There is no reason to get the 802.11g card (Extreme) unless you will be using it with an 802.11g router. You won't see any difference in speed with just the 'extreme' card. You'll just see the 'extreme' difference in price <br><br>
I'm a little confused (constantly) about the naming used.<br>I zipped over to Buy.com and saw the Netgear you wrote about. I see the terms 'Wireless Access Point' and 'Wireless Router'.<br><br>I have a standard USB four port router. To set up a wireless system do I need a wireless hub, or router, or access point?<br><br>Thanks for the help<br><br><br>The thread killer
"Would the Airport 'Extreme' card be better than the, um, non-Extreme card?"<br><br>It's a difference between b and g again (hey, Bee Gees!—I digress). <br><br>Thanks for the tip from me too, Lori. I have a 17" PB that should be arriving today and was thinking that I'd be using my 50' ethernet cable to use it around the house until I saw your find.<br><br><br>
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RE: Mixing Airport Extreme and Airport (regular).<br><br>At home I have an Airport Extreme Base Station, G4 Desktop w/Airport (non Extreme) card, and an iBookG4 w/Airport Extreme Card.<br><br>If you mix different types of Airport cards with an Airport Extreme base station, the base station will default to 11Mbs (non-Extreme mode). <br><br>So you lose the benefit of Extreme if you have even just one non-extreme Airport Card present on the network.<br><br>===================<br>[color:blue]"I can't believe you're wearing THAT avatar to the message boards! </font color=blue><br>S3V3N<br>Washington, DC USA
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Fair question. If your cable company was serving up "extreme" service then yes I would go for it. Or if the population on your network was getting crowded then yes I would consider 802.11g.<br><br>If you're just cutting your teeth on wireless networking for a home network you might consider the "extreme" package for Christmas 2004 and in the meantime you will be enjoying the 802.11b experience.<br><br>Of course now, I went from a dial-up to cable to wireless all within a few months and I can honestly say I can't tell the difference between wireless surfing and cable direct, but I definitely fly higher now thanks to cable.<br><br><br><br>"640K ought to be enough for anybody." - Bill Gates
If you want to do wireless with all your computers you need a router, not a hub. I don't know the difference, but I heard reboot say that.<br>The cable from the wall goes to the cable modem, then to the wireless router.<br>My two computers have Airport cards and I can use them anywhere in the house wirelessly connected to the Net.<br>They are using the internet connection and the network that is set up by the Netgear router.<br>So I can also browse or mount each others hard drive anywhere in the house through the same Netgear network.<br>I also just found out that I can print to the Epson Photo 820, which is connected to my iMac from my ibook...cool<br><br>I really don't know much about this stuff, but the Netgear also has 4 ethernet thingys on the back, that you can add computers to that don't have a wireless card (I am guessing)<br><br><br>My Stuff
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I can't tell the difference between wireless surfing and cable direct<p><hr></blockquote><p>That's because the 11MBps is still faster than your Internet connection for one computer. Where the advantage of g would come in is if you had multiple computers using that wireless bandwidth at the same time or if you needed to transfer lots of files back and forth between your computers—then you'd see the speed difference.<br><br>
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