I have a dual processor 1 GHz G4 running v 10.4.11 - can I install and administer the MC340 AESB?

QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

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  • Answer

    The computer (Mac or PC) that performs setup and management of the Extreme is not required to be wireless. If your Mac or PC has an unused Ethernet port, use that to connect to the Extreme. However, it will need to meet the system requirement for this particular model of the AirPort Extreme Base Station:

    "System Requirements for setup and administration:

    Mac computer with Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later, CD drive, and Ethernet or wireless networking capability
    PC with Windows XP (SP3) or Windows Vista (SP1) or later, CD drive, and Ethernet or wireless networking capability"

    Prior to connecting the AirPort Extreme to anything, the software on the included CD must first be installed to the computer.

    If expense is an issue, consider the previous generation of the AEBS that can be purchased refurbished from the Special Deals section of the online Apple Store. They were all made during 2009, requires only OS X 10.4, and has the exact same warranty as this new one.

  • RM: according to Apple, the MC340LL/A:
    "uses a technology called multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) to transmit multiple data streams simultaneously" so that your new 5GHz laptop can operate on a single AirPort wireless network along with a 2.4GHz iPhone, iPod Touch or other device without the slower devices affecting the faster connection speed of the 5GHz laptop.

    and also:
    "improvements in antenna design give you up to 50 percent better Wi-Fi performance and up to 25 percent better range than with the previous-generation AirPort Extreme Base Station."

    It gives you a bit more current convenience and future-proofing at a higher cost, but of course there's no way to know what "eureka!" moment some engineer will have later today which will obsolete everything two years from now.

  • I saw earlier answers that v 10.4 would be ok, but I probably didn't see that they were talking about earlier AESB versions than the MC340.
    Is the MC340 preferred for speed and range over the version that works with 10.4? I'm going to have to replace the Mac tower soon as well due to software limitations.
    Thank you