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Airport express for all?

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Hello forum buddies, a simple question here. If i buy the airport express hotspot, can other non-apple devices share the internet connection??
 

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Yes, it uses all the normal standards. It's a bit limited in features, but that's the price of having such a small and convenient package.
 
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twerppoet said:
Yes, it uses all the normal standards. It's a bit limited in features, but that's the price of having such a small and convenient package.

Thanks for the info, but what do you mean by limited in features?
 

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Nothing that most users would care about.

A router with external antennas will (usually) have better range. If you need to cover a large house and yard, the AirPort Express might not quite do the job. The more expensive routers will have more management features for tracking and controlling access to the network.


If you need to set up a small private network, the AirPort Express will do an admirable job. And Apple provides an AirPort Utility app that will let you set it up from your iPad or iPhone. That's handy.
 
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twerppoet said:
Nothing that most users would care about.

A router with external antennas will (usually) have better range. If you need to cover a large house and yard, the AirPort Express might not quite do the job. The more expensive routers will have more management features for tracking and controlling access to the network.

If you need to set up a small private network, the AirPort Express will do an admirable job. And Apple provides an AirPort Utility app that will let you set it up from your iPad or iPhone. That's handy.

Thanks twerppoet!! Now I really should grab one of it!!
 

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Also remember that if you use an Airport Express it will NOT support a usb hard drive, like the Extreme will. It only supports a printer I believe. (I am referring to the usb port on the back. This is another of the limited features.)
 
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Mr.Tibbs said:
Also remember that if you use an Airport Express it will NOT support a usb hard drive, like the Extreme will. It only supports a printer I believe. (I am referring to the usb port on the back. This is another of the limited features.)

Okay, as long as I can plug my direct line cable, then it's fine. Lol I forgot what is the cable name
 
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Oh ya, another question, I always turn my cellular 3G on & off, and I happened to find it tiring to frequently go to the settings to switch it on & off. Are there any short cut to put the button outside the home screen? I mean, just a single tap and the cellular Internet turns on and vice versa..you get what I meant? For example, similar like that android home apps..
 

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There are several apps that can create shortcuts to certain features and apps. Thy use special bookmarks with a website to create them. I'm not sure if they will take you straight to a page in Settings. Search for shortcuts in the App Store.

Otherwise you are left with jailbreaking; which is not yet available for iOS 6. If you are not familiar with it you can read about it in the Hacking section; the sticky notes at the top.
 
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There are several apps that can create shortcuts to certain features and apps. Thy use special bookmarks with a website to create them. I'm not sure if they will take you straight to a page in Settings. Search for shortcuts in the App Store.

Otherwise you are left with jailbreaking; which is not yet available for iOS 6. If you are not familiar with it you can read about it in the Hacking section; the sticky notes at the top.

Alright, fully understood!
 

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I believe the 'special bookmarks' approach was disabled by Apple in the IOS 5.1 update. Grumble...
 

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The settings shortcuts? You're probably right. I did not see any apps that said they would do that, though I do remember there being some at one point. The current apps mostly talk about contacts, FaceTime, phone calls, and such.
 
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twerppoet said:
The settings shortcuts? You're probably right. I did not see any apps that said they would do that, though I do remember there being some at one point. The current apps mostly talk about contacts, FaceTime, phone calls, and such.

I need an apps that when pressed once immediately turn on the Internet. Be it cellular or wifi. Simple at a single tab. So I don't have to go through settings then cellular then to the activation.
 

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