USB Ethernet or AirPort Express?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by smagdy, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular


    I canceled the USB Ethernet to let my MBA get delivered faster..

    So now I am thinking, isn't it better if I get AirPort Express instead of the USB Ethernet?

    I want to know if I understand it correctly!

    Instead of plugging the USB to MBA then plus the RJ in the USB, then i will plug the Airport Express to the RJ and connect wireslessly .. Right?

    What do u think of that?
    I know its more expensive but does it work well? I think its only problem that it doesnt support N-Draft yet!
  2. macrumors regular


    although n would be a bit faster than g, the airport express works well, and yeah its a much better idea than the dongle. Its a MBA, the whole point is to be able to have it on your lap anywhere in your house, or on the go.

    Get the express.
  3. macrumors regular

    Thanks, I will even try to find used one (until they make N-Draft version) could be same price as the USB Dongle :)
  4. macrumors 6502

    Absolutely a great idea. Even in a Hotel room, why would you want to be tied to the cable? This is the way I am doing it...


  5. macrumors regular

    Great that I canceled my USB Ethernet then :) though it helped in just 1 day less for MBA delivery but better than nothing..
  6. macrumors member


    This is a big question for me

    So this is the big question I have. Has anyone actually used an Airport Express on the road?

    One of the reasons that I holding back on a MBA is its lack of an ethernet port. Using an Airport Express as a substitute sounds like pretty good idea. Using the Airport Express actually sounds better as I could use the laptop anywhere in the hotel room not just near the ethernet port.

    But will the connection to the hotel server work through the Airport Express?

    For example, I am in a hotel room that offers ethernet networking. Today I would plug my old laptop in using a network cable. Open the browser. A hotel website usually comes up asking me to OK the charge and/or agree to their terms of use. I do, and I am off and surfing.

    So here is the question.

    If I had a Macbook Air and an Airport Express, could I just plug the Airport Express into the wall, then connect it to the ethernet port in the hotel room? When I boot up my Macbook Air and open Safari would the same hotel website pop up? Is it that simple? Has anyone done this with any MacBook? What were your experiences?
  7. macrumors member

    So it should be.

    I notice ad-hoc networks all of the time in hotels. Either they are laptops which have been turned into routers as well or people have plugged in their own wireless routers.

    You tell the wireless router to get DHCP on the external port and you won't get access until you use a computer to go through the hotel's website.

    The hotel has no clue what is piping it the HTTP request - it just intercepts it and does not let it through until you authenticate yourself.
  8. macrumors 68040

    Phil A.

    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A93 Safari/419.3)

    I do it all the time with my mbp even though it has an Ethernet port and it works great. Apart from the fact that you can be wireless you have the advantage that you're behind a NAT firewall and more protected from other machines on the network
  9. macrumors 6502a


    smagdy, great to see you here on these forums, I just got my SSD today and will be selling at least one TZ, if not two, pretty soon! ;)
  10. macrumors regular

    I honestly don't believe that makes a difference.

    I ordered both together and the ethernet thing shipped and arrived last saturday. I'm still waiting for the MBA- it's waiting for a plane in Shanghai by the looks for it.

    Using an Airport Express is an excellent idea. It just won't work for me in some situations (In huge long ass meetings where all they give us is an ethernet cord). But if you have places were you CAN plug in a little router and get the ethernet cord to it, it'll work great for you.
  11. macrumors regular


    Lot of people in other thread saved 7 - 10 days when they canceled it, for me it saved just 1 day.. but it could be 2days in real..

    Why is that? Its bec the MBA was going to transit in Netherlands (1-2 days) to take with it the USB Ethernet, but now it will come directly..

    Also the shipment has changed from "Merge Transit in NL" to "Fast Shipping EMEA" :cool:
  12. PDE
    macrumors 68020

    I would recommend for travelling a wireless router that is MUCH smaller than the airport express: the belkin or d-link travel routers. The linksys travel router is good too, but slightly bigger than the other two.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Would you mind linking the one you are talking about? I have found they come with power transformers etc which is annoying to me. I like the Express because it is a single unit. Having said that, I would love to find a smaller unit!


  14. macrumors 6502a

    The Ethernet adapter is also useful for remote disc. It is hard to beat a 10/100 connection connected directly to the remote disc host.

    Plus, we're only taking $30 here, and I'm sure it'll come in handy, so I say both to the original question.
  15. PDE
    macrumors 68020

    Actually, this d-link is my favourite, but it does have an adapter even though it's very small. The thing itself is tiny, just a fraction of the AAE:

    Belkin has one that is almost identical. And the linksys one is:
  16. macrumors regular

    Sorry, I didn't get why do we need Ethernet Adapter for using Remote Disc ?
  17. macrumors member

    travel router

    I bought a Linksys WTR54GS ver 2.1 a few months back (was only $38). At the time, it had the best reviews, has no separate power supply (prongs pop out of the unit to plug straight into the wall). Also can serve as a wireless bridge, but the network it's bridging has to be unsecured (in that case, you have to connect your laptop directly to the secured network). It can create a WPA or WEP network.

    I've been happy with it - mostly just using it to create a wireless network in my home (the primary wireless router is too far away, and I have a cable run from it to my living area).
  18. jjd
    macrumors regular

    Yeah I do it all the time. Works perfectly. And of course if my wife is with me on a vaca trip, we can both surf wirelessly off my "network".

    But, I have never tried it with a corporate LAN. Like when I am visiting one of our other offices. I have a feeling it won't work though...?
  19. macrumors regular

    Just in Case

    I went ahead and burned the extra 29 bucks on the Ethernet adapter. I plan on using my MBA with WIFI as often as I can but sometimes I need the LAN connectivity. some clients I visit only have Ethernet connections and not Wifi, but I do have a Verizon broadband card for those times when I away. HMMM come to think of it, I may not need this 29 dollar part after all. But, for those 3 times a year when I do, i will have it.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    You don't "need" it, but it is faster. Even at 10/100 Ethernet can still be faster than 802.11n. This is especially true if your MBP only has 802.11g like mine does.

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