalo PCMCIA card and a Linksys PCMCIA, all look just like an Airport Extreme card (in a MDD, a Pismo and a once was Wallstreet).
     
  7. SuperCompu2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I couldnt agree more. I have a wireless USB adapter, but sadly its made by netgear (no driver support :( )

    i know a few buddies of mine that spliced their XBOX wireless adapters and used em, and they work great.

    I'll look into the sonnet card

    Thanks for the help guys
     

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