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What's the difference?


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Just curious as to what the difference is between the AirPort Extreme Basestation and a regular wireless router? I noticed that the APEB is around $180. I did notice that it has a USB port for a networked drive, which most wireless routers do not have, but why would anyone need this over a normal home networking router?

Maybe I'm just stupid but I don't get it. Please explain it for me!
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Any wireless router would do the trick. Some have better performance. Some have more features. Some have neither. Some have both. Usually your Internet connection is the bottleneck anyway.
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Ok, I just didn't know if I was missing something obvious. So basically a lot of people get the AEB because of it's simplicity and the fact that it's an Apple product?
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Ok, I just didn't know if I was missing something obvious. So basically a lot of people get the AEB because of it's simplicity and the fact that it's an Apple product?
That and the print server/NAS capabilities. Otherwise it's pretty mediocre as far as routers go (IMO),

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I would purchase a Airport Extreme in a hart beat but...

No SPI (Stateful packet inspection) in the Firewall.

Not even MAC cloning if you are on Cable and need it.

It's a nice router and has very good WiFi range and works seamlessly with Apple hardware and the NAS/Printer sharing is great.

But I will never pay that much for a router lacking in those and other important features. I am very picky about my Routers and Firewall.


Stateful firewall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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I bought mine because I was on a 48 hour Apple product binge (a very dark time in my life). Looking back I might have bought something different. It has been very decent, but not exceptional.
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That and the print server/NAS capabilities. Otherwise it's pretty mediocre as far as routers go (IMO),
The AEB is the best router I ever owned. IF that says much about my past history with routers.

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