Chapter . Pick a Base Station

“You can paint it any color as long as it’s black,” is allegedly (but apparently not in actual fact) Henry Ford’s statement about choice with the Model T. Apple’s similar quotation on Wi-Fi before June 7, 2004, was, “You can have whatever you want as long as it costs $200 or more.” Then Apple announced AirPort Express, dropped its AirPort Extreme price, and changed the face of home Wi-Fi.

In this section, you can find out which base station or gateway is right for you. You can find out if the AirPort Extreme or AirPort Express Base Station has particular features you need, and, if not, how an older or alternative gateway could do the trick at a lower price. I’ll also review using a Mac as a software base station, making ...

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