Apple upgrades AirPort Express

Apple today announced a new model AirPort Express that supports 802.11n wireless networking, confirming information first leaked by the company’s Swiss online retail store.

 

The $99 product doesn’t offer support for network hard drives connected to the USB port on the gadget, but does continue to permit network printer sharing over that port. Clearly Apple wants people to invest in AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule in order to share storage across their network.

"Apple is leading the way with a broad range of innovative 802.11n base stations for almost any wireless networking need," said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.

Other than the introduction of the faster wireless standard, little else about the product has changed: support for streaming music, some security and the ability to support up to ten users on the network remain.

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