updated 03:15 pm EST, Tue January 9, 2007
Airport Extreme 802.11n
Alongside its AppleTV and iPhone announcements, Apple silently launched a major revision of its Airport Extreme Base Station. The new design is influenced by the AppleTV and Mac mini and uses the extra space given by the design to greatly expand its connection options. Support for the previously rumored draft version of 802.11n is present, providing connection speeds up five times faster than 802.11g in a dedicated network with up to twice the range, the company says. Apple has also provided long-requested support for 802.11a wireless networks and four Ethernet ports, three of which are dedicated to computers and devices attached to the local network. The USB port similarly gains an Airport Disk feature that lets it share files from external hard drives. The updated router will be available in Feburary for $179 and can be pre-ordered immediately from the Apple Store.