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Apple quietly updates Airport Extreme with 802.11n

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.



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  1. Roehlstation

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    Re: We know your game...

    Freedom of speech does not apply when you are posting on a forum not owned by the public.

    Probably the reason they didn't do Gigabit to the new airport extreme is that it is just too cost prohibitive at this point. Linksys has one with Gigabit for $229 now, The AP extreme is $179 but the Linksys cannot do everything the AirPort Extreme can. No one would buy one if they wind up costing $400.

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