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1. Apple AirPort Express with Air
$114.95
2. Apple M7600LL/E 802.11b AirPort
Too low to display $71.75 list($109.99)
3. Apple M8881LL/A AirPort Extreme
$42.99 $35.00 list($49.99)
4. Apple Airport Express Stereo Connection
$240.99 $199.88 list()
5. Apple M8799LL/A AirPort Extreme
$47.99
6. Apple AirPort Card Adapter Kit
$115.99
7. Apple Airport Networking Network
$249.88
8. Airport Extreme Base Station w/
list($299.99)
9. Apple M8209LL/A AirPort Base Station
$160.00
10. Apple M8930LL/A AirPort Extreme
list($99.00)
11. Apple Computer M7600LL/D AirPort

1. Apple AirPort Express with Air Tunes (M9470LL/A)
by Apple Computer

our price: $124.99
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Asin: B0002GDIII
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 180
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Features

  • Enjoy your iTunes music library in virtually any room of your house
  • Share a single broadband Internet connection and USB printer without inconvenient and obtrusive cables
  • Create an instant wireless network on the go
  • Access an AirPort Express wireless network
  • Compatible with Windows XP or 2000; Mac OS X v10.2.7 or later

2. Apple M7600LL/E 802.11b AirPort Card
by Apple Computer

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Asin: B0000899ZD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 531
Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Compatible with the 802.11b wireless standard
  • Ranges up to 150 feet indoors at 11 Mbps
  • Provides tight security
  • Use with an Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station for added functionality
  • Compatible with AirPort-enabled Apple computers

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars life changing
The wireless revolution has seriously altered the way I work. It didn't seem like it was that big of a deal, to be able to work anywhere in the house on a laptop. And then I was home over Thanksgiving and tried my father's - it was incredible. So, soon after I had my own and I love it - I even ended up getting another one for my wife's laptop.

Whether it's browsing amazon.com late at night in bed, checking morning email in the kitchen while the kids run around, or being able to set up a writing desk anywhere in the house without worrying about an accessible internet port - the airport system is awesome. Even if you only have a desktop computer it's worth it - you can to put the computer in a place where there's no internet plug, without the 40 foot cord draping your wall to connect it. All in all, a wireless system may seem extravagant, but once you have one you'll wonder how you got by without it.

The airport card, along with the base station, allows you to connect several computers, even ones that don't have wireless cards in them (i.e., we have two laptops on the wireless system, and then one iMac that doesn't have an airport card is plugged directly into the base station). You can print, scan - anything - wirelessly, as long as those extra components are connected to the base station.

If you have a big house and the base station won't be centrally located, you may want to look into the antenna. I have a 2500 square foot house and the base station is at one end of it. I can get access from anywhere in the house without the extra antenna, though in one or two places it's a weak signal. My father's house, on the other hand, is over 5000 square feet and the base station is at a far end - you can't even get a signal on the other side of the house. However, he purchased the antenna and the signal is now very strong wherever you are. A warning - you should make sure your airport network is password protected, especially if you get the antenna. The signal will be broadcast through half your neighborhood and if not protected, people can get on and use your airtime, clogging up your bandwidth.

Make sure you get the right card! There's the airport extreme card and the regular airport card (I believe they are both compatible with either base station). Check Apple's website for direct compatibility between your computer and the two different cards. They are different sizes and will only fit in the right kind of slot.

One final word - I've heard from others that certain products from Net Gear or other wireless manufacturers accomplish the same thing as the airport card and base station for much cheaper. I can't attest to the validity of this, but it might be worth looking into. I'd exercise extreme caution, since if you go with Apple products it will be covered with tech support, even if it's more expensive. And putting third party hardware in your computer will likely void the warranty on your computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Watch out, this does not fit an Apple iBook G4!
Recommend and rating, hard to say. My intent is to make sure that people don't make the same stupid mistake that I did! An Apple iBook G4 can only accept an "airport extreme" card. I suspect that most of the latest generation ibooks, powerbooks, and powerpcs and etc can only take the extreme card.

