Quick opinion on these please

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by londonmystery, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. londonmystery macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2009
    London, UK
  2. RMo macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    The first link you gave is the AirPort Exteme with 802.11n and simultaneous dual-band (aka, N and G at the same time). This is currently the latest version. Some people would call this the "dual-band" model.

    The second link is the second-latest version of the AirPort Extreme Base Station. It also has 802.11n; Apple calls this the "Gigabit" model since it is the first to include gig Ethernet (there was a previous N model that looked identical but didn't have this; pre-N models are the UFO-style base stations).

    The most significant difference between the two models is that the former has simultaneous dual-band, which means it can operate an N and G network at the same time and allow N devices to operate optimally, even if G devices are also present. The latter can still handle N and G, but with G devices present, you might miss out on extra speed on N. Unless you're doing large file transfers, it shouldn't matter too much, and if you're just using it for Internet connection sharing at home, both N and G (possibly even B) will be significantly faster than your connection and will do just fine. The latest model also has a new "guest networking" feature that allows you to set up a separate network with a separate password for guests so you don't have to give out your regular WPA2 key to them. It's neat (two networks with the same router), but most people probably wouldn't use that too much.

    Hope this helps!

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