Replacing AirPort Extreme

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by BlackMamba14, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. BlackMamba14 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2011
    Have an older round airport hub that is about 7-8 years old. It still works okay, but would I be able to get significantly better signal strength by buying the latest model?
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    You would get an improved antenna design and better connectivity technology. As per range it'll vary depending on your house.
  3. Giuly macrumors 68040


    802.11n technically has a wider range than 802.11g, though. So yes, it's supposed to be improved.
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    it depends on your computers and other devices (like :apple:TV or printers) you have on the network, and what you do on your network.

    if all you're doing is surfing the web, and don't have fast internet*, and have one or 2 computers, then the round one is fine.

    **fast internet in this case is greater than about 20 Mb/s, chances are you would have to pay for a speed upgrade.
    For time warner in manhattan, you'd have to be a level or 2 above "standard" and paying $20 a month extra to be "fast".
    any kind of DSL is not fast
    FIOS (verizon fiber) is fast.
    If you do have fast internet, or are moving files around locally (to another computer on your network, or a time machine for example) a newer model might help.

    another thing to think about is what kind of network cards you have in your devices.if they only have 802.11g capabilities, then there's no reason to upgrade the base.
    if your computer is fairly new (3-4 years probably) then it will have the faster 802.11n card.

    there are also 2 types of 802.11n (2.4GHz and 5 GHz) the 5 is faster, but tends to not go through walls as well as 2.4 does
    the newer base stations are "simultaneous dual band" meaning they do both 2.4 & 5 at the same time.

    to check what kind of network card your mac has, go the the :apple: menu, then "about this mac -> more info..." then go to the "network -> wi-fi" section.

    on my mac i have this.
    Modes tells you what kind of networks you can join.
    channels 1-11 are 2.4GHz, 36 and up are 5Ghz.

    so to sum up
    fast internet, 4 or more computers/devices on the network with 802.11n capabilities, or lots of internal traffic and you should upgrade.
  5. troy14 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2008
    Las Vegas (Summerlin), NV
    A wider range but decreased wall penetration.
  6. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Yes, at 5GHz. At 2.4GHz it's as penetrating as 802.11g. What increases the range are the multiple antennae.

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