AirPort Express + GBit-Switch = AirPort Extreme?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Giuly, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Giuly macrumors 68040


    I have a Fritz!Box, and it doesn't play nice with Bonjour (.local-domain doesn't work, it uses I want to upgrade to 802.11n and 1000Base-T anyways. Can I hook up a 1000Base-T switch to the AirPort and connect it to the Fritz!Box with everything except routing disabled?
    Does the AirPort Express provide the same features as the Extreme then? I need an extra switch anyways, that's why I rather want the Express.
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
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  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    If you don't mind the bridge between wired and wireless being only 100 Mbit, then it should work fine. 802.11n has a "usable bandwidth" that is barely above 100 Mbit, even at "300 Mbit" mode, so you shouldn't see an appreciable difference between that and having the 802.11n AP inside a Gigabit switch.
  4. BiggAW macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Airport extreme can have wired clients from it's router. An Express is either a wireless-only router or just a bridge with something else routing.

    That being said, unless you want the speaker capability of the Express, go Netgear or DLink.

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