As the last word suggests apple airport extreme provides extremely hassle free wireless solutions for homes, colleges as well as business organizations. Airport Extreme debuted as an updated version of Airport in January 2003 as its predecessor allowed transfer rates up to 11 Mbit/s whereas Airport Extreme based on 802.11g specification achieved a far healthier transfer rate of 54 Mbit/s. This was followed by an up-gradation in January 2007 when Apple INC unveiled AirPort Extreme 802.11 Draft-N Base Station which allowed the new Apple product line to handle both frequency bands (2.4 GHZ and 5 GHZ). The Apple INC has again achieved a break-through recently and has announced the arrival of new apple airport extreme 5th generation.
Externally this next generation one is identical to its older epitome with the same all white polycarbonate case and the funky two single-bands, two dual-band antenna designs. This router has one Gigabit ethernal wan port and three Gigabit eternal LAN port as well as one USB port to add a printer. Unlike other Apple products this router is not Mac-centric. It can create a wireless network for up to 50 computers in a room through Wi-Fi on both Windows and Macs. Installing the Airport is trouble-free thanks to Apple’s AirPort Utility which is a free programme available for both PC’s and Macs. If you need to share a printer through the Airport, it includes the Bonjour software which will walk you through the set up process and everybody on the wireless network can access the USB attached printer in a matter of few minutes.
Even you can attach an external hard drive to the USB port to share data across your entire network. In case if you desire to attach a printer and a hard drive simultaneously you will need more than one USB which can also be achieved with the support of a USB hub. Unlike the other routers it comes with a universal worldwide power supply equipped with a standard power cord. The apple airport extreme is licensed to work with the 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g wireless standards which mean it is compatible with any of your existing system. It is up to 5 times faster and twice the range of 802.11g routers. It has a rather appealing bandwidth management trait which allows the Airport to control the range of the network and restrict it down to a single room if necessary. It is also capable of streaming HD movies and supporting multi player games.
Customized options include guess access to the network. The apple airport extreme does not include an SPI firewall to help with blocking malicious interlopers. Lack of web interface is also a disappointing feature of this Airport. Presence of only three LAN ports and limited routing features are the other two cons. Priced at $179 it may not be the cheapest product in the world.