WiFi alternative

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Mikrowave Kandy, Jan 19, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2002
    What are some reccomendations for a Wireless
    router other than the Airport? I have an airport
    card in my ibook 500 and am looking for an
    inexpensive alternative to the Airport.
  2. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Re: WiFi alternative

    Perhaps the most popular one is this one:


    It's a Linksys product and runs around $130 or so. I have one, works well. also has ports and acts as a router.

    There are certainly others - but you can probably pick this one up at your local BestBuy

    You might want to keep an eye out for the new 802.11g routers though... and I believe Linksys is shipping one now... just so you have room to grow in the future.

  3. macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2002
    The new Airport extreme stations are 199 now down from 299. Which is comparable with most wireless base stations alittle more but comparable. Keep in mind most the stations are only 802.11b, advantage Airport. not that you have a 802.11g card but you might upgrade in the future who knows either way it's state of the art right now and it'll be that way for a while.
  4. macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    get an airport extreme base station. it's $199 and also is backwards compatible with 802.11b. 802.11g is probably going to rise in popularity once people start using it and use becomes widespread.
  5. macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    Get the Linksys one when it gets released...it has better range (because of the external antennae), and might be cheaper.
  6. macrumors 68020


    Oct 28, 2001
    Greensboro, NC
    the airport extreme base station is the best choice hands down. it has a usb port in it for a wireless print server. it has 802.11g and .b capabilities. its only $199.

    i will be getting rid of my SMC router next month to get the airport extreme.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2002
    Prospect, KY
    I too am in the market for a WiFi system, and it looks like the only one that will fit my needs is the AirPort (the one with the 56K modem). Did anyone else notice that the AirPort with the 56K modem includes an external antenna port, while the broadband AirPort does not? I wonder, why?
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2003
    Greenville, NC
    Wifi alternative

    You could consider the D-Link I just hooked mine up tonight 1-19 and have a good signal all over the house! I bought it at Office Depot for 78.00 bucks after rebate and in store discount.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2003
    Western Hemisphere
    I'll love to get an AE base station for my home but will my spouse's windows machine be able to use it with her equipment?

    The linksys I think works with windows/mac combos.

    Any insight?
  10. macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    Sure, the AE base should work with the Windows machine. These things are pretty generic. The $78 one sounds like a great deal; I wonder if they're closing them out because the 802.11g ones are coming.

    Since 11Mb/s is plenty fast for home networks, there may be some great deals available on older models.
  11. macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2002
    Buy a Linksys

    I'd get the Linksys WRT54G wireless router. It's 802.11g so it is backwards compatible with your Airport card and allows for future upgrades. It is also going to be $129.99 from Amazon.com with free shipping which is significantly cheaper than the Airport. It also has much better range.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2003
    Greenville, NC
    Wifi D-link with window and Mac

    I am using the $78 D-link with two windows machines and my Tibook. I hardwired the peecees to it and configured it from one of them and then set up my airport card without a hitch. The speed is great on my notebook.
  13. macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2003
    I'm not sure why Apple went with 802.11g. Yes it has an equivalent data rate as 802.11a, it is compatible with 802.11b and they are both on 2.4 ghz spectrum.

    But apparently many corporations are actually looking at 802.11a (and don't seem to care about 802.11b compatibility) on the less cluttered 5Ghz band and being pushed by Intel. There is some chip called Centrino being developed to give a combination of 802.11a (5 Ghz) and 802.11b(2.4 Ghz). The WI-Fi alliance has approved 802.11a now too.


  14. macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    noone seems to have mentioned that for 299 you get an AE base station with USB print sharing (for older OS9/8 macs mainly) and the ability ot connect an external antenna.

    IMO get the apple. i dont know about linksys but i have found that when yo get an apple comp and apple scanner and an apple printer and other apple accessories your life is so much easier.

    but then how many people remeber the apple scanners and printers??
  15. macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2003
    linksys 54g

    the linksys 54g is on sale now for $149 which is fifty dollars cheaper than airport extreme. i'd go with that if price was something that mattered to you but hands down i'd always go with an apple product.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2002
    The prices for AE Base stations are 199 and 249. The older base stations sold for 299. But yes the 249 does get the benefit of the external antenna and the usb print sharing.

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