Apple Introduces Redesigned AirPort Express

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Apple today quietly introduced a redesigned AirPort Express wireless base station, drawing on the design of the Apple TV set-top box and introducing simultaneous dual-band 802.11n connectivity for increased performance.
The new AirPort Express supports simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. That means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. So no matter which band your wireless devices use, they'll automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest possible performance.
The redesigned AirPort Express continues to be offered at $99.

Article Link: Apple Introduces Redesigned AirPort Express
 

radiogoober

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Jun 7, 2011
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So this one doesn't plug directly into an outlet?

Not interested.
Yeah, that was a strange convenience of the other one. A build I'm working on depends on them, so I'm going to have to snatch up a bunch of the used plug-in models now.
 

roland.g

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So this one doesn't plug directly into an outlet?

Not interested.
Yes, as much as I like the LAN port, I love the original design. Mine is plugged in in my garage with speakers connected for Airplay tunes in the back yard.
 

alexandero

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Apr 19, 2004
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I wish they had released a simple Airplay Audio device without any routing capabilities for $49 instead. Just a device with a 3.5mm audio minijack that joins existing wireless networks.

Aren't there enough owners of an Airport Extreme or Time Machine that just want to stream music to their speakers to warrant such an item?
 

Diode

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Seems silly to only include a 100mbit ethernet jack. If you're plugging this into a network that would severely cripple the capabilities of N.
 

roland.g

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It always had one, they just added a second one now.
In the past it could only connect via ethernet and broadcast, nothing could network to it. That is pretty significant. For someone that doesn't need the 3 LAN ports of an Extreme, that is a nice alternative.
 

larrylaffer

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Still no disk sharing for those of us that don't want to spend an egregious amount of money on an Airport Extreme. Shame on you Apple. :mad:
 

Icaras

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Looks a little bit like a white Apple TV!
Its actually the same dimensions as the Apple TV. Wish they made the Apple TV in white too but I guess they won't now since it would confuse buyers.

Edit: By the way, this new Airport Express now supports up to 50 users. The last one only supported like 10. That, with the dual band seems like a nice upgrade to me.
 

futbalguy

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I wish they had released a simple Airplay Audio device without any routing capabilities for $49 instead. Just a device with a 3.5mm audio minijack that joins existing wireless networks.

Aren't there enough owners of an Airport Extreme or Time Machine that just want to stream music to their speakers to warrant such an item?
You dont even need an Airport Extreme for that right? Cant you just use airplay with any wifi router? That would make your idea useful for a lot of people.
 

blevins321

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You dont even need an Airport Extreme for that right? Cant you just use airplay with any wifi router? That would make your idea useful for a lot of people.
Correct. Airplay works over any wireless network. Or wired, really (if you plug the Express in as an Extender via a wired connection). A lot of 3rd parties have made devices that are Airplay receivers. Denon is a popular one. I am surprised that Apple hasn't come up with one themselves..it would allow for non-brand new receivers to be Airplay-enabled.
 

RoboCop001

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It always had one, they just added a second one now.



I think it's actually effectively larger than the old one, since it used to plug directly into the wall. Hopefully it's at least like the AppleTV and just has a power cable without a giant brick.

It always had a WAN port, but that didn't let you plug in a computer to give it network access. They've now added a LAN port for this purpose. WAN would be to connect your Internet modem into.
 

iScott428

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Should be called "Airport."
Adds dual network, wired ethernet, dual bands, and it did not loose anything. I really wish Apple would have kept a 50$ express that could extend networks, and distribute airplay audio.

For those who were hoping it just has a power plug, you will be happy to know that is correct, no power brick just a "power cord" like the ATV.
 

rmwebs

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Looks like we'll never see a White Apple TV then, that'd cause a bit of confusion :p
 

alexandero

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You dont even need an Airport Extreme for that right? Cant you just use airplay with any wifi router? That would make your idea useful for a lot of people.
What I'd want is that rather basic hardware that's added to (non-Apple) speakers to make them Airplay compatible - just placed in a box, sold separately from speakers. After all, I already own a router (a Time Capsule), and (rather expensive) speakers.

Why can't we just connect speakers with a wireless network, without having to buy another router?

Do we really need a fully fledged router with an audio jack sitting right next to a fully fledged router with a hard disk? (Of course if the Time Capsule had an audio out jack that would solve the problem too).
 

Consultant

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I wish they had released a simple Airplay Audio device without any routing capabilities for $49 instead. Just a device with a 3.5mm audio minijack that joins existing wireless networks.

Aren't there enough owners of an Airport Extreme or Time Machine that just want to stream music to their speakers to warrant such an item?
You can get refurb last gen from Apple.
 

Mike Oxard

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I've never had good success with AirPlay to airport expresses. I've got three just for that purpose and hardly use them because the audio is always dropping out. I just plug my phone into the powered speakers now, much less frustrating.
 
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