I just moved into a new apartment and the only internet available to me (for various reasons) is cable. The cable in the apartment is way more than 20' from where I am setting up my computer, and it's in a different room, and as soon as Apple updates the Mac Pros I'll be buying one, so I'll have 2 desktops in different rooms and a laptop that I'll roam with. Someone suggested that, instead of running cables everywhere, I just set up a wireless network in the living room where the cable is and that way avoid all the clutter and not have to bother with running cables through doors and along walls. My desktop is ancient and has an original Airport (802.11b) card, my laptop is 2 years old and has an Airport Express(?) (802.11g) card, and the new desktop whenever I buy it will be the 802.11n, so I definitely want something that's capable of broadcasting at n speeds, which is why an Airport Express won't cut it. The educational price for the Airport Extreme is $160, and though this is better than the $300 the original Airport base station cost way back when, I'm still not thrilled about plunking down that much. Do other, cheaper, alternatives exist that will allow me to network N<5 computers at up to 802.11n speeds? I suppose that, theoretically, it would be nice also if I could hook up an external hard drive to the base station to use when 10.5 comes out with TimeMachine, so if the alternative has that, it'd be a plus.