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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by eXoBrute, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. eXoBrute macrumors regular

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    Alright well im moving to a macbook in a few months, i have owned a PC for ever and i really have been researching macs and all that lately and have decided to switch to them but have a few questions.

    First off there are 3 accessories i really don't know what they do and apple doesn't really give a good description online.

    What do all of these do: AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and the Time Capsule

    I dont really understand them, i know the airport ones have something to do with like the wireless network? please explain all of them if you will

    Thanks
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Express is a little outlet-based Wi-Fi station capable of wirelessly streaming music to a stereo.

    Extreme is the standard base station.

    Time Capsule has a hard drive in it for system backups.

    You can read about them all on Apple.com.
     
  3. rick3000 macrumors 6502a

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    All three provide wireless internet connections.
    The Extreme can connect up to 50 users and you can connect a hard drive and printer.
    The Express allows 10 users, and you can connect a printer and wirelessly stream music to your stereo.
    The Time Capsule is the same as the Extreme but has a built in hard drive for Time Machine Backups.
     
  4. eXoBrute thread starter macrumors regular

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    So i kinda figured this out i looked further onto apples website and saw the capsule like u guys said is backing up etc. The Extreme is like a router right? and also i dont quite understand the Express, is it a router as well?
     
  5. Solemony macrumors 6502

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    Yes the express is a router.
     
  6. eXoBrute thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, so

    capsule= Backup
    Extreme= Bigger router
    Express= Smaller more portable router

    Also how does the express act as a router when its not plugged into a modem?
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    It works as any real Wi-Fi router, but not for the Internet. The Internet isn't everything, man! ;) Wi-Fi data transfers!
     
  8. eXoBrute thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok ok i understand now. Thanks for all your help guys im ready to make the switch now =P
     

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