Do your homework beforing buying the M7600LL card.

5-0 out of 5 stars Adapter Comments
Just to clear things up a bit further on the adapter business. When Apple started selling Airport-capable systems and cards, the cards could be used with the CRT iMac or an iBook or Powerbook. Rather than build a special slot in the iMac that you could slide the card into, the card came with a little wraparound bit that had a socket on it which plugged into the iMac. If you were going to use the card in an iBook or Powerbook, you didn't need the adaptor, the card slides into a slot. I guess after awhile they decided to including the adapter was a bit wasteful if a large segment of the buyers weren't going to use it, so they made it an optional extra. The fact that their newer systems didn't need the adapter, and that sales of the CRT iMac were slowing down probably had something to do with it as well.

I've bought 3 Airport cards myself for various systems, and have been very impressed with the ease of use and reliability of the product.

5-0 out of 5 stars it works like a dream
I am a recent convert and just got a new 12-inch powerbook. The retailer who sold it to me was supposed to have installed the airport card themselves, but they did not. The airport card came separately and I decided to install it myself. Not only was it the easiest thing to install in the world, it began working immediately. I'm impressed with how non-technical you need to be and how smoothly you can just do all these things that I would never have dreamt of doing myself in the PC world.

1-0 out of 5 stars If only it worked
Switched to Mac? Switch back.

I built an 802.11b network for the PCs in my house. I set up everything and had it working and tested for a few weeks before tackling the Airport install. Since I'm not usually a Mac user, I thought I'd make sure everything else was working first.

Well, it was the right decision. 8 months later, my Airport card still does not work. I put it in our iBook, and it's recognized, but there is an error message that locks up all the wireless applications and configuration, so the Airport is useless. Yes, I have the right OS version, and I've gotten the latest drivers and applications, but nothing works.

I'll try again, sometime, but it's just really hard to get psyched up for hours and hours of beating your head against the wall, trying to get something to work.

Hey, it might work out of the box for you. If you have an older iBook, though, I'd prepare for a struggle. ... Read more


3. Apple M8881LL/A AirPort Extreme Card
by Apple Computer
list price: $109.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000899ZB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 562
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Exchange files or play multiplayer games at data transfer rates of up to 54 Mbps
  • Compatible with the industry-standard 802.11b wireless networking protocol
  • Range of up to 50 feet at 54 Mbps and up to 150 feet at 11 Mbps
  • Join any of the thousands of Wi-Fi certified 802.11b wireless "hot spots" that are currently running in coffeehouses, bookstores, and airports
  • 128-bit WEP encryption for secure connections

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars Apple quality comes through again!
My experience with the AirPort Extreme card has simply reaffirmed my faith in Apple. I literally popped the card into my PowerBook (this took all of a minute or two) and when I restarted my computer it was asking to connect to my wireless network. It couldn't get any easier. Reception is great and I've not experienced any of the problems some other Aluminum PowerBook owners have with reception. At the same time I installed this, I also installed a Microsoft wireless card on my girlfriend's Toshiba laptop. It took a good 3-4 hours to get that connected to the network due to driver issues, etc.. If you've got an AirPort Extreme-capable Mac, don't even consider using a PC Card for wireless. This card is the way to go!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wires? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Wires!
Here we have one of Apple's entries into the 802.11g wireless networking arena. AirPort Extreme is fast, but not as fast as wired solutions. (AirPort Extreme allows a maximum bandwidth of 54 Megabits per second [Mbps], while wired networks can now handle 1000 Mbps and more speed yet to come, in the near future.)
Still, wireless provides plenty of speed to handle cable/DSL/satellite Internet access.
Systems that contain a wireless card can communicate with one another and with the Internet or other wired networks through the use of a wireless base station (such as Apple's AirPort Extreme Base Station, also available, here at Amazon.)
Although compatible with the older Apple AirPort (802.11b) and Centrino, this card will only fit into laptops and desktops/towers designed specifically for it.
My situation is probably ideal for using wireless. I live in an apartment and I can't drill through walls to run cables. I have a base station situated where the cable TV/Internet cable enters the apartment. My computer is in another room. With the AirPort Extreme card installed in my Mac, I was on the Internet in less than five minutes! (OK, I'll admit to being knowledgeable about computers, especially Macs, but, using the AirPort Setup Assistant is easy.)
Performance? Folks, you need to limit your expectations here. When home televisions first came out you could only receive two colors (black and white.) Similarly, wireless networking is still a relatively new technology. Range is limited. Don't expect to get more than 150 feet without an antenna on a base station. Also, interference from 2.4 GHz cordless phones is possible. AirPort Extreme has a "robustness" option to help in situations where there is interference.
I have been running AirPort Extreme for about six weeks, as of this writing. To date, I have had zero problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Apple is Simply Better!
The whole Apple Sytem is so easy to use, the Extreme Airport card is so Easy to install and there is No headache like I used to have with my PC's (I switched 3 years ago). Very hard to crash an Apple system. Apple was first with the Airport system. No need for the big "C" wireless.
Works perfect in "hot spot" areas! Can't ask for a better system. Give Apple a try and you will see what I mean.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thank you for the great service
Thanks to J&R Music and Computer for good response and followup on a rush order. I would shop here again and plan to soon. This is an unsolicited review.

