“Apple’s new Airport Extreme base station, which offers wireless connections using the still unofficial 802.11n standard, promises greater transfer speeds and better signal range than its 802.11g predecessors and — for the first time — wireless storage,” Ken Mingis reports for Computerworld.
“After four weeks with the stylish new base station, I can say that it delivers. The wireless storage feature, which I consider the best thing about the hardware, works flawlessly. Transfer speeds are indeed faster when moving files around,” Mingis reports.
Mingis reports, “And if you’ve used your Apple base station in the past for wireless printing, fret not. You can plug a USB hub into the single USB port on the Airport Extreme and connect both a printer and a hard drive.”
“Time Machine will be part of Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’ and is designed to make it easy to back up your system and help recover lost files. When Leopard was unveiled last August by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, I wondered then how Time Machine would work for laptop users — most of whom aren’t that interested in having a portable hard drive connected to their laptops 24/7. Now, I think I know. (I say “think” because Apple is notoriously mum about products not yet released, and it has said little about Time Machine since last year.) The combination of the Airport disk and Time Machine may just solve the problem: As long as you’re on your own network, Time Machine — and presumably future versions of various backup apps — should allow you to make backups wirelessly. We’ll know more when Jobs officially unveils Leopard this summer,” Mingis writes.
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