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CONNECT: Apple unveils AirPort Express - maybe the handiest mobile Access Point
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 09.06.04 - 08:37:38 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 10050x
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While Microsoft discontinues its Wi-Fi product range, Apple yesterday introduced AirPort Express, the world's first 802.11g mobile base station that can be plugged directly into the wall for wireless Internet connections and USB printing, or thrown into a laptop bag to bring wireless freedom to hotel rooms with broadband connections. Airport Express also features analog and digital audio outputs that can be connected to a stereo and new AirTunes music networking software that wirelessly streams music to any room in the house. AirPort Express features a single piece ultra-compact design weighing 6.7 ounces.

Listen wirelessly, connect wirelessly, extend your network wirelessly, print wirelessly - no matter what you want to do with AirPort Express or whether you use a Mac or PC, you can bet it's a breeze to set up.

With the AirPort Express Assistant, it's just a matter of a few clicks. The software automatically detects what you have connected to AirPort Express - whether it's your stereo, DSL or cable modem or printer - then walks you through the easy steps to complete the setup.

Extremely portable, AirPort Express weighs less than seven ounces and fits in the palm of your hand. And because it contains an internal universal AC adapter, there's no need to carry extra cables or a power supply. Just unplug and go.

Take it with you in your laptop bag to use when you travel. Once you're in your hotel room, simply connect the AirPort Express Base Station to the room's Ethernet network and with your AirPort-equipped PowerBook or iBook, you're instantly online - wirelessly. Or take it from one room in your home to another - when you're done, say, listening to music in your kitchen and want to move to your stereo in the living room.

There's no need to reconfigure AirPort Express every time you carry it from one place to another. The AirPort Express Assistant lets you store up to five profiles for different locations, so you simply have to switch from one stored profile to another, depending on where you're using AirPort Express at a given moment.

Have several computers in your home but only one printer? No problem. Just connect a printer to the USB port on the AirPort Express Base Station and the printer instantly becomes available to everyone on your wireless network.(6) No longer do you need to move your printer from one place to another to connect it to this or that computer. No more dealing with tangled cables or emailing files from one computer to another that's connected to the printer.

That's pretty cool and beside its AirTunes functionality it seems to be a super handy Access Point for road warriors and frequent travelers. It will be available to Mac and PC users during July for around US$ 129. AirTunes requires the next version of iTunes (iTunes 4.6), which is expected to be available later this week as a free download.

Cheers ~ Arne

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