I don't understand this, what's the different between this AirPort Ex Base Station and the usual wireless router such as NetGear or Belkin ones?

QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

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  • Best Answer:

    The difference is quality and technology. Apple is far ahead of the competition.

    This router was actually certified full three-stream 802.11n on Dec 03, 2009 (as was the Time Capsule) while Netgear, Linksys, Cisco, Thompson, Belkin and almost all other manufacturers still today do not have a competing router product certified full three-stream 802.11n.

    D-link had a single competitive product certified Dec 30, 2009.

  • The biggest difference is the fact that your can connect a usb printer as well as a hard drive to the 'router' itself. So anyone that connects to the airport express can access the printer as well as the hard drive.