whats the differnece between airport extreme and airport express?

im trying to decide whether to buy AirPort express or AirPort extreme, ive bought an apple ibook G3 and i dont know what to buy. any help?

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  • Best Answer:

    To answer your question, I've provided a brief comparison of the features in the AirPort Express and the AirPort Extreme.

    AirPort Express
    -AirPlay support (If you have speakers hooked up, your iTunes music can be streamed to those speakers via AirPlay; see iTunes help for more)
    -Printer Sharing via Wi-Fi
    -Creates Wi-Fi networks (a/b/g/n) capable of speeds of 350mbps (actual internet speed depends on your ISP's plan)
    -1 Gigabit Ethernet port

    AirPort Extreme
    -4 Gigabit Ethernet ports
    -Printer/Disk sharing via Wi-Fi
    -Creates dual-band WiFi networks (a/b/g/n) [In short: One network for some devices to connect to, and another for others)

  • If you're just looking for basic Internet connectivity then an Airport Express should work fine. Airport Express can support up to 10 computers/devices connected to a single Internet connection (via it's Ethernet port). An iBook G3 will not support the newer 'wireless N' standard, so you'll just need to set up a wireless 'g' network. This will also connect to newer Macs, but they won't be able to get the kind of wifi speed that they're capable of.

    Airport Extreme can run in 'dual band' mode to give the best of both worlds to both new and old Macs at the same time. It can also connect up to 50 devices simultaneously.

    The problem here is that an iBook G3 will not run a current version of OSX or iTunes, so you'll be missing out on features like AirPlay... Newer features won't work on that machine. You'll just get Internet... But that might tide you over until you get a newer Mac?

  • Portability.