(aka "Boy, do I feel stupid!") This is more of an observation than a question. I've had an Airport Express for 2 years now, used exclusively for playing music on my home theater system. Wireless access was handled by my trusty old D-Link access point, running 802.11b with WEP (in)security. I couldn't upgrade to 802.11g or WPA since the iBook didn't support either. Thus, wireless was completely turned off for the Airport Express because it was wired on ethernet anyway for less chance of music dropouts. Earlier this year the iBook finally died, out of warranty and out of repair program eligibility. When we got the Macbook in May, I hardly gave wireless a thought. Just configured it to join the existing D-Link network and forgot about it. In the back of my mind, I had this notion that because the Airport Express is cheaper than Airport Extreme, its wireless access point features must be quite limited in comparison. I was thinking that maybe it only works as a wireless extender, not a standalone access point. Otherwise, why would anyone buy the Extreme, when it doesn't have the music features of the Express, and it costs more? So, six months later, after slowly transferring several large files and thinking about the relative insecurity of WEP, I had an epiphany. The Airport Express does have some access point capability, right? What if it's enough to replace the D-Link for my purposes? So I proceeded to poke around in the Airport Admin Utility. Sure enough, everything I needed was there: 802.11g, WPA2, etc. I set it up and joined the new network -- huzzah! No problem. Transfers are about 6 times faster now, and I get better security too. The D-Link is now enjoying retirement. For six months I stupidly crippled myself with a slower, less secure network. Duh! So that brings the question: who buys Airport Extreme these days? Ignoring for a moment the fact that there are many cheaper third party access points, why would someone buy the Extreme over the Express? I was shocked to see how much they have in common by comparing the tech specs on Apple's website. About the only extra things the Extreme has are: External antenna connector Modem Cisco LEAP support LAN port No Airtunes I can't find much else there. How many people pay the extra $70 but don't need/use any of these? The Express is a pretty damn good deal in comparison -- especially at the $88 it was on Friday! Couldn't pass that up, got myself a second one for music in the garage when I'm working out there. Edit: I suppose maybe the main thing is the LAN port, allowing the Extreme to act as a router for wired machines too? Even then, I'd guess most people are either using wireless only, or would need more than one port for wired connections.