5 Replies Latest reply: May 17, 2012 12:12 AM by HACKINT0SH
George Chapman Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)

I have an original airport extreme and wonder if a new one would improve my speed. My ISP isn't real speedy and both computers need replacing but I'm wondering if the new extreme is much improved?


iMac (24-inch), Mac OS X (10.7.3), MacBook 13in, ipad 2
  • 1. Re: Is it time to replace my original airport extreme?
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    It is important to understand that replacing the router (any brand) will not improve your Internet speed provided by your ISP. However, it can improve both your local wired & wireless speeds between network clients.

     

    If you have an 802.11g (domed-shaped) AirPort Extreme, the latest (5th generation) 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station (AEBSn) will provide a substantial improvement on your local network.

  • 2. Re: Is it time to replace my original airport extreme?
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,505 points)

    Your ISP is the real bottleneck as far as Internet connection speed is concerned.

     

    You don't mention that type of service that you have, but if it is say 10 Mbps, for example, your older domed AirPort Extreme is capable of handing much higher speeds....up to 50+ Mbps.

     

    As Tesserax points out, a new Apple router will not improve your Internet performance, but it will allow faster file transfers, copies, etc between devices on your local network.

  • 3. Re: Is it time to replace my original airport extreme?
    George Chapman Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)

    This is the original flat N extreme from about 2007. I know my ISP is a problem but nothing faster is available in Dubuque. The iPad finds dead spots in the house so I wondered if I could use the older router as a bridge if I got a new one or would this slow everything down to the older speed? Is it worth spending the money on  a new model?

  • 4. Re: Is it time to replace my original airport extreme?
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    No you shouldn't have any significant "slow downs" when using all "n" AirPorts. You can use the 1st generation to extend a newer model. One note is that the first two generations are NOT dual-simultaneous models. That means, they can operate on either the 2.4 or 5 GHz band, but not simultaneously. If you use one to extend a newer model, you will only be able to extend one of its radios ... which is not necessarily a problem, just wanted you to know.

  • 5. Re: Is it time to replace my original airport extreme?
    HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,755 points)

    For the reccord, please don't refer to the first gen extreme as the 'original', as you made us all think we were talking about the space-ship variant until you confirmed this was not the case.