Airport Extreme skeptic but second thoughts

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by bruinsrme, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. bruinsrme macrumors 601

    bruinsrme

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    So today i finally hooked up the Airport Extreme. I thought the price was high but it had the guest feature which I liked.
    I have been a linksys loyalist and still recommend them will will continue to do so.

    Pretty slick device and seems to have all the features I have grown accustomed to with linksys. The layout of the features is a little less straight forward than the linksys but that just maybe years of using them.

    I think the best feature is the guest network. Supporting m wifes friends computer issues its nice to have the guest feature so i am not using my credential for my secure network.

    Throughput, signal strength, and speeds are the same as the linksys.
    I like the usb connection as I can use my removable drives instead of my clunky NAS. having a network ready printer the port can be used for other functions.

    It is a nice piece of gear. I know I can get away with the $49 linksys as many others can but with liking to play with new things on the network this should keep me entertained for a little bit. if you are wondering if it is worth what they carge, bottom line probably not but the if you need a guest network, usb network back up or usb network printer then this is definitiely a viable option.
    Nice job Apple
     
  2. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

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    Don't forget AirTunes, I bought one just for my stereo. I already had the AEBS. :cool:
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    How exactly does the Guest Network work? I never really used that option on mine. Don't know if its a good idea to have access to free internet to your neighbors.
     
  4. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have an Airport Express or an Airport Extreme?
     
  5. bruinsrme thread starter macrumors 601

    bruinsrme

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    thank you extreme.
    I was dealing with an express card issue on the other laptop while I was typing the OP
     
  6. bruinsrme thread starter macrumors 601

    bruinsrme

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    The guest works as a different gateway if you will.
    The primary network is riding on the 10.1.1.X network and the guest is riding on a 172.16.42.x network.

    You can WAP/WEP both primary and guest networks so there is no poaching on your resources. You can also turn off the guest network.


    It looks like the Extreme is a router and dual gateway. pretty slick
     

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