Apple Airport Express Question

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  1. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm moving into a new apartment that is hooked up with ethernet and I'd like to get a router to use my MacBook Pro wireless. I was looking at the AirPort Express.

    I wanted to find out if it's possible to use the AirPort express as a router/splitter. For example, how can I set it up so that I can use my MacBook wirelessly yet have my Roku HD and XBox 360 connected by ethernet wire. Is this even possible with the Airport Express or do I need something like the Airport extreme?

    Also, is it possible to just buy a splitter to connect to the wall's ethernet and still use the Airport express and other gadgets I mentioned? Thanks.
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Only the Extreme and Time Capsule have this ability. The Ethernet port on the Express is WAN.
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    No, it's a WAN/LAN combo. But, it can only be one at a time.
     
  4. jason2811 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, okay. Thanks for the replies. The Extreme costs $170 which seems absurd to me. Is it worth the price? Other routers are between $60-$90.
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    I love my Extreme. It has great range, acceptable speeds, and it can be expanded with WDS.
     
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    I have an Extreme. I bought it because I knew it was going to be easy Mac integration (Airport settings are built-in OS X). However, initially I could not justify the price, until recently, when I had the frequency switch to 802.11n. Now I see the difference, it is worth it. Huge range, fast speed, very low latency.
     

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