Apple Updates AirPort Extreme Base Station

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AirPort Extreme Base StationWhile Apple was busy rolling out updates for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor and the Time Capsule on Tuesday, it quietly slipped out an updated AirPort Extreme Base Station, too. Apple didn’t mention the update, nor did it say what changed in the new version of the Wi-Fi router.

According to Apple’s specs, the new AirPort Extreme appears to be just like the model it replaces. It offers dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, 802.11n, three Gigabit Ethernet ports, a Gigabit WAN port, a USB 2.0 port for sharing a hard drive or printer, support for up to 50 users, and a guest network option. 

The new AirPort Extreme Base Station is priced at US$179, just like the model it replaces.

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If Apple didn’t say it was updated, and you don’t see any difference, how do you know it was updated? Did the model number change?

I do think they updated it. Here’s some differences between the latest specs and the previous specs:

* OS X 10.4 “Tiger” is no longer supported as an administrative plaform (can still access network and shared printers)

* Windows 7 support (as an admin platform) has been added.

* Bonjour is no longer required for Windows machines to access shared drives and printers.

* The specs no longer reference 802.11n “draft specification”, rather the finalized specification.

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