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    Member Since
    Jun 14, 2008
    Wilmington, NC
    iMac 21 Inch - 3.1 GHz I7 Quad Core - 16 GB RAM - 512 GB SSD, iPod Nano, iPad Air - 16GB Wifi Only
    Airport Extreme Speed?
    In three days I should receive a new iMac from Apple (3.1GHz processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - and the wireless is 802.11ac). Presently I am using an almost six year old Apple Time Capsule. My ISP is ATT U-verse Max with download speeds up to 12000 kbps. Using my current Time Capsule router the fastest download speeds I can get range from 3,500 to about 7,000 kbps. If I turn "wi-fi" off on my MacBookPro and go from the ATT modem to the MBP with an RJ5 cable I consistently gets speeds of 11,000 kbps (download of course).
    If I get the new Time Capsule (or the new Airport Extreme) that is 801.11ac should I get download speeds anywhere close to those when I have the modem and computer hard wire connected?
    PS - of all computer peripherals, from my on-line research, modems seem to be the component most loved and most hated. I found a couple of on line reviews for the Apple Airport Extreme (or Time Capsule as it's the same thing plus a hard drive for back-up) that put it high on the list of best modems (the CNET review was one that made it a top choice).
    Anyone here using the current/latest Airport Extreme that like it?

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    You got that right about hated. Can't seem to get more than two years from any brand, Netcomm, Linskys, TPG etc. At the end of the day they are all just modem/routers and your speed will be governed by many other things with ISP, phone lines, distances from exchange etc and age of copper lines.

    Here in rural Australia 8.8Mb/ps is about it.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Here in rural Australia 8.8Mb/ps is about it.
    Hey Harry, count your blessings. You could still be on dial up! Remember those days?

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    osxx's Avatar
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    Jan 19, 2008
    houston texas
    09 MBP 8GB ram 500GB HD OS 10.9 32B iPad 4 32GB iPhone 5 iOs7 2TB TC Apple TV3
    I had an AEBS for years with no issue my neighbor is using it now and its still working bought it when the first dual radios were available and now I use the latest Time Capsule but both had identical speeds both wired and wireless.

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