Interesting iMac development!!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Macmaniac, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    Look at the iMacs in the Apple store, when you go through the buying process these options come up, not the older airport!!! Could this be a sign of Airport extreme for the iMac????
    Surf the Internet from anywhere in your home without installing expensive cabling.
    AirPort Extreme Base Station (with modem and antenna port) Add $249.00
    AirPort Extreme Base Station (without modem and antenna port) Add $199.00
    Dr. Bott ExtendAIR Omni Antenna Add $99.00
    Dr. Bott ExtendAIR Direct Antenna
  2. SoonToGetAMac macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2003
    Re: Interesting iMac development!!

    Although I think the iMacs will be updated soon, this isn't a sign of it because on the 1st page of the iMac (where you choose the memory, HD, etc.) you still select a "classic" airport card for $79 (the new discounted price for the old airport), and the Airport Extreme bases are being offered since apple has discontinued the "classic" airport bases.

    [EDIT] I was just reading the 1st post again, and Apple calls the CAT5 network cablin "expensive." Where do they buy this cable, I have found it to be really cheap. I assume its just marketing "extending" the truth.
  3. coolbreeze macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2003
    Re: Re: Interesting iMac development!!

    Yeah, the Apple store makes CAT5 cable seem like it costs a fortune. I mean if you string it all over your house, yeah it's gonna cost a lot, but a connection in another room should be cheaper than $300 worth of airport equipment (for a single card/station).

    Anyway, back to the subject. I really hope they don't release some blowout spec iMac right like tomorrow, since I JUST bought one on the classified

    This kind of crap always happens to me.
  4. SoonToGetAMac macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2003
    Re: Re: Re: Interesting iMac development!!

    What really matters is the performance....I would be totally happy with any iMac FP, I would only be pissed if the price went down substantially, but I am sure you got a much better deal that anything Apple can do, since you didn't have to pay sales tax on your used iMac.
    Also, can someone tell my why one would get the base station since an AirPort card (and persumably the AirPort Exteme card) can act as a base station...
    [EDIT] I just answered my own question, if the connection is in an inconvienet place, I geuss would be why you would get a basestation instead of using a card as a server....just ignore that last question.
  5. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    In larger networks, even when ordering in bulk, good shielded CAT-5 is indeed rather expensive. Throw in hubs, cost of laying cable, manpower, and Airport is a much cheaper solution, at least some of the time...

  6. unc32 macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    But who wants to lay cable all around your house or office? What if the cable port is not in the room you want the computer? In those cases either you have to put a new port in the room ($$$$) or string wire everyplace (ugly). Wireless is elegent.
  7. Kid Red macrumors 65816

    Dec 14, 2001
    What's the distance for Airport? K, buy that footage in cable, then buy hubs for every room, then make it look as nice. I bought a 30ft and it was about $40 IIRC. That won't reach into my kitchen, let alone the 2 bedrooms down the hall.

    So no, Apple isn't exagerating anything when you really think about what they are saying.
  8. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    When you consider an older building that has not already been wired with Ethernet cables, the cost is enormous. This makes wireless networking a very cost-effective alternative.
  9. Billicus macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2002
    Charles City, Iowa
    Anybody know if there is a way to get an old iMac to work with airport extreme?
  10. yzedf macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2002
    can't be done.

    different physical interface.

    wait for someone to do a external usb/fw connector... :(
  11. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Airport based systems will talk to Airport Extreme base stations. Just that the maximum speed will be the Airport speed of 11megabits per second.
  12. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Airport Extreme on Older Macs

    It will probally be possible in a couple of years....

    Just like the current USB wireless NICs for macs, they will probally come out with an 11g version. Albeit Probally USB2.0 or Firewire.

  13. SoonToGetAMac macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2003
    Re: Airport Extreme on Older Macs

    Yeah, to be able to actually use the 54Mbs, it would have to be connected through FireWire or some other highspeed standard since USB 1.0/1.1 is only 11Mbps

Share This Page