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AirPort Utility Update for 802.11ac


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Apple has updated the AirPort Utility app for iOS devices to version 1.3. The newest update allows you to configure and manage the new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule that have the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

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Apple also introduced a new Airport Extreme base station and Airport Time Capsule. Each use the newest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology capable of delivering high-performance.

Apple states “With three-stream 802.11ac technology, the AirPort Extreme Base Station takes Wi‑Fi speeds over the top. Now you can reach data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps.”

Apple further describes the new technology as follows:

802.11ac. The new definition of fast.

More than just a wireless hard drive, AirPort Time Capsule is also a full-featured Wi‑Fi base station with the latest three-stream 802.11ac technology. Now you can reach data rates of up to 1.3 Gbps3 — triple the previous 802.11n standard. Which means up to three times faster Wi‑Fi.4 You also get double the channel bandwidth, with 80MHz-wide channels providing more room for more data to flow faster than ever. And if you have 802.11a/b/g/n devices, AirPort Time Capsule maximizes that connection as well. What you do with all that extra speed is up to you.

Simultaneous dual-band support.

AirPort Time Capsule features simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac Wi‑Fi. That means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. So no matter which band your wireless devices use, they’ll automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest possible performance.

Beamforming puts the focus on your device.

With 802.11ac technology comes the intelligent, powerful beamforming antenna array. Most base station antennas emit an equal and constant Wi‑Fi signal in all directions. But the beamforming antenna array is smarter — it knows where an 802.11ac device is on the network. Then AirPort Time Capsule targets its signal to that device. So your Wi‑Fi signal is stronger, clearer, and faster.

The smaller footprint and taller unit is designed to allow you to connect further and faster. The AirPort Utility allows you to set up and manage your AirPort Extreme device.

 

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