Apple introduces new AirPort Express with 802.11n
19 March 2008
Apple has updated its AirPort Express mobile base station to the 802.11n standard, which offers up to five times faster connectivity as compared to previous model on the 802.11 b/g standard.
It is also the smallest mobile base station available, and can be plugged into the wall for use for wireless Internet connectivity.
AirPort Express is a small, single-piece base station weighing only 6.7 ounces, providing for maximum portability. AirPort Express allows both PC and Mac users to share a single DSL or cable broadband connection, with up to 10 simultaneous users. Users can also print on a single printer, connected sans wires.Apple has priced the AirPort Express at $99.
"Apple is leading the way with a broad range of innovative 802.11n base stations for almost any wireless networking need," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president for worldwide product marketing. "From the small and portable AirPort Express, to AirPort Extreme for workgroups of up to 50 users, and the new Time Capsule for automated backups, Apple customers now have more great ways to extend their wireless networks with 802.11n."
The AirPort base stations are compatible with Mac notebooks, the iMac, Time Capsule and Apple TV. Airport Express has built-in combination digital and analog audio connector that enables connections to stereo sets or high-powered speakers.