TjM

4-0 out of 5 stars You don't notice it -- which is the whole point
There's not a heck of a lot of point to writing a review for the AirPort, since it's the only option you have if you want to go wireless with a late model Mac (such as the 1 Ghz 12-inch G4 PowerBook that I use). But for what it's worth, here's my "two bits":

Installation on the PowerBook is relatively simple and takes only a few minutes. No, it's not as simple as, say, plugging in an external USB device, but then, you only have to do this once. Turn the Mac on, go to the System Preferences and be sure the AirPort card is detected and powered up, and you're good to go. Once it's configured properly, you don't even notice that it's there -- which is, after all, the whole point: an AirPort card is the kind of thing that should simply vanish from your awareness by working properly.

The AirPort Extreme in my PowerBook receives four stars, rather than five, for two reasons. First, the range is somewhat weaker than it was with the regular AirPort card in my old iBook (I'm told that this is due to the PowerBook's aluminum case). Second, if I put the PowerBook to sleep and I'm some distance away from my access point when I wake it, it occasionally has some trouble reestablishing the WiFi connection. Other than that, it's a great card and works well with my D-Link 614+. Being able to move around my apartment without trailing a Cat 5 cable with me everywhere I go has been a real relief, and a joy. The AirPort Extreme would make a great addition to your Mac. ... Read more


4. Apple Airport Express Stereo Connection Kit w/Monster Cables
by Apple
list price: $49.99
our price: $42.99
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Asin: B0002GDQZI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple
Sales Rank: 5811
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Features

  • A Monster mini-to-RCA left/right audio cable
  • A Monster mini-to-optical digital Toslink audio cable
  • An AirPort Express power extension cord

5. Apple M8799LL/A AirPort Extreme Base Station with Modem and Antenna Port
by Apple Computer

our price: $240.99
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Asin: B0000899ZA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 2036
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The AirPort Extreme Base Station with Modem and Antenna Port is compatible with the industry-standard 802.11b wireless networking protocol, which means all AirPort products, as well as Wi-Fi certified 802.11b wireless products. For higher performance you will need to have both the Airport Extreme Card and the AirPort Extreme Base Station. The range of AirPort Extreme is up to 50 feet at 54 Mbps and up to 150 feet at 11 Mbps. The Base Station can be used in conjunction with an Ethernet connection (such as with a cable modem, DSL modem, or Ethernet network) through the integrated Ethernet port, or with a telephone line through a modem.

The AirPort Extreme Base Station with Modem and Antenna Port also supports USB or Ethernet wireless printer sharing. Just plug in a compatible USB or Ethernet printer and with Mac OS X on your computer you can quickly and easily print. You can use the new USB port to attach a USB printer or use the 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN port to plug in an Ethernet printer directly into the base station.

