Extreme vs. Express

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by BoxerGT2.5, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000

    BoxerGT2.5

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    Currently have a 3801 gateway supplied by ATT Uverse. The wifi range is horrible. Wondering which (extreme vs. express) will provide more and stronger range once I hook it up and let it perform the router capabilities?
     
  2. Macman45, Jul 19, 2012
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    The extreme is your best bet...The AE is good as a range extender. Another alternative is a Time capsule used with an AE. That's how I deal with all my wifi needs. Almost all ISP supplied routers are C***. I have a net gear from VM, but disabled the wifi, then plugged it into my Time Capsule. I have an AE plugged into the wall socket in the bedroom...range - superb.

    You could achieve the same thing with an extreme and will probably find you don't even need the boost of an AE (depending on the size of your home)
     
  3. BoxerGT2.5 thread starter macrumors 68000

    BoxerGT2.5

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    Also, is the current 5th gen extreme going to be getting a facelift anytime soon? Meaning, should I wait?
     
  4. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    The new AC standard for wifi has yet to be ratified, but it's pretty close. When it is expect Apple to release a new AE with the faster wifi included...How long that will be? Anybody's guess but I reckon at least 6 months, probably a year.
     
  5. brentmore macrumors 6502

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    The Extreme has great range. I've got an Express hooked up in the garage, but only so that I can stream to my audio receiver while I'm working out there.
     
  6. Oktober macrumors regular

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    Which is best for extending my wifi signal Extreme or Express?
     
  7. BoxerGT2.5 thread starter macrumors 68000

    BoxerGT2.5

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    Think I'll pick up a Extreme and see how that works first. You can always return in 30 days. lol
     

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