Currently Being ModeratedJul 4, 2013 9:20 AM (in response to 4thSpace)
I would like the MBP to easily switch between the two Airports. I'm guessing that will be done via the wifi icon near the clock in the menu bar?
Correct, you will have to manually click the AirPort icon and select the network that you want the MBP to join.
I would also like to share files wirelessly between the two computers and be able to see everything on the networks from all computers.
Be sure to enable File Sharing and Printer Sharing in the System Preferences > Sharing settings on each Mac.
When the MBP is on Airport2, will it still be able to see all of those devices?
No, it is on another network.
What exactly should I purchase for Airport2?
Compare the AirPorts using the link below and choose the one that meets your requirements.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 4, 2013 9:31 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
On the devices, my Time Capsule looks like the Airport Express in the link above. They seem to have come out with new models since then. I don't know how fast mine is but would it would probably be 300Mbps? I'm not sure how to find that out but it is likely only 802.11n and not 802.11ac (which seems to be 4X plus faster).
I think the main benefit of getting an Airport Extreme is speed?
After looking at the new Time Capsule, now I'm wanting to upgrade. The 1.3Gbps rate should be acheivable internally (internal network) right?
My MBP is 2.5 years old. My Mac Mini was purchased last December. My AppleTV is only a 2nd gen. Those 3 devices are the main ones I'd like to see a speed boost in. But I'm not sure if they will be any faster than 300Mbps. You have some idea on that?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 4, 2013 10:16 AM (in response to 4thSpace)
My MBP is 2.5 years old. My Mac Mini was purchased last December. My AppleTV is only a 2nd gen. Those 3 devices are the main ones I'd like to see a speed boost in.
Before you jump in an buy a new Time Capsule or new AirPort Extreme with 802.11ac performance, you might want to understand that you will not get 802.11ac performance unless you also have a new 802.11ac capable computer.
Right now, the only Macs that support 802.11ac are the new MacBook Air models introduced earlier month.
If you don't have a new 802.11ac computer, then you should not expect much if anything in the way of significant improvement with the existing computers and devices that you have.
But I'm not sure if they will be any faster than 300Mbps.
300 Mbps would be about the maximum theoretical speed that you could attain with the devices that you have. The exception would be that the Mac Mini could possibly reach up to about 450 Mbps....in theory.....with a new AirPort router or Time Capsule. The Mac Mini would need to have a clear line of sight to the new AirPort or Time Capsule to reach up to these levels.
If you want to check the speed at which your computers are currently connecting, hold down the option key while you click on the AirPort icon at the top of the screen and look for the setting for Transmit Rate. That is the number in Mbps of the current maximum connection speed capability.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 4, 2013 10:21 AM (in response to 4thSpace)
Probably OK for wireless, but if you plan to connect any Ethernet devices to the Express, the ports on the AirPort Extreme are 10 times faster than the ports on an AirPort Express.
So, you might have a 300 Mbps wireless connection on the Express, but the Ethernet connection on the Express will cut down that capability to 100 Mbps maximum. The AirPort Extreme ports can handle up to 1,000 Mbps.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 4, 2013 10:29 AM (in response to 4thSpace)
The ports on the AirPort Express are 10 times slower than the ports on your older Time Capsule and newer Extremes and Time Capsules.
AirPort Express = 100 Mbps
AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule = 1,000 Mbps
This is a no brainer for me....if I was looking for a new AirPort router.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 4, 2013 10:29 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
I'll get a new MBP next year. It will be able to take advantage of the new faster Airport Extreme. I could bite the bullet and pay the extra $100 for the Extreme. Thing is, it won't be used as much. I only want this additional Airport for when the Mac Mini Internet connection is tied up downloading big files.
If there was some way to see both networks at once from the MBP, that would be ideal. This way, I'm not flipping through the networks. But you mentioned it isn't possible to see two networks at once right?
I'll have to think about it now. I know the 2nd network is be wireless virtually all the time, which makes just an Airport Express the ideal purchase. I can always sell the Express on eBay once I'm ready for the Extreme.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 4, 2013 10:35 AM (in response to 4thSpace)
'll get a new MBP next year. It will be able to take advantage of the new faster Airport Extreme.
Not unless Apple has introduced 802.11ac capable MBPs.
But you mentioned it isn't possible to see two networks at once right?
If you get the Express or Extreme and connect it to the 2nd DSL modem, you will not be able to "see" any devices on the "other" network....and devices on the "other" network will not be able to "see" devices on the 2nd network.