airport or airport extreme

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by john forester, May 3, 2003.

  1. john forester macrumors newbie

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    Can anyone give me advice about opting for airport or airport extreme if i have a 15" powerbook (whose card capacity apparently won't let me take advantage of AE's higher speeds)?
    thanks, jf :confused:
     
  2. LimeLite macrumors 6502a

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    It's easy. If you plan on getting a computer that can utilize Airport Extreme, might as well get the AE base station now. If not, then the regular Airport is all you'll ever need.
     
  3. hugemullens macrumors 6502a

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    If your not getting a AE capable computer, just get a 802.11b router from best buy or somewhere. Dlink makes one you can find for 80 bucks and it works like a charm with airport.
     
  4. Macpoops macrumors 6502

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    AE basestations are cheaper then Airport basestations ever were. Yeah you can get a wireless router for cheaper but the Apple ones are soooooooooo easy to configure. Not to say the other ones are cause they aren't. The airport ones can be done by a blindfolded monkey.
     
  5. lmalave macrumors 68000

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    $200 is very expensive for a router whose benefit you're not even going to get. You can get a wireless router for well under $100. Here's an excellent D-Link model that I'm currently using, currently selling for $85:

    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=33-127-014&depa=1

    The admin is really easy, it's just web based. And for the typical cable modem setup like I have, you won't even have to change any settings. I haven't seen the AirPort interface since I don't have one, and I'm sure it's easy, but the difference in price between $85 and $199 is only worth it if you were actually getting the 5x faster speed of Airport Extreme, in my opinion.
     

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