Wireless routers

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by machobson, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. machobson macrumors regular

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    Ok, so I wanted to buy an airport extreme or express, but they are too expensive. So I was looking at D-Link routers and there are two. One is 802.11G and one is 802.11B. I have the original airport card in my iBook. Which router do I need buy? Thanks
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    You will only need the 802.11b router. The original AirPort cards are really just 802.11b cards renamed by Apple.

    BUT, if you plan on having the router for a while then 802.11g, which is 5 times faster, is the way to go. 802.11g is backwards compatible with 802.11b and you should have no problems using the iBook with a G-base, and you will be ready for whenever you have to replace your iBook with a new one with AirPort Extreme, aka 802.11g.
     
  3. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    I agree with everything Mitthrawnuruodo said - but I want to stress that the second paragraph is important. :) The 802.11g router is the one I'd push simply because of forward compatibility.

    If you end up buying the older model (802.11b) though, here's a word of advice. By default it will probably be in "short preamble" mode. The original Airport cards cannot handle short preamble - so you'll need to go into the D-Link configuration and change that to "long preamble".

    With the 802.11g router I don't think you'll have to worry about that; it's probably automatic.
     
  4. machobson thread starter macrumors regular

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