Upgrade Old Airport Extreme?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by warehouse40, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. warehouse40 macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2011
    I have an older Airport Extreme, 2009, and I want to extend my wifi network to another part of my house. I'm ready to run the ethernet cable but I'm not sure what I would be better off doing.

    I was planning on getting an Airport Express and putting that downstairs (the Extreme is upstairs near my office). But would I be better off buying the new Extreme and using the old one to extend the network?

    I do have a 2013 Macbook Air, but that would be the only device taking advantage of the new wifi ac.
  2. 1BadMac macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2010
    I'm in a similar situation. I have a 2009 (Gen 3) Time Capsule and I backup over wifi to it and access my iTunes media on that as well. I have a 2013 Macbook Air. I can get between 100 - 300Mbps depending on where I am in the house. Since my internet speed only tops around 30Mbps, the only thing that might benefit would be my backups.

    I "want" the new Time Capsule to take advantage of 801.11ac. But I'm not sure I "need" it or will see any real world speed increase. My backups occur in off hours as well, so I never am inconvenienced by the backups anyways.

    There is also presently a software issue / limitation with ac on the new 2013's. Look at Anandtech's extensive review of the 2013 Air. Likely to be fixed "soon" - but it's limited the actual throughput when in OS X.

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