The Apple AirPort was a revolutionary invention that enabled users to share WiFi connections back when the technology was still emerging in 1999.
Although most WiFi modems come with routers, there are still some advantages of owning an Apple AirPort. Let’s have a closer look at it here below.
What is the Apple AirPort?
WiFi was still a new technology back in 1999 when Apple released its first AirPort device. It was a WiFi router that enabled users to share their Internet connection with others. But the AirPort also had the ability to connect to printers, scanners, and other devices on the local network.
The Express was a lightweight device designed to share music between users. The Extreme version included more Ethernet ports and also USB ports. The Time Capsule had the same functionalities as the Extreme, but with an internal hard drive to back up user data.
WiFi is everywhere today, and the usefulness of Apple AirPort has declined. In 2018, the company decided to discontinue the production of AirPorts, but will still provide hardware and software support for them until 2023.
Routers Related to the Apple AirPort
Since most WiFi modems now come with routers, Apple has focused its efforts on other consumer products that are more popular and in demand. These include products like Apple TV, Apple Watch, HomePod, and the new MacBook laptop range.
Features and Benefits of Apple AirPort
Although there is little need for external routers, Apple AirPort still has some serious advantages over the average WiFi router. The AirPort Utility app, for example, turns your iPhone or iPad into a remote control for the AirPort.
Both the Extreme and Time Capsule versions offers 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi and have dual antennas that can create 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks. The AirPrint feature enables users to print wirelessly, while the AirDisk feature allowed for wireless transfers of data to external hard drives.