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The new extreme base station supposedly has a range of up to twice the distance as previous airports. Is this only if you are using 'n' ?

I have a MBP CD so stuck with 'g' at present - will the range be significantly better than the airport express that I am currently using?

Can I also use an express or another extreme to extend the range of the unit?

Many thanks
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The new extreme base station supposedly has a range of up to twice the distance as previous airports. Is this only if you are using 'n' ?

I have a MBP CD so stuck with 'g' at present - will the range be significantly better than the airport express that I am currently using?

Can I also use an express or another extreme to extend the range of the unit?

Many thanks

Range is primarily technology dependant, so yes... the extended range would only benefit in Draft-N configuration. Don't anticipate any significant range difference between the Extreme and Express. 802.11g has a range of about 30m regardless. You can use your express with an extreme to extend the range via WDS bridging.
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The new extreme base station supposedly has a range of up to twice the distance as previous airports. Is this only if you are using 'n' ?

I have a MBP CD so stuck with 'g' at present - will the range be significantly better than the airport express that I am currently using?

Can I also use an express or another extreme to extend the range of the unit?

Many thanks

The Airport Extreme can broadcast multiple formats: B, G, N at once. Only computers with an N wireless card will be able to take advantage of the faster speeds and greater range. But remember, getting the airport extreme would allow you to use your airport express as a bridge. The airport express wouldn't even have to be plugged into the internet at all -- just plugged into the wall for electricity. The signal of the airport extreme would be boosted by the airport express -- up to doubling the range of your wireless network. In addition, speed is a factor of range. The closer to the base station, the faster. So buying an Airport Extreme WOULD increase speed and range -- but not because it is N.
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Thanks for the info - appreciated
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