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Chapter 12. Buying a Wi-Fi Access Point ... > Choosing a Wi-Fi Access Point

Choosing a Wi-Fi Access Point

A good 802.11g Wi-Fi access point can be had for between $50 and $100. If you are willing to settle for 802.11b, you can get one for well under $50. By contrast, an elegant 802.11g unit, the Apple Extreme Base Station, costs about $250 ($200 if you take the model without the external antenna port). Although industrial-strength commercial units can cost a good bit more, the point is that these are not hugely expensive pieces of equipment.

You'll pay more for 802.11g equipment than for 802.11b equipment because 802.11g is newer and faster. This is a choice with obvious trade-offs that you'll have to make, but at this point the balance has pretty much tilted toward 802.11g because the pricing has come down so much.


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