Airport Extreme Updated With Gigabit Ethernet

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In Apple's press release for the iMac, they make a small note that the Airport Extreme has been updated to include gigabit ethernet.

Apple's 802.11n Airport Extreme base station had only included 10/100 Base-T ethernet, which had been a sore-spot in reviews considering all Macs now ship with Gigabit ethernet, and the theoretical wireless performance would outstrip the wired performance.

As of this writing, Apple has yet to update the product page for the Airport Extreme to reflect the change.

Article Link: Airport Extreme Updated With Gigabit Ethernet
 

Small White Car

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Too late

Well, nice job finally.

Too bad I had to help my parents buy another brand's router last month for exactly this reason. (As did I for myself.) I wonder how much money Apple saved by leaving this feature out of the first version. Did it even make up for the 2 lost sales in my family alone?
 

Kaptajn Haddock

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Where does it say that? All it says is that the iMac has gigabit ethernet not that the Airport Extreme does. It would be pretty low of apple to upgrade the AE so soon after release.
 

longofest

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Where does it say that? All it says is that the iMac has gigabit ethernet not that the Airport Extreme does. It would be pretty low of apple to upgrade the AE so soon after release.
keep reading...

Additional options include: new Apple Wireless Keyboard and wireless Mighty Mouse; AirPort Express® and AirPort Extreme Base Station (now with Gigabit Ethernet); the AppleCare Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of iWork™ ’08, Logic® Express 7, Final Cut® Express HD 3.5 and Aperture 1.5.
 

MacAnkka

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The Airport Extreme tech specs still says:
RJ-45 10/100BASE-T Ethernet WAN port for connecting a DSL or cable modem
Three RJ-45 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN ports for connecting computers or network devices
 

Nicky G

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Well, nice job finally.

Too bad I had to help my parents buy another brand's router last month for exactly this reason. (As did I for myself.) I wonder how much money Apple saved by leaving this feature out of the first version. Did it even make up for the 2 lost sales in my family alone?
Hmmm, your family really really needed Gigabit to transfer huge files between their machines? Or was it their greater-than-100Mbit internet connection? Or maybe, it was your inner-geekiness that's hooked on specs more than functionality that made you go with a much-harder-to-maintain router from another company?
 

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belatedly...

I can't believe they even considered selling it in the first place without gigabit...if I had been in the market for a router, I'd have gone to another brand too.

Same goes for AppleTV - they should pride themselves on getting high performance products out the door first time, not selling under-par components until the left over bin runs out
 

bdj21ya

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As the owner of an AEBS (purchased before this update), I would have to recommend to anyone considering getting one: please stop considering it.

Stop considering it, and go buy it! This router has features and functions that other router makers just never even thought of. I have a Lacie Mac-Mini sized drive that fits underneath it perfectly and provides me excellent storage via the airdisk feature. Also, I don't know how I ever lived without wireless printing, so convenient! There are a bunch more features I appreciate, as well as a few I haven't used that might really benefit some (printing and airdisk access from out on the internet).

The main reason I considered not getting one was because of the lack of gigabit ethernet (great when you need to transfer something REALLY big). However, because of the target disk mode option on Macs, I decided I could live without gBit ethernet. Now that it has gBit ethernet, this router kicks a.
 

Squonk

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Interesting. I just purchased one last week off the refurb site. I just looked on the refurb site and it is now showing them as being Gigabit as well. Do y'all think this is a hardware or software change for this?
 

JPark

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Damn! I feel so cheated, that they upgrade a brand new device so soon after its been introduced. This SUCKS!
Hilarious, considering that the common complaint against Apple is that they don't refresh their hardware often enough. :rolleyes:
 

skunk

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Well, something has been updated, because my AEBSn has finally started working as advertised, connecting to my 500GB MicroNet MiniMate and mounting multiple partitions and my iPod without the usual foul-up at the password stage. Result! :)
 

Peace

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Well, something has been updated, because my AEBSn has finally started working as advertised, connecting to my 500GB MicroNet MiniMate and mounting multiple partitions and my iPod without the usual foul-up at the password stage. Result! :)

ummm..skunk.They updated the AEBS with gigabit ports.It's not a software update.
 

suneohair

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I knew it was only a matter of time. I don't understand why anyone bought one to be honest.