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Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetComputer Networking · 1 decade ago

Question about mac airport?

I am going to get an airport soon and I need to know about it. It is the AirPort Express Base Station with 802.11n and AirTunes. I need to know if this is an airport of something that like extends the range of an airport you already have.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    There's Airport and then there's Airport. Airport Extreme is the newer, faster protocol. Airport Express is a combination of an Airport Extreme base station with 10/100 base-T ethernet speed (slightly slower than the data transfer rate of 802.11N) and AirTunes which can play iTunes music wirelessly to a home music system. The Airport Express has a mini-audio jack so you just connect a cable to your stereo or Apple TV. In that sense, it has an extra connection compared with the Airport Extreme Base Station. It also has a USB port for wireless printing.

    The Airport Extreme Gigabit base station has 10/100/1000 base-T ethernet speed (slightly faster than 802.11N) which, with a 1000 base-T DSL, will end up being faster than the Airport Express. In addition, it has a built-in 3-port router for hardwire networking and a USB port that supports not only wireless printing but also an external USB hard drive for network drive sharing. In an office, go with the Airport Extreme Gigabit and you will have the fastest of everything but no AirTunes.

    When you say "extends the range of an airport you already have" do you mean you already have a base station or you have an Airport card installed in your Mac or both? Do you want to know about the distance or the data transfer rate? If you connect two base stations on one network, you then have three or more wireless devices (2 base stations and one card). The distance is limited to the range of the two base station and the range of the card in the Mac. Higher protocol number is better. By placing two base stations near their maximum ranges and moving your Mac away from the second base station, you can achieve maximum range but there might be dropouts if you are near max range.

    There were some half dozen protocols for wireless networking although only 802.11B, 802.11G and 802.11N have been implemented by Apple. Each step up means one or more of these benefits: faster data transfer, greater range, and/ or more possible computers can connect. But the rate of data transfer, and to a lesser extent, the range, is limited to the slower of the two protocols of the card and the base station. For example, a Mac with an 802.11B card connecting with an 802.11N base station will achieve 802.11B speed.

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  • Erika
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Your Mac won't enable something to get admission to your workstation apart from the place you extremely enable them to - that is totally secure. you additionally can turn off get admission to to that public folder - open your gadget alternatives, click the 'Sharing' icon, and uncheck the field for 'own report sharing'. As somebody else mentioned, you haven't any administration over what she downloads (or somebody else in her kinfolk) - porn, unlawful music or action picture downloads - she won't even understand what she's doing is unlawful, and it will all be traceable to you, so a minimum of lay down some policies.

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  • 1 decade ago

    its the same as a regular airport, just that it's simpler connections.

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