Airport express or other router

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  1. Sanderr macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    This week i'm getting my new macbook and i'm going to order a wireless router too so i can use my MB everywhere in my house. On the apple site i saw the airport express. Can that be used as a wireless router too because i don't have an airport extreme base station. If not, are there any other routers which are good in that price category?

    Thanks in advance,

    Sander
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yes it can. There are third party options which are cheaper though. Check out the Linksys range. :)
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, the airport express is a wireless router.

    That said, there are many other wireless routers from other brands that are cheaper and will work just fine (check out Linksys).

    Although the Airport Express will be easier to set up for someone who has never set up a wireless network before.


    EDIT: Beat by mad jet yet again. ...At least we're on the same page. ;)
     
  4. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Do other routers have something similar to the AE's "bridge mode"?
     
  5. Sanderr thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the advice! I live in the netherlands and those linksys routers are more expensive here than on newegg etc. Here the linksys one will set me back 80 euro's incl shipping and the airport express will cost me 90 euro's incl shipping. Is the linksys better or should i get the express because of it's portability and ease of setup?
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Get the Express 'cause it's just so easy to use and configure. iW00t, you can buy separate wireless bridges, if that's what you're after.
     
  7. Sanderr thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok then i will get the express. Is it so easy to configure that i can take with me on trips and just plug it into a internet connection/wall in a hotel and have wireless?
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yep, pretty much. That was one of it's original intents. :)
     
  9. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Still it is really hard to get a bridge that is also a Bonjour printer share for around A$200.

    The Airport is a really good deal no matter how you slice it.
     
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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  11. Sanderr thread starter macrumors regular

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    hmm then i will take my macbook with me this holiday:)
     

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