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Apple MB053LL/A AirPort Extreme Base Station

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  • Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting computers or network devices
  • Wireless networking router based on the 802.11n draft standard
  • Interoperable with Wi-Fi Certified 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g Mac computers and Windows-based PCs
  • Up to 5 times faster and twice the range of 802.11g routers
  • USB port turns external hard drives, printers, and other devices into network resources
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Apple
  • Model Number: MB053LL/A
  • Connectivity Technology: ethernet, wi-fi, usb
  • Number of Ports: 1
  • Network Switching Protocol: Ethernet
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Product Description

Product Description

This is a solid wireless router for all-Mac and mixed Windows/Mac networks.

From the Manufacturer

Introducing the new AirPort Extreme Base Station, the perfect wireless solution for home, school, and business. As it blankets your space with a blazing-fast, secure wireless network, it opens up a world of possibilities for home entertainment, backups, printing, and more.

With the new AirPort Extreme Base Station, you and up to 50 of your friends, colleagues, or family members can enjoy a robust wireless network offering up to five times the performance and up to twice the range of networks created with the earlier 802.11g standard.

Easy as a Mac.
Setting up a network should be as easy as setting up a Mac. And it is--if you’re using a new AirPort Extreme, which features a completely redesigned setup utility. Just take the AirPort Extreme out of the box. Plug it in. Install the software, and in five minutes or less, you’re good to go.

Surf the web, chat, send email, or exchange photos from any computer or from your iPhone. Print or access a shared hard drive--wirelessly. Set limits for when your kids can access the Internet. Secure your network with a firewall and strong encryption. Even use AirPort Extreme as the perfect companion to Apple TV.

Superfast, supercompatible.
The AirPort Extreme Base Station features 802.11n,2 the next-generation high-speed wireless technology included with most shipping Mac computers and some newer PCs with compatible cards. The AirPort Extreme is also Wi-Fi Certified to work with the 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g wireless standards--which means the systems you’re already using will work seamlessly with the new base station.

Elegantly simple.
Just 6.5 inches square and 1.3 inches tall, the new AirPort Extreme features a simple, elegant design that will fit almost anywhere--your desk, a table, a bookshelf, or any flat surface.

What's in the box:
Airport Extreme Base Station, AirPort Utility for Mac and Windows, AirPort Disk Utility for Mac and Windows, 802.11n Enabler for Mac, Bonjour for Windows, power cord, printed and electronic documentation.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
Item Weight 1.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Item model number MB053LL/A
National Stock Number 5895-01-576-5802
Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 214 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #37,167 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#193 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Modems
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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I own an iMac G5, a Nintendo Wii, an Airport Express, a Nintendo DS, a HP Printer, and an XBox 360, and this thing works flawlessly with all of them. I can't speak for Windows based PC's, but the Airport Extreme was a breeze to setup on the Mac. The new Airport layout does most of the work for you and all you have to do is click when it tells you to. So simple a caveman could...well, you know.

*One note: If you install it, it says its working, but you're still not on the internet, then restart your cable provider's box and when it comes back on you'll be up and running. This didn't happen to me, but it did happen to a friend of mine. Just thought I'd pass the word.
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I have been using many wireless routers (Linksys, D-Link, SMC, Netgear, Siemens...) over the years, since the early days of 802.11b, but this is my first experience with an Apple router (second, really: I've just replaced my first generation Airport Extreme router with this one which has a Gigabit switch instead of the original 100BT, so this is an update of the review I posted for the original model)

There is no need to comment on the manufacturing quality, design and packaging: in typical Apple fashion, they're miles ahead of the competition. For instance, unlike all the other routers I ever used that came with a 110v only power supply, the Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS for short) comes with a universal worldwide power supply equipped with a standard power cord.

Performancewise, it is exceptional. I have been putting it through its paces over the past few days and it's barely breaking a sweat in situations where my previous routers (Linksys WRT54G and Netgear WGN824) would progressively get slower, or just plain crash and require a reboot. Coverage is excellent, better than my WGN824's which was already quite impressive.

Apple has traditionally be doing things differently, and it shows here again: unlike most routers, which are managed by accessing a built-in web server, this router can only be configured using the "Airport Utility" configuration program. The bundled CD contains a Mac OS X and a Windows version of the utility (I can already hear groans from the Linux geeks). The utility is extremely simple to use, although I haven't tried to use the more advanced features such as setting up another router like the Airport Express as a range extender.
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First, I have to comment about another reviewers statement that the Airport doesnt work with XP SP2. I set it up wirelessly for my wifes Dell that has XP SP2 on it and have no problems whatsoever. The setup was simple and as with most Apple products it walks you through the process and I had her computer up and running within 10 minutes. If you need to share a (PC) printer through the Airport, it includes Bonjour software which will walk you through the set up process for a pc and in an additional 10 minutes she was printing from the Airport as well. If you have a Mac it's even simpler. The data throughput is exceptional and I have never had a problem with a sluggish connection. The range is also pretty impressive as my wife will sometimes go out on the deck (the Airport is on the second floor on the opposite side of the house) and has never had a problem. I recently switched to this router after using a another "n" router and had quite a few problems with it. The Airport is the type of device that Microsoft has never mastered...a true plug and play device.
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Over the past 8 years, I've used the Linksys WRT54G, a Belkin wireless G, and a D-Link DI-524 wireless G. None of these products ever broke down on me, but they all suffered a weakness: the occasional dropped connection and requirement to a hard reset (i.e. unplug and restart). In fairness, each of these routers was $20 - $50, and so the savings over the Apple router was substantial (and ignoring the fact that they are all wireless G vs. Apple's wireless N).

Here's the verdict on the Apple Airport Extreme router. In almost 45 days of continuous use, it has not dropped a connection or ever required a restart in any way. To me, that's worth spending extra money.

I have a fairly complex network:
Cable modem >> Apple Airport Extreme >>...
1. Gigabit port 1 connects to SMC Gigabit 8-port switch, which connects 5 other devices around the house via Ethernet
2. Gigabit port 2 connects to a Vonage Motorola VOIP router.
3. Gigabit port 3 connects to a TivoHD

The wireless router is serving an HP laptop and a Tivo series 2 (both using WPA encryption).

The USB port is serving an HP LaserJet 6L, which has a parallel-to-USB cable. The Apple Bonjour software made this printer a breeze to install. Multiple computers (Windows XP and Apple) now print to this printer.

I also have 2 airport express units (wireless G models) connected to the wireless network to serve iTunes music to other parts of the house.

The setup and configuration of this unit is superior to the Linksys, Belkin, and D-Link. The only minus is that I cannot seem to find a DHCP table that shows me all devices connected to the network (and corresponding IP address).
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