Airport Extreme or Express

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  1. Cap41 macrumors 6502

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    Can someone tell me the difference between airport express and airport extreme.

    I am looking for a simple wifi router.

    I assume this is a dumb question...Sorry
     
  2. goosin' macrumors member

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    An AirPort Express is just a basic wireless router. The advantages are a small size but a large signal range. The disadvantage is only one ethernet port (if you use a lot of ethernet), and no 802.11ac support.

    An AirPort Extreme is a more powerful router. The "tall" model has a better WiFi range, and 802.11ac support. It also has more ethernet ports. It is, hover, twice the price of the Express.
     
  3. Cap41 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have an old time capsule. Right now my cable modem does all the ethernet splitting I need. But, i do need wifi. So i guess express is good enough.
     
  4. goosin' macrumors member

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    I have an Express. It's attached to the router downstairs, and it's perfect for setting up my own network. (4 people can really clog a network.) The one ethernet port i use to hookup my Mac, so it's a nice little personal device.
     
  5. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

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    Very important to me is that my Airport Express has "Airplay" capability and the Airport Extreme and Airport Time Capsule does not!
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    On the flip side, the Extreme and Time Capsule offer native Time Machine support. With the Extreme being $129 as a refurbished unit from Apple, I would personally go with the Extreme due to the AC capability, Time Machine capability, and beam forming antennas.
     
  7. Badrottie Suspended

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    $129 is a tempting....should I give up my 2009 AEBS 3rd generation?
     
  8. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

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    For a few dollars more I opted for a 2TB Refurbished Time Capsule for $199 from the Apple On-Line Store!
     
  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Absolutely! The range is much better, it offers much better performance, and native Time Machine support makes it a wonderful package!
     
  10. Badrottie Suspended

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    Wait..Some of my devices does not have AC... Im not sure about iPad Air 1... See my rig below.
     
  11. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Some of them support wireless AC and even wireless N clients will see a nice boost over a third generation!
     
  12. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    The Airport Express only support 100Mbps, not 1000Mbps wired network. So, IMO, it's only good for wireless network. Also, in terms of signal strength, the Airport Extreme is much better than Airport Express. And if you have any 802.11ac device (new Mac, iphone 6, etc), only the Airport Extreme support 802.11ac, which should give you much better connection speed.
     

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