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Apple makes AirPort Express update official

updated 09:00 am EDT, Mon March 17, 2008

AP Express adds 802.11n

Confirming some earlier rumors, Apple has officially updated the AirPort Express Base Station with 802.11n Wi-Fi. The technology is claimed to be as much as five times faster than the 802.11g used on the previous generation of AirPort, with twice the range. The update compliments 802.11n upgrades to other Apple products, including the AirPort Extreme router and its most recent Mac computers.

The Express Base Station costs $99, and is used mainly to create simple wireless networks; ports are present for USB 2.0 and 10/100 Ethernet connections, as well as audio output through a stereo minijack. This lets users stream iTunes music directly to speakers in a remote location.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's about time

    I've been waiting to get one for a couple months and the stores have been completely out of stock.

    This is excellent news!!!

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969



    My home is currently 802.11n 5Ghz exclusive except for a 'guest' 802.11g net off a Buffalo AP.. Now I can put this in my basement and connect it to the basement stereo.. NICE

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...not compliments.

    The AirPort Express is not configured to tell an AirPort Extreme Base Station how lovely it looks today :)

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They stopped doing the $10 discount for education customers :(

  1. e:leaf

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple has, of late, been seemingly giving skimpier and skimpier education discounts on many of their items. The discount on Leopard was a meager $13, when all other iterations of OS X were just $79 with the educational discount. Macs too are receiving a smaller discount than before.

    I wonder why all of the cutting educational discounts like Apple products are somehow affordable for poor college and graduate students. A mere $13 off of Leopard is barely a discount at all. In fact, Amazon was offering a better price for everyone than Apple was to its education students.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: @bfalchuk

    I wonder why all of the cutting educational discounts like Apple products are somehow affordable for poor college and graduate students.

    Probably due to the fact they have a larger market share, so they don't feel the need to try to pander to the education market to drum up sales.

    However, keep in mind that the actual institutions still get good discounts, IIUC.

    Anyway, have you seen Apple's financial's lately? They're barely squeaking by as it is. This is all probably part of some bigger belt-tightening they're doing to stay afloat.

  1. amarkworth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I ordered it yesterday with free standard shipping and it arrived today. Maybe that's cause I live in New Jersey but I'm still impressed with the shipping. It's about time Apple brought n to the Express. I hope it doesn't "burnout" like my first one though. I'm on my second one, and now what to do with my old a/b/g version?

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