Updating AirPort Express (1st Gen) A1264 to full Wi-Fi N standard?

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  1. timidhermit macrumors regular

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    I have a first-generation AirPort Express (A1264), not the original first-generation but the "re-released" first-generation.

    The router has stock draft N Wi-Fi standard support. Is there anyway to update the firmware to full N Wi-Fi standard support?

    I can't find any documentation or KB on Apple website about this?

    Please help!
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Nope...
    If you need the full, current standard, then replace your AP Express with a newer model.
    I doubt you would see a significant difference, at least with the current AP Express, unless you also have wireless AC devices, which even the lastest Express does not support.
    If you can hold off - I predict that Apple will be introducing an updated Express soon, maybe at the same time as an updated AppleTV, and that might happen in about a month.
     
  3. timidhermit thread starter macrumors regular

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    Will this draft N router still able to communicate with my iPad and iPhone at N speed?

    I thought draft N standard can be updated to full N standard by software only.

    Yeah, the reason I kept this router for so long is because I use it for traveling and it is very convenient that I can plug into the wall socket directly. The newer one has a cord which is very inconvenient to travel with.

     
  4. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Yes, it will.
    What do you believe you're missing from having the "draft" firmware? There's no update to the finalized standard for this router, but it doesn't matter.
     
  5. timidhermit thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is there a page on Apple that lists all of the "current" or "latest" firmware for the different models of AirPort Express and Extreme? This will help a lot to troubleshoot what I need to update.
     
  6. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    If your AP Express is not up to date, you can use your Airport Utility to check for any updates available for your Express, which would include available firmware updates. There is not much more that you can do with an older Express.
    You can believe it if the Airport Utility does not report any updates for your Express.
     
  7. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Yes. The draft N standard and the ratified N standard will work with each other. Draft N only means it was made before the wireless N standard was ratified by the IEEE. Just make sure you are on the latest firmware and you are good to go. I am not sure if it brings it up to full wireless N standard, but it works fine...
     

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