Posted January 15th, 2008 @ 02:17pm by Erik J. Barzeski
My current home network is pretty simple:
- A white dome AirPort Extreme (APE) in my office hooked up to cable modem.
- An AirPort Express (APX) in my kitchen that extends the range of my network. I could probably do without this.
- Another APX in the TV stand, connected to an ethernet hub, which connects my Xbox 360 and DVR to the network.
Unfortunately, I'm stuck in a situation where upgrading to include an AppleTV and/or a Time Capsule simply doesn't make much sense. I'll be caught in redundancy or wasting technology.
The AppleTV does wireless but can't bridge via its ethernet port, so I'd still need the APX. Similarly, Time Capsule doesn't do anything AppleTV-like. In either case I'd have two Apple wireless devices right next to each other below the TV.
Waste of Technology
Even if I eliminate the desire for an AppleTV, I shouldn't upgrade the base station to a Time Capsule (or even a plain 802.11n APE) because the APX doesn't do 802.11n.
If AppleTV supported bridging via the ethernet port, I'd buy one of those and a Time Capsule. I would replace the domed APE with the TC for laptop backup and the APX in the living room with an AppleTV. I would remove the APX in the kitchen as it'd be unnecessary with the added range of 802.11n. BAM, all my devices would work and I'd be on an 802.11n network with an AppleTV and backups.
That one teeny little feature is holding me back.
Pie in the Sky
"Time Capsule TV": One product that did all that AppleTV did as well as the base station + backup duties of Time Capsule. I'd plug my cable modem in to the basement beneath the TV stand, wire the Xbox and DVR in that way, and just have a single access point to my home network and the Internet.
The Best I Could Do
- Put the cable modem in the basement. Hook a Time Capsule up to it.
- Connect the DVR and Xbox to the Time Capsule.
- Put an AppleTV beneath the TV.
- Use an existing AirPort Express to do wireless printing.
That's not too bad and may be what I end up doing… if I don't flip back the other way on the value of the AppleTV. And my receiver may not have the input for it.