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WiFi Refresh

June 22, 2011 - Dave Hecei
As rumors predicted, Apple updated its Airport Extreme WiFi router and Time Capsule WiFi backup device yesterday. Of course, if you weren't paying attention, you would of never known. Apple did this without any fanfare. This is understandable, they didn't really change much.

The Airport Extreme Base Station looks the same and has the same features. The only thing that appears to have changed is the model number. On the other hand, Time Capsule has changed. Apple has upped the storage capacity. Previously it was available with either 1TB or 2TB of hard drive storage. The new models have either 2TB or 3TB.

Airport Extreme is priced at $179. Of course this is a bit pricy for a WiFi router, but the Airport is well built, designed for Macs, and has a USB port that allows the sharing of a printer or hard drive. Time Capsule is still priced at $299 (2TB) and $499 (3TB). Remember that Time Capsule is both a wireless NAS (Network Attached Storage) device and a WiFi router in one package. It has a Gigabit Ethernet interface (3 ports) and a USB port for sharing a printer.


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