Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 1:52 PM (in response to moses1973)
If you are comparing current production models to each other, no.
If you are comparing a current production model to a previous one, perhaps.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 3:34 PM (in response to moses1973)
I think my extreme has a better range than my express, both 2012 models. I haven't tested it though and my extreme and express are in different parts of the house, but the extreme does have 3 antennas, which when connected to a laptop with 3 antennas, such as the macbook pro, you will get a faster throughput than on the express. Its possible that this extra antenna adds some range as well.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 3:59 PM (in response to moses1973)
Hardly scientific, but I have both an AirPort Extreme and new AirPort Express and hooked each one up one at a time as the "main" and only router for house and tried things out for a few days with each AirPort.
I can't say that I noticed any significant difference as far as range or connection speed was concerned.
If anything, the Express might have had a bit better range in certain areas of the house. That might be because Apple's specifications rate the Express as having a tiny bit higher output....which surprises a number of users.
Back to your original question.......I think John Galt's response probably nailed it.
If much faster Gigabit Ethernet ports are important to you, or you want to connect a hard drive to the AirPort, then choose the AirPort Extreme.
Now it is time for another user to post saying that in his opinion.....one product runs circles around the other. That's normally the way these types of discussions seem to go.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 4:43 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)
ok then. sorry. I believe you guys. I never did a test with both units in the same place. It must be the upstairs walls that limit my Express range then.
I will say though that my Express is from UK and my Extreme is from US..... so my power output could be different.... I realize this doesn't help the discussion, but it may be that my wrong answer is invalid because I was testing products from two different countries with probably different output regulations.