the base station allows for some neat features. it can be powered over ethernet and has a print server built in (which would likely require u to use the power adapter), u can dial up to it and access your home network and i'm assuming the internet connection as well, amongst other things. it does have a bunch of features most routers don't have but the question should be whether or not u'll use them. limitations are its lack of additional ports for hardware routing and of course price. other brands have wireless routers w/ USB print server ports built in, which i think go for around $125 or so. personally, i get along nicely w/ a vanilla 11g dlink system. depending on the printer, u can possibly set up a standard router so u can print over the windows printer via the network if your mac drivers allow for it. it's how i did it w/ my old HP printer, but now i'm waiting/hoping for canon drivers that will allow me to do the same.