Apple Introduces Redesigned AirPort Express


Apple today quietly introduced a redesigned AirPort Express wireless base station, drawing on the design of the Apple TV set-top box and introducing simultaneous dual-band 802.11n connectivity for increased performance.
The new AirPort Express supports simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. That means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. So no matter which band your wireless devices use, they’ll automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest possible performance.
The redesigned AirPort Express continues to be offered at $99.

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33 months ago
Seems silly to only include a 100mbit ethernet jack. If you're plugging this into a network that would severely cripple the capabilities of N.
Rating: 11 Votes
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33 months ago
I wish they had released a simple Airplay Audio device without any routing capabilities for $49 instead. Just a device with a 3.5mm audio minijack that joins existing wireless networks.

Aren't there enough owners of an Airport Extreme or Time Machine that just want to stream music to their speakers to warrant such an item?
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33 months ago

So this one doesn't plug directly into an outlet?

Not interested.


Agreed, not as handy when traveling.
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33 months ago

So this one doesn't plug directly into an outlet?

Not interested.


Yes, as much as I like the LAN port, I love the original design. Mine is plugged in in my garage with speakers connected for Airplay tunes in the back yard.
Rating: 8 Votes
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33 months ago

So this one doesn't plug directly into an outlet?

Not interested.


Yeah, that was a strange convenience of the other one. A build I'm working on depends on them, so I'm going to have to snatch up a bunch of the used plug-in models now.
Rating: 7 Votes
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33 months ago

Looks a little bit like a white Apple TV!


Looks like the same hand holding the device.




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33 months ago
They finally added a regular Ethernet port lol
Rating: 6 Votes
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33 months ago

I wish they had released a simple Airplay Audio device without any routing capabilities for $49 instead. Just a device with a 3.5mm audio minijack that joins existing wireless networks.

Aren't there enough owners of an Airport Extreme or Time Machine that just want to stream music to their speakers to warrant such an item?


You dont even need an Airport Extreme for that right? Cant you just use airplay with any wifi router? That would make your idea useful for a lot of people.
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33 months ago

So this one doesn't plug directly into an outlet?

Not interested.


Agreed. looks like a white appletv.
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33 months ago

It always had a WAN port, but that didn't let you plug in a computer to give it network access. They've now added a LAN port for this purpose. WAN would be to connect your Internet modem into.


That's not true. You can configure an AE to extend an existing network and provide access to a client over Ethernet. For most people that's not going to be particularly useful, but it's possible.
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