Airport Extreme Wireless Base Station

Setting up a network at home or work has never been easier than it is with the Apple Airport Extreme.

Plug the unit in, hook up the cables, and fire up the Airport Utility software. Fill in the blanks and away you go using your new Airport Base Station.

AirPort Extreme uses the Bonjour technology in Mac OS X to allow AirPort-equipped Mac computers running Mac OS X to find each other with no effort on your part--they discover each other just by virtue of being connected to the network.

image Apple MB763LL/A AirPort Extreme Dual-band Base Station - front view
This box works with all WiFi devices. This unit makes it easy as pie to share a broadband internet connection, USB printer, or an external hard drive without running wires. The iPod Touch and iPhone can get in on the action as well.

Share some stuff: Connect any external USB hard drive to the Airport Extreme port and share files between computers. Or connect a printer to that port and share that instead. Got an Apple TV? Stream video to it via the Airport Extreme.

image image Apple MB763LL/A AirPort Extreme Dual-band Base Station - rear view
Security is no problem either. Protect your network with a number of industry standard protocols including WPA/WPA2, WEP with 40 bit and 128 bit encryption, as well as MAC filtering and NAT firewall.

People sometimes get this box confused with the Apple Express because of the name similarities so I always refer to it as the square white box. This wireless router is one of my favorite routers - period. It's easy to setup and install, performs flawlessly, and because its dual band, it plays nicely with other wireless devices such as remote controls and cell phones.

The only suggestion and advice I give my clients about this box is to be sure to place it in a well ventilated area and not to place it in a cubby hole or in an area where other things can get placed on top of it such as books and papers. This unit is very warm blooded and needs plenty of exposure to air in order to keep it cool. In fact I also suggest that you stand the unit on its edge in order to provide more surface area for convected air currents to circulate. Keeping this thing cool will extend its life and provide years of trouble free operation.

Apple Airport Extreme Wireless Base Station