Which airport should I get?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by moot, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. moot macrumors regular

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    #1
    I have a one-year-old G3 ibook. After tripping over the ethernet cable numerous times I have sort mangled the slot in my ibook. It still works but I need to jiggle the cable around a little, and then keep my ibook static on a desk, if i move it too much I loose the connection. Oh well...

    So I decided it's about time to go wireless. Because Apple doesn't show it cares about its customers who dont have the latest gear I am relegated to buying an old-style Airport card and not the fast extreme version. In retaliation for this I have decided to not give my money to Apple but buy second-hand goods.

    Only thing is, which base station should I get? The original one is really cheap or should I pay more for the second-version or even go for an Airport extreme base station. Or should I not bother with Apple at all and buy a base station from a different company.

    Of course I would like an Airport express but as I only have Jaguar I have been s*****d again. There is no way I am shelling out for Panther just so I can use an Airport expresss and with Tiger on the way, now would be pointless.

    Anyway, does anyone have any ideas. I have only one computer and so am not creating a network. Just need internet access to my broadband modem.

    Any help would be great :)
     
  2. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    I'm not 100% sure on this, but if the card in the laptop is only supporting Airport (not extreme) - then you won't see any improvements in speed by buying an Aiport Extreme Base Station.

    Still, if you are considering a new laptop purchase, you might get the extreme model so that your base station will be up to date. Or go Linksys - WRT-54G.
     
  3. slughead macrumors 68030

    slughead

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    I'd get a longer cable, myself.

    802.11g (airport 2) is compatible with 802.11.b (airport 1). Don't buy an Apple unless you need features others don't offer.
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    You need to get the old Airport card, which is 802.11b. Any 802.11b rounter will talk to it. I have a Linksys setup that works fine. 802.11g is good for future-proofing, but you won't see any benefits until you upgrade. If you can afford to, I'd get a combo router/wireless router, so you can plug in directly as well as wirelessly without having two devices.
     

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