AirPort Utility for iOS Adds New AirPort Express Support

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Apple released AirPort Utility 1.1 for iOS on Monday, adding support for the new AirPort Express with dual-band 802.11n Base Station. The update also added support for IPv6 configurations.

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AirPort Utility is an app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that lets users configure AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express Base Stations, along with Time Capsule Wi-Fi backup systems.

AirPort Utility requires iOS 5 or higher and is available as a free download at Apple’s iTunes-based App Store.

Comments

ilikeimac

Dual-band 802.11n? I read yesterday that the new MacBooks support Tri-band 802.11n, so I guess that wouldn’t get optimal performance going through an Airport Express?

Sadly, Apple’s spec pages don’t ever mention dual-band or tri-band or even theoretical throughput on any of the Airport products that I’ve looked at.

neilt6

Dual-band 802.11n? I read yesterday that the new MacBooks support Tri-band 802.11n, so I guess that wouldn?t get optimal performance going through an Airport Express?

Sadly, Apple?s spec pages don?t ever mention dual-band or tri-band or even theoretical throughput on any of the Airport products that I?ve looked at.

You’re confusing two different things. Simultaneous dual-band means it operates both a 2.4GHz radio and a 5GHz radio simultaneously. The MacBook Pros have a 3x3 wireless card, meaning it has 3 pairs of antennas wireless n antennas for better performance.

ilikeimac

Thanks neilt6. You’re right, I was confusing “dual-band” with 1- vs. 2- vs. 3-stream 802.11n, which is referred to as “wide channels” in Airport Utility and Apple’s support pages (though it is barely mentioned at all). I’d still like to know which Airport products support 3-stream 802.11n.

Articles’ like this claim the new Retina MacBook Pro supports 3-stream 802.11n, and I saw some web page mention that up to 4-stream (600 Mbps) is possible.

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