Product Type: Apple in Wireless LAN
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Is that a UFO I see.......
Apple Airport Base Station
Member Name: dammy8248
Apple Airport Base Station
//I've been on a bit of a reviewing streak this past day reviewing all the things i've aquired, this is one of the things however i've had for a while and never even looked at to think of reviewing//
So, What is this UFO looking object Im trying to tell you lovely people to buy? Well, its essentially a wireless router by Apple, their "airport base station". One thing I will point out from the beginning is that it is NOT just for people with Apple Mac laptops/computers, it works fine with normal windows too. It connects using the B wi-fi protocol, which is a bit of a drawback from the Belkin routers which support B/G and N.... If you're not very technical then this probably doesnt matter to you. Rest assured if your laptop is cerca 2005 then I dont invisage any problems.
It connects pretty much in the same way as any other router, it has a DC power cable, 3 ethernet out cables for wired connections (home networking, connection to old pc's etc) and a USB port which you can use to plug in a networkable hard drive, or perhaps a printer ( though many printers actually have Wi-fi built in so that you can connect your laptop direct). There is also a set of lights which flash to tell you whether or not things are connected.
In terms of wireless connectivity, I have to say that the apple airport base seems to provide a slower internet service than my Belkin router, however, I can successfully connect about 4 laptops and a few other devices before I notice any severe drop in quality.
The Airport is a very pretty device, certainly those accustomed to Apple products will be in heaven to know that they dont have to buy an ugly grey box, however I cant help but feel that the Airport is a bit superflous, adding design to something that most of us have hidden out of sight.... Belkin and netgear have spent alot more time developing their interfaces and setups, whereas apples product feels a bit thrown together.
Don't get me wrong, I use this router all the time, and it works fine, but it works fine for about £50 more than Its competetor which has far more surrport available. You're choice.
Summary: A bit too pretty, not quite functonal enough
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