I think all Apple fans like the “ecosystem” of Apple products. That means that all Apple products perfectly interact with each other, and the main device that provides this interaction and cooperation is AirPort Express. Not long ago Apple has updated its router and here’re the main changes.
AirPort Express very much looks like Apple TV with the exception of white body. Now there’s only one light indicator on the front panel that shows two lights – green and orange. On the back panel there’re interface connectors. Apart from power connector there’re two 100Mb/sec Ethernet-ports, USB connector and 3.5mm audio connector which you will need in case you decide to listen to music on external speakers via AirPlay. Each Ethernet connector has a light indicator that turns on when a cable is plugged in thus showing you that the cable is successfully connected.
As opposed to the previous version, new device has a wireless connection module of 802.11n standard which provides the work in two ranges – 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. This double range feature will provide more comfortable use of different devices in one network regardless of the range. Another difference from the previous version is the presence of a second Ethernet port. Now a user can connect a router to a local network, and that may be useful when your desktop PC doesn’t have a Wi-Fi module.
The router is set up with the help of “AirPort Utility” that is installed on your Mac or may be downloaded from AppStore. Another innovation is the possibility to create a guest network within your home Wi-Fi network. So if you receive guests pretty often but you don’t want to share your wireless network password with them, then this option is for you. In such a way you’ll let you guests surf the Internet but at the same time you may be sure that no one will get access to your printer connected to AirPort Express.
The only disadvantage of a new model is its body. Now you won’t be able simply to plug it in the socket the way you plug in a regular charger. You’ll have to search for some space for this white box and hide power cable. But nevertheless this is not the reason for not buying a new Apple router.
Eugene Rudenko is a tech writer for IT company Intellectsoft. The company specializes in Android, iOS, Blackberry and WP development. Follow them on Twitter @Intellectsoft.