|Apple Computer introduces the new AirPort Express Base Station to provide an effortless establishment of a wireless network at home. AirPort Express is partly a Wi-Fi access point and partly a wireless router that works with Wi-Fi devices. Inexplicably, this multi-purpose device (a wireless hub, a wireless print server, and a wireless audio streamer) measures only 94mm x 75mm x 28.5mm and weighs only 210 grams. It includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, an integrated 802.11g access point and a USB print server for wireless printing. Likewise, it comes with a standard mini stereo jack to connect the unit to a stereo or to powered speakers. It has the capability to stream iTunes wirelessly from a computer to a sound system. Wireless sharing of photos, videos and other files can likewise be done with Airport Express.
Considering that Airport Express features 802.11n, tagged as the next-generation high-speed wireless technology, it is capable to deliver up to five times the performance and up to twice the range compared to its predecessor the 802.11g wireless networks. With such capacity, it can share Internet connection, share files and allow playing multiplayer games for up to 10 users. AirPort Express also works with Apple TV, iPhone, iPod touch, and other Wi-Fi devices that use the 802.11a/b/g/n wireless standards. Its system requires Macintosh computer with Mac OS X v10.4 or later, Ethernet or wireless networking capability or PC with Windows XP (SP2) or Windows Vista, CD drive, Ethernet or wireless networking capability for its set up and administration. For wireless client access, the system requires Mac with AirPort or AirPort Extreme wireless capability or PC with 802.11a/b/g/n. Accordingly, among routers CNET Labs have tested the Apple AirPort Express places on the top. Its maximum throughput is 25Mbps. In indoor tests, it maintained a connection at more than 200 feet. It is built with industry-standard encryption technologies that include a NAT firewall, MAC filtering, RADIUS support, LEAP support, WEP, and WPA.
Posted 2010-09-10 and updated on Sep 30, 2010 10:27pm by richard opinion