Airport Extreme Vs. Airport Express

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by DrumaChick420, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. DrumaChick420 macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2005
    DrummerLand, Connecticut
    Hi everyone,
    What is the difference between the Airport Extreme and the Airport Express?

    I have the original graphite Airport and would like to sell it and upgrade to a newer one.

    What would be the reasoning behind buying one over the other? I read something about Itunes with the express but they both seem to be able to connect computers wirelessly.

    Thanks for any input.
  2. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    the airport extreme would be good, if you want to print wirelessly (you would need a compatible printer), if you do not have broadband internet (an analog modem port is available), if you would want to share your internet connection to 50 users.

    the airport express gives you AirTunes. you could "only" connect 10 users at once. no chance to print wirelessly. no modem connection.
  3. Synapple macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2004
    Rome, Italy
    You can definitely print wirelessly with an express, too.
  4. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
  5. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    Airport Extreme features:
    -One LAN, One WAN port (meaning you can hardwire one computer to it)
    -Wireless printing (via USB connection)
    -Slightly better reception (mostly due to placement, as the express plugs directly into the wall)
    -Regular modem (for those without dialup)
    -Can handle 50 users (wirelessly) at once

    Airport Express features:
    -One WAN port (all computers have to connect wirelessly)
    -Wireless printing (via USB connection)
    -Portable (slightly larger than a laptop power adapter)
    -Has Airtunes (plug in speakers and stream iTunes music to them, or use Airfoil to send all sounds to speakers)
    -Can handle 10 users (wirelessly)

    So...small houses, apartments, long as you have wireless laptops and broadband, go with the Express.

    Big houses, people with towers and no wireless card or those with dial up, go with one Extreme and maybe an Express or two to amplify the signal.

    Big houses, broadband, all computers wireless...just buy a few Expresses.

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