AirPort Extreme Base Station (Gigabit Ethernet)

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AirPort Base Station (2002)

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AirPort Extreme

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Price Best Price: $173.00
Pros
  • Speed enhancements in complex network configurations
  • Significant speed boosts
  • Gigabit Ethernet support
  • Improved USB file-transfer speeds
  • Easy to configure
  • LAN port adds network flexibility
  • AOL support
  • Easy bridging and firewall
  • Easy to configure
  • Permits multiple Internet connections over single modem
  • Supremely easy to set up
  • Fast performance on its 5GHz network
  • Supports USB hard drives for Time Machine backups and other uses
Cons
  • Modest performance on crowded, lower-frequency bands
  • Skimpy troubleshooting documentation
  • Expensive compared with similar products
  • Unimpressive performance. COMPANY: Apple Computer
  • Very slow performance on its 2.4GHz network
  • Only one USB port to support either a printer or a hard drive
  • No FTP file server or DLNA media server
At A Glance

The AirPort Extreme is a natural fit for Mac users, but some competing routers deliver higher performance and more features.