Airport Extreme - Which model to buy?

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  1. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a

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    (Sorry, there's no special place on this forum to speak about this awesome device :eek:)

    I was going to buy an Airport Extreme Base Station when suddenly saw that thing:

    The higher the number of the open ports, the better.
    So, will I be able to *unlock* some of the *unapproved for use* ports?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    I don't think you can unlock the other frequencies (illegal by the way). Just get the one that suits your location the best.
     
  3. belvdr macrumors 603

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    These are not ports; these are frequencies. And it isn't likely going to help by hacking this anyway.

    Consider you bought your device in the US. It won't work on those other frequencies anyway, so why bother?
     
  4. AppleMacFinder thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So, if it is impossible (or very hard) should I buy the AirMac Extreme (the Japan version)
    because it has the highest number of the open channels (nearly two times more than US version) ?
     
  5. spinnerlys Guest

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    Those are channels, not ports.
    The channels are using different radio frequencies, thus many frequencies need approval by the country the radio device gets sold in, as many frequencies are taken.

    And there is a Mac Peripherals sub-forum.


    Ports ≠ Channels.

    Get the AirPort Extreme Base Station in the country you live in, to make sure the radio frequencies are approved upon, thus proper working is guaranteed and no interference with other devices can be caused.

    Repeat: Ports ≠ Channels.

    That means, you can chat and torrent with any of these AEBSs.
     
  6. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Those extra channels won't work with a device sold in the US, so they are useless.
     
  7. AppleMacFinder thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, I was talking about channels (and mistyped).

    Should I buy AirMac because it has the highest number of the approved channels?
    (and also Japan Macbook Pro because it supports these channels too)
     
  8. belvdr macrumors 603

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    No, because those channels are also approved on the client devices. In other words, a US device won't use the Japanese frequencies.

    Also, consider it is illegal to buy both Japanese units and use them in the US, as neither has been approved for US use (obviously).
     
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    What is AirMac?

    And as belvdr already wrote, you can't use those extra channels in the country you reside in, if the frequencies are not approved. Unless you plan to move to Japan at some time in the next year, then get the Japanese AEBS.

    Anyway, why do you want to use a device with unapproved channels? Something to hide or interfere? There is a legal reason, why some frequencies are not open for the public, you might get into trouble using those.
     
  10. AppleMacFinder thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    AirMac = Japan Airport
    (it was renamed because this name was already taken in Japan)

    What if I will buy both Japan AirMac and Japan Macbook Pro
    to enjoy the double amount of open channels (which is only available for Japan devices)
     
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    あなたは日本に住んでいますか?
     
  12. AppleMacFinder thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No. I'm just tired of wi-fi lags, and hope that if I'll get Japan devices
    my wi-fi network will be more reliable.
     
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    Do you have a lot of wifi networks were you live?

    I currently have 9, sometimes up to 15 or so, and my AEBS is still working without problems by using the approved, non-Japanese channels.

    What will be the average distance between the AEBS and MBP? And if you really intend to buy the Japanese version, then make sure, that using those channels in your country will not get you in any trouble.
     
  14. AppleMacFinder thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The average distance is about 15~20 meters,
    but there're a lot of wi-fi networks (sometimes I see more than 30 :eek:)
    and I want to get some unused clean channels to make my home network reliable and get rid of the lags.
     
  15. belvdr macrumors 603

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    And, again, that would be illegal. You can try to do this, but consider that if you're caught, the fine is hefty (think it starts around $7,500 in the US).
     
  16. Intell macrumors P6

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    Not only that, but other non-WiFi approved devices can cause lots of interference with the unapproved WiFi channels and vise versa.
     
  17. spinnerlys Guest

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    Maybe try iStumbler to scan your neighbourhood for free or lowly used channels. I for example use channel 36 without hiccups, though I don't have such a distance to overcome.
     
  18. AppleMacFinder thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What are the non-WiFi devices that can cause the interference with wifi networks?
     
  19. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Fluorescent lights and microwaves are good examples.
     
  20. AppleMacFinder thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    And the last question:

    Why there's no any rumors about Airport Express/Extreme/TimeCapsule,
    and why there's no info about these devices at the buyers guide?

    Does it mean that Airport is unpopular and/or bad in comparison with other wi-fi routers (such as D-Link) ?
     
  21. drambuie macrumors 6502a

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    You'll find more Airport peripheral related activity in the Peripherals forum.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/forumdisplay.php?f=77
     

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