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Apple intros .11n base station using MIMO antennas

Posted: 07 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:base station? Wi-Fi? 802.11n? Apple? MIMO?

Apple has introduced the new AirPort Extreme, a wireless networking solution delivering up to five times the performance and twice the range of its predecessors. Based on 802.11n, AirPort Extreme extends a wireless network to even more areas in a home or office and makes streaming digital content and transferring large files faster and easier. The new device features a new design with connections for networked computers, printers and a USB hard drive to quickly and easily share files or back up valuable data and content.

Using multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) smart antennas and 802.11n technology, AirPort Extreme operates in either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless frequencies, and also reduces the possibility of interference from appliances and cordless phones that operate in the 2.4GHz frequency. It is backward compatible with Macs and PCs using previous generation 802.11b/g wireless technologies.

The AirPort Extreme base station is 6.5 inches square and 1.3 inches tall. A utility software included with every AirPort Extreme makes it easy to set up a secure, wireless network for up to 50 simultaneous users within minutes. Users can also set security restrictions, including Internet access limits on their childrens' computers.

The new AirPort Extreme base station will be available this month for a suggested retail price of $179. Nearly all currently shipping Macs support 802.11n when updated with 802.11n Enabler software, which ships with the AirPort Extreme base station.

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