Two Airport Extreme Questions

HardwareFan

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Original poster
May 30, 2012
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Hi,
I have two questions regarding the potential purchase of an Airport Extreme:

1) Have there been any posts around here on when we might see a new version of the Airport Extreme? (I can't locate any). I'm wondering if I should wait a month or two before picking one up.

2) I have never actually handled a network built around an Extreme and I'm debating how many clients I want to hardwire in. I know I will hardwire in a NAS, an HTPC, and an XBOX360. I will perhaps also want to hardwire in a mac desktop and a time capsule. So my question(s) is: does the extreme need a gigaswitch to properly handle the traffic from the hardwired clients? and which switches generally seem to work best with apple's products? I will have pc's on the network wirelessly.
 

FlatlinerG

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Dec 21, 2011
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Ontario, Canada
Hi,
I have two questions regarding the potential purchase of an Airport Extreme:

1) Have there been any posts around here on when we might see a new version of the Airport Extreme? (I can't locate any). I'm wondering if I should wait a month or two before picking one up.

2) I have never actually handled a network built around an Extreme and I'm debating how many clients I want to hardwire in. I know I will hardwire in a NAS, an HTPC, and an XBOX360. I will perhaps also want to hardwire in a mac desktop and a time capsule. So my question(s) is: does the extreme need a gigaswitch to properly handle the traffic from the hardwired clients? and which switches generally seem to work best with apple's products? I will have pc's on the network wirelessly.


1) Doubtful, no real need for hardware updates to the current Airport lineup.

2) If you might be picking up a Time Capsule anyway, why bother getting an Airport Extreme when the Time Capsule will do the same AND be it's own external hard drive?
 

HardwareFan

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Original poster
May 30, 2012
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1) Doubtful, no real need for hardware updates to the current Airport lineup.

2) If you might be picking up a Time Capsule anyway, why bother getting an Airport Extreme when the Time Capsule will do the same AND be it's own external hard drive?
I have a 3rd gen Time capsule already - my understanding is that the latest Extreme has superior routing capabilities (better equipment inside). Is that not the case? This review http://www.anandtech.com/show/4577/...and-time-capsule-4th-gen-review-faster-wifi-/ is what I've seen on the topic.
 
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michelg1970

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Jul 26, 2011
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Gouda - The Netherlands
Hi,
I have two questions regarding the potential purchase of an Airport Extreme:

1) Have there been any posts around here on when we might see a new version of the Airport Extreme? (I can't locate any). I'm wondering if I should wait a month or two before picking one up.

2) I have never actually handled a network built around an Extreme and I'm debating how many clients I want to hardwire in. I know I will hardwire in a NAS, an HTPC, and an XBOX360. I will perhaps also want to hardwire in a mac desktop and a time capsule. So my question(s) is: does the extreme need a gigaswitch to properly handle the traffic from the hardwired clients? and which switches generally seem to work best with apple's products? I will have pc's on the network wirelessly.
No need to hardwire a Time Capsule to your extreme: just plug in a USB hard disk in the USB port and the AE becomes a time machine. Works for me.

Any AE and TM have only four LAN connection of which one is reserved for WAN so basically you can only hard wire 3 machines into one AE. Any better brand gigabit switch will do. I use a net gear switch and have now 6 hardwired connections without any problems (for normal use). Don't expect all hardwires running at full load to give 1 Gb/s at the same time though!
 

BreakGuy

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Nov 23, 2009
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NZ, South Pacific
1) Have there been any posts around here on when we might see a new version of the Airport Extreme? (I can't locate any). I'm wondering if I should wait a month or two before picking one up.
802.11ac will be the next update to the AirPort line. When this happens is anyone's guess. Have a look into 802.11ac and see if you feel it's worth waiting for, if not, go for one now.

Question two has been sufficiently covered above.
 
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