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Old Jun 10, 2013, 02:13 PM   #1
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Apple Announces New Airport Base Station and Time Capsule with Faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi




At today's Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller announced a new AirPort Base Station and new AirPort Time Capsules, featuring sleek new designs and improved internals.

All of the devices feature 802.11ac WiFi, which allows for 40 percent faster data transmissions at the same distance as the previous models. They also feature beamforming, which is electronically steering antenna directions. All of the new products are available for purchase from the Apple Online Store today.

The AirPort Extreme Base Station is priced at $199.

The Time Capsules come in 2TB and 3TB variations and are priced at $299 and $399, respectively.

Apple has released new firmware updates for both the Base Station and the Time Capsule.
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This update is for AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. It resolves a rare issue that may cause the hard drive in AirPort Time Capsule or a hard drive connected via USB to become unresponsive.
Apple has also released an update for the AirPort Utility App for Mac and iOS.
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Use AirPort Utility to set up and manage your 802.11n and 802.11ac AirPort base stations, including AirPort Express, Extreme, and Time Capsule. AirPort Utility 6.3 allows you to configure and manage the new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and includes enhanced remote management capabilities.
AirPort Utility for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

AirPort Utility for Mac can be downloaded from Apple's software update website.

Article Link: Apple Announces New Airport Base Station and Time Capsule with Faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 02:15 PM   #2
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Why not add them full capabilities of modem/router?
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To me, those seem really ugly, especially when compared to the old ones. And is anyone else's stream really flaky?
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 02:16 PM   #4
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Interesting design. Wonder what the AEBS looks like.
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 02:17 PM   #5
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To me, those seem really ugly, especially when compared to the old ones. And is anyone else's stream really flaky?
Who cares how it looks. If it performs well, it will be a great device. I got the Almond AC router from kickstarter, so I'll have to see which one I want to keep.
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Why not add them full capabilities of modem/router?

Meaning? Sim slot?

So, is this a cylinder or what?

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Old Jun 10, 2013, 02:58 PM   #7
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Meaning? Sim slot?

So, is this a cylinder or what?
I mean adsl modem capabilities.
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 03:03 PM   #8
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Before anyone freaks out about how big it is, it has to be that big to get spacing between the antenna elements.

I'm glad they didn't let aesthetics trump functionality in this case (pun intended!)...
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 03:07 PM   #9
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To me, those seem really ugly, especially when compared to the old ones. And is anyone else's stream really flaky?
I think the tall design is pretty strange. My stream was actually great quality and very smooth.
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I personally prefer a bigger footprint than the new vertical design. I guess have to see it in person... I don't need to upgrade though, so kind of a non-issue for now.
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I'm in the neighborhood for a new router and I think I'll get this so long as it has gigabit ethernet.
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I mean adsl modem capabilities.
ADSL modem? You're kidding, right?
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AirPort Extreme is $199 time capsule starts at $299


Ordered a 2tb time capsule
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I'm excited for these
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I'm excited for these
I agree but they are pretty useless unless your Mac uses 802.11ac.
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USB 2 is kinda odd
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Not sure how all this wifi stuff works. I currently have the previous airport extreme.

Would upgrading to this one be worth it?
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Any idea how long it would be before we see these in Apple Stores?
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They are already in the stores go to Apples website.
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I mean adsl modem capabilities.
And have a bunch of different models of people who use cable modems?
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it's 4" square by 6.6" tall... weird shape, better performance.

Question is, can you add your own hard drive into the AEBS? I thought it was said in the video, but mine started lagging so I couldn't catch it.

The Time Capsule has the same size/spec, so I'd image you could do so but that would take away the point from buying Time Capsule to begin with.
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They are already in the stores go to Apples website.
In retail stores June 12th.
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Not sure how all this wifi stuff works. I currently have the previous airport extreme.

Would upgrading to this one be worth it?
yes
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 03:28 PM   #24
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No longer cat-proof? Wouldn't be very happy hearing my backup go thump in the night.
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