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 Post subject: Old Airport Extreme
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:47 am 
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I have one of those flying saucer Airport Extremes sitting in a box. Next Tuesday is an electronics recycling day. Is there any possible use I can make of the AE? I use Mavericks and am not sure if any Airport Utility will do anything with it. I notice a USB port (USB1?). Attach a hard drive, then somehow link it to our main house router or in some kind of bridge mode to my network and share a drive even if not in wireless mode? Creative ideas?


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 Post subject: Re: Old Airport Extreme
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:13 pm 
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Both mine are down due to lack of plugins but I think they should still work as a Router, might have to disable IPv6.

Besides, I have trouble getting past the last Cat! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Old Airport Extreme
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:08 pm 
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I have plenty of wi-fi routers (including the one currently on lease from CenturyLink).

After reading about a dozen Google links I don't really see any functionality for this. The USB port only acts to serve printers. I don't need the wi-fi and in fact would not want it active. With only one LAN port it couldn't be used a an Ethernet hub.

To the recycling it goes. Pity, it looks pretty cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Airport Extreme
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:13 am 
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It's also 802.11g. 802.11n Airports were square. But I've never been impressed by Apple's networking products.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Airport Extreme
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:58 pm 
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Apple's Airports have been a lot more reliable in my experience than most other brands, and have many fewer catastrophic security flaws (par for the course with other consumer-grade routers). On the other hand, they also don't a spectacular feature set and require you to use Apple's proprietary utilities to configure the things, and they still die or become unreliable after about five years. So they're not impressive, but for the first four years they serve as a reasonable home wireless system.

I have three Airports of various ages in use at home now, but their router features are sufficiently lacking that I only use them for providing wireless coverage, not actually routing, for which they've been pretty good.

When I need a new router, and I will soon, I'll probably have to build my own out of a cheap dual-Ethernet PC. :( I'm addicted to iptables on the router and can't bear the thought of not having direct control at that level.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Airport Extreme
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:33 pm 
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Indeed, that's why I'm a fan of Tomato. $30-$90 little standalone box with iptables, wifi bridge, and 5 ethernet ports, even VLANs with tagging/untagging if you feel like making life complicated.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Airport Extreme
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:29 am 
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MonkeyBoy wrote:
even VLANs with tagging/untagging if you feel like making life complicated.
:arrow: true words


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