Express/Extreme - do they actually have the same coverage?

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  1. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

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    Looking on Apple's website, I can't seem to find out how far an Airport reaches.

    I'm annoyed that my Airport Express doesn't reach the bathroom in our 1 bed flat (about 20 feet away from the APE) so, since the APE has died (just 14 months after buying it) I thought I'd take the opportunity to but an Express.

    But that apparently has radio output of 20dBm - same as the Express. So that's the same reach, am I right?

    Also, why doesn't Apple offer Airtunes on the Extreme?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It all has to do with your environment. With my AirPort Express, I can carry my MacBook Pro outside and walk about 50 feet away, still surfing the web.
     
  3. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, but I was looking for confirmation that the Extreme will have the same problems that my Express has (environment accepted).
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    They use the same technology, so there's no reason to expect they would be any different.
     
  5. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh.

    That's really annoying. In our flat, the Express has crap coverage. I really thought the Extreme would be better.

    We're borrowing a friend's Linksys at the moment which gives us full bars and lightening fast net in every room.

    Does this mean we have to buy a non-Apple router? If so that's a (rather odd) shame.
     
  6. johnnj macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, that's something I've wondered about, too.

    You'd think that with the larger chassis, the Extreme would have at least a larger antenna.

    Guess someone with both needs to measure signal strength! :)

    John
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'd say buy whatever router gives you the best performance in your particular environment, Apple or not. I lived for 5 years next door to a TV station... it wreaked havoc with anything wireless I had.
     
  8. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Now I'm wondering why anyone would buy an Extreme - more cash, no Airtunes and same range.

    I need to do some research...
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, look at the features and specs. They do different things. Like you can't have AirTunes on the Extreme, etc.
     
  10. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm frustrated cos I love Airtunes. But in every other area, the Express is crap.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I've had excellent success with the Express. Great coverage, reliability, speed and AirTunes, not to mention great portability.
     
  12. Zeeinnm macrumors member

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    The guy at the Apple store said the coverage was better with the Extreme.
     
  13. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Can't this individual use a second Express to extend the coverage he has?

    Dale
     
  14. Hot Snowboarder macrumors 6502

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    I have a 2007 extreme and a 2009 express.

    The extreme can broadcast further than the express.
     
  15. rotarypower101 macrumors regular

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    I would be interested in the details of how you measured this?
    And the relative length of each devices maximum distance that you achieved in your environment.

    BTW just got back from a 2 day trip at Mt Hood, deep powder for days.
     
  16. kmaute macrumors 6502

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    You should have stopped by and said hi. I live in Hood River.

    The lack of airtunes on the extreme is the only thing that keeps me from buying one. Absolutely ridiculous in my eyes, I need ethernet to stream movies to my PS3.
     

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