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Subject: Re: Router Question Date: 6/11/2014 5:53 PM
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55Kevy,

1. Since the only Apple device we have is an old iPad, does it make sense to use an Apple router?

Not usually. You can get routers with the same capability for far less. If the contractor is going to be providing technical support for a period of time, then he may want the Apple equipment because he's familiar with it.

2. Since most ISP's will provide (rent you) a wireless router, why buy one myself?

I have Verizon FiOS, and they provide a wireless router with no rental charge. The router they provide also performs certain functions that the television set-top boxes need, so if one wants television service as well, then no other router can be used instead. So in my situation, it would make no sense to buy one.

If the ISP wants to rent a router to you, it'd probably be cheaper just to buy one instead. A decent wireless router only costs about $25. You can pay more for faster speed and/or greater range.

3. With the buildings around 200' apart, how can this Air Port Express extend the wireless network?

Hopefully he'll run a CAT6 Ethernet cable from one building to another, and connect each building's wireless router to the Ethernet cable. That's how I'd do it, unless it was really hard to run such a cable. Otherwise, there are devices that can pick up a WiFi signal and generate a new WiFi signal... so as long as such devices are placed close enough together you can get coverage of any size. If they can't be placed close together, you can use directional antennas to span a longer distance (up to a couple miles). None of this requires Apple-specific equipment, although, again, the contractor may be familiar with Apple gear.

Phil
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