New Airport Extreme Base-station: 5x Faster, and It No Longer Looks like a UFO
With zero fanfare, Apple also introduced a new Airport Extreme Wi/Fi base-station. This new Airport Extreme is square and flat, like the Apple TV. It is priced at $179. The draw is support for 802.11n, which is supposed to be 5 times faster than the previous wi/fi standard, 802.11g. The new 802.11n is not a final standard, but may be refined further.
Macs that currently support 802.11n are:
* iMac with Intel Core 2 Duo (except 17-inch, 1.83GHz iMac)
* MacBook with Intel Core 2 Duo
* MacBook Pro with Intel Core 2 Duo
* Mac Pro with AirPort Extreme card option
- 6.5 inches square and 1.3 inches tall
- Superfast, super-compatible.
- 802.11n, the next-generation high-speed wireless technology.
- Up to 5x the performance, 2x the range of 802.11g wireless networks.
*Compatible with previous Wi-Fi standards.
*Print without wires .
*Connect a printer to the USB port on the AirPort Extreme Base Station and the printer instantly becomes available to everyone on your wireless or wired network. (See system requirements.)
*Share your hard drive: Now you can share an external USB hard drive over your wireless and wired network by simply connecting it to the USB port on your AirPort Extreme Base Station. Called AirPort Disk, it’s perfect for sharing files, making backups, and more. You can even connect multiple drives and printers using a USB hub (sold separately). (See system requirements.)
*Strong security and access control, supports industry-standard encryption technologies including WPA/WPA2 and 128-bit WEP. Yet it’s still easy for authorized users to connect to it, thanks to its simple setup utility and powerful access controls.
*Works with Apple TV and more: AirPort Extreme works flawlessly with Apple TV to transfer media from iTunes on your computer to your TV. It’s compatible with 802.11a/b/g wireless clients. And because it’s dual-band, you can set it up to work on either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz spectrum, reducing the chance of radio interference.
*Up to 50 users can enjoy a robust wireless network offering up to five times the performance and up to twice the range of networks created with the earlier 802.11g standard.
*1 USB (for sharing printers or USB Disk sharing) port
*1 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet WAN port for connecting to Internet
*3 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN ports for connecting to local networked devices.
*Security slot and 12 volt AC power.