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Apple ships 802.11n AirPort Extreme

updated 10:55 pm EST, Wed January 31, 2007

New AirPort Extreme ships

Apple today began shipping its new 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme Base Station, only a few weeks after it was announced at the Expo and slightly ahead of its previously anticipated late February timeframe. Apple confirmed shipments of the revamped $179 wireless access point in an email to customers and began telling others that they can expect shipments within the next few weeks. "Apple today began shipping our new AirPort Extreme Base Station (802.11n)," the company wrote in an email to one MacNN reader. "We are delighted to tell you that we plan to ship your AirPort Extreme Base Station (802.11n) two weeks earlier than we had anticipated. We now plan to ship your product on or before Wednesday, February 14. No action on your part is required." Earlier this week, the company offered users of some Intel Core 2 Duo-based Macs the ability to enable the faster, more advanced wireless protocol on their Macs through a software enabler available from the company's online store for $1.99.


Supporting up to 50 users, the device offers up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g networks. On the back, the device offers a USB port for connecting a shared printer or for sharing a USB-based hard drive with other networked users. It also includes a three-port router for wired connectivity.

The dual-band device can be setup to work on either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz spectrum, reducing the chance of radio interference, the company said. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 for setup/administration and shared network storage functions; Mac OS X 10.2.7 or later or Windows XP is required for shared printing; it ships with an one-year limited warranty.




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  1. Faceplant

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I am wondering...

    ...If I do not have the 802.11n extrene base station, does it make sense to download the $2 software update? I do have the right 'puter, the iMac core 2 duo and I have a network with one of those plug in jobbers called the Airport Express. Should I save my money and get a cuppa joe at Starbucks instead?

  1. Jonaziz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: question

    The enabler is included according to the product page on the store:

    "CD with AirPort Utility (Mac and Windows), 802.11n Enabler for Core 2 Duo and Xeon-based Macintosh computers (except 17-inch 1.83GHz iMac), Bonjour for Windows"

  1. Faceplant

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    But...

    ...I have no intention of getting the 802.11n base station, so is it a waste of time to DL the SW update?

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    well...

    ...the enabler is solely to enable 'n', and you don't have an 'n' network. so unless you just want the thrill of seeing a progress bar, SKIP.

  1. TailsToo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Yes

    You should buy it so that you have the latest stuff - that's what Mac users do!

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Should I stay or should I

    if your hardware supports it, you don't intend to get the new router/AP, and you can afford $2.00 (plus tax), then go for it. I did it. It's painless. Now. If only I had an "N" capable access point in my usual locales... :P Whatever. lolz

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