At a Glance

Apple"s AirPort base stations have sầu been discontinued, but are available for purchase until supplies run out và will be serviced for five sầu years.

Models

AirPort Express (802.11n): $99AirPort Extreme (802.11ac): $199AirPort Time Capsule (802.11ac):- $299: 2 TB storage- $399: 3 TB storage


Apple in April of 2018 announced that it has officially ended development on its AirPort line of products.

We"re discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products. They will be available through Apple.com, Apple"s retail stores & Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last," said an Apple spokesperson.

Apple will not manufacture additional AirPort Express, Extreme, và Time Capsule products, but existing inventory was available until it sold out in November 2018.

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Apple will be providing service and parts for the current-generation AirPort Base Stations for the next five years, và the company is sharing several support documents lớn assist customers who are transitioning away from the AirPort products.

Third-tiệc ngọt router options such as the Linksys Velop have sầu been available for purchase from Apple since early 2018.


AirPort Overview


Apple"s AirPort Express is its entry-màn chơi AirPort base station, designed khổng lồ be easy khổng lồ use & affordable. Priced at $99, it offers dual-b& 802.11n Wi-Fi along with AirPlay for wireless music playbachồng & wireless printing.

At $199, the AirPort Extreme is Apple"s mid-level base station, offering dual-b& higher-tốc độ 802.11ac Wi-Fi, printer & hard drive sharing, và a stronger signal due khổng lồ its high-rise thiết kế and six antennas.

Apple"s AirPort Time Capsule, priced at $299 to lớn $399, is essentially an AirPort Extreme with a built-in hard drive that facilitates automatic wireless backups using Apple"s Time Machine software. It offers 802.11ac và all of the features of the AirPort Extreme, with the addition of a 2 or 3 TB hard drive sầu.

All of Apple"s AirPorts include a built-in Network Address Translation (NAT) firewall khổng lồ create a barrier between a network & the Internet, along with password encryption & closed network options.

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While both the AirPort Extreme & the AirPort Time Capsule were last updated in June 2013 with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but the 802.11n AirPort Express has not been updated since 2012.


In More Detail


AirPort Extreme


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Last updated in June of 2012, the AirPort Express is Apple"s compact, affordable Wi-Fi base station. Unlike the Time Capsule & the AirPort Extreme, the AirPort Express has yet to lớn be updated with support for the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi, instead offering only 802.11a/b/g/n simultaneous dual-bvà Wi-Fi.

The AirPort Express, when connected lớn an Ethernet network, is designed to act as a wireless access point, lượt thích the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule. It supports 50 networked users and can be used lớn extover the range of an existing network.

Apple"s AirPort Express supports AirPlay, allowing it to lớn stream audio from a computer running iTunes or an iOS device khổng lồ a stereo system or AirPlay-compatible speakers and it supports wireless printing. It comes with 2 Ethernet ports (WAN AND LAN), an analog/digital audio output jack, and a USB printer port. It is compatible with 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, & 802.11n specifications.

AirPort Utility

Apple"s line of AirPort products are phối up and managed with Apple"s AirPort Utility apps for iOS and Mac. The software provides a graphical overview of both the Wi-Fi network & connected devices, allowing users to change base station & network settings.

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Guest networks can also be initiated from AirPort Utility, offering a way to create a secondary network khổng lồ avoid handing out Wi-Fi passwords. The software is also used lớn restart or restore base stations & for updating firmware. Apple regularly updates AirPort Utility, adding additional functionality.


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