Airport Express 802.11ac update?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by cassini007, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. cassini007 macrumors member

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    Can anyone venture a guess as to when/if the Airport Express will be updated to support 802.11ac? It's been awhile, I think almost 2 years since the Airport Extreme got the update.
     
  2. larrysing1963 macrumors regular

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    Here's my guess: they'll just come out with a newer device, no update. :apple:
     
  3. cassini007 thread starter macrumors member

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    You mean come out with essentially the same device, no feature update (like what happened with the "space gray" iPod touch 5)?
     
  4. Sherman Sherman macrumors newbie

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    Might be difficult to put AC into the envelope of the current express. I too would like to see this update.
     
  5. MRxROBOT, May 24, 2016
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    Probably falling on deaf ears figuring the last post was made 1 year, 3 months ago and the OP hasn't logged in in 6 months ;). In any case, I was having the same discussion in a more recent thread and it seems the Express is built perfect just the way it is. Sigh...
     
  6. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    No, they'll just update Airport Utility so it no longer works on more of the Airport Expresses. Like they did with 6 vs 5.6. Beware if you plan on buying one of these.
     
  7. satcomer macrumors 603

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    I guess you missed the MacRumors article Airport Extreme and Time Capsule Out Of Stock ....
     
  8. MRxROBOT macrumors 6502

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  9. cassini007 thread starter macrumors member

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    Nice to know that this post is still alive ;)

    Well, there you have it folks. I'd be surprised if there isn't an update at WWDC.
     
  10. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    If there is an update, it would have to be Zigbee integration, but that would be needed to be done throughout the Airport range. That's the only thing I can see with the potential to justify an update.
     
  11. Glideslope Suspended

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    Time Capsule is Dead. New Extreme at WWDC. :apple:
     
  12. calearne macrumors member

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    Nothing at WWDC. :(

    Is Apple giving up on its network products?

    The express needs AC and gig ethernet like yesteryear, and both express and extreme need USB3.0 or thunderbolt ports.

    I need to do a complete network rebuild and I'm looking at luma or mesh networking since apple is stuck in the past.
     
  13. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    calearne wrote:
    "I need to do a complete network rebuild and I'm looking at luma or mesh networking since apple is stuck in the past."

    I wouldn't be surprised if Apple's -next- "Airport" product is an eero or luma "mesh" design, perhaps with a few additional features...
     
  14. macrescue911 macrumors newbie

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    I was thinking the same. It would be very Apple like to have an easy to use wifi mesh network which you can extend with airport express stations. All managed via a beautiful app.
     

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