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Apple introduces 802.11n AirPort Extreme

updated 04:00 pm EST, Tue January 9, 2007

Apple AirPort Extreme

Apple today introduced the new AirPort Extreme, a simple wireless networking solution that delivers up to five times the performance and twice the range of the previous AirPort Extreme. Based on 802.11n, AirPort Extreme extends a wireless network to more areas and makes streaming digital content as well as transferring large files faster. The new AirPort Extreme Base Station features a sleek new design with connections for networked computers, printers, and a USB hard drive to share files or back up data. Using MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out) smart antennas and 802.11n technology, AirPort Extreme operates in either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless frequencies, reducing the possibility of interference from appliances and cordless phones that operate in the 2.4GHz frequency. Apple's new AirPort Extreme is backward compatible with Macs and PCs using previous generation 802.11b/g wireless technologies. The new AirPort Extreme Base Station will ship in February for $180. Apple notes that nearly all currently shipping Macs support 802.11n when updated with 802.11n Enabler software, which ships with the AirPort Extreme Base Station.

The AirPort Extreme Base Station features a simple new design that measures 6.5-inches square and 1.3-inches tall, offering a built-in USB port that allows users to print wirelessly to a USB printer or turn any external USB hard drive into a shared drive on the network. New AirPort Utility software is included with every AirPort Extreme Base Station, easing the process of setting up a secure wireless network for up to 50 simultaneous users within minutes, according to Apple. The Base Station includes three 10/100 Ethernet LAN ports, one 10/100 Ethernet WAN port, one USB port, and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA-2) for 128-bit WEP encryption, as well as a built-in NAT firewall.

by MacNN Staff




  1. rep828

    Joined: Dec 1969


    But not Gigabit Ethernet?

    802.11n (draft) is great for wireless, but why not gigabit ethernet for the wired connection? Apple's entire computer line sports gigabit ethernet; why make a product without it, for which wireless connections are potentially faster than it's wired?

  1. BillInSoBe

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I posted a message on Apple's discussion forms questioning why Apple choose 100MB rather then 1000MB.

    My post was QUICKLY removed (I mean in under an hour).

    Where's my freedom of speech in a public message forum? It's okay to ask lame a** questions but when someone posts a reasonable question they remove the post.

    Nice Apple. WE KNOW YOUR GAME.

  1. unclelar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And why only 1?

    It seems that if this device supports both a networked USB printer and networked USB hard drives that they could have at least put in two USB ports so you wouldn't have to buy a hub. I would have paid an extra $20 just to have that built in so I wouldn't need the extra stuff outside of the box.

  1. ampm99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MacBook Pro has NO "N"

    At Macworld they told me that my MacBook pro Core Duo is not enabled for 802.11N but the Core2Duo is able to use N. The same artificial upgrade restrictions applies to the 2GB memory limit on the CoreDuo. My G4 powerbook was only limited by the availability of affordable larger chips. My MacBookPro is limited by a firmware restriction so they can sell more new core2Duos. This is a very poor way to treat early adopters. This is especially true since they took so long to replace the G4 that most of us early adopters were desperate for a faster laptop and had no real choice.

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