Problems with Airport express and Linksys WRV200 router. If linksys is replaced with airport extreme, is it gonna be better?

I have an airport express and now after buying a bluray player, I need an ethernet connection besides the wireless. I had an old linksys router that I was able to set up and the set up the airport express in client mode to be able to use it for itunes streaming. The problem is that the linksys router drops my connection with the internet and even with my airport, so I'm considering buying an airport extreme and then connect the express to it for music streaming. I know this works, but is it reliable? I don't want to spend 200 bucks to find myself in the same situation I am right now...

  • Asked by Federico R from Brooklyn
  • 21-Mar-2010
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2 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    The short answer is "yes". If you have an old linksys router then it is probably 802.11g. The Airport Extreme is dual band meaning that you get both 802.11n & 802.11g. If you have a laptop that is N capable then you'll get a faster connection and if using a G device at the same time, you won't lose any speed. As far as it working with an Airport Express for streaming iTunes, I've had not problems with doing this for over 2 1/2 years.

    • Answered by Kevin Y from Lawrenceville
    • 22-Mar-2010
  • No, your 802.11g Linksys will not do well in the long run with the 802.11n (draft 2.0) AirPort Express. The G-speed Linksys may be the victim of massive interference, but it really only takes one conflicting device to temporarily cripple it. For example, my G-speed router could be knocked out by the gardener's electric hedge trimmer.

    The new AirPort Extreme will work perfectly and reliably with your Express. It is far faster, more powerful and stable than the Linksys.

    • Answered by Andrew H from Carmel
    • 21-Mar-2010