is update for AirPort Extreme coming ?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by vladgrig, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2012
    Hi guys,
    When do u think AirPort Extreme will be updated with USB 3.0 and /or Thunderbolt port ?

    Thank you!
  2. macrumors 603


    My guess is next year when they also will include ac wireless protocol and they won't start that until Mac's have it, so second half or end of first half 2013.
    And forget about Thunderbolt.
  3. macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    maybe USB3, not thunderbolt

    USB2 is pretty much the same speed as a good 5GHz N signal, not sure what the extreme can get, but i get about 30-33 MB/s with my linksys if i'm in the same room.

    the only way you'll see the difference between USB2 and USB3 is if you're using a wired connection.
  4. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I asked this exact question when I ordered my iPad..."No" was the answer, so next year would seem to be about right..New wifi standards will be the key here I think.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2012
    thank you for replies! i wanted to use external drive with usb 3 connected to extreme so I was wondering if its worth to wait.. now it seems probably not :):apple:
  6. macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2012
    The impending update is one of the main reasons I didn’t but AirPort Extreme last weekend when I upgraded my network. I want a AirPort Extreme in the current form w/ wifi AC and both Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 I/O for $150.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2012
    just wondering if there are any recent rumors? :apple:
  8. macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2012
    Interface Speed versus I/O Speed

    So here'e the deal... the interface speed doesn't really matter unless you have enough I/O to push it. Most users only have a single hard drive connected to their Airport Extreme. So regardless of the Interface (USB 2, USB 3, Firewire, or even Thunderbolt) you are limited to the drives performance and I/O. so it won't really go any faster.

    Also, if your using the Airport Extreme in a wireless manner, then your WiFi network is a slow component as well.

    All this discussion about theoritical thruput doesn't matter unless you have 6-8 SSD's in a RAID 0 stripe, then you might actually hit the ceiling of the interfaces. Ever actually copied 800MBs on your firewire connected drives? I dont think so. Ever copied 480MBs on your USB 2 drive? Didn't think so either. And you will certainly not claim to have copied 5GBs on your USB 3 drive. If so, you're just plain silly.

    The only way to get those numbers is the RAID multiple drives together to hit those numbers. So unless you have (20) 6Gbs SSDs, moving an average of 500Mbs (500 x 20 = 10GB) then you probably wont hit the ceiling of a thunderbolt connection anytime soon either.

    Even if Apple added these new ports to the airport extreme, you would only see small improvements on the speed. That's a fact.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2006
    What about streaming multiple HD video streams?
  10. macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2011
    I wouldn't expect any new AE or TC until Apple adds wifi AC frequencies to their products. So probably whenever the newest iPad, Mac, or iPhone gets AC option, expect an AC AE to be right around the corner.

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