Wireless routers

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

  1. machobson macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2005
    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


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    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

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    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

    Apr 19, 2005

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