Apple's Air Port Express is its entry-level Air Port base station, designed to be easy to use and affordable.Priced at , it offers dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi along with Air Play for wireless music playback and wireless printing.With the Air Port Disk feature, users can plug a USB hard drive into the Air Port Extreme to function as a network-attached storage device for both Mac and Windows clients.Both USB hubs and printers are also supported, allowing shared wireless printing.While both the Air Port Extreme and the Air Port Time Capsule were last updated in June 2013 with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but the 802.11n Air Port Express has not been updated since 2012.The Air Port Extreme is Apple's fully-featured high-performance Wi-Fi base station, which was given a significant update and radical redesign in June of 2013.Apple will be providing service and parts for the current-generation Air Port Base Stations for the next five years, and the company is sharing several support documents to assist customers who are transitioning away from the Air Port products.
Apple regularly updates Air Port Utility, adding additional functionality.
Taking on a tall, cubic shape, the new sixth-generation Air Port Extreme supports the three-times-faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi protocol, which reaches data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps and offers 80MHz-wide channels for double the channel bandwidth.
Though it takes up more volume than the previous generation, at 6.6 inches tall, its 3.85-inch base gives it a smaller overall footprint than the previous Air Port Extreme.
It is compatible with 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n specifications.
Apple's line of Air Port products are set up and managed with Apple's Air Port Utility apps for i OS and Mac.
Last updated in June of 2012, the Air Port Express is Apple's compact, affordable Wi-Fi base station.