With the new AirPort Extreme Base Station with Modem and Antenna Port, up to 50 users can work and play on the Internet simultaneously up to 150 feet away from an Ethernet connection or a phone line. The Base Station comes equipped with a built-in firewall to protect sensitive data on your computer and the ability to secure transmissions with support for 128-bit encryption.

The AirPort Extreme Base Station with Modem and Antenna Port lets you manage the range of your wireless network. An external antenna port is provided for you to attach an external antenna. There are two types of antennas available: an omni-directional and a directional, which extend the range of the AirPort Extreme base station. There is also a software feature that allows you on reduce the size of your wireless network, down to just a single room for extra privacy. ... Read more

Features

  • Exchange files or play multiplayer games at data transfer rates of up to 54 Mbps
  • Compatible with the industry-standard 802.11b wireless networking protocol
  • Range of up to 50 feet at 54 Mbps and up to 150 feet at 11 Mbps
  • Supports USB or Ethernet wireless printer sharing
  • Includes built-in v.90 modem with an RJ-11 port and an external antenna port

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth it
The wireless revolution has seriously altered the way I work. It didn't seem like it was that big of a deal, to be able to work anywhere in the house on a laptop. And then I was home over Thanksgiving and tried my father's - it was incredible. So, soon after I had my own and I love it - I even ended up getting another one for my wife's laptop.

Whether it's browsing amazon.com late at night in bed, checking morning email in the kitchen while the kids run around, or being able to set up a writing desk anywhere in the house without worrying about an accessible internet port - the airport system is awesome. Even if you only have a desktop computer it's worth it - you can to put the computer in a place where there's no internet plug, without the 40 foot cord draping your wall to connect it. All in all, a wireless system may seem extravagant, but once you have one you'll wonder how you got by without it.

The airport card, along with the base station, allows you to connect several computers, even ones that don't have wireless cards in them (i.e., we have two laptops on the wireless system, and then one iMac that doesn't have an airport card is plugged directly into the base station). You can print, scan - anything - wirelessly, as long as those extra components are connected to the base station.

If you have a big house and the base station won't be centrally located, you may want to look into the antenna. I have a 2500 square foot house and the base station is at one end of it. I can get access from anywhere in the house without the extra antenna, though in one or two places it's a weak signal. My father's house, on the other hand, is over 5000 square feet and the base station is at a far end - you can't even get a signal on the other side of the house. However, he purchased the antenna and the signal is now very strong wherever you are. A warning - you should make sure your airport network is password protected, especially if you get the antenna. The signal will be broadcast through half your neighborhood and if not protected, people can get on and use your airtime, clogging up your bandwidth.

Make sure you get the right card! There's the airport extreme card and the regular airport card (I believe they are both compatible with either base station). Check Apple's website for direct compatibility between your computer and the two different cards. They are different sizes and will only fit in the right kind of slot.

One final word - I've heard from others that certain products from Net Gear or other wireless manufacturers accomplish the same thing as the airport card and base station for much cheaper. I can't attest to the validity of this, but it might be worth looking into. I'd exercise extreme caution, since if you go with Apple products it will be covered with tech support, even if it's more expensive. And putting third party hardware in your computer will likely void the warranty on your computer.

4-0 out of 5 stars The best designed WiFi.
The best design for your desk top. High quality of this drives me crazy. However, it is a little bit expensive. Anyway, I love this high tech toy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just don't buy a Dr. Bott antenna
The new base station is great. But don't be taken in by the advertising for the external antennas sold by Dr. Bott. They do nothing to extend the range of the airport and in most cases decrease signal strength. Check out the discussions on the Apple web site for more info on the external antennas.
Other than the external antenna port being a waste of time because there are no good antennas for it, the new ABS is a nice access point. And best of all, the new Windows utility for configuration is quite handy. Thankfully Apple has finally realized that the Airports aren't just "Macintosh" peripherals but are also used by many Windows users.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eat our wireless dust PCs
Apple is revolutionary. With the release of the Airport, wires were suddenly a thing from the past. No more fumbling with extension cords to reach your laptop from your desktop. Nope. Now, PCs have a wireless internet source, which makes them feel special. Well Apple has now increased it's original substantially. That's right. We Apple folks are a step ahead of the crowd. With speed like this, do we even need fast connections? You could have a 64kbps internet connection, and it would be easy to live with now. Now that it can go a longer distance, I can sit in the woods behind my house and write a novel. Great, revolutionary, spectacular. These are some of the words I can use to describe this. Buy it now!

5-0 out of 5 stars Increased bandwidth worth every penny!
I got this base station with my new 17" powerbook and I can say for certain it is well worth the money. I also have the original Airport base station that I bought when my son was born (so I can compare).

Now, the near five-fold increase in bandwidth will not effect Web surfing (unless you REALLY have a nice internet connection). But it very dramatically will increase the speed of transferring files between computers. When I got the new powerbook I moved all the data from my old laptop to the new. I hooked the old one up by ethernet and just kept the new wireless. Files were transferred at a great clip-- WAY faster than if I kept them both using the old base station. And this increase was in the mixed bandwidth mode (compatible with computers that can only use 802.11b).

As opposed to another review for the other Airport Extreme model, I see no decreased range at all-- but no real increase either. Adding the optional Antenna would presumably make it even more than the old base stations, but I have not done this. However, the speed is so much better that even bad reception does not adversely affect websurfing or file downloads. I have had mixed experience with other Wi-Fi systems (LinkSys, for instance).

As an important addition, the USB port to attach a printer or scanner is great. That way you need not buy a print server to share a printer and have the computers all be wireless at the same time. ... Read more


6. Apple AirPort Card Adapter Kit
by Apple

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Asin: B00006I51H
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple
Sales Rank: 11025
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7. Apple Airport Networking Network Card (AIRPORTCARD)
by Apple

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Asin: B00005Y4RE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple
Sales Rank: 11613
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Features

  • Interface Compatibility: PC Card (PCMCIA)
  • Operating Frequency: 2.4 GHz
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Compatible with Apple MacOS X

8. Airport Extreme Base Station w/ Power Over Ethernet & UL 2043
by Apple

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Asin: B0002FGEYY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple
Sales Rank: 46866
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Features

  • With other computers (PC or Mac) equipped with 802.11b or 802.11g cards, you can easily share files and high-speed Internet access
  • Supports 802.11g wireless protocol for data transfer speeds of up to 54Mbps
  • Backwards compatible with 802.11b for data transfer speeds of up to 11Mbps
  • USB Port for printer connection - clients can wirelessly share a printer!
  • Supports up to 50 users simultaneously

9. Apple M8209LL/A AirPort Base Station
by Apple Computer
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00006662F
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 6736
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Up to 11 Mbps (data rate depends on environment)
  • 150-foot radius from the base station in typical use (range depends on building construction)
  • 2.4 GHz spread spectrum radio output power
  • Place it on your desktop or mount it on a wall (mounting brackets included)
  • Industry-standard IEEE 802.11b

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
One of the best features of the AirPort is its built - in modem and Network Address Translation (NAT) which allows multiple wireless computers to share a single dial in connection. If you're not up with cable or DSL yet, you can still get a wireless home or small business network going in no time, even if you're not a techie. When connected to cable or DSL, this little guy really shines, fully connects both Apples and PCs and is the coolest looking networking device you'll find. Apple just announced a new version with print server, but the current model AirPort has botth WAN and LAN connectors, so you if you're all wireless now, you can set up a 10BT print server as a peripheral and print off the WAN port. More expensive than some other solutions, but it does more too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wireless Networking Access Point
The Apple AirPort Base Station is extremely easy to use. The ABS software from Apple is designed with the same Apple Macintosh simplicity. This product includes security features that are easily understood, robust and fully standardized. The ABS is configurable via both Mac OSX and OS9 with support for computers running the Windows OS and third party PC cards. I can easily roam anywhere in the home and still maintain internet access.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product but now outdate by the Airport Extreme
Check out B0000899ZA and B0000899ZC, the new Airport Extreme. Much faster and lower prices.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wait for new version
Think carefully before you buy this BaseStation. At the MacWorld expo Keynote on January 9th, Steve Jobs announced a new version of the Airport Base Station which supports 802.11g--boosting the speed from 11Mbps to 54Mbps. The new version also acts as a print server, and the units automatically bridge between each other.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product--works very well
It's also easy to set up. Although I did have some problems
when I wanted it to handle my wired computer as well, I was able to negotiate those with the help of a friend, and without the use of any extra hardware like a router. Once set up the Airport™ worked great, and even switching from DSL to Cable was a snap. I haven't noticed any range problems, though admittedly I'm not asking for much, and the unit is transmitting through solid walls without any problems. ... Read more


10. Apple M8930LL/A AirPort Extreme Base Station
by Apple Computer

(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000899ZC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 11434
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Exchange files or play multiplayer games at data transfer rates of up to 54 Mbps
  • Compatible with the industry-standard 802.11b wireless networking protocol
  • Range of up to 50 feet at 54 Mbps and up to 150 feet at 11 Mbps
  • Supports USB or Ethernet wireless printer sharing
  • 128-bit WEP encryption for secure connections

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wireless Internet as a Fashion Statement
Apple makes cool stuff, no doubt about it. But one of their coolest products is the Airport Extreme system of wireless internet.

Using the Airport Extreme Base Station, in addition to an Airport Extreme reception card in your computer, you can move all around your home or office without the messy clutter of ethernet cables or connection equipment.

Setup is a snap using the included instructions. Within minutes you'll be surfing the web and accessing data wirelessly.

The only setback is the relative sensitivity of the Airport system. It doesn't like being near other computer components or going through walls. But, when push comes to shove, the unit does its job.

5-0 out of 5 stars Now fully complaint with 802.11g final spec
Merely a week after the 802.11g specification is finalized, Apple released a free firmware upgrade that brings Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS) up to compliance (downloadable from Apple's web site). In addition to fully complying with 802.11g and 802.11b standards, the upgrade also improves performance with both wired (10/100BASE-T Ethernet) and wireless (802.11b and 802.11g) clients.

If you are using Mac OS X 10.2 or higher, you can upgrade the AirPort Admin Utility to gain additional benefits:
- New automatic channel selection option. If set, AEBS will automatically select the optimal WiFi channel when it restarts.
- New 'Enable interference robustness' option under 'More...' dialog box. If enabled, AEBS will better interoperate with wireless telephones, microwave ovens, etc.
- Wireless Distributed System (WDS) is now easier to setup.
- Control over DHCP range.

Yes, AEBS is better than ever. While AEBS remains among the most expensive 802.11g WiFi routers on the market, it sets itself apart with compelling strengths:
- It is the easiest to setup under Mac OS X by far, thanks to elegant AirPort Admin Utility.
- USB printer port for sharing printers and printing wirelessly!
- Excellent cosmetics... it's soooooo pretty!
- WDS lets you expand WiFi range with additional AEBS or other WDS-compliant WiFi access points (most WiFi routers lack WDS).
- Timely firmware updates from Apple. Bring on the 802.11i WLAN security!

5-0 out of 5 stars Airport Rocks
Ease of use makes this the best choice for mac users.

1-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and unreliable
Apple Airport Base Stations have a history of overheating and ruining the electronics inside. I lost a ABS "snow" unit this way. Fortunately, I found at least two online businesses devoted to repair of base stations, or else buying unrecoverable units at salvage prices.

Apple Airport Base Stations are often than twice the price of equivalent devices from other manufacturers. The features of the Apple product do not justify such a huge disparity in price. You're just paying for the brand name.

Also, think twice before investing in a 802.11g wireless router, because if you use it for Internet via broadband like DSL or cablemodem, you are limited by the bandwidth of the slowest part of the system. DSL/cable bandwidth is typically about one-fifth of the 802.11g bandwidth. So you aren't going to surf the net faster. A faster router helps multiple computers on your local network communicate with each other (for instance, if you host multiplayer computer game parties), but connecting to the outside world doesn't improve. Of course, if you don't have broadband and your router connects via modem, the bottleneck is even worse.

Given Apple's track record of poor quality, premium prices, and dubious benefit of the "extreme" model, I do not recommend buying this product. Get a Linksys or Netgear 802.11b router for $40 or so, and you'll be just as happy. That's what I did, and I'm sending my ABS 'snow' unit in for salvage.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth it
The wireless revolution has seriously altered the way I work. It didn't seem like it was that big of a deal, to be able to work anywhere in the house on a laptop. And then I was home over Thanksgiving and tried my father's - it was incredible. So, soon after I had my own and I love it - I even ended up getting another one for my wife's laptop.

Whether it's browsing amazon.com late at night in bed, checking morning email in the kitchen while the kids run around, or being able to set up a writing desk anywhere in the house without worrying about an accessible internet port - the airport system is awesome. Even if you only have a desktop computer it's worth it - you can to put the computer in a place where there's no internet plug, without the 40 foot cord draping your wall to connect it. All in all, a wireless system may seem extravagant, but once you have one you'll wonder how you got by without it.

The airport card, along with the base station, allows you to connect several computers, even ones that don't have wireless cards in them (i.e., we have two laptops on the wireless system, and then one iMac that doesn't have an airport card is plugged directly into the base station). You can print, scan - anything - wirelessly, as long as those extra components are connected to the base station.

If you have a big house and the base station won't be centrally located, you may want to look into the antenna. I have a 2500 square foot house and the base station is at one end of it. I can get access from anywhere in the house without the extra antenna, though in one or two places it's a weak signal. My father's house, on the other hand, is over 5000 square feet and the base station is at a far end - you can't even get a signal on the other side of the house. However, he purchased the antenna and the signal is now very strong wherever you are. A warning - you should make sure your airport network is password protected, especially if you get the antenna. The signal will be broadcast through half your neighborhood and if not protected, people can get on and use your airtime, clogging up your bandwidth.

Make sure you get the right card! There's the airport extreme card and the regular airport card (I believe they are both compatible with either base station). Check Apple's website for direct compatibility between your computer and the two different cards. They are different sizes and will only fit in the right kind of slot.

One final word - I've heard from others that certain products from Net Gear or other wireless manufacturers accomplish the same thing as the airport card and base station for much cheaper. I can't attest to the validity of this, but it might be worth looking into. I'd exercise extreme caution, since if you go with Apple products it will be covered with tech support, even if it's more expensive. And putting third party hardware in your computer will likely void the warranty on your computer. ... Read more


11. Apple Computer M7600LL/D AirPort Card
by Apple Computer
list price: $99.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005RD8T
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 12814
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Access your home or business network with wireless technology
  • Reach speeds up to 11 Mbps
  • Easy plug and play PCMCIA installation
  • Roam up to 150 feet from your access point
  • Features 2.4 GHz frequency for better range and connection quality

Reviews (19)

5-0 out of 5 stars Apple Airport Card and Linksys WAP11
I bought an Apple Airport card for my Titanium Powerbook G4 and also a Linksys WAP11 Wireless Access Point. Initially, I had some trouble maintaining a consistant connection (the Powerbook would connect to the WAP11 but if I put it to sleep or restarted it, it would not find it again unless I rebooted the WAP11).

Well, after updating the firmware in the WAP11 and Airport card to their latest versions, I'm happy to say they work just great together!!! I love Apple stuff but $299 for their Airport Base Station is just a bit too pricey for me. So, I bought the WAP11 for around $150 and I'm a happy camper.

I haven't tested network printing and/or Appletalk. I think the WAP11 supports Appletalk but you will want to be sure of that if that is important to you. For browsing the web and any other TCP/IP related uses, it works just fine.

By the way, I'm using 128-bit encryption feature on both the Airport card and the WAP11. That involves entering in a "password phrase" in the WAP11 configuration software. The software then converts the phrase into a 128-bit hex number. It's a long number so you'll want to write it down.

When your Airport finds the WAP11, you'll want to the 128-bit key in the password field but make sure it is preceded by a "$" sign. After that, you should be able to connect.

One other thing to consider, you will need a PC with a USB port in order to update the WAP11 firmware. I tried updating the firmware using the Mac and Virtual PC but it would not recognize the WAP11. So, you might want to sneak into work at night or on the weekend to update the firmware...hehehe

Long live Apple!!!!!!!

Happy computing!!! :-)

3-0 out of 5 stars Well as mac user you haven't really much choice!
The Card works fine, I am using it with a Castelle LanPress print server 2P which has also functions as an Wireless access point (802.11b)

I am using it with no WEP because even following the instructions provided by the apple support site about the compatibility issue between SSID and airpot password my card seems still unable to get on my WLAN, whether I use or not the Hexadecimal $ sign before the airport password. This is the first of the reasons why I gave a 3 star rating to the card.

The card is definitely overpriced, since it features the very same characteristics of other name brands selling for less than 1/2 of its price and this is the second reason for the 3 star rating.

Of course, since the majority of the PCcards available from other brands are not supported/recognized by the Apple airport software, who would take the chance to waste time and money and end up with something that does not work?
I love Macs, but I hate when Apple limits my freedom to purchase what "I" want to buy, rather than what "they" force/allow me to buy! That's a third reason for my 3 star rating

PS: By the way I am not sure if the card will work to access the public access points (like the ones available for instance at starbucks or at some hotel's halls) which use "broadcast SSID" to authorize access to it. Has anyone tried it yet?

5-0 out of 5 stars NOTHING BUT NET (well, wireless Net)
I'm not a Mac guy. I am responsible for the wireless network at my place of work. We run Cisco 350 Series AP in two seperate buildings with primarily Cisco wireless pc cards.

I buy several other brands of wireless cards for testing (compaq, xircom linksys) and picked up an AirPort card as well. I have to admit I was a little confused at first, but I think the problem was my lack of understanding when it comes to Apple terminology. Airport? Is that the base station or the client?

As soon as I figured it out, I poked around in OS X and saw the settings for the wireless card. I input the SSID and the WEP key and a few other settings, and it picked up the signal, associated, autheticated and was browsing perfectly.

The true test was when I took it home to my wireless network. It switched between the two seamlessly. Even at Starbucks (at least the locations that have wireless access) it worked great. They broadcast their SSID, I associcated with their access point, signed in and was off and running with chat and email while sipping a mouth full of esspresso roast. You can set up wireless profiles, so if you go between wireless network, you don't have to make any changes. They are already stored for you and ready to use when you arrive...very nice.

So a PC guys opinion of this wireless card??? Five stars.

And just as a side not for all you Mac fans out there, the Cisco LMC-352 wireless card will also fit into your iBook underneath the keyboard as well.

Hope this helps.

Kevin

1-0 out of 5 stars If only it worked
Switched to Mac? Switch back.

I built an 802.11b network for the PCs in my house. I set up everything and had it working and tested for a few weeks before tackling the Airport install. Since I'm not usually a Mac user, I thought I'd make sure everything else was working first.

Well, it was the right decision. 8 months later, my Airport card still does not work. I put it in our iBook, and it's recognized, but there is an error message that locks up all the wireless applications and configuration, so the Airport is useless. Yes, I have the right OS version, and I've gotten the latest drivers and applications, but nothing works.

I'll try again, sometime, but it's just really hard to get psyched up for hours and hours of beating your head against the wall, trying to get something to work.

Hey, it might work out of the box for you. If you have an older iBook, though, I'd prepare for a struggle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wireless rocks!
Like everything Apple makes, it was trivial to install and setup. End of story.

The real glory is being able to carry my iBook all over the house and use it everywhere. Combine that with the great battery usage in the iBook, and I am finally not tied down!

Go Mac, and do it without wires. You won't regret it for a single moment. ... Read more


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