Wireless question

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  1. veronicaleo macrumors newbie

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    My mom got a G5 for our house and I just ordered a 12" ibook. I want to be able to use wireless internet in our house. Do we need to buy the AirPort Extreme Base Station (with modem and antenna port) or does the AirPort Express Base Station with AirTunes do the same thing plus give me the ability to play my music through our stereo?
     
  2. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    If depends on your internet connection. If you have a broadband connection (Cable or DSL internet), then the AirPort Express will be perfect. If you have Dial-up internet (AOL, EarthLink), then you'll need the AirPort Extreme Basestation with the modem. If you are on a dial-up connection, running it wireless will be extremely slow.
     
  3. veronicaleo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    We've got a cable connection so it sounds like we won't need the base station with modem connection. Do you know what else I'll need aside from the Airport express to play my music through our stereo?
     
  4. rdowns Suspended

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    The AE will need to be connected to your cable modem and also be near your stereo to connect to it. It can connect to your stereo with a standard mini-RCA jack or a Toslink cable. Apple sells a connection kit with an AE extension power cable (otherwise the AE plugs directly into a wall socket with no power cable) and both cables to connect to your stereo. As a bonus, you can connect a USB printer and print wirelessly.
     
  5. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    You will also need an airport card for the G5 - or do they come with them?
     
  6. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    You will need an Airport card for the G5 as they don't come as standard, the G5's are only Airport ready. The new iBooks now have Airport built in as standard.
     
  7. veronicaleo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone

    My mom had the airport card installed when we bought the G5 so it's all set. I got the Airport Extreme today because our house is three floors and the guy at Apple seemed to think it would work better than the Express. Did I fall for a lame sales tactic?
     
  8. Elan0204 macrumors 65816

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    According to the tech specs on the Apple web page, the Express and the Extreme have identical ranges. 50 feet for 802.11g, and 150 feet for 802.11b.
     
  9. veronicaleo thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. timsq macrumors regular

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    Yes. If you wanted to, you could add the A. Extreme card with antenna to the G5 and share the internet from it wirelessly. I like the A.Express alot and in the best world, I would choose it. As long as no one needs to plug in, it's fine. The A.Extreme Base station is a nice piece of hardware. You can dial into it and extend the network range with an antenna but it's not a bargain. You may consider a less expensive albeit less integrated router from linksys, d-link, netgear, etc. for more wired/wireless options. The Airport cards work with all the major routers.
     
  11. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Well, I would think that the Express would, in many cases, have less range than the Extreme - basically because you'd have almost no control over location/placement with the Express (unless you go and pay more for the extension cable).
     

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