Apple's redesigned Airport Extreme Base Station

Rick Otto
Airport Extreme Base Station

At Apple's 2013 Worldwide Developer's Conference Apple introduced a new MacBook Air.  One of the features of the new model is it supports the newest WiFi standard, 802.11ac.  The new model will still work at 802.11n and also will work at the older WiFi speeds but to help support the new 802.11ac speed Apple has introduced an updated Airport Extreme Base Station.  As you can see from the image it's a completely redesigned case.  The new model supports WiFi 802.11ac and also is backwards compatible with 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, and 802.11a.  The new Airport Extreme Base Station also supports simultaneous dual-band.  It has a total of 6 antennas, three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5 GHz band.  It also has a beamforming antenna array.  The beamforming antenna array allows you to have 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.  The device supports up to 50 users.  It is 6.6 inches high and has a width of 3.85 inches and a depth of 3.85 inches and weighs just over 2 lbs.  Like the previous model it has a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port and it has three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, USB 2.0, and a built-in power supply.  It's also available as a Time Capsule with either 2TB or 3TB of storage.  

This is the biggest update to the Airport Extreme Base Station since it was upgraded to 802.11n.  I think many people will like the new design.  If you are purchasing a MacBook Air you should definitely consider purchasing the new Airport Extreme Base Station. 

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