router would be on its way back to Apple. However, I was determined to get this router working and simply set it up the way I did my Belkin and it WORKED! I was also able to easily add my Airport Express module that operates my wireless printer to the network. So, I am certain you guys are wondering if $179 buys you a better router or not. Well, my initial findings is that the Apple router gave me the same coverage as my Belkin Pre-N modem. Signal strength was just as strong across my home. What I did notice, however, was increased speed. Web page loads were noticeably faster with the Apple router. It was if my system suddenly got a nice kick in the pants. I should stop here and say that I am using the "N" standard across the board. I downloaded the software update for my Mac Pro weeks ago to make it fully "N" compliant. I then hooked up an external hard drive to the router using the USB connection. You need to tell the Apple router whether you wish to share this drive across the network. I told it to do so. Like a charm, the hard drive appeared as an icon on my wireless laptop and wired desktop. The only problem I have with accessing that hard drive wirelessly is that the connection is not very fast. I tried to access the drive from my laptop and play some stored videos. My laptop had a hard time playing those videos as the connection was obviously not fast enough. So, it seems that while you can probably access and transfer small files easily over the network, the connection absolutely is too slow to even stream video content off of the hard drive. All in all, I'm happy with the Apple Airport Extreme router for its improved web browsing speed and ample signal strength within a very large home. It's extremely easy to set up. The only minor disappointment I have is over the rather sluggish remote access to the external hard drive. I suppose this is to be expected, though I would think the simple art of "streaming" videos off of it would have worked much better. Overall, a great router but extremely overpriced. Most people with small homes/apartments/townhouses would fare just as well with a $90-$100 Belkin or Linksys.