Any other uses for my old 5th gen Airport Extreme?

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  1. slipper macrumors 68000

    slipper

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    I upgraded to the newest gen (6th?) Apirport Extreme. Any other uses for my old 5th gen Airport Extreme? Or would i get better enjoyment using it for target practice?
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    At the very least, you could give it to someone who needs it, or donate it to GoodWill...
     
  3. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    I use mine for a printer server. It's connected to a powerline adapter, fed by my AE 6th Gen.
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    They still have decent resale value in the scheme of things.
     
  5. mpe macrumors regular

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    You can set it is a bridge and put it to the opposite side of you house. Then you'll have better Wifi coverage everywhere.
     
  6. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    Use it for a gigabit switch.
    Attach a drive for additional network storage.
    Extend your network outside or to an area you would not like to place your new router.
    Sell it on eBay for about 30-40 dollars.
     
  7. gryphon69 macrumors member

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    I am thinking of buying the newest AirPort Extreme, have the flat version, a few years old now, is the newer one more powerful in terms of reach?
     
  8. mpe macrumors regular

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    no unless you have 802.11ac clients. in terms of reach 6gen is similar to 5th gen. older versions are worse.
     
  9. gryphon69 macrumors member

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    I have second generation, you think I would see a big improvement ?
     
  10. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    I looked into this recently and found several tests comparing the 5th to 6th generations. The 6th gen was faster at each tested distance by @ 10mbps. The speed exception of course is the AC vs N but for N the new generation was better in every test by the small margin.

    I'm thinking I will upgrade once my internet is faster. I currently have 75/10 which the N routers handle with no problem. If I get a chance in the future to install 150+ service I will consider the upgrade and look at the refurbished models.
     
  11. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    Are there any wired speed differences between 4th and 5th gens?
     
  12. mpe macrumors regular

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    No. ethernet speed is more or less the same. Wifi is much improved though.
     

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