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I'm a total Apple addict, as you might tell.

2005 AirPort Extreme Base Station

I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I picked up my last AirPort Base Station. Seems like it was only yesterday I added them to my wish list.

When I picked up my last Base Station, it brought my collection up to three. So I nailed them to the wall with their included mounting brackets. I left just enough room for the last one in the series knowing that one day I’d have one.

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Although there were many little revisions to the Base Stations, this is the 3rd major design change.

The first gen was gray with a dark gray Apple logo.

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The next major revision was more of a translucent white with a gray Apple logo.

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Finally, the last revision is an opaque white like that of the G5 iMac of the day. In addition, the Apple logo is no longer a gray plastic insert, but polished chrome. It also now sports the name “AirPort Extreme”.

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The box is in pretty nice shape and included all the accessories, except the CD and paperwork.

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Not bad for $25 bucks, considering the original sticker price of $199 is still on the box. Man, I can’t believe what people paid for this stuff. I’m thinking “Wow!” but actually the price did come down a lot in 5 years. The original Base Station from 1999 was $269. Now that’s a lot of money for Wi-Fi.

Actually, Apple’s current Extreme Base Station is still $179, and I’d probably buy that if I needed one.

The mounting bracket clips right onto the back. It’s then ready for mounting.

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If I ever get my hands on the newer squared-models, I’ll have to redo the wall. Things are forever being moved around in my Apple collection.

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Another box for the shelf. I think I can call this series complete. (Until I start collecting the square Base Stations at least)

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