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Unnoticed Macworld Announcement: AirPort Extreme

You wouldn't know it from the press coverage, but the iPhone and Apple TV weren't the only new Apple items revealed at last week's Macworld. Steve Jobs also announced AirPort Extreme Base Station, a simple and wireless networking solution that will deliver up to five times the performance and twice the range of the previous model.

As a self confessed wifi freak, I'm so excited about this upgrade. I use the older model at home and have been perfectly happy with it in my bedroom and office, but my house is very long and it can get tricky getting a fast, consistent signal in my living room. The new AirPort Extreme will extend your wireless network to even more areas in a home or office and makes streaming digital content and transferring large files faster and easier - who can say no to that? You can preorder the Airport Extreme from Apple now for $179, or get it in stores in February. Like always, the Airport Extreme works for PC and Mac users.

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macsugar macsugar 9 years
macgirl, huge THANKS for the info. do you mind if i im you later (a week or so, when i'm rational and work-free) to get more info? the "stereo surround sound" SOUNDS wonderful! oh, and i'd be lying if i said i was a wiz at the hardware stuff.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Here's the specs from Apple's site http://www.apple.com/airportextreme/performance.html MacSugar what you need is a WDS setup. You could have your main base station in the basement then you put a few Airport expresses up on the other floors and have them all connected to the main Airport. I have this setup at home. Not only do I have full wireless signal from every room in my house, I have also hooked into speakers and stereos from the expresses and can play my music to each one of those, and flood my house with music. It was fantastic at Christmas time when I was entertaining guests.
Neural Neural 9 years
Thanks for the tip, Amy!
amy1017 amy1017 9 years
Check out the mac book pro. It is probably the best investment I have ever made! I too am looking into purchasing the Airport Extreme.
Neural Neural 9 years
Huh. I've never really noticed any difference in connection speeds depending on where I am in the apartment but that makes sense. I want my next laptop to be something by Apple/Mac.
macsugar macsugar 9 years
I have to check out the specs on this. Do they give a range/distance? My network hooks up in the basement—I can't move it for crappy cable hook-up reasons—so the signal in my bedroom (third floor) is awful! My neighbor's connection shows up better than mine!
riotgeek riotgeek 9 years
Oh, that's awesome.
oliver2 oliver2 9 years
what website?
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