AirPort Extreme Base Station (802.11n)

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AirPort Express (802.11n)

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AirPort Base Station (2002)

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AirPort Base Station

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Pros
  • Significantly faster than previous model
  • Simpler configuration
  • Easy printer and hard drive sharing across network
  • Better wireless range
  • Configuration profiles
  • Full-featured 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point in a portable package
  • Can share a USB printer over a network
  • Can operate as a dedicated wireless-to-wired bridge
  • AirTunes functionality
  • Easy to configure
  • LAN port adds network flexibility
  • AOL support
  • Easy bridging and firewall
  • Easy to configure
  • Permits multiple Internet connections over single modem
Cons
  • No gigabit Ethernet
  • Lacks protection for individual folders on shared hard drives
  • Wireless-to-wireless performance below that of AirPort Extreme
  • Ethernet jack only 100base-T
  • USB port doesn’t support AirDisk
  • AirTunes must be controlled from your Mac
  • Skimpy troubleshooting documentation
  • Expensive compared with similar products
  • Unimpressive performance. COMPANY: Apple Computer
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