Apple’s newest cool gadget

Posted by joy


Wired.com has a short review of Apple’s coolest new gadget, a portable WiFi base station with Ethernet, USB and an audio mini jack called AirPort Express. Not only does AirPort Express have many features, but it is about as small as an Apple wall jack.

Now, THAT is what you call design capability.


5 Responses to “Apple’s newest cool gadget”

  1. Iain Says:

    I want one. Now all I need to do is wait for them to sell it in AU.

    Very clever choice of ports, too — I know in this place, the cable outlet (and therefore the modem, etc) are all closest to the stereo/TV/whatever else.

  2. fluffy Says:

    One thing which people seem to be overlooking in all of these early gaga-going weblog entries is that these things seem to support some sort of ad-hoc mesh routing, though only among other Airport Extreme base stations (and not with generic 802.11[bg]).

    AirTunes has a lot of potential to be really cool, but to make things really complete they should just make an embedded iTunes DAAP player thing which just streams off of another iTunes library, with its own UI (preferrably on the TV and on the unit itself) and remote control and so on. I mean, okay, something like that does exist already, but it’s pretty expensive. :)

  3. joy Says:

    Fluffy:

    I dunno, the AirPort Express station certainly appears to support generic 802.11b&g. Here’s a blurb from the promo material on the AirPort Express page…

    Connect Wirelessly

    Just like its big brother, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express uses the 802.11g wireless standard to deliver blazing data rates up to 54 Mbps.(3) It supports both Macs equipped with an AirPort Extreme Card and Wi-Fi-compliant 802.11g Windows PCs, as well as Macs with the older AirPort Card and 802.11b Windows PCs. Everyone in your family can surf the web wire-free because AirPort Express provides simultaneous wireless Internet access via your DSL or cable modem for up to 10 computers(4).

  4. Arthur Says:

    802.11g Windows PC

    So, for three months I’m lugging a laptop around that has 802.11g capabilities, which I haven’t been able to use and I keep wondering…

  5. Colin Says:

    I would agree, I thought it was pretty cool when I checked them out today. I wouldn’t mind getting one.