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Spotlight Review: Airport Extreme 802.11N (5TH GEN)

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Apple’s latest refresh on their Airport Extreme wireless router includes more antennas, longer range and higher bandwidth (up to the full 300 mbps). What this means to you is you can be further away from the router with your laptop, phone, iPod, iPad, etc. and still connect easily. It’s not as inexpensive as many 802.11n routers on the market, but the incredibly easy setup, ability to hook up a printer or Time Capsule (Apple’s setup for backup, you can do it wirelessly for your laptop and other devices, all on one secure drive) and ability to handle up to 50 devices at once are amazing. You can set up full security and encryption on it, even adding a guest network to keep guests from having access to anything you don’t want them to.

  • Easy wireless networking – Connect your DSL or cable modem to the AirPort Extreme Base Station, then quickly set it up with the easy-to-use AirPort Utility, which is available as download for both Mac OS X and Windows. In minutes, you and up to 50 others can use your Mac computers or PCs to surf the web, stream video, share photos and more – without wires.
  • Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi – For maximum range and compatibility, AirPort Extreme works simultaneously on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, allowing all the devices on the network to use the most efficient band automatically. It uses the latest 802.11n wireless technology, so you can enjoy up to five times the Wi-Fi performance and up to twice the range of 802.11g wireless networks.
  • Guest networking – Set up a separate Wi-Fi network with a separate password for your visitors. Simply enable the guest networking feature, and your guests can use the Internet but can’t access other parts of your private network, such as your computers, printers and attached hard drives.
  • Print without wires – Have several computers in your home or office but only one printer? No problem. Just connect a compatible printer to the USB port on the AirPort Extreme Base Station, and the printer instantly becomes available to all the computers (Mac and PC) on your wireless or wired network.


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