“Apple newest AirPort Extreme Base Station model A1521 (and the related Time Capsule) doesn’t just represent an 802.11ac upgrade; its latest router also underwent a complete redesign,” Samara Lynn reports for PC Magazine.
“Gone is the flat, boxy form factor,” Lynn reports. “Instead, the new AirPort is a mini-tower—designed to maximize wireless performance.”
“It’s no surprise that the device is about as gorgeous as a router can get and that it has decent throughput (excellent at the 2.4GHz band, actually), not only with the 802.11ac-supported 13-and 11- inch MacBook Airs at Apple Store wireless adapters,” Lynn reports, “but with Windows systems, too.”
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“Add in dead-simple setup and it’s a sure bet the new AirPort will delight many, despite the fact that the AirPort is not among the fastest pre-draft 802.11ac routers we’ve tested in 11ac mode,” Lynn reports. “Also, power users and those who need to get very granular with their wireless networks will likely want to look to other dual-band routers with more advanced capabilities. Still, those with a love for Apple’s design—and hassle-free setup—will no doubt be happy with this attractive piece of hardware.”
Read more in the full article here.
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