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Mac mini: Airport or wired?

 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:53 am    Post subject: Mac mini: Airport or wired? Reply with quote

I have a new Mac mini on the way, and it'll be the first Mac I've owned that came Airport ready (I never bothered with an Airport card for my G4 MDD tower).

I have a simultaneous dual-band Airport Extreme which I bought for my Windows laptop and iPod Touch. I like the idea of operating the mini wirelessly as well, in order to eliminate yet another wire and keep things as uncluttered as possible. However, I was wondering if there are any performance benefits from having it wired direct to the Extreme. Will it be faster, more stable and more secure having it wired as opposed to wireless? The Extreme and mini will be in the same room and only a few inches away from each other.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on the new Mac mini! I would probably go with Gigabit Ethernet if you are going to be that close to the AirPort Extreme. It's a faster and more consistent connection.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will it be faster, more stable and more secure having it wired as opposed to wireless? Yes, Yes, and yes*

How about a wired connection until you need that port for something else? Try the wired for a week, try it wireless for a week to see what you like. If your network cable is bright blue and your desk is beige, get a light grey cable to blend in better. I'd go wired since it's up 99.999999% of the time.


* a network is only as strong as it's weakest link so as long as you use the strongest encryption etc it's reasonably secure. The only reasonable way to ensure higher security is to have an entirely wired network where someone would have to plug in to access the network. Then again it's only as strong as it's firewall etc is for outside "attacks".
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another vote for wired, especially as the boxes are next to each other.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd always go wired where ever possible.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cypher wrote:
I'd always go wired where ever possible.

as well
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, everyone. Wired it is!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, Sorry, this is a late late cut in to the thread. It seems Airport Extreme would provide ONE wired Ethernet connection to a computer and wireless network for all other computer/device. Is this a basic/standard feature for all or most other wireless routers in the market? Or the basic is "wireless only" without even "one" wired connection? I am looking for a wireless router that provides at lest one wired connection and then fast, reliable, secured wireless (Airport Ext seems bit expensive). Any recommendation?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah d-link has one. I will try to find a link.



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127215&cm_re=d-link_router-_-33-127-215-_-Product


this will work. has 1 in and 4 out along with wireless. really good sale around 65 bucks normally 100
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fiat wrote:
Hi, Sorry, this is a late late cut in to the thread. It seems Airport Extreme would provide ONE wired Ethernet connection to a computer and wireless network for all other computer/device.


Actually the Apple Airport Extreme has 4 wired Ethernet outlets.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil: Thanks for the d-link router link. (How do you compare with Linksys WRT160N Ultra RangePlus Wireless N Router - 300Mbps, 802.11n, 4-Port on sale for $40 by Tiger direct?)

jb: Thanks for correcting my out of line knowledge. Airport Ext does have 4 wired ports and Airport Exp has none.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fiat wrote:
Phil: Thanks for the d-link router link. (How do you compare with Linksys WRT160N Ultra RangePlus Wireless N Router - 300Mbps, 802.11n, 4-Port on sale for $40 by Tiger direct?)

jb: Thanks for correcting my out of line knowledge. Airport Ext does have 4 wired ports and Airport Exp has none.


I never use any wireless in my home. I have a d-link 5 port router ethernet only and 2 d-link switches.


d-link router


d-link switch

wireless does not work well in my area due to my home being surrounded by 2 airports and 5 military bases


photo of radar plane


as I am typing this. the plane in this photo above just flew over my house.



That means dropout so no wireless for me! I do love the wired d-link products that I use.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would buy a router supported by DD-WRT.com
This firmware is awesome. It allows you to tweak several router parameters (like Power) and several other things.
You can check if the router you intend to buy is supported at the dd-wrt.com website.
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