Tuesday, January 09, 2007, 08:00 pm PT (11:00 pm ET)
Macworld: High-quality images of Apple's AirPort Extreme w/ 802.11nHad it not been for the press release beamed out over the news wires, it would have been easy to overlook Apple's announcement of new AirPort Extreme wireless base stations on Tuesday.
The wireless networking device completely escaped the company's opening keynote presentation by chief executive Steve Jobs.
Just like Apple TV, the similarly shaped device won't be available to ship until sometime in February. And like iPhone, there only about two of these puppies inside Apple's booth at this week's Macworld Expo.
The updated base stations will fetch $179 and include 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking, MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out) smart antennas, dual-band antennas for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies, three 10/100 Ethernet LAN ports, one 10/100 Ethernet WAN port, one USB port, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA-2), 128-bit WEP encryption, and a built-in NAT firewall.
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