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Internet, Networking, and Wireless Discussion of networking, internet, and wireless including Apple's Airport products.

AirPort options?


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So, our Linksys wireless router that my wife and I have had for about six and a half years is starting to get quirky; I'm having to re-boot it and/or factory-reset the thing almost every day now...

I read some excellent reviews about Apple's options.

Now, here's the thing...my wife and I both have tower PCs that currently have wired connections. I did a bit of research on AirPort Express, but that's 100% wireless. Now, the AirPort Extreme has an option for wired computers, but it's pretty overkill including the workload it can handle AND the price.

Is there some way I can kind of go in between??? is there a way to, say, hack or adapt the AirPort Express to work on a wired connection (like with some kind of bridge or something)??? The only other way it'd be useful is if we bought wifi cards for our two towers...
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Why even buy an Apple router? There are other brands that in my opinion outperform both the Express and Extreme and, cost less. Take a look at the D-Link DIR-655. Amazon has it for $91.00. LINK

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Even better. Thanks, chscag!
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er, Airport Express is a wired/wireless router. Check out that ethernet port. A 100% wireless router...hmmm.


Anyway, why go with Apple products? I have a shelf full of non-Apple routers that, quite frankly, suck. I thought I'd save money with other brands, and what I got was a massively frustrating waste of time and money. The Apple routers tend to "just work" right out of the box with minimal configuration, and tend to perform to spec: David Pogue did a hilarious video where he tested a bunch of 802.11n routers, the Apple router was the only one that came close to 802.11n throughput. Security is very good as well compared to the competition (example: Belkin displays your SSID to any user from the web interface, no log in required. Um, yeah, that's secure...not.)
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