Apple Releases 802.11n-Compatible AirPort Extreme
Apple has introduced a new higher-speed version of one of its bread-and-butter home-networking, small office products, the AirPort Extreme wireless networking base station, which supports the IEEE 802.11n draft specification.SAN FRANCISCOAmid all the hoopla surrounding the iPhone and Apple TV introduction, Apple quietly introduced Jan. 9 an updated AirPort Extreme wireless networking base station that supports the IEEE 802.11n draft specification. Although Apple CEO Steve Jobs didnt even mention the product in his keynote speech Jan. 9 at the annual Macworld Conference and Expo here , the new AirPort Extreme product will ship in February with a price of $179. Apple has already started accepting orders for the device. The new AirPort Extreme will be a vital component of Apples TV strategy.
Use of the 802.11n specification means the AirPort Extreme can stream data on either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz wavelengths, at transfer speeds of up to 540Mbits/sectheoretically 10 times faster than 802.11g. This could enable streaming of HD media from a computer wirelessly to an Apple TV unit for display on a living room TV screen.