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

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I just got a new Macbook and am going overboard on the whole Apple thing. I blame it on my iPhone initially . Anyway, I have a Linksys G router now, and I would like to upgrade to the Airport Extreme for the N and also for the USB support. A couple things are holding me back right now. First, the price. Not a huge deal if it will do what I want. Second, can I really use a USB hub to run multiple printers and an external hard drive. I would like to connect my HP psc2410 and my HP 2600n as well as an external hard drive if possible. Third, does the Airport Extreme give me the performance of other N routers available right now? And is something new going to come out soon that I should have waited for? Fourth, the way I understand N, having a G device does not slow everything down like B did to G. Is this right, because I will still have my Tivo connected with G and don't want my Macbook running at the G speeds since it has N built in. And last, is there different versions of the Airport Extreme? Or if I get one of the square one they are all the same?

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I really only notice the N speeds when transferring files from computer to computer. I don't think it it makes the internet any faster, however N has a massive wireless range. I get full bars even outside. My wireless G devices get only one bar when I am in the same spot as where I get the full bars on my N devices. Also a USB hub will work. I have two 1GB thumbdrives and a printer connected to my base station.

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I am not sure if this will help your decision however. I have an Airport Extreme with a 4 port usb plugged into it, from the hub I have an external hd, and two brother printers.

I also have a pc, macbook and iMac connected through the wireless, all of which share the hd and both printers.

You may also want to take a look at this.

http://www.macintouch.com/reviews/airportn/

Good luck with your decision.
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do a, b, g and n only refer to wireless connections?

cos i dont know if my desktop pc (connected via etherenet) will slow down a new MBP using 'n'
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Thanks for all the info. I am probably going to wait at least a day or two, so if anyone else has more to add, please do.



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do a, b, g and n only refer to wireless connections?

cos i dont know if my desktop pc (connected via etherenet) will slow down a new MBP using 'n'
That does refer to the wireless, and a dektop pc connected via ethernet will not slow down the wireless. It will just be taking some bandwidth away from the Internet if you are surfing or something on both computers.
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I would wait, the latest firmware for the Airport Extreme is buggy like ****. Do a search on Apple´s forums and you will see people having loads of trouble with USB-disks and disconnects all the time. Wait it out and see if Apple fixes these issues.

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I would wait, the latest firmware for the Airport Extreme is buggy like ****. Do a search on Apple´s forums and you will se people having loads of trouble with USB-disks and disconnects all the time. Wait it out and see if Apple fixes the issues.

(I have it myself)
Good to know. Thanks